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2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
+1 515-292-0100
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Ranked #1 of 165 Restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Café
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
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English first
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

I heard this was "the place" to go in Ames. We went early and sat in the bar. The bartender recommended the fried broccoli...which I was very skeptical. Woozy. It was amazing. Served with a pickled pepper mayo, the fire grilled broccoli was the best appetizer I have ever had. We then ate the Cafe Mac and Cheese - which... More 

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Had a couple of diners here with customers and colleagues and it was an ok experience overall. The service staff is very young and not too experienced. What I mean is that they had a constant sense of hurry for some reason; main courses jumped on the table before we finished our starters (which are large and generally good/excellent by... More 

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Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

I've never had a bad cocktail or a bad meal at this restaurant. From fresh farm to table ingredient omelets to unique dinner entrees that are always changing and evolving this restaurant does it right. They change the menu often and have wonderful features and do a great job of combining unique flavors and making it all work. Their bakery... More 

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San Juan
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22 reviews 22 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

If you're here in the early morning or after the noontime and dinner rush it's OK. They do change up menu and that's good. Some highlights. Short ribs, omelettes, great bakery. Low lights? Smelling great smoke outside from smoker they run, then trying to find food that has that smokiness. Huh???

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Marshalltown, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We came here for my birthday. What a great dining experience! We had to wait about 20 minutes. But we came for lunch right at noon, so it was not unrealistic. The cafe mocha had fabulous flavor and was beautifully presented. Our plates were gorgeous and very tasty with no errors. There was one hiccup which I won't mention, but... More 

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Montevideo, Uruguay
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

I went 3 times in a week and always the best food and service. Try the deserts that are awesome. Really nice place

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Washington DC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014

Had a very nice meal here and was worth the wait. Menu was sparse in choices but all of the entrees we had (4) were delicious. From Ahi tuna, pork tenderloin, tuna melt and soups and salads no one had any complaints. Service was spot on. The only issue is the wait to get a table but that is a... More 

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Sunfish Lake
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014

We stopped here for lunch and although the menu seemed limited, the food was interesting and tasty. I'll definitely return. The location is convenient to the Iowa State University campus.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

Everything on the menu is always great. They use fresh local ingredients do menu changes about every 6-8 weeks. One if my favorite places to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner .

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Iselin, New Jersey
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Twice I have been there & my stomach is bad!!! It hurts & now I guess I wont visit! But their deserts are awesome!!! Hopefully they are fresh!!!

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Additional Information about The Cafe

Address: 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
Phone Number: +1 515-292-0100
Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
Cuisine: Café

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