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The Cafe

2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA
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Ranked #1 of 160 restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Café
Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner
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English first
Ames, Iowa
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

I hesitate to make the Cafe sound too good because that may make it more difficult to get in than it already is. The menus is relatively short, but changes as regularly as we eat there-- at least twice a month. Their mac and cheese (consistently on the menu) is great as well as their steak or beef dishes. Their... More

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Ames, IA
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Whether you get the Chicken Livers appetizer, the Cafe Mac and Cheese, or some crazy variation on a foreign inspired dish you can never go wrong at the Cafe. My recommendation is to go between 5-5:30. By 6pm there is a 40 minute wait but it is worth it.

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Iowa, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Freshly made food. Always good. Service is good too. Only complaint is wait time on weekend evenings.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have eaten lunches, brunches and dinners at The Cafe and never had a bad meal. They use lots of locally grown food and every thing is fresh! They also change and vary their menus often.

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3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Good staff, interesting menu that changes periodically. Foods are very flavorful and more "gourmet" than chain style restaurants. Seating is somewhat limited so there can be longish waits and no good place to hang out during the wait.

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Ames, Iowa
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4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is by and far the most overrated restaurant in Ames. The food is below-average at best, the menu is limited, and the service is terrible. The real winner here is the bakery items. They are indeed the best in Ames. And before you isolate my review on a single visit, I have eaten at this restaurant several times [due... More

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Casper
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

Wonderful food and priced reasonably. We ate here for breakfast and the service was wonderful, the food was great. We had the Smoked Salmon hash and Sourdough Pancakes.

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Wytheville, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

We were told we would have to wait for 20 -30 min. But was not seated 35 minutes later, but only when we asked how much longer it was going to be. Food was very good, staff was fast & friendly

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Ames, Iowa
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

Always busy and food and much of the food is organic. Uniquely prepared and great service! A must stop when in Ames!

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Ames, Iowa, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014 via mobile

I live in Ames, and the Cafe is my go-to restaurant for any occasion. The chefs change up the menu every month so it's never "the same old thing", but it is always better than I expected. The service is stellar, and I'd recommend it to anyone.

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