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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%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (27 reviews)
“carrot cake” (13 reviews)
“pot roast” (6 reviews)
Open Now
07:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
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Reviewed 10 September 2017

We went here while visiting our daughter who is a student at Iowa State. We sat outside (only four tables outside), which may have resulted in our service being slower than we would have liked. However, it was a beautiful night and the food was...More

Thank Debra D
Reviewed 8 September 2017 via mobile

There is a reason this restaurant is one of the best in Ames- the food is delicious. The corn chowder had a pure, sweet corn taste. The burger tasted like a real beef burger should. And the key lime pie was perfect, real lime taste...More

Thank MissyBunch
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

If I lived here I would go to The Cafe all the time!! Has a beautiful sit down restaurant side but also a little cafe where you can grab and go coffee and pastries and such. Everything was delicious! I got an omelette (which I...More

Thank April D
Reviewed 14 August 2017 via mobile

Great service and better food! Orange pancakes with strawberry butter wed a hit with my husband and his mom. I had perfectly cooked eggs and crispy potatoes. This is a big place and decorated nice. There is a deli type counter that has some really...More

Thank Diana R
Reviewed 11 August 2017

We had a family get together here on a Saturday morning. The place was busy, but they were able to accommodate us. The initial delivery of our drinks was slow, but after that, we had NO complaints. The omelet was lite and fluffy and delicious....More

Thank anns6838
Reviewed 9 August 2017

We ate at the Cafe last night. We always get a warm welcome and good service at this restaurant. He had BBQ Half Chicken and I had the Somerset salad. The food was very tasty with an appealing presentation.They serve fresh made desserts which are...More

Thank Laura D
Reviewed 7 August 2017 via mobile

I have eaten there a number of times over the years. Food quality is always excellent, menu changes and the service is great. It's worth the wait.

Thank Luke S
Reviewed 2 August 2017

Arrived for lunch and was quickly seated. Our server arrived next with bottled cold water and a very friendly, personable greeting. I ordered the burger and my husband had the veggie burger. Both arrived within a short time. My burger included a steak knife which...More

Thank pesp
Reviewed 19 July 2017

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 10 July 2017

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
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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
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, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
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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