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Grove Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
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124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
+1 515-232-9784
06:00 - 14:00
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Sun 07:00 - 12:00
Mon - Fri 06:00 - 14:00
Sat 06:00 - 12:00
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Ames, Iowa
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14 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Grove Cafe is a classic Ames stop. Don't expect fancy. This reminds me of my favorite little hometown diner. If you are there in the morning, there may be a regular customer that unlocks the door and starts the coffee. Throwback to small town Iowa. Get the pancakes, enough said.

Thank grandski
Ames, Iowa, United States
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

If you eat here, you will walk out smelling like a diner... sort of greasy and food-y. That's okay. Their breakfast is no frills, and darn good. It is exactly diner food, and sometimes that is what you want. The service is always good, it's very personable, and they are always good with my kids. I love the breakfast, my... More 

Thank Brooke K
Fairmont, Minnesota
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62 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016 via mobile

While my father was in the hospital we decided to eat breakfast here. Expected much more by the 4 stars and being rated 40th. The back of the booths are pleated fabric and faded, torn, and filthy. I did not lean back. Napkin holder had fingerprints in the grime on top. We ordered an omelet that came with toast and... More 

Thank BeachyJo
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

It is a shaggy, loveable joint. They only accept cash or check (so keep that in mind). It's the type of diner where you walk in, seat yourself in a booth or on a stool where you get to watch the quick-order cooks make your breakfast. The staff is local and very personable. The "Famous pancake" is huuuuuuge. I would... More 

Thank Taylor W
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

We had moved our daughter back to Ames for the school year the day before. Before leaving town we wanted to go out for breakfast. A friend recommended the Grove. This was a hole in the wall on Main /street in Ames. The street has many little shops and bars in remodeled buildings so it is quite nice. The Grove... More 

Thank Randy1157
Mequon, Wisconsin
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

This diner is only open for breakfast and lunch. On the weekends, get here before 8:00 AM to get seated without a wait. We try to get to The Grove every trip we make to Ames, specifically for the pancakes. The Grove's pancakes are as big as the dinner plate they are served and very delicious. Unless you are extremely... More 

Thank Skiblzr
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

Go for breakfast, have the pancake (yes-just one because it's huge) with the homemade syrup. My kids love sitting up at the counter and watching their food being made. breakfast burritos are good too - usually one on special

Thank Campbell3boys
Richmond, Virginia
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507 reviews
396 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 April 2016

exceptional omlets here and the coffee is good, hot, and fresh...there are tables and stools at the counter... fun to watch as regulars come in and get 'the usual"... this is not a fancy place by any means but the food is good and as comfortable as home...when in Ames we will be back for more

Thank Jeff S
Ames, Iowa
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016

The Grove is just an Ames staple! They don't have the best food on the planet, but their breakfast is awesome! Best pancakes that use cake batter. Can't go wrong!

Thank EbzManda
Slater, Iowa, United States
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

Order the special pancake it's amazing, it will be top with some sort of jam type mixture that is to die for. Great cozy diner. Great service!

Thank Kathleen B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 12:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 124 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6360
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-9784

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?