We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Grove Cafe

Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
515-232-9784
Today
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Open now
See all hours
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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 40 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 17
    Excellent
  • 10
    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
The Grove Cafe

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 13, 2014
Grover74
,
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Add Photo Write a Review

40 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Any
English first
Des Moines, Iowa
Top Contributor
163 reviews 163 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Francisco Bay Area
Top Contributor
190 reviews 190 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Marshalltown, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
New York City
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ames, Iowa
Top Contributor
58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ames, Iowa
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Ames, Iowa
Reviewer
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ames, Iowa
Contributor
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ames, Iowa
1 review
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 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Council Bluffs, Iowa
Top Contributor
112 reviews 112 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 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 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Grove Cafe also viewed

 

Been to Grove Cafe? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Grove Cafe staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?