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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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79 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Arrive early if you don't want to wait, even on a week night. Our server was friendly, quite knowledgeable and ready with recommendations. Great selection of beverages and a varied menu. My dining companion had one of the evening's specials--braised short rib sandwich served with steak fries. My fire-roasted spaghetti squash topped with mushroom/tomato/cheese was delicious (though could have been... More 

Thank Mel M
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

The butternut soup is second to none! The quiche is delicious as well as the decadent desserts! Be prepared to wait a bit but it is worth it!

Thank Pam Q
Madrid, Iowa
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Waited 30 minutes to be seated as waiting on 5th guest. Rather then set us at a table & we could have enjoyed drinks we instead sat by bathrooms. Menu was disappointing left after all agreed nothing appealed to us after such a long wait. Not going back

Thank MadridIAtraveler
Des Moines
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16 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cafe is a wonderful surprise in Ames. We have dined there for brunch, lunch and dinner, and we have never been disappointed. Well worth the visit.

Thank Tewfiks
Ames, Iowa
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2016

We have eaten breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner. They change the menu frequently and buy local, so you are not having the same menu all the time. The atmosphere is nice, also a bakery where they have bread and sandwiches for sale. The bread is very good.

Thank Janice A
Ames, Iowa
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2016

We visit this restaurant quite often as it is one of the best in Ames. They have an excellent seasonal menu. I like their veggie burger and Pizza's..they ar really good..Only down side is the wait time..sometime we have to wait for more than an hour during dinner time..which seems an awful lot with a 3 year old kid..So parents... More 

Thank Amitkhanchi
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86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2016

We had a wonderful meal and EXCELLENT service while visiting our college student. Can't wait to go back and do it all again. Selection and variety for every taste. The Desserts!!! Out of this world!

Thank Tom Peggy L
Newton, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 19, 2016

We (3 of us) showed up without a reservation around 6pm without a reservation on a Friday night. The restaurant was packed, and there was an hour wait. We walked around a bit along the street to kill time. It was right at an hour when we were seated. After that, the service was excellent...no delays in taking our order,... More 

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Indianapolis, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Stopped on the way during a business trip. The pork chop was very well prepared and tasty. Very nice and casual environment.

Thank Mark A. S
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119 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2016 via mobile

We tried the Cafe for dinner tonight after hearing from a relative that has dined hear before. The place was busy, but it did not take long for our dinners to arrive. We tried the Salmon, Pork Chop & Macaroni & Cheese dinner entrees. They all tasted great and were prepared perfectly. On our way out we decided to purchase... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $20
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Kids, 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?