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Great Harvest Bakery and Café

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
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Updated 07/01/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 07/01/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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#12 of 17 Cafe in Ames
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Cafe, Contemporary, Healthy
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Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
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Delivery, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Free off-street parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Non-smoking restaurants, Gift Cards Available
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Reviewed April 17, 2021

We had a group of ladies that went for lunch. They forgot to bring one lunch and came to ask what she order. When they brought the others lunch,they had no idea what sandwich to give to us. With my lunch I waited and after...about 10 minute they finally came and asked if we had received everything. They had forgot to put my order in the system. They claimed the bread batch had to be redone. When I did receive it, the bread was not very good.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Kim S, Owner at Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded April 18, 2021

Dear Ann W, I'm Kim, the owner, and I'm very sorry to hear that our staff did not fill your order correctly and speedily, even leaving out items for your group. If it was this past week that you came in, we were training two...More

Reviewed November 13, 2020

Have had many satisfying family lunches at this restaurant. However, I recently tried to use curbside pick-up there. I arrived at the appointed time and phoned in. My message went straight to voice mail. Apparently no one inside checked my message, so I waited for...over 10 minutes. In frustration, I went inside for pick-up, despite the risk. In addition, both my wife and I agreed that our sandwiches -- which we have ordered many times before -- were not up their usual quality. (NOTE: I would have sent this complaint to the manager by e-mail but apparently their e-mail is set up solely for orders.) SUMMARY: Don't bother with curbside pick-up. They don't have it.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed November 11, 2020 via mobile

We had a wonderful lunch with fresh baked bread and dessert yummies. The Pecan Pie thin was amazing. Our sandwiches were delicious.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed September 19, 2020

Very nice menu options. Clean. Plenty of seating with social distancing in kind. Staff is very helpful and courteous.

Date of visit: September 2020
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Reviewed July 12, 2020

I went for lunch and the Dakota bread was good, but the chicken salad had much to be desired. I saw the big cinnamon rolls so went back the next day and purchased one. That was a big mistake. The frosting really leaves a bad...taste in your mouth and in the center of the roll not completely done. They are not worth the $3.00 for their big sized roll. Over all I was not impressed with the things I have tried.I would probably not go back again.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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amesgreatharvest, Owner at Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 29, 2020

Thank you for your helpful feedback, Amy. I'm very sad to read that the cinnamon rolls were't fully baked the day you visited. I'll talk to the bakers about your thoughts on the frosting. The cream cheese we use may be too tangy. We're glad...More

Reviewed November 7, 2019

We try to stop by every week to pick up a loaf of their bread not always the same kind and also picking up scones or cookies too. We sometimes have soup and a sandwich if we are in there around lunch time.

Date of visit: November 2019
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amesgreatharvest, Owner at Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2019

Thank you, mavis465, for your review of Great Harvest in Ames. In fact, your words inspire us to bake new flavors so there is always something new for you and others to try. We sure love baking and making great foods for our customers!

Reviewed July 11, 2019 via mobile

We stopped with our 3 and 7 year-old on our way home from Colorado. We were craving something healthier than standard interstate exit options. What a gem of a place! Fresh-baked bread where they grind the wheat themselves. The tomato basil soup was the best...I have had. I also had the turkey melt and it was so fresh and flavorful. The Asiago basil and raisin cinnamon chip breads are so good! Definitely make the drive from the interstate if you’re in town. You won’t be disappointed!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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amesgreatharvest, Owner at Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2019

Hello, shopgirl1981. Thank you for your review of Great Harvest in Ames! We’re so glad you took the Ames downtown exit, and we hope you are able to stop back again on another trip sometime. Great Harvest locations are expanding every month, so we hope...More

Reviewed February 27, 2019

When you are visiting downtown Ames, you will be able to grab a quick lunch or dinner at this fine new cafe and bakery on the west side of town. All of the baking is done here and the food is fresh and tasty. They...have homemade soups and typical bakery items. Sandwiches are made up fresh and cost $6-8 with chips and a pickle. If you like soup and sandwich, expect to pay $10. There is no beer or wine, but they offer Italian coffee with one free refill. There is a nice open area for dining inside and they have take-out. Free WiFi, TVs and a small play area for kids are available. Hours are 7 am to 6 pm on Mon-Fri, and 7 am to 1 pm on Sat. They also sell gluten-free foods and a fresh loaf of bread is $6.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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amesgreatharvest, Owner at Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2019

Hello, rshedges516. Thank you for a very detailed review of our bakery café in Ames. We are incredibly grateful for customers like you who take time to help to tell others about our place, especially since we are still relatively new in Ames. (So new...More

Reviewed November 7, 2018

Just visited this cafe that has only been open for 4 months. The owner is super friendly and loves to greet patrons and offers samples of any of the day's offerings. Their pecan bar was scrumptious. My husband tried the cranberry scone and we also...bought some chocolate biscotti's to take home. The atmosphere is relaxed, airy and well lit. They also have a private room one can reserve. We will definitely be returning for sandwiches made on one of their great breads and I will be ordering rolls for Thanksgiving.More

Date of visit: November 2018
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amesgreatharvest, Owner at Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2019

Dear Donna, I see that it’s been a year since you posted this review, but now that we’re learning the ropes of UGC apps likes TripAdvisor, we wanted to make sure you knew that we are grateful you took the time to write about us....More

Reviewed October 2, 2018 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch. It was delicious and the folks there were super friendly. Reasonably priced too.More

Date of visit: September 2018
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amesgreatharvest, Owner at Great Harvest Bakery and Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded November 28, 2019

Hi, 77chevy. It’s taken us a year to get a handle on UGC apps like TripAdvisor, but now that we are logged on, we saw your review of Great Harvest, and we wanted to say thank you. We appreciate that you took time to write...More

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Frequently Asked Questions about Great Harvest Bakery and Café

Yes, Great Harvest Bakery and Café offers takeout services.

Yes, Great Harvest Bakery and Café offers delivery services.

Yes, Great Harvest Bakery and Café is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Great Harvest Bakery and Café is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3