The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom

The Tearoom will reopen on Tuesday, September 11.

The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom is a restaurant/classroom teaching operation within Iowa State University’s world-renowned hospitality management program.

The Quantity Food Production and Service Management Experience class operates the Tearoom. 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 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., Tuesday through Friday during fall and spring semesters.


During the spring semester, the Tearoom is also open for dinner. Dinner is served from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

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 the Tearoom at 515-294-3300.

The Tearoom accepts cash, check, credit and debit cards.

To-go Options

All food items on the Tearoom menu are available as a to-go option. You may pre-order online, or stop in and order during normal business hours. Our retail operations are ran 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 the Tearoom at 515-294-3330, or email at