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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” (12 reviews)
“veggie burger” (10 reviews)
Opens in 28 min
All hours
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
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131 - 140 of 418 reviews

Reviewed 20 September 2015

We always try to stop at the Cafe when we are in Ames. Great food. Just wish there wasn't a wait. Excellent pumpkin pancakes!

Thank skdonner
Reviewed 19 September 2015 via mobile

We visit this restaurant every time we visit our son at ISU. They use many local ingredients and their menu frequently changes. On our visit last weekend we ate Moroccan chicken, salmon, Ahi tacos and a burger. All were fresh and well prepared. As usual,...More

Thank Chuck S
Reviewed 12 September 2015 via mobile

I was here 12Sep2015 and was immediately impressed by the place! It's very beautiful inside, the staff seems friendly, the desserts look fabulous, the smells are wonderful. So what makes it below average? I so wanted this to be a five star visit. The food...More

Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 4 September 2015

There is usually a wait to be seated, but boy is it worth it. It is low lighting, and the tabletops are cork so your plates aren't making loud noises. The food is absolutely amazing. Some of the best I have had in Iowa. And...More

Thank Michael H
Reviewed 1 September 2015

We stopped here for a Sunday evening meal with family based on a recommendation from TripAdvisor. I had the Cuban Sand, which was very good, a little different because the black beans are in the sandwich. Not so hot if you don't like black beans....More

Thank MrSmokeyMountainMan
Reviewed 22 August 2015

There is a queue so they must be something right, but if you are used to half sophisticated food you will be disappointed. The service was very friendly but not very attentive.

1  Thank 84805PeterS84
Reviewed 21 August 2015

We were in Story City (north of Ames) for a meeting. The Cafe came up during a search for farm to table restaurants. I read the TripAdvisory reviews and looked the menu on The Cafe website. Finding a restaurant that serves tasty vegetarian meals in...More

Thank KayZee1313
Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

There is a reason that The Cafe is the number one rated restaurant in Ames. After shopping we stopped by The Cafe, because of TripAdvisor ' s rating; and we were very happy we did. At 4:00 we were only able to order from the...More

1  Thank Chrisannandroger
Reviewed 20 August 2015 via mobile

We have eaten at The Cafe numerous times. The menu changes seasonally, so there is always something new to try. The menu choices are original, and everything is so fresh! When it is the correct season, my daughter's favorite is the macaroni and cheese--but this...More

Thank Froglovinlady
Reviewed 15 August 2015 via mobile

Great breakfast and service. Right amount of food for me and my husband. I enjoyed the farm fresh eggs and he got the omelet. Will definitely return.

Thank Suzanne A
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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, 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
  • E-mail
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