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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” (29 reviews)
“carrot cake” (13 reviews)
“veggie burger” (12 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
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Reviewed 1 November 2017

This Restaurant is always packed at meal times. Excellent food, nice surroundings, friendly staff all come together for a consistently fine dining experience. I will let others feature the food items as I have found them all fine during 4 or 5 visits. Put The...More

Thank grayhawk33
Reviewed 25 October 2017

We arrived here too late for lunch in the dining room, but we could order sandwiches, soups and desserts and eat in the small seating area. My sandwich was very good, and the bread was so fresh and delicious. As they had been voted best...More

Thank Kim W
Reviewed 21 October 2017 via mobile

Second chance. I'm a foodie and I will give it. Yes, the hollandaise sauce was perfect. See pics. Right amount of lemon, thick, rich. The hash Benedict was ok. I don't think collard greens were the right accompaniment to the Benedict. The eggs were just...More

2  Thank init4keeps
Reviewed 12 October 2017

I guess you'd call this a "foodie" restaurant as they feature trendy foods. But the food is of excellent quality and they give you good portions so the bit higher price is worth it. I started with a creamy garlic soup which was absolutely delicious!...More

Thank Ronald D
Reviewed 6 October 2017

In the Somerset section of Ames, this restaurant has a nice atmosphere, good food and great desserts!

Thank Lisa B
Reviewed 6 October 2017 via mobile

Was there with a friend for dinner. We both had late lunch so we wanted something small to eat. My friend ordered carrot cake and coffee and I didn't know what to order. The waitress was so helpful and suggested a Kale Salad which I...More

Thank auhamada
Reviewed 6 October 2017

Fantastic place to eat. Each menu item ordered by our group of 4 was tasty, well presented and rather unique. I had the "Hanger Steak". Never had such an excellent meal with the steak presented atop a large roll and sliced tomatoes. My grandson had...More

Thank KazzyKano
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

The food here is SERIOUSLY good! If you are in Ames and you need to eat - GO HERE! Wait staff is friendly professional and prompt. Food is amazing. Nice atmosphere too. You just can't miss here. The Hawaiian pizza is a fav. We also...More

Thank clbosco
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

2  Thank MissyBunch
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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 (:
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, 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
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