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The Cafe

2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA
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Ranked #1 of 161 restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Café
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Dyersville, Iowa
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20 reviews 20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

A friend recommended this place and we were not dissappointed! The have a handful of entrees to choose from....all with local ingredients and seasonal items. The presentation of the food was so pretty....almost too pretty to eat. We enjoyed a bottle of wine, too. Definetly worth your wait!

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Ames, Iowa
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The Cafe has such great food! I had the c.b.c chicken sandwich with a small side salad. The salads are always amazing they have just the right amount of dressing with candied almonds. My sister had a veggie burger that was so delicious. We finished out dinner with the vanilla bean creme brulee, again had great flavor and was made... More

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Nevada, Iowa
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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This must be the best restaurant in Ames. The menu is full of interesting choices, and the service is always top notch. We usually go here on Sundays for brunch but had a business lunch here and everything was great. The booths are separated enough that you can have a conversation that is private, and also you are not bothered... More

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Cambridge, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I was very impressed by The Cafe...it was top rated on trip advisor and after asking our host for the best breakfast place and he respond with The Cafe I was sold that this was the place to go. We went early as I was told it could get crowded. We all went with the classic bacon and eggs! The... More

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Lakeville, Minnesota
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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

Wonderful service and terrific food, nicely presented at probably the best restaurant in Ames. Some unique dishes and beer on tap. Great atmosphere.

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Chicago
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52 reviews 52 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This restaurant is gem. The atmosphere, service and quality of food is top notch. We enjoyed a few sandwiches.. Portobello and hummus for me and pastrami for my son. Side salad and chips were also perfect. Will return

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Sparks. MD
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Great experience! Good location, nice experience, great service and delicious food. We will definitely will be back. Great place for a date night, a girls night out or getting together with another couple or two.

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Venice, Florida
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92 reviews 92 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

It's been a year and a half since I last reviewed The Cafe, and I am pleased to report it's STILL AWESOME! I really enjoyed tonight's unusual meal of Fried Rice Asparagus with kale, leeks, garlic, and poached eggs! So unique!! And, of course, there is just nothing like their cucumber martinis!! Enjoy!

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

After a wedding in Ames the day before, we searched Trip Advisor for a breakfast. The Café was rated #1 and really lived up to that rating. We were there on a Saturday morning and were greeted at the door. We saw tables outside in the front of the café, and the host said they also had a patio in... More

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Sun City West, Arizona, United States
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Based on TripAdvisor reviews, we decided to try The Cafe for lunch on our drive from MN to NE. We had the fish tacos, soups of the day, and got several cookies for the road. Everything was delicious. We were also very impressed with Ames. It's a beautiful, well-maintained and well-manicured town.

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