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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” (12 reviews)
“veggie burger” (10 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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Reviews (418)
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11 - 20 of 418 reviews

Reviewed 1 May 2017

The Cafe is expensive for little Iowa but they work hard to bring the highest quality and originality to the area. We are always delighted at the ambience and originality.

Thank Marion G
Reviewed 28 April 2017

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!

Thank Kevin-HomerGlen
Reviewed 24 April 2017 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...More

Thank Sheena S
Reviewed 12 April 2017 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!

Thank chuckbies
Reviewed 9 April 2017 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...More

Thank elh
Reviewed 8 April 2017

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

Thank Alan F
Reviewed 1 April 2017 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...More

Thank Ike R
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...More

Thank 859dan
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

Thank roman s
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....More

Thank cstruve2016
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
How far in advance do you take reservations?
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
Do you sell gift cards?
12 October 2016|
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Response from Foxygurl23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did (:
Where are you located from the North Grand Mall?
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
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, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, 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
  • E-mail
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