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328 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6162
+1 515-232-3626
Mon - Fri 10:00 - 19:00
Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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Ames, Iowa
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Those long lines--it's because they're good. Plan your visit around the rush and you can skip most of the wait. Servers are always among the most pleasant I've experienced.

Thank Jim R
Ames, Iowa
Level Contributor
14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great sandwich and great old fashioned deli service. A local tradition and worth the trip downtown to get a classic sandwich on great bread.

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

Every sandwich I've gotten from Downtown Deli has been my favorite sandwich. The meat & cheese is freshly cut, the "fixings" on top are spot on, and the bread is fresh. It's a no frills sandwich shop which is one of the best sandwich shops in town.

Thank Brooke K
Ames, Iowa
Level Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 23 August 2016

They offer a rye roll which I love! Fresh subs with all the fixins you would want. Fresh made salads, soups and deserts also! The owner makes a connection with his customers and this makes Downtown Deli even more special. Go before noon or the line is nuts. True testament to a great local spot for lunch.

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

If you go here for lunch most likely the line will be out the door.....that should tell you something. This place is great! Try the rueben sandwich. My kids love it here.

Thank Campbell3boys
San Francisco
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151 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Been eating here since shortly after it opened. This is the deli you want to go to in Ames - not Jimmy John's, not Subway, not West Street Deli, not even Depot Deli. The bread here is fantastic (if you get in first thing at 10 AM wait for the fresh shipment), the ingredients are high quality, the particulars are... More 

1 Thank Cubecritter
Des Moines, Iowa
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610 reviews
561 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 186 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 September 2015 via mobile

I went in for a sandwich and came out with a chef salad. This food is really fresh-sliced right when you place your order by very friendly staff. It's a small clean place. Marcydiner tantrum scale of 5/5-no screaming kids. This place embodies what small town Iowa really is!

Thank init4keeps
Ames, Iowa
Level Contributor
64 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2015

Great soup and sandwiches to eat there or take with you. Quiet/small shop so you can hear your friends talk. good food.

1 Thank BETTY G
Odenton, Maryland
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221 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 August 2015

An excellent deli. Like every deli, it's going to be as good as the ingredients you pick and the quality of ingredients the deli has on hand. Downtown Deli has had excellent and fresh ingredients every time I have visited. Additionally the staff at this deli have always been friendly and welcoming, and they seem to enjoy their job making... More 

2 Thank 197stevee
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 August 2015 via mobile

The sandwiches are good and fresh. They have remodeled and opened up the store. It is great for lunch!!!

1 Thank Ken L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Soups, Delicatessen
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 17:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 328 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6162
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-3626

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