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Niland's Cafe


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American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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All reviews brunch biscuits and gravy hot beef sandwich lincoln highway old gas station style diner the wait staff motel jefferson ames
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Walked into the place for lunch and had to wait for a table. The place was very busy. A good sign when dining someplace for the first time versus no one in the place. Food was good, price was reasonable and service was excellent. Would...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank dwanynea
Niland C, Manager at Niland's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much for coming and giving us a try. I'm glad that your experience was a good one. We look forward to having you come back soon 😊

Reviewed March 4, 2019

Good home style cooking and a friendly staff account for the eating and dining room and outside displays account for the learning. There is plenty to learn about the history of businesses at this intersection of the Lincoln and Jefferson Highways along with the highways...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Denny G
Reviewed August 27, 2018

I love this whole restored historic area at the intersection of highways 65 and old 30 (the Lincoln Highway). In addition to the restaurant, there is an old gas station (non-functioning) and a small motel done in the old style which has a few rooms...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Dee D
Reviewed July 20, 2018 via mobile

I really wanted to like this place. We tried it twice for Sunday brunch and the atmosphere is good, but the food was cold on the buffet and not well replenished. They were using aluminum pans which kept the buffet burners from keeping the food...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank dereksarahthomas
Reviewed January 3, 2018 via mobile

Gotta be honest, the chocolate cake was amazing. Often have seen the billboards while commuting daily between Ames and Marshalltown and it was a good spot in the middle to meet up with a friend. Kids appreciated the ice cream that came with their meals....More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank D9867CHjeb
Reviewed September 9, 2017

Waited over 45 minutes in an almost empty restaurant for a burger and a hot beef. Burger bun was soggy, burger was room temperature and sloppy. Hot Beef was flavorless. The gravy was clearly made from a packet and lacked salt and pepper. The mashed...More

Date of visit: September 2017
Thank cat3178
nilandcafe, Manager at Niland's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2017

We have read your review and wish that we could have the opportunity to have you give us another try. I would note that we do not heavily salt our food as many of our customers have noted that they appreciate that they can season...More

Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

A jewel of a restaurant can be found on the crossroads of the old Lincoln Highway and Highway 65. Niland's has been serving patrons good home cooked food off and on for many years. The hot beef sandwich with real mashed potatoes and homemade gravy...More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed August 8, 2017 via mobile

Had the daily special meatloaf and mashed potatoes and gravy. Tasty home made food . The meal was all definitely home made and I gave it an A. Carrot cake for dessert was Blue Ribbon caliber. Can't wait to come back and try something else.

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank Rob E
nilandcafe, Manager at Niland's Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded August 10, 2017

Thanks for taking the time to leave us feedback Rob. We are glad you enjoyed your meal and dessert. The carrot cake disappears fast - glad you got to have a piece! Hope to see you soon

Reviewed July 9, 2017

We stopped here for lunch on our way to Minneapolis. Nothing fancy in this little cafe, but the food was great. Home cooked meals in a quaint atmosphere - good, friendly service. Will stop here again if we ever happen to be passing through.

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank Artist1990
Reviewed June 26, 2017

This is a great little Cafe from the past. Lincoln Highway goes by this little bit of the past. Back from a day where you meet for coffee and things were homemade. I enjoyed the homemade soup with grilled cheese. Best.

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank Jacqueline M
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