The Café

2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames IA 50010

Reservations


  Business Info

  • Address: 2616 Northridge Pkwy, Ames IA 50010
  • Cross Street: Stange
  • Cuisine: American | Pizza | Steak | Sunday Brunch | Vegan |
  • Cost: | Very Inexpensive
  • Category: Casual Dining
  • Star Rating:
  • Reservations: Required
  • Dress Code: Casual
  • Meals Served: Breakfast | Brunch | Lunch | Dinner | Other |
  • Parking: Public Lot |
  • Payment Options: VISA | Amex | MasterCard | Discover | Cash |
  • Corkage Fee: N/A
  • Phone: 5152920100
  • Features: Sunday Brunch, Catering Services, Organic Ingredients, Outdoor Seating, Takeout Available, Lounge / Bar, Healthy Options, Farm-to-table,
  • Occasion: Child Friendly, Romantic Dining, Dining Alone, Business Dining, Meet for a Drink, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Vegetarian, Quick Bite, Trendy / Hip, Date Night,

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  Business Hours

Reservations Available

Monday
Dining Room | Breakfast 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Dining Room | Lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Tuesday
Dining Room | Breakfast 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Dining Room | Lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Wednesday
Dining Room | Breakfast 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Dining Room | Lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Thursday
Dining Room | Breakfast 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Dining Room | Lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Friday
Dining Room | Breakfast 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Dining Room | Lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Bar | Dinner 4:15 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Saturday
Dining Room | Breakfast 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Bar | Breakfast 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Bar | Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Dining Room | Lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Bar | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  
Sunday
Dining Room | Breakfast 7 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Bar | Breakfast 8:45 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.  
Bar | Lunch 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.  
Dining Room | Lunch 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
Dining Room | Dinner 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.  

Customer Reviews & Ratings

Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 10/10
Oct 16, 2020
Dotta H.

Food was excellent; service was friendly and efficient. We will be returning!


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 16, 2020
Dennis B.

Only thing was when we called to make reservations we were told we could only make reservations online. That is a load of crap! Not everyone has internet! That was a huge disappointment! You HAVE to remember to put the customer first and if they call to make a reservation then do it. Don't just say " you have to do it online" that was soooooo rude!


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 16, 2020
DeAnna F.

Glad you are open again, the food was delicious!


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2020
Aaron K.

Very good distancing and safety protocols. The food is without question always good. Great waitstaff.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 15, 2020
Jill P.

Best restaurant in Ames!!!


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 2020
Julia A.

Consistently excellent in all aspects: Staff, food, customer service and ambiance! Since the The Cafe opened its doors 2003, we have never had a disappointing experience! The hands-on management and dedication of all employees makes it a STAR for not only Ames dining scene, but is above or on par with top restaurants throughout Iowa and the U.S.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 14, 2020
Carrie A.

We were delighted to see all staff in masks! There was adequate social distancing of tables being used, quick service, and wonderful food!


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 13, 2020
Janet B.

Great food and the service was very good. Only drawback was the limited wine selection.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 13, 2020
Doug M.

Always excellent.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 12, 2020
Josh M.

It is always amazing


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 12, 2020
Lisa L.

Food is always fresh and delicious!


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 12, 2020
Aimee M.

It’s always a pleasure dining there. It’s one of my two favorite places to eat in Ames.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 11, 2020
Doug E.

First time back to breakfast sitting in at The Cafe since Covid-19 started back in March. Love the pumpkin pancakes and great to see Shelby Wirth!! The Cafe and Provisions are the two top restaurants in Ames.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 07, 2020
Carol J.

Excellent experience in every way. Very happy The Cafe has reopened.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 06, 2020
Eric W.

Exceptional experience as always.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 05, 2020
Barb T.

The Cafe is one of our favorite restaurants to visit when we are in town.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 05, 2020
Donna S.

they have fantastic food, never disappointed.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2020
Dennis B.

The biggest negative was they have Coke products instead of Pepsi and they were out of their fantastic baguette. Everything else was wonderful as it always was before Covid. Glad to have them back in operation.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2020
Mary L.

The best food, service and atmosphere. Very clean and conscious.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2020
Kristen T.

Amazing as usual! We missed dining with you so much!


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 04, 2020
Andrew N.

The flavor and presentation of the food was great, as usual. We were disappointed the weekend special was gone. The local apple cheesecake was a wonderfully flavorful surprise.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 03, 2020
Betty R.

The Cafe is our favorite restaurant. Celebrations as well as just a great anytime experience. This year was 65th wedding anniversary curb side and 84th birthday in side. Thanks for always great food and great service


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2020
Dee D.

My favorite restaurant. Nice to be able to eat inside again, esp. with cold weather coming.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2020
Patricia S.

The food was delicious as always and the set up was very efficient. Our server was very helpful. A great experience after being away from my favorite restaurant for so long. I REALLY liked being able to make a reservation.


Overall: 10/10
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Oct 02, 2020
Lynn M.

Love this place. Highly recommend it to anyone.


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Sep 30, 2020
David A.

Excellent!


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Sep 30, 2020
Lora B.

I simply LOVE The Cafe! Thank you!


Overall: 10/10
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Sep 30, 2020
Patricia G.

Everything was as good as ever.


Overall: 10/10
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Sep 29, 2020
Jillian P.

Our waitress was very polite and made sure we had everything we needed. Environment was clean and friendly.


Overall: 10/10
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Sep 29, 2020
Kim C.

Excellent restaurant in every way - ambiance and decor, staff, and especially the food. Could be a little,more,generous in their wine servings.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 8/10
Service: 10/10
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Sep 28, 2020
Terry P.

The food was fabulous. I had a salmon on ciabatta sandwich. Our server was attentive, wore a mask and kept an appropriate distance, and was pleasant and professional. I felt as Covid-safe as one can in a restaurant. And the desserts!!! A great experience, and so nice to escape the craziness for a while.


Overall: 10/10
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Sep 28, 2020
Stephen H.

Thank you for offering reservation dining! It really made my Parents' 33rd Anniversary very special. Food and service were great. As usual, the desserts we had were to die for. You were so welcoming, we didn't even notice how late it had gotten when we left. Thank you so much for accommodating us!


Overall: 10/10
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Sep 27, 2020
Jodi F.

So great to be back at The Cafe! My sisters and I had a lovely dinner with friendly, familiar service. Missed the carafe of water at the table....especially since the fish tacos are little spicier than we remembered. We thought Cafe fish tacos couldn’t get any better... we were wrong... so so good!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 7/10
Sep 26, 2020
Alan M.

We were the only ones in the restaurant area. Felt really safe. It was good to be back!


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 26, 2020
Joni S.

Hands down the best restaurant in the area. They've created a very safe way to handle COVID and be open.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
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Sep 26, 2020
Ted T.

It was so good to experience the Cafe' again. Everything was as good as ever.


Overall: 10/10
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Value: 8/10
Sep 24, 2020
Fran B.

Food, Service, and Ambience is ALWAYS EXCEPTIONAL at The Cafe! We are long-time customers and are happy to be back for the first night of Indoor Dining. Great to see Mgr. Charles, and server, Paula. Although we won't be back quite so often until after the Epidemic passes, we are happy to have the option of good dining again. Thanks to all who made this happen again, being patient during a long summer.


Overall: 10/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 10/10
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Value: 9/10
Sep 23, 2020
Tim R.

Great Service. Best fish tacos ever.


Overall: 9/10
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Value: 10/10
Oct 14, 2020
Olena W.

Please have your cooks keep the mask on at all times. Not the first time we walk in and the man in the kitchen has his mask pulled down. It’s just not good these days. If they feel bad in a mask, wearing a face shield would work too. But in either case, those appearances matter. And flies. Twice we were there with a fly buzzing around during the whole dinner. Yuck. Thanks.


Overall: 9/10
Food: 9/10
Service: 9/10
Ambiance: 5/10
Value: 9/10
Oct 13, 2020
Pam M.

I asked the waitress to turn down the music (too loud for a Sunday morning at 9am breakfast) and she didn't


Overall: 9/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 7/10
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Value: 10/10
Sep 30, 2020
Elle J.

The waitress just didn’t know we were seated, so it took a little while for her to get to us before she saw us. I also would’ve loved a bottle of water like you used to have to keep refilling my glass. Thanks!!


Overall: 9/10
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Sep 26, 2020
Wendi R.

We were there for breakfast. I ordered pumpkin pancakes with my meal. They were delicious! Only negative was the waitress didn’t check back for more coffee for my husband. I love Coffee but not at the cafe. It’s tooioooi strong!


Overall: 7/10
Food: 10/10
Service: 5/10
Ambiance: 10/10
Value: 8/10
Oct 12, 2020
Ashleigh S.

I have been going to the Cafe since college in the mid-late 2000's and I'm sad to say the service was the worst I've had. The food was still the best around but it seems the quality in staff or training of them has changed. Our waitress was very rude which made the experience sub par. Very disappointing.


Overall: 7/10
Food: 7/10
Service: 7/10
Ambiance: 6/10
Value: 6/10
Sep 29, 2020
Craig T.

We understand the limited menu, but was disappointed that there was not a steak option to chose from