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The Cafe

2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+1 515-292-0100
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (27 reviews)
“carrot cake” (13 reviews)
“veggie burger” (11 reviews)
Opens in 14 min
All hours
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
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1 - 10 of 412 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Went there to get away from the hotel and had a really great breakfast Good coffee Tasty griddle cakes farm fresh eggs And Outstanding Hickory Smoked Bacon A real eye opener

Thank trvel
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I was in ames for three weeks working. We tried several restaurants (everyone on TripAdvisor recomendations) and the café was by far the best in town. They change the menu regulary but every dinner from the wood grill worth the money.

Thank Alejandro B
Reviewed 1 week ago

I follow Tripadviosr ratings all the time, so I thought I would give this a try. The main problem, I took my 16 year old son. :) He is not adventurous when it comes to food and is too old to be filled by the...More

Thank Tonya L
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our son and his girlfriend out for a late dinner to this little gem! Nice exposed brick interior and moderate prices. I ordered the cream of asparagus soup with a side salad, and both were excellent. My son's girlfriend raved about the veggie...More

Thank mcguiremb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had heard this was a great place to try in Ames. I Stopped here for lunch the other day and wasn't disappointed. The margarita was wonderful, my friend's key lime martini was very delicious also. We shared the potato chips and red pepper dip...More

Thank luisem25
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

In Ames for business and at first glance did not seem to be a ton of food options other than chain restaurants. This was a welcome surprise! The crispy Brussels sprouts and gaucho pizza were fantastic. Also definitely try the desserts. I got suckered into...More

Thank lsc314
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Cafe is definitely known as one of the Two Restaurants You Must Eat At If You Want the Best Food in Town (OK, I may be stretching that just a bit, but it's basically true.) And it is really good...just not worthy of a...More

Thank AmesVegetarian
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is very popular with locals and everyone has positive reviews. It's regular American dinner fare. Other than salads and a veggie burger, options for vegetarians and vegans are limited. For lunch options were better and healthier.

Thank Pannipannini
Reviewed 19 May 2017

Two miles from home, probably the most successful business of any kind in a newly developed residential and retail area, The Cafe belies its simplistic title. There is frequently a waiting line at lunch or dinner, and most people know to not give up and...More

Thank CKWalter2014
Reviewed 17 May 2017 via mobile

Food was served cold. Took back to kitchen and heated up food I had already eaten on. Really question their food safety.

Thank Loretta O
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How far in advance do you take reservations?
29 December 2016|
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Response from ElliottThompson | Reviewed this property |
They do not take reservations and all people in the party must be present when you put your name in.
Judy H
Do you sell gift cards?
12 October 2016|
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Response from Foxygurl23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did (:
Where are you located from the North Grand Mall?
6 April 2015|
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Response from puma1954 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry took so long to answer. It is about 2 miles away.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-292-0100
  • E-mail
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