We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Cafe

2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
+1 515-292-0100
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent69%
  • Very good23%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (29 reviews)
“carrot cake” (13 reviews)
“veggie burger” (12 reviews)
Closed Now
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames, IA 50010-4059
All Details
Write a ReviewReviews (443)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

11 - 20 of 437 reviews

Reviewed 13 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 7 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
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

If I lived here I would go to The Cafe all the time!! Has a beautiful sit down restaurant side but also a little cafe where you can grab and go coffee and pastries and such. Everything was delicious! I got an omelette (which I...More

Thank April D
Reviewed 15 August 2017 via mobile

Great service and better food! Orange pancakes with strawberry butter wed a hit with my husband and his mom. I had perfectly cooked eggs and crispy potatoes. This is a big place and decorated nice. There is a deli type counter that has some really...More

Thank Diana R
Reviewed 12 August 2017

We had a family get together here on a Saturday morning. The place was busy, but they were able to accommodate us. The initial delivery of our drinks was slow, but after that, we had NO complaints. The omelet was lite and fluffy and delicious....More

Thank anns6838
Nearby HotelsSee all 20 hotels in Ames
Memorial House Hotel
23 reviews
2.79 km away
Days Inn Ames
375 reviews
4.14 km away
Sleep Inn & Suites Near ISU Campus
164 reviews
5.19 km away
Gateway Hotel & Conference Center
167 reviews
5.27 km away
Nearby Restaurants
Brick City Grill
102 reviews
.11 km away
Plus39 Restaurant
134 reviews
.08 km away
El Azteca
41 reviews
.21 km away
Nearby Attractions
Iowa State University
287 reviews
2.78 km away
Reiman Gardens
291 reviews
4.17 km away
Alluvial Brewing Company
35 reviews
3.92 km away
Brunnier Art Museum
22 reviews
3.28 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
30 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
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|
AnswerShow all 4 answers
Response from Foxygurl23 | Reviewed this property |
Yes they did (:
7 April 2015|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from puma1954 | Reviewed this property |
Sorry took so long to answer. It is about 2 miles away.
Improve this listing

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, Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
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
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing