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2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+1 515-292-0100
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Lawrence, KS
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72 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I ate brunch at this restaurant while we were visiting Ames. The service was efficient and friendly. But the highlight was the food. It was terrific. And the brunch menu offered an unexpected amount of variety (e.g., carrot-cake pancakes; pot roast and eggs; quinoa and kale salad; fish tacos). Big thumbs up.

Thank plainsrunner
Westwood, Kansas
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here on our drive from Minneapolis to Kansas City. Had lunch in the middle of the afternoon in their more casual counter-service area. The sandwiches were awesome! Both my husband and I commented a few days later they they were the best cold deli sandwiches we'd ever had. A little detour off I-35 but worth the drive for... More 

Thank alybetts12
Hyderabad, India
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73 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cafe burger is definitely their signature dish, a thing to die for. It's my favorite place to have burgers in Ames.

Thank sehgal01
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2016

Great place to eat/drink/meet friends. No reservations which is a bummer and they will not seat you till your entire party has arrived. The menu changes every 3-4 months so don't fall in love with a particular item, just enjoy them all as they come. Love the bakery and desserts, a classy place.

Thank Denise W
Sarasota, Florida
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Put The Cafe at the top of your Must Do for Ames! An oh, so creative menu, great utilization of space within the building filled with sharp staff and fabulous food. Leave room for Lemon Berry Cake and Chocolate Insanity!

Thank hledgerwood
Ames, Iowa
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2016 via mobile

Easily the best and most cosmopolitan type dining in all of Ames. The menu regularly rotates entrees, but also regularly has some staples such as their hamburger or hanger steak. Food is always served with attention to presentation on the plate and by professional servers. Always have great service there - ALWAYS! The desserts are heavenly and can be viewed... More 

Thank JohnBob_3
Canandaigua, New York
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19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2016

We arrived about 11 for Sunday brunch. Had about a 30 minute wait. They were right on with the time estimate. We were seated outside on the patio. Very pleasant. Our server was excellent, just the right amount of attentiveness. We had the zucchini pancakes and the shrimp and grits. Both were very tasty and well prepared. The fresh squeezed... More 

Thank ZippyVW
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

We ate here twice in two days - that good. Great local beer list and very good food. Ate outside on the patio second time - it is nicely sheltered, so pleasant on a summer day.

Thank rdwilson01
Kansas City, Missouri
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2016

This place is a must to go! I have not been in such a nice and great restaurant for a long time. I loved the food and the service. While inn Ames, IA I will definitely be back!!

Thank jolabronakowska
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58 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2016

From the 5 star reviews we were hoping for a bit more. The lunch/brunch menu is a little sparse. The BLT and Corn Soup combo was good, but the sandwich was thin and was over toasted (too dark). The Corn soup was pureed with no kernels remaining. The Shrimp and Grits is a hot mess dish. 5 different "Southern" flavors... More 

Thank Mntravelsalot

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-292-0100

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