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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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“brunch” (27 reviews)
“carrot cake” (13 reviews)
“veggie burger” (11 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Everything about this place is top notch. Our server was attentive, informed and had a great sense of humor. We had been out and about all day and everything we ate was so, so good. From the roasted red pepper dip to the tostadas, everything...More

Thank winstongal72
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wide range of choices on menu from hamburgers to quiche for lunch. Very good weekend brunch. Dessert counter features baked goods as well as cakes and chocolate mousse. YUMMM for everything. Fresh bread baked daily.

Thank KCMOfoodie
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went there to get away from the hotel and had a really great breakfast Good coffee Tasty griddle cakes farm fresh eggs And Outstanding Hickory Smoked Bacon A real eye opener

Thank trvel
Reviewed 18 June 2017 via mobile

I was in ames for three weeks working. We tried several restaurants (everyone on TripAdvisor recomendations) and the café was by far the best in town. They change the menu regulary but every dinner from the wood grill worth the money.

Thank Alejandro B
Reviewed 17 June 2017

I follow Tripadviosr ratings all the time, so I thought I would give this a try. The main problem, I took my 16 year old son. :) He is not adventurous when it comes to food and is too old to be filled by the...More

Thank Tonya L
Reviewed 12 June 2017

We took our son and his girlfriend out for a late dinner to this little gem! Nice exposed brick interior and moderate prices. I ordered the cream of asparagus soup with a side salad, and both were excellent. My son's girlfriend raved about the veggie...More

Thank mcguiremb
Reviewed 7 June 2017 via mobile

I had heard this was a great place to try in Ames. I Stopped here for lunch the other day and wasn't disappointed. The margarita was wonderful, my friend's key lime martini was very delicious also. We shared the potato chips and red pepper dip...More

Thank luisem25
Reviewed 6 June 2017 via mobile

In Ames for business and at first glance did not seem to be a ton of food options other than chain restaurants. This was a welcome surprise! The crispy Brussels sprouts and gaucho pizza were fantastic. Also definitely try the desserts. I got suckered into...More

Thank lsc314
Reviewed 6 June 2017

The Cafe is definitely known as one of the Two Restaurants You Must Eat At If You Want the Best Food in Town (OK, I may be stretching that just a bit, but it's basically true.) And it is really good...just not worthy of a...More

Thank AmesVegetarian
Reviewed 3 June 2017 via mobile

This place is very popular with locals and everyone has positive reviews. It's regular American dinner fare. Other than salads and a veggie burger, options for vegetarians and vegans are limited. For lunch options were better and healthier.

Thank Pannipannini
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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
12 October 2016|
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Response from Foxygurl23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did (:
6 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
US$10 - US$20
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-292-0100
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