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The Cafe

2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+1 515-292-0100
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (31 reviews)
“carrot cake” (15 reviews)
“veggie burger” (12 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM Hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
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Reviewed today

Every time we go to Ames this is our go-to place for dinner. Fresh, seasonal meals, delightfully prepared and plated. Great service.

Thank Lisa3214
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a locally owned restaurant that concentrates on local ingredients and changes their menu often to take advantage of the season. It is the perfect date night or girls night venue. Every dish I have had is excellent and they are always willing to...More

Thank IowaGirl1973
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cafe is one of the best restaurants in Ames. That isn't saying a lot. This is good but far from great. It would be average in many other places and that's how I've rated it. Desserts are a focus and a reason to go...More

Thank 838jimw
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had grilled cheese with sweet corn bisque and it was sooo good!! Grilled cheese was def adult, with tomatoes, fresh basil, and bacon. Super crispy on great bread. Hubs had fish tacos, he thought superb. Desserts were very good and shareable.

Thank Alyson P
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our daughter goes to ISU and suggested we go here for dinner with the family. The food was excellent: the baguettes & chips and onion dip appetizers -top notch. Each of our main courses were very good. We had a variety of dishes: burgers, salmon...More

Thank Gary K
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Cafe is just north off ISU in a residential area. When we arrived around 6:30 p.m. without reservations, the place was packed. Asked to sit at the bar and with two seats available, we ate there. Both of us had the salmon - a...More

Thank Skippy4159
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Decided to try The Cafe for lunch as part of a business trip from Des Moines to Ames, and it was outstanding. The place has a neat vibe, great desserts, and my lunch salad and soup was fabulous -- everything very fresh. Next time I...More

Thank Bill W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped for Sunday brunch. This is a popular restaurant so you may wait a bit to be seated. The food and service were both very good. Tried the shrimp and grits and toast with avocado and egg. The dessert selection looked fantastic.

Thank John316Wisconsin
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped for lunch on a Sunday and was greater with a 50 minute wait. The seating is handled by a young staff. After I noticed that several young folks, who came in after us we're seated ahead of us. Recommend that you watch this. The...More

Thank Robert B
Reviewed 17 September 2018

Okay, the food here is great. But if you don't eat a meal here, then stop by for dessert. You will not be disappointed-- ever. The most difficult situation you'll find yourself in is trying to decide what dessert to order. In my case, I...More

Thank Kim L
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Jessie B
15 August 2018|
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Response from Marblehead750 | Reviewed this property |
A mile or so. Not far.
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 (:
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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, Romantic, 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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