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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%
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Have eaten here many times, food is always fresh and delicious. Really good breakfasts! The wait can be long especially on busy football weekends but it is worth the wait.

Thank asmcj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited with a friend. I had a Somerset salad which was sort of a Cobb salad. Very tasty. Friend had grilled salmon and he ate every molecule. Service was slightly better than OK - a little slow and unenthusiastic.

Thank Marblehead750
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Last night 3 girlfriends and I went out to celebrate a birthday. The service was great. We weren't rushed at all, the food came out promptly. We started with delicious cucumber martinis and very tasty guacamole. Three of us ordered the salmon. OMG! It was...More

Thank nowdsm
Reviewed 8 April 2018

Hello travelers, The Cafe is an eatery that you must visit when you out here in the Ames, Iowa area. There are very good food choices, the food is tasty, and a nice atmosphere abounds. The Cafe also serves libations. Locally sourced food ingredients is...More

Thank Indiana J
Reviewed 29 March 2018 via mobile

The Cafe has great food and a wonderful atmosphere! The staff is wonderful and they make sure you have an awesome dining experiance!

Thank SRCAIN1957
Reviewed 11 March 2018

As two of my granddaughters have, or are, attending Iowa State University I have had the honor of taking both of them to the Café on more than one occasion. As I've been told, the menu of the day is specifically created day today and...More

Thank Rex Z
Reviewed 22 February 2018 via mobile

I was in Ames for a week. I ate at this restaurant for lunch the first day. Quaint, unique food and friendly staff. I had the kale and quinoa salad with chicken that day. It was so good! The next day was Ash Wednesday and...More

Thank sandra g
Reviewed 9 January 2018

The cafe has an interesting, changing menu. The food here is usually fantastic but it can get on the pricier side of things.

Thank Maria F
Reviewed 14 November 2017 via mobile

Creative, sometimes locally sourced, quality conscious and wonderful service. Sometimes the portion sizes are pretty small, and there's not a lot of choice on the menu. It is nice that the menu changes I think the best meal here is breakfast but they have the...More

Thank Nancy M
Reviewed 6 November 2017

Vist this elegant restaurant for a special occasion and you will be pleasantly surprised. They specialize in wonderfully prepared specialty dishes and burgers. You likely will get full but working guys may need desert!! The accompanying coffee shop is a good place to drop in...More

Thank Robert N
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Questions & Answers
30 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
13 October 2016|
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Response from Foxygurl23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did (:
7 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
USD 10 - USD 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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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