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229 Main St Ste 101, Ames, IA 50010-6472
(515) 956-3556
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7:00 am - 10:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea

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  • 19
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 2
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful Coffee shop

So many great drinks and menu options. Definitely appreciate having a place like this in Ames. Also has a great atmosphere

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 3, 2015
rdh106
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Ames, Iowa
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27 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

So many great drinks and menu options. Definitely appreciate having a place like this in Ames. Also has a great atmosphere

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Midwest USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

If you're veg, a coffee lover or just want to be trendy, Cafe Diem is the place to be. Great coffee, good atmosphere.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

This place has a great atmopshere as well as good coffee and baked goods. Their scones are to die for...especially the cranberry orange!!! YUMMY

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Denver, Colorado
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26 reviews 26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

I went here with some family for a snack and (high hopes) a delicious chai latte. I absolutely loved the interior decor - doors hanging everywhere. From what I saw, it looked like a great work-from-home environment with almost everyone on their laptops The sandwich I ate was just an average sandwich, nothing to get excited about. My disappointment was... More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Arrived in Ames too early for my hotel check-in but with a mountain of work to attack. Enjoyed a delicious cappuccino and Reuben accompanied with carrots (I appreciated the healthy alternative to chips), the friendly staff, and the reliable wifi... all without too much background noise.

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Ames, Iowa
2 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

An Americano and a cinnamon scone makes the perfect afternoon snack at this unique cafe on Main Street. Cafe Diem is by far my favorite place to grab a coffee in Ames. I try to go here at least once a week to meet friends, catch up on the newspaper, or just read my latest book. They have good lunches,... More 

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32 reviews 32 reviews
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 via mobile

Good vibe, good food, good coffee. Not a chain. Offers high speed internet free of charge. Situated on Main Street. Friendly staff. All in all, a cool little place in a small iowa college town. Better feel than Starbucks. Local art on walls. Cozy seating/ booths or chairs. Can go work on computer, read a book, knit, apply for jobs,... More 

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Cambridge, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

First of all I really like the name of this quaint coffee shop on Ames Main Street. I went here solo to journal and relax while the boys played golf. The next day we all stopped in here for a drink while we waited for the stores of Main Street to open. There was a book signing going on and... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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74 reviews 74 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

I've never had a good lunch here and now I am going to stop trying. Expensive for what you get. The choices are boring, or at best basic, and not that well executed. The breakfast menu is extremely limited. I like the decor and the atmosphere. The coffee is fine, probably the best coffee in downtown Ames. But if I... More 

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Sioux City, Iowa
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210 reviews 210 reviews
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

My husband & I stopped here on a Sunday morning a couple of weeks ago on a stay in Ames. It is a nice, unique shop with lots of interesting memorabilia. The coffee was Very Good! They had a nice selection of pastries, but we had already eaten breakfast at our hotel. It is located in a cute little area... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 229 Main St Ste 101, Ames, IA 50010-6472
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: (515) 956-3556
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:30 pm

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