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

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Visitor rating
  • 166
    Excellent
  • 59
    Very good
  • 14
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 4
    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 third visit

We just finished our fourth trip to Ames, and our third visit to The Café. The only reason it was not our fourth or fifth visit to the Café is that the café is so popular it can be hard to get a table. On this visit we arrived about 2:30 on a Friday afternoon and only had to wait... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
bsbost
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Central Texas
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
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249 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Ames
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I have been going to this restaurant for over 7 years now. At one point it was by far my favorite restaurant. However I find that every time I visit my opinion of this restaurant diminishes a bit. There is almost a 30+ minute wait, even when you get there right at opening. The prices seem to regularly increase while... More 

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Central Texas
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We just finished our fourth trip to Ames, and our third visit to The Café. The only reason it was not our fourth or fifth visit to the Café is that the café is so popular it can be hard to get a table. On this visit we arrived about 2:30 on a Friday afternoon and only had to wait... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

We stopped here twice on a recent trip. We bought a few desserts to go and they were all incredible! Their selection was excellent and we were able to purchase our items and head out quickly even though they were busy. We also had brunch here a different day and I'm still dreaming about the lemon poppyseed pancakes. The wait... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

The Cafe never fails to please anyone. Guests coming to Ames always love to stop here. Unique, fresh, and artfully prepared foods

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Ames, Iowa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

If you like a special place to go that offers something for everyone the Café is the place to go! Not only is the cheesecake divine but you should try their Basil Buttermilk salad dressing, it's outstanding!!!

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Ames, Iowa, United States
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

When we moved to town, I was discontent for quite some time, missing the place we had just left which was a foodie's heaven. But, the Cafe has helped me make peace with Ames. The food is excellent; the atmosphere is excellent. I especially enjoy Cafe breakfasts with light, fluffy omelets, strong coffee (ask for the dark roast if that's... More 

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Ames, Iowa
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The food is always good, althought your favorite may not be on the menu the next time you are there. The tomato basil soup is very good. The Cuban sandwich is my favorite, however i haven't been able to find it on the menu the last couple of visits. All of the bakery items are fantastic. The carrot cake is... More 

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Ames, IA
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

My wife and I enjoy this restaurant, which we believe to be one of the best in Ames. The food is fine but there is a limited menu. The other negative (for us, at least) is the low light level in many areas of the restaurant. However, the cost is reasonable for the quality of food, there are excellent baked... More 

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Ames, Iowa
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Very limited menu. It is hard for picky eaters to find something they like. Not a restaurant for kids.

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Ames, Iowa
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The Cafe has modern, relatively healthy food, but there's always a wait, no reservations & not much or any flexibility if you try for early seating: even 5 minutes early. For dinner, the best bet is to arrive at 5 pm for dinner & plan to eat by 5:30. The wait might be worth it if you enjoy fire roasted... 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: Coffee Shop

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Entertaining clients
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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Hampton, Iowa
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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?