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Grove Cafe

124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
+1 515-232-9784
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible7%
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“pancakes” (33 reviews)
“booths” (6 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Diner
124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
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Reviewed 23 December 2017 via mobile

If you’re looking for a simple, hearty, no-frills breakfast… Grove Café is a decent choice. Straight up diner food – nothing fancy. But the atmosphere is a throwback to a simpler time – quite the nostalgia trip.

2  Thank MissyBunch
Reviewed 29 October 2017 via mobile

Small old time dinner with booths and stools at the counter. Great breakfasts. We had the pumpkin pancakes, 2 eggs with hash browns and bacon and the egg sandwich. All were delicious. Plenty of coffee with quick refills. Not a fancy place and it is...More

Thank ladyomaha
Reviewed 4 August 2017

A perennial favorite that people come back to, from all over the county. Who knows how long the Grove has been in business. The great thing is that it remains a favorite for hundreds and a tradition for many.

Thank Paul S
Reviewed 28 June 2017

It's been a month since I went in to eat breakfast. The food was so subpar it's hard to describe. Bland, tasteless pancakes, with some "maple" syrup on them. Ok, maple syrup? This goop was not maple, except maybe it was derived from trees. The...More

Thank Aidennosco
Reviewed 29 May 2017 via mobile

Great little diner ! The Steak Oscar omelette special was sooo good!friendly staff! Plain and simple but so tasty !

Thank bradygirl48
Reviewed 3 May 2017

Looked up The Grove Cafe online looking for breakfast - small old time diner - family run with teens taking your order. Loved it!!! Great breakfast and cute spot that filled up fast. A great experience for the kids - they asked the waitress -...More

Thank harmonytraveler
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We had a very good lunch at this no frills all cash restaurant. The food and service were very good.Will be back again.

Thank Manas R
Reviewed 26 February 2017 via mobile

Step back in time . Old school dinner. No fluff just real home cooked food. Breakfasts are big and full of all the fatty goodness that makes home food great. Forget the cookie cutter fast food chains and enjoy some real home cooked food at...More

Thank TAVR1
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Grove Cafe is a classic Ames stop. Don't expect fancy. This reminds me of my favorite little hometown diner. If you are there in the morning, there may be a regular customer that unlocks the door and starts the coffee. Throwback to small town Iowa....More

Thank grandski
Reviewed 22 November 2016

If you eat here, you will walk out smelling like a diner... sort of greasy and food-y. That's okay. Their breakfast is no frills, and darn good. It is exactly diner food, and sometimes that is what you want. The service is always good, it's...More

Thank Brooke K
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-9784
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