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Grove Cafe

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124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
+1 515-232-9784
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“pancakes” (35 reviews)
“finger food” (2 reviews)
“booth” (13 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner
124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The Grove Cafe was recommended by locals for the best breakfast in Ames. They weren’t kidding! Love the old town charm in this place, especially the owner teaching his son how to cook my omelette. The kid nailed it! Try the salsa omelette, of course...More

Thank Gary W
Reviewed April 12, 2018 via mobile

Refreshing, country style, dining experience in downtown Ames at an authentic retro-diner. Friendly, family run business. Everything we ate for breakfast was freshly made in plain view and delicious. Bottomless cups of coffee with attentive owners ensuring we were well taken care of. Return visit...More

Thank Travelleramundo
Reviewed December 23, 2017 via mobile

If you’re looking for a simple, hearty, no-frills breakfast… Grove Café is a decent choice. Straight up diner food – nothing fancy. But the atmosphere is a throwback to a simpler time – quite the nostalgia trip.

2  Thank MissyBunch
Reviewed October 29, 2017 via mobile

Small old time dinner with booths and stools at the counter. Great breakfasts. We had the pumpkin pancakes, 2 eggs with hash browns and bacon and the egg sandwich. All were delicious. Plenty of coffee with quick refills. Not a fancy place and it is...More

Thank ladyomaha
Reviewed August 4, 2017

A perennial favorite that people come back to, from all over the county. Who knows how long the Grove has been in business. The great thing is that it remains a favorite for hundreds and a tradition for many.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed June 28, 2017

It's been a month since I went in to eat breakfast. The food was so subpar it's hard to describe. Bland, tasteless pancakes, with some "maple" syrup on them. Ok, maple syrup? This goop was not maple, except maybe it was derived from trees. The...More

Thank Aidennosco
Reviewed May 29, 2017 via mobile

Great little diner ! The Steak Oscar omelette special was sooo good!friendly staff! Plain and simple but so tasty !

Thank bradygirl48
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Looked up The Grove Cafe online looking for breakfast - small old time diner - family run with teens taking your order. Loved it!!! Great breakfast and cute spot that filled up fast. A great experience for the kids - they asked the waitress -...More

Thank harmonytraveler
Reviewed April 11, 2017

We had a very good lunch at this no frills all cash restaurant. The food and service were very good.Will be back again.

Thank Manas R
Reviewed February 26, 2017 via mobile

Step back in time . Old school dinner. No fluff just real home cooked food. Breakfasts are big and full of all the fatty goodness that makes home food great. Forget the cookie cutter fast food chains and enjoy some real home cooked food at...More

Thank TAVR1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 12:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 2:00 PM
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-9784
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