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The Cafe

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2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+1 515-292-0100
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Independence, Iowa
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

My wife and I lived in Ames until 2014 and just stopped in for brunch! It still remains a great establishment for any meal of the day. The menu is always something new and the quality of food and atmosphere is just great. We were happy to wait only 20 mins for a table! I had the Monte Cristo and... More 

Thank mhaden1987
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017

New Years Eve, Went early, No wait. Server was very good. Food was not the usual high quality we have had before. Reuben was almost uneatable. Bread was bone hard and sandwich was very spicy hot. Will go again, but hope meal is better. Desert was wonderful.

Thank Terry W
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017 via mobile

Just passing through & stopped off for breakfast. The food, fresh squeezed orange juice & our waitress Mili was amazing!

Thank Suzy S
Badger, Iowa
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22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

Our first time eating here after a Cyclone game, and it was one of the best meals I've had in a LONG time. Loved the ambience, staff was friendly and attentive, I don't think I could find one complaint. The salmon was probably the best I've had, and I wish I'd had a spatula to clean the tiramisu bowl clean!... More 

Thank Traci S
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

We visited The Cafe for brunch and thoroughly enjoyed the unique menu of this restaurant located in what feels like a little town in a Walt Disney movie. Good food in a nice comfortable restaurant. The part of Ames this is located in is "cute" and worth just driving around to enjoy the ambience.

Thank carolynn762
Granger, IN, United States
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

I have visited the Cafe many times and have never been disappointed in my meal. They have a menu that changes often with fresh foods that are seasonal and well prepared. They can be crowded but I have never waited more than 15 minutes for a table and it is worth the wait. Enjoy!

Thank 920cheriem
West Branch, Iowa, United States
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185 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016

We arrived about 1:00 pm on a week day, were told a 20 min. wait which actually was 10 and it was so worth any wait. Shelby was our friendly and attentive server. I had a wonderful Reuben sandwich and chips, $11.95 that were just delightful, warm, crispy and just enough salt. Probably house-made. My friend had a sweet Italian... More 

Thank Glenda1947
Slater, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

The food is all homemade and locally grown. If you can stand the wait when you arrive, the food and service are worth it. The menu is different every week so check the website ahead of time for their weekly features. When our children come to visit this is the go to for weekend brunch and is always a treat... More 

Thank Cathy H
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88 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Arrive early if you don't want to wait, even on a week night. Our server was friendly, quite knowledgeable and ready with recommendations. Great selection of beverages and a varied menu. My dining companion had one of the evening's specials--braised short rib sandwich served with steak fries. My fire-roasted spaghetti squash topped with mushroom/tomato/cheese was delicious (though could have been... More 

Thank Mel M
Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

The butternut soup is second to none! The quiche is delicious as well as the decadent desserts! Be prepared to wait a bit but it is worth it!

Thank Pam Q

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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
US$10 - US$20
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, 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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?