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The Cafe

2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA
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Ranked #1 of 164 Restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $10 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Café
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Marshalltown, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

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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25 reviews 25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014 NEW

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
38 helpful votes 38 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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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
2 reviews
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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Ames, IA
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Love the portabella scramble!! Sourdough pancakes are yummy also. It's out favorite place for breakfast.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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37 reviews 37 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

I have been here twice and enjoyed it both times. The food is great. Tables are spaced so that each party has some privacy and the noise level allows for conversations. Our most recent visit was for lunch. I had a french onion soup which was wonderful.

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Ames, Iowa
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91 reviews 91 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Latest menu has the return of Korean Steak and Eggs; one of my all time favorites at The Cafe. Only thing that would have made it better is if they'd have had Butterscotch pot de creme available for dessert.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

I travel a lot and this is my favorite restaurant. Service is great. The menu is short but it is changed every few weeks. The desserts are fresh, flaky and delicious. The cafe uses local produce, meat and eggs when available.

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Additional Information about The Cafe

Address: 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA
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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