The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a restaurant/classroom teaching operation within Iowa State University’s world-renowned hospitality management program. The facility dates back to 1926, when it was built during an addition project in MacKay. It is named for Joan Bice, a 1952 graduate of Home Economics, who enjoyed working in the Tearoom. In 2001, a generous donation was made to honor Joan Bice Underwood and renovate and restore the facility, just like it would have been when she worked there.

The Food Production and Service Management Experience class (HSPM 380L) currently operates the restaurant/classroom. It is a non-profit, approximately 90-seat learning laboratory. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.


Lunch is served from Tuesday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. We recommend guests arrive at the tearoom between 11:30 and noon for dining room service.

Reservations, Cancellations, and Payment

Walk-ins are welcome for dining in the Tearoom. However, we highly recommended you can make a reservation online at any time. Reservations are accepted using the online portal found below.

We accept cash, check, credit and debit cards.

To-Go Options

All dine-in menu items are available as a to-go option. Our retail operations are run out of the back of the Tearoom at the kitchen entrance (16 MacKay Hall). 

Please pre-order food items by 9 a.m. on the day you wish to eat Tearoom lunch by emailing Or, you can stop by between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to order in person. Note: In person to-go option will be available until we run out of food.

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available in increments of $1.00. They are available for purchase Tuesday-Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., in the Tearoom.

Fine Dining Events

Check back in the fall for an updated Fine Dining Event Menu.

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Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom

23 MacKay Hall
2302 Osborn Drive
Ames, IA 50011-1078