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The Cafe

2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+1 515-292-0100
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good22%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (30 reviews)
“carrot cake” (13 reviews)
“pot roast” (6 reviews)
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7:00 AM - 9:00 PMAll 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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131 - 140 of 427 reviews

Reviewed 27 October 2015

This is a very nice, upscale place at a very affordable prices. They change the menu often and always have something new in the works. Presentation always good. Ingredients always top notch. Only downside is the place is a little small.

Thank citainc
Reviewed 27 October 2015

This is our go-to place in Ames. The menu changes frequently to highlight seasonal foods. Whether it's breakfast, lunch, or dinner, the food is great and the service is even better. We like to try a variety of places, but we keep coming back to...More

Thank Jim R
Reviewed 26 October 2015

Upscale, comfortable cafe - menu changes periodically and always contains some interesting choices, including vegetarian options. Locally known as a great place to get desserts (though these are rather pricey). Tends to be long wait times at peak hours and they won't seat you until...More

Thank K E
Reviewed 24 October 2015

We missed the 2pm cutoff for lunch, but the deli sandwiches and desserts were very good. The bread pudding was an excellent choice. Its a bit out of the way, but was worth the short trip to Ames from the freeway.

Thank Wayne R
Reviewed 23 October 2015

Went with family. Everyone got something different. Everything was amazing! Many things we would have loved to eat, but too full. Consider ordering something to go. Really wonderful food!

Thank chickory7
Reviewed 18 October 2015

We were visiting Ames for a college visit and enjoyed a lovely breakfast here. Absolutely delicious. It's not very convenient to the campus, though.

Thank catherine w
Reviewed 15 October 2015 via mobile

I had the fish (mahi mahi) tacos with black beans and rice. The portion was very filling for $13 at lunch. The amount of fish in each taco was more substantial than most other restaurants, and the black beans were very flavorful. Amazingly friendly and...More

Thank Kristin W
Reviewed 15 October 2015

Good food, good service and nice ambience. Highly rated as the "must do" place and it met expectations. Special,that evening was steel head trout in a wonderful sauce. Fish tacos were mediocre.

Thank mollytwofish
Reviewed 14 October 2015

There are always lines when we have tried to get in except one time and we loved it. Big portions, ingredients very fresh.

Thank DiverJaneVV
Reviewed 10 October 2015 via mobile

The Cafe is our favorite restaurant in Ames and consistently pleases us with their delicious revolving menu. Over the years the pancakes, veggie burgers, and various dinner items always please and the desserts are fantastic. If "three little pigs" is on the menu, please try...More

Thank Chase M
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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
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
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
  • E-mail
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