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The Cafe

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2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
+1 515-292-0100
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 206
    Excellent
  • 75
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 9
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
My favorite Ames restaurant!

Went there for my birthday last weekend and had a wonderful time with my family and boyfriend! We had to wait about 45 minutes and there's no good place to stand without being in server's way, but it was totally worth it! The food was delicious! I had the Shrimp Risotto and the portion was... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Natalina S
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Ames, Iowa
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Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Went there for my birthday last weekend and had a wonderful time with my family and boyfriend! We had to wait about 45 minutes and there's no good place to stand without being in server's way, but it was totally worth it! The food was delicious! I had the Shrimp Risotto and the portion was perfect. Others at my table... More 

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Thank Natalina S
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went here with colleagues for dinner. I'm truly impressed. The pot roast was so tender and the best I've had in years. Service was great. Highly recommend.

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Thank chemistryman666
Iowa City
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70 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Absolutely wonderful food, but the service was terrible. After being seated I thought they had forgotten us. The server came when I was about ready to go looking for one. Placed our orders and when the food came it was incredible. Braised pork shank was falling off the bone and the white bean ragu was wonderful. Wife's pot roast was... More 

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Thank jross10
Sioux City, Iowa
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300 reviews
242 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I dined here with friends and we enjoyed our meals and desserts! We ordered the cafe burger; yaks soba; pork shank; and cheesecake and a lovely chocolate cake. We had very good service also.

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Thank Kathy N
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten at The Cafe as often as I can when I'm in Ames and I have never been disappointed. The menu is slim because they do as much farm to table, seasonal, and local fare. However, every meal I have eaten there has been superb!!!!

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Thank Kim D
Marshalltown, Iowa
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40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016 via mobile

My son and I are Celiac and the Cafe is wonderful with their options and overall knowledge and attention to detail. Their menu is great and they are always changing their choices. Once in a while something you really love will no longer be offered, but they always have something else which is great. Atmosphere is good and the parking... More 

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Thank James G
United States
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

The food here is wonderful and the portions are nice sized. I enjoyed the quiche and my family enjoyed the pot roast covered with two over easy eggs on top of root vegetables and truffle infused grits. These were a couple of the brunch items. The pastries look wonderful, too. My folks had white bean soup and it was delicious.... More 

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Thank 102camih
Ames, Iowa
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

The atmosphere is classy with private booths as well as more open table areas. The menu changes every few months. I love that there are lots of unique options that no other local eateries offer. The food is always tasty, but some consider it overpriced. Portions are sufficient and never overwhelming. Save room for dessert since they have wonderful options.... More 

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Thank sweetcitymomma
Indianola, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

I am an airline pilot and eat in more restaurants than I actually care to. The Cafe is one of the few restaurants I've been delighted to pay the bill at. Daughter at ISU, so I decide we'll make the 45 minute drive up for a Sunday dinner before finals week overwhelms. Everyone orders a different item, pot roast, salmon,... More 

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Thank Kurt L
Racine, Wisconsin
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37 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015

Was excited as I Googled ‘Best Breakfast in Ames, IA’ and 'the Café' popped up, sounded good. The restaurant ambiance was very nice and staff friendly and efficient. The breakfast menu was a bit thin but adequate. I had myself set on a good omelet and coffee. I ordered the BMT omelet and coffee. The omelet was perfectly done creamy... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-292-0100

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 20
  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Romantic
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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?