The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom

The Tearoom is closed for the rest of the spring 2020 semester.

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 Underwood and renovate and restore the facility, just like it would have been when she worked there.

The Quantity Food Production and Service Management Experience class (HSPM 380L) currently operates the restaurant/classroom. It is a non-profit, approximately 100-seat learning laboratory. Meal service is provided for faculty, staff, students, and visitors.


Students in HSP M 380L plan, prepare, and serve the lunch meal.

Lunch is served from Tuesday – Friday 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

Reservations, cancellations, and payment

Reservations are required for dining in the Tearoom. To make a reservation, please use the OpenTable app on the right-hand side of the page.

Detailed directions for booking a reservation, as well as our cancellation policy, are included in the link below. For groups larger than 8, please call 515-294-3330.

Cash, check, credit and debit cards are accepted.

To-go options

All food items on the menu are available as a to-go option. You may call the Tearoom to pre-order food items, or stop in and order during normal business hours. Our retail operations are run out of the back of the Tearoom at the kitchen entrance (16 MacKay Hall).

If you would like to receive a daily email of what menu items we have available, please call 515-294-3330, or email at