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“Best restaurant in Ames” 5 of 5 stars
Review of The Cafe

The Cafe
2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
+1 515-292-0100
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Ranked #1 of 149 Restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Cafe
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Good for: Doing business, Romantic, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner, Reservations
Ames, Iowa
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
“Best restaurant in Ames”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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 bar is imaginative and their house cabernet is much better than many pricy wines on other restaurant menus.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Ames, IA
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Never Disappoint”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Iowa, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Good food, service”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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

  • Visited March 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“One of "best"restaurants in Ames!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Upscale, unique cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

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.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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