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Cafe Diem

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229 Main St Ste 101, Ames, IA 50010-6472
(515) 956-3556
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 10:30 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Wonderful coffee made FRESH to order! Very flavorful. Nice place on a corner but not well marked. Worth looking for,

Thank Tom Peggy L
Loveland, Colorado
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Love this local cafe in Ames Iowa. We always eat here when traveling on the interstate. I am a coffee lover and always look for good coffee stops that aren't chains. The sandwiches are very tasty too. I highly recommend Cafe Diem to anyone.

Thank 15marigold
Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

My favorite coffee hang out is in the heart of the Main Street Cultural District. It's perfect for a quick coffee pickup or a lazy afternoon hanging out with friends. The coffee is excellent and the staff is friendly. There is a small but excellent selection of pastries and sandwiches.

Thank Linda L
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 7, 2016 via mobile

I went here with some family members for lunch. A little late in the day for coffee, but we did have some fresh brewed iced tea which was refreshing. I had the grilled chicken panini sandwich, a green salad and chips. It was very nice. My wife had the Reuben sandwich which looked delicious. Mom took the grilled cheese which... More 

Thank James K
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34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 5, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on the advice of some of the ladies who work at Reiman Gardens. The décor was interesting: instead of booths, they hung an eclectic mix of old doors from the ceiling to separate the tables. There was a lovely light fixture in the center of the restaurant, as well. The young lady at the counter... More 

Thank bookerc1
Lancaster, California
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 25, 2016 via mobile

A wonderful cup of coffee from this cute place. Service was good, staff was quick to serve and eager to please.

Thank BeautifulOwl
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20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

Coffee, cookies, brownies oh my ! It's all good. I have bumped into the mayor here when he was still in town. Go now- support local !

Thank Campbell3boys
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 9, 2016

This little coffee shop is downtown on main street the pros to Cafe Diem, is that they have to best mocha’s, smoothies, especially the strawberry and mango. They also make great waffles with strawberries on top and lightly dusted with powdered sugar, and these waffles are to die for. There iced chai’s are exceptionally good, and I normally don’t like... More 

Thank Haley R
Ames, Iowa
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18 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

I had a delicious lunch (chicken salad sandwhich and stawberry smoothie) while I tackled quite a few work projects. I've spent plenty of time here with friends over the years as well. Great atmosphere and decorations. Lots of local art! The service was fantastic - friendly and prompt! Tip: Be sure to sit on the west side of the building... More 

Thank Natalina S
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2015

This is the kind of coffee shop you want to hang out in! Good coffee, an atmosphere with character and plenty of comfortable places to relax!

Thank Kevin N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
7:00 am - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 229 Main St Ste 101, Ames, IA 50010-6472
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: (515) 956-3556

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