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Cafe Diem

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229 Main St Ste 101, Ames, IA 50010-6472
+1 515-956-3556
07:00 - 22:30
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 07:00 - 22:30
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saint louis park, mn
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in on a road trip to Minneapolis. Had a great little lunch - soup and sandwich. The highlight is the cute, comfy atmosphere - one of those coffeehouses where you want to spend your entire afternoon. My only disappointment was my latte was heavy on milk, not espresso flavor.

Thank ckreie
Ankeny, Iowa
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368 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017

The is an old commercial retail building with a long narrow layout. You can sit in booths along the East and small tables with chairs on West wall and small tables in front elevated display stages on both sides of front door. The brewed coffee is OK. The sandwiches are appealing. I prefer the strawberry smoothies. The place is packed... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
Ames, Iowa
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

Great feel for a cafe. Wood floors, cool vibe. Great coffee. Food is really good, and I feel may get overlooked.

Thank grandski
Strasbourg, France
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84 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 November 2016 via mobile

We only go occasionally to Cafe Diem but it is always a great experience. All the coffees are great and so are the pastries. We particularly like the chai latte and cappuccino. The staff is very friendly and it is a nice place to hang out with friends.

Thank Tourvel_67
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

I've been going to Cafe Diem for years, and it is always great coffee, great scones, and pretty good food. The ambiance is very modern and chic, it's always full of people, and I will always come back.

Thank Brooke K
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90 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

Wonderful coffee made FRESH to order! Very flavorful. Nice place on a corner but not well marked. Worth looking for,

Thank Tom Peggy L
Loveland, Colorado
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Love this local cafe in Ames Iowa. We always eat here when traveling on the interstate. I am a coffee lover and always look for good coffee stops that aren't chains. The sandwiches are very tasty too. I highly recommend Cafe Diem to anyone.

Thank 15marigold
Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 July 2016

My favorite coffee hang out is in the heart of the Main Street Cultural District. It's perfect for a quick coffee pickup or a lazy afternoon hanging out with friends. The coffee is excellent and the staff is friendly. There is a small but excellent selection of pastries and sandwiches.

Thank Linda L
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

I went here with some family members for lunch. A little late in the day for coffee, but we did have some fresh brewed iced tea which was refreshing. I had the grilled chicken panini sandwich, a green salad and chips. It was very nice. My wife had the Reuben sandwich which looked delicious. Mom took the grilled cheese which... More 

Thank James K
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45 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We stopped in for lunch on the advice of some of the ladies who work at Reiman Gardens. The décor was interesting: instead of booths, they hung an eclectic mix of old doors from the ceiling to separate the tables. There was a lovely light fixture in the center of the restaurant, as well. The young lady at the counter... More 

Thank bookerc1

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
07:00 - 22:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 229 Main St Ste 101, Ames, IA 50010-6472
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-956-3556

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