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Marshalltown, Iowa
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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47 reviews 47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 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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40 reviews 40 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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
3 reviews 3 reviews
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
13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014 via mobile

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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Council Bluffs, Iowa
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88 reviews 88 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

we ate breakfast at the Grove Cafe about 7:30 Saturday morning - place was packed and SRO about 15 minutes later - we had 6 people , so a kindly patron moved down a seat at the counter so we could sit at the only table for 6 - appreciated that - waitress was polite and quick - we ordered... More 

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Ames, Iowa
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

This place was a regular favorite of ours, with the previous owners. We went with our little kids and 80+ year old parents to celebrate my wife finishing chemo. The 6 of us squeezed into a booth and ordered. After waiting nearly an hour and watching other people come, eat, and leave; I waived over the owner. He yelled at... More 

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Clemson, South Carolina
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65 reviews 65 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food is good, the service friendly, and food arrives quickly. There is very limited seating - you will likely have to wait. The pancakes are HUGE. You should definitely check it out. It has been featured on Road Food. Great value - lots of food for the cost.

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Additional Information about Grove Cafe

Address: 124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
Phone Number: 515-232-9784
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
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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