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The Cafe

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2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+1 515-292-0100
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

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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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

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 

Thank kellybennett2016
Indianapolis, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW 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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116 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

Thank Brophman
Lawrence, KS
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

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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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 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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103 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

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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5 of 5 bubbles 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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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
Families with children, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?