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The Cafe

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2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
+1 515-292-0100
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07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Lenexa, Kansas
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The foodds was good with good service all in a very nice atmosphere. We had an appetizer with beets & we devoured it - even those that don't like beets.

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Independence, Iowa
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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 

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Thank mhaden1987
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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.

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Thank Terry W
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

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

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Thank Suzy S
Badger, Iowa
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Traci S
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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.

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Granger, IN, United States
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

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West Branch, Iowa, United States
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172 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Slater, Iowa, United States
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23 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Cathy H
Hampton
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87 reviews
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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 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
07:00 - 21:00
Tuesday
07:00 - 21:00
Wednesday
07:00 - 21:00
Thursday
07:00 - 21:00
Friday
07:00 - 22:00
Saturday
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2616 Northridge Parkway, Ames, IA 50010
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-292-0100

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