The Joan Bice Underwood Tearoom

The Tearoom is closed for the summer and will reopen the third week of September. Exact date will be announced after the semester begins.

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 take responsibility for planning, preparing, and serving the lunch meal, which is made up of an entrée, salad/vegetable, bread, dessert, and a beverage.

Lunch is served from 11:50 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., Tuesday through Friday during fall and spring semesters.


Spring semester, students will also be serving dinner on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. Dinner is served from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.


Reservations are required. The price of the meal is $7.00. The Tearoom accepts CyCash, Dining Dollars, the ISU Dining Faculty/Staff Charge Plan, and credit cards as payment for lunches.

Reservations may be made by calling the Tearoom at 294-3330 between 7:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Early reservations are appreciated; however, if room is available you may call by 9:45 a.m. on the day of the meal.

If you must cancel, please do so as soon as possible. Cancellations must be made by 9:45 a.m. on the day of service. This enables the Tearoom to keep costs down by having accurate counts and not overproducing food. We appreciate your consideration and look forward to serving you at the Tearoom.

To-go options

The Tearoom has a retail program that allows patrons to take the daily meal to go or choose from a multitude of retail items when a sit-down experience isn’t an option. The options vary from day to day, but often include paninis, wraps, soup, sandwiches as well as desserts such as cookies, cupcakes, and chips. Soda, bottled water and milk are also available as to-go options.

If you would like to receive a daily email of what to-go items will be for sale, please call the Tearoom at 294-3330 to have your email address added to our list.