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2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+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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Homer Glen, Illinois
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Have had numerous meetings over Breakfast at this restaurant. The food is always very good & the staff is very friendly. There is also a bakery attached to the restaurant. The cookies and the pudding are both very good!

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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I wasn't able to take many pictures because the food was too amazing and ate most of it before I realized to take a picture. Overall though, my family and I had a great experience. The staff was very friendly and the attached bar was a major plus! Very clean facilities and just great time overall. Would definitely come here... More 

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Thank Sheena S
Waconia, Minnesota
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Cafe was very quaint and comfortable with great service and delicious food. It was a bit of a drive from I35, but well worth it. The turkey meatloaf sandwich was wonderful!

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Thank chuckbies
Chicago, IL
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26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Diverse brunch menu. Although we wished they had a few more offerings they had a few savory and a few sweet dishes. Our food came quickly. They even offered to split our dishes for us knowing we planned on sharing. We got there around 9 on Sunday. When we left about 45 minutes later they had a wait.

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Thank elh
Kansas City, Kansas
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

food and beverage always great service great it truly is like France but maybe better breakfast lunch dinner all great bar server especially knowledgeable limited but smart wine list

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Thank Alan F
Sioux City, Iowa
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice place, very swanky, cool and trendy. Service was good after about a 20 minute wait. Once seated, drinks and food came fairly quickly. Couple things to note, no free refills on soda, and while waiting make sure you have comfortable shoes on. Food was very good, I had the catfish po boy with potatoes...Very good and the potatoes... More 

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Thank Ike R
Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 March 2017

Honest truth this is one of the best places to eat in town. The wait isn't that long, the prices are reasonable and the ambiance of the place is perfect. There is never anything on the menu that isn't good to eat. This restaurant uses the best meats, spices and vegetables from around the area and serves wonderful entrees. My... More 

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Thank 859dan
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

A local man recommended this place..I was glad I took his advise and had dinner there..Gratis atmosphere.. pork lion was amazing.. strongly recommended

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Thank roman s
Sutherland, Iowa
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 March 2017

We love everything about The Cafe. The staff, the food, the atmosphere! There is usually a wait but once you are seated you never feel rushed. We love the concept of fresh, local, In season food and this is what The Cafe is all about. The menu changes several times a year plus they have daily specials. My husband had... More 

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Thank cstruve2016
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31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 March 2017

The Cafe has a menu full of interesting entree's with a dessert option that is to die for. There have been many times where I ordered a new dish only to discover a new favorite. The bites are seasoned in a way to enhance the ingredients...the desserts are near death experiences! LOL This is one of my favorites...ANYWHERE!

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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan 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
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Local cuisine, Kids
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 Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-292-0100

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Hampton, Iowa
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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?