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Grove Cafe

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124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
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6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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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, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Home style food diner

I got takeout of hot need sandwich here like we used to have at home. The food was hit, fresh and tasted homemade. The place is older but good service. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 28, 2015
Des Moines, Iowa
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Palatine, Illinois
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Went here for breakfast on sunday at 8:30. I got the last seat at the counter. This place is the definition of an old time cafe. Most of the stuff in the place was older than half of the customers and that is a good thing. They grind their own coffee which I did not expect but you can taste... More 

Thank sehaare
Homosassa, Florida
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

If you go here, order the pancakes. If you order anything else they put your order aside and only take care of the easy to make pancake. 6 tables after us sat down and finished before our food was ready. When it finally came it was on a single very small dish as if they were afraid to wash an... More 

Thank Lou P
Des Moines, Iowa
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340 reviews
301 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

I got takeout of hot need sandwich here like we used to have at home. The food was hit, fresh and tasted homemade. The place is older but good service. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids.

Thank init4keeps
Nevada Iowa, United States
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

The home made Pancakes are awesome!!!! My wife also loved the omelet. The Grove Cafe is an old fashion place. Small like cafe's were in the 1920's. But the food is great.

Thank Charles N
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

I wanted a good breakfast after a bad experience in my hotel. I was looking for something like home/moms & pops kind of place. I found this place and love it so much I returned the the next. The open early, is not big, but the food and the price are perfect. You can see how they cooking the food.... More 

Thank S W
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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272 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
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 

Thank Ron D
Des Moines, Iowa
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220 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 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 

1 Thank spanishpeeks
San Francisco Bay Area
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221 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 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 

Thank kh57ca
Marshalltown, Iowa
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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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29 reviews
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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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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
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 12:00 pm

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