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Grove Cafe

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124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
515-232-9784
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6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast

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  • 17
    Excellent
  • 11
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Very pleasant, small hometown cafe

I get to Ames about once or twice a year to visit a lifelong friend, and we usually have a breakfast or two at the Grove. It's a small, quaint cafe on Main Street with limited seating. The help is quick and efficient, the food comes quickly and is hot and well cooked, the coffee flows freely and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 12, 2015
Ron D
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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Stillwater, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

I get to Ames about once or twice a year to visit a lifelong friend, and we usually have a breakfast or two at the Grove. It's a small, quaint cafe on Main Street with limited seating. The help is quick and efficient, the food comes quickly and is hot and well cooked, the coffee flows freely and the atmosphere... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

My eggs were nicely done and I liked the hash browns, clearly made from fresh potatoes. The ham, though, came from a can and was terrible. I ate about half, hoping that it would get better, but it was only a slight step above Spam. The serving was a nice size--not overly large at many restaurants, but I am not... More 

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San Francisco Bay Area
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 via mobile

I was looking for a local non-chain option for breakfast. The Grove popped up in my search, and they open early at 6, so this worked. It's easy to find on Main Street, although it's small so don't drive by to fast or you'll miss it. I was surprised by how unassuming it is. But I like that. I'm not... More 

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2014

I was so very disappointed with the food and atmosphere. I love breakfast. It's my favorite meal. I stopped in and immediately felt overwhelmed by the noise level and busyness of the staff. I stood by a small, narrow doorway space waiting for direction for about 2 minutes. The establishment is TINY. Seating is very limited. Staff were friendly but... More 

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New York City
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

My wife and I were driving from Des Moines to Dubuque and wanted a place outside of town to get a good breakfast without relying on a chain. We found this restaurant in the Our Iowa's Directory of Best Ma & Pa Restaurants. They are known for their enormous pancakes so we shared a short stack and it was delicious.... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

I want this place to be good. I love breakfast, I love diners, I love the idea of this place. Unfortunately the breakfast just is not good. The hash browns are actually horrible and serving them should be a crime. I get that this feels like a diner and people here want to like it. I just wish it deserved... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

The lay out of the restaurant is very down home, small town, and classic which is the only thing that kept me from rating this place terrible. The menu selection is slim pickings. The food portions are sparse and over priced for the portions. The food itself has little to no taste - extremely bland. They take cash only so... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

The motto of this place is "This ain't home and you can't always have it the way you want it." It is a local establishment and it, as well as the owner, is an aquired taste. No pun intended. That being said, any negative review posted is a reflection of the poster, not the restaurant. Simple food for down to... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I've been to this small niche of a restaurant a few times, all of which required a decent wait due to the small size of the place, and fairly often waiting consists of being scrunched by the door or waiting outside. The food here is great, I always enjoy it and the pancakes are pretty phenomenal. The cakes are thick... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

The atmosphere is awful, it's run down. The service was awful and our server (older guy) was rude and pushy and treated us like crap. I didn't want celery in my omlet and he was rude and said he couldn't do that and told I would like it even though I had an omlet previously there with celery and hated... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: 515-232-9784
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 12:00 pm

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