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Grove Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
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124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Mon - Fri 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 6:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Mequon, Wisconsin
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

This diner is only open for breakfast and lunch. On the weekends, get here before 8:00 AM to get seated without a wait. We try to get to The Grove every trip we make to Ames, specifically for the pancakes. The Grove's pancakes are as big as the dinner plate they are served and very delicious. Unless you are extremely... More 

Thank Skiblzr
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24 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

Go for breakfast, have the pancake (yes-just one because it's huge) with the homemade syrup. My kids love sitting up at the counter and watching their food being made. breakfast burritos are good too - usually one on special

Thank Campbell3boys
Richmond, Virginia
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407 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

exceptional omlets here and the coffee is good, hot, and fresh...there are tables and stools at the counter... fun to watch as regulars come in and get 'the usual"... this is not a fancy place by any means but the food is good and as comfortable as home...when in Ames we will be back for more

Thank Jeff S
Ames, Iowa
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

The Grove is just an Ames staple! They don't have the best food on the planet, but their breakfast is awesome! Best pancakes that use cake batter. Can't go wrong!

Thank EbzManda
Slater, Iowa, United States
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Order the special pancake it's amazing, it will be top with some sort of jam type mixture that is to die for. Great cozy diner. Great service!

Thank Kathleen B
Saint Clair Shores, Michigan
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

This is a nice place as far as the food is concerned. But the place is cramped and needs some work. My last visit, the booth we sat in the seat was torn. The place needs a cleanup and painting. But this is a popular place for breakfast and lunch. Food is good and reasonable.

Thank Dean B
Monroe, Michigan
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

We like to try local places when we travel, and we especially like little diners in small towns for breakfast. Grove Cafe in Ames, Iowa is the ideal place, with the locals sitting at the Formica counter, old booths with tears in the upholstery, friendly service, and simple, but delicious food. I highly recommend the pancake for breakfast; it's one... More 

Thank John48162
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31 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2016 via mobile

Came for breakfast--sausage was good everything else is just okay. Booth we sat in was dirty. I had to ask for water and they filled only mine yet two others at my table were also empty. We were here in September and had a much better experience. Will not be coming back.

Thank LeannePas
Ames, Iowa
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016

I have taken many international friends to the Grove Cafe. It gives them a feel for how cafes used to be, small, cozy, small business, locally owned, great food at an affordable price, smells like bacon and sausages.

Thank DEB309
Palatine, Illinois
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54 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

Went here for breakfast on sunday at 8:30. I got the last seat at the counter. This place is the definition of an old time cafe. Most of the stuff in the place was older than half of the customers and that is a good thing. They grind their own coffee which I did not expect but you can taste... More 

Thank sehaare

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget, 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: 515-232-9784

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?