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Grove Cafe

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124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
+1 515-232-9784
07:00 - 12:00
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Sun 07:00 - 12:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 14:00
Sat 06:00 - 12:00
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 - "Do you have wifi?" - Nope.... LOL!! Would definately go back for a great breakfast!

Thank harmonytraveler
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82 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
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17 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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 the Grove!!

Thank TAVR1
Ames, Iowa
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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. Get the pancakes, enough said.

Thank grandski
Ames, Iowa, United States
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 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 very personable, and they are always good with my kids. I love the breakfast, my... More 

Thank Brooke K
Fairmont, Minnesota
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65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

While my father was in the hospital we decided to eat breakfast here. Expected much more by the 4 stars and being rated 40th. The back of the booths are pleated fabric and faded, torn, and filthy. I did not lean back. Napkin holder had fingerprints in the grime on top. We ordered an omelet that came with toast and... More 

Thank BeachyJo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 October 2016

It is a shaggy, loveable joint. They only accept cash or check (so keep that in mind). It's the type of diner where you walk in, seat yourself in a booth or on a stool where you get to watch the quick-order cooks make your breakfast. The staff is local and very personable. The "Famous pancake" is huuuuuuge. I would... More 

Thank Taylor W
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 19 August 2016

We had moved our daughter back to Ames for the school year the day before. Before leaving town we wanted to go out for breakfast. A friend recommended the Grove. This was a hole in the wall on Main /street in Ames. The street has many little shops and bars in remodeled buildings so it is quite nice. The Grove... More 

Thank Randy1157
Mequon, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

This diner is only open for breakfast and lunch. On the weekends, get here before 8:00 AM to get seated without a wait. We try to get to The Grove every trip we make to Ames, specifically for the pancakes. The Grove's pancakes are as big as the dinner plate they are served and very delicious. Unless you are extremely... More 

Thank Skiblzr
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2016

Go for breakfast, have the pancake (yes-just one because it's huge) with the homemade syrup. My kids love sitting up at the counter and watching their food being made. breakfast burritos are good too - usually one on special

Thank Campbell3boys

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
07:00 - 12:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 12:00
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?