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The Cafe

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2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
+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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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

As my first visit to Iowa, I have little to compare this cafe to others in Iowa, or even Ames, but the entire dining experience was spectacular. The atmosphere was unique, the service was good and the food was exquisite. From the design of the building to the decorations throughout, everything seemed well kept and comfortable. We arrived sometime between... More 

Thank Ruber2016
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The Café is our favorite for many reasons and is really the only place we consider when dining out. The seasonal, local menu is always offering something new to try. Always prepared with local and fresh ingredients. The breakfast is always fabulous, amazing dessert selection that will catch your eye the minute you walk in. Lunch is great if you... More 

Thank ElliottThompson
Ames, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Whether you order a sandwich to go, stay for a bite to eat, or grab a drink and dessert and sit outside, The Cafe' has what you want 100% of the time! I love their Paloma's - a nice cool down adult drink!

Thank JillBeth
Grain Valley, Missouri
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57 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Took my wife and young child here for dinner after a recommendation from some work friends. They had a good selection of salads, burgers and dinner entrees along with a wide variety of desserts and drinks. This would be a great place to take a date

Thank Ryan S
Siloam Springs, Arkansas
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65 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a neat little restaurant. It has a quick order section and also a sit down area where you can order off of a menu. The items on the menu are not the typical café-bacon-and-eggs. My son got eggs with portabella mushrooms, I got toast and jelly (homemade bread and preserves). Excellent for a change of pace.

Thank BethInSiloam
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food, great prices. The menu changes often and never disappoints. You can also stop in to the coffee bar for coffee, sandwiches, salads, and dessert to go if you don't have an hour for a sit-down dinner.

Thank Mindy J
Chicago, Illinois
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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I discovered The Café while studying at Iowa State University and make it a point to go back every time I visit Ames! The menu changes frequently so you will have something new almost every time and yet I have never had a bad meal. They have great locally grown food and friendly service. Prepare to wait for a table... More 

Thank drschmangie
Fort Worth, Texas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Somerset Salad was one of the best I've ever had. The presentation was very elegant with sections of salmon, arugula, halved cherry tomatoes, couscous, pumpkin seeds, and grilled corn. It was soooooo tasty and fresh and served with a chunk of crusty bread. I love the restaurant's ambiance and can see why it was packed at lunch. We also... More 

Thank Clare46408
Chicago, Illinois
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our first visit to Ames and this restaurant. Excellent service, great cocktail selection including some good craft beer choices. We had the shrimp ceviche appetizer that was an interesting mix of tastes and absolutely delicious. We both had specials, my husband had the trout and I the sirloin. Both had excellent flavors, mine came with the best cream corn I've... More 

Thank Stacey W
Ames, Iowa
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We love the food, service and atmosphere here! We are locals who eat here weekly for Sunday breakfast before church!😂 Different menu than most! For fresh and eclectic meals we highly recommend The Cafe in N. Ames!

Thank maidenink

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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, Gluten Free, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Parking Available
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, 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 Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
  • 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?