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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
Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 NEW

Fabulous food and health conscious entrees! The Kale salad was incredible and the guacamole is not to be missed! The ribs were outstanding - flavorful and tender. The house salad with grilled chicken was also delicious. They have a cocktail called a "Paloma" which was so refreshing - loved it! The beer and wine selection is also extensive.

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Ames, Iowa
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66 reviews 66 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

Living in Ames, I have eaten at The Cafe many times. It just may be my favorite restaurant in Ames. The service is always good and the food is done really well. Top that off with a great atmosphere and some very eclectic music and you have a hit on your hands. It is not just that the food is... More

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Omaha, Nebraska
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

Menu is small but very creative. Table had sirloin, fish tacos, and a pork sandwich special. We shared samples and every dish was delicious. Great service. Nice ambience but loud. Desserts were sumptious -- hard to decide. Again, table shared: red velvet cake, chocolate cake, and fruit tort. Fabulous.

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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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 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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54 reviews 54 reviews
42 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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