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Spice

#13 of 135 Restaurants in Ames
Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
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402 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6150
+1 515-232-0200
Sunday
Closed
Hours:
Mon - Sat 11:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 20:45
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Woodbury, Minnesota
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94 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We gave The Spice Thai Cuisine a try during our drive from Minnesota to Colorado for a skiing vacation. Wow, what a pleasure. The food was delicious, expertly flavored, and served promptly. As others have commented, the servers are outgoing and friendly. The restaurant is clean and airy. Our dishes of Pad Ka Prow Duck and Yellow Curry were both... More 

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Thank DavidNancyJessica
Ames, Iowa
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46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 December 2016

For Thai food, we usually go down to Ankeny to Thai Kitchen. We love Asian food and frequent many of Ames' restaurants -- and they're good in their own ways. House of Chen just keeps getting better and better, especially their lunches. Our daughter prefers The Mandarin; whereas, our son likes Szechuan House and May House. But - Spice was... More 

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Thank Victorious1203
Ames, Iowa, United States
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

This is a very nice restaurant, and the food is quite good. I haven't found the food to be as spicy as other Thai places though. It seems very Americanized, but I can understand they are appealing to the masses. Overall it is a nice place with clean & appealing decor, good food, and decent service. I would recommend.

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Thank Brooke K
Appleton, Wisconsin
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97 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016 via mobile

My husband and I love Spice! We always enjoy the food that we order here. The servers are kind and prompt. Spice has a gluten free menu for those who must avoid wheat or gluten. There are a nice variety of options on both the regular and gluten free menus. They also serve alcohol, appetizers, and dessert. The fried rice... More 

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Thank Caitlyn H
Piracicaba, SP
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129 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 2016 via mobile

I visited this restaurant with my friends in November, 2012 as one of our friend had been there before and liked the food. Thai food is my favorite and I have tried Thai food in US, Singapore and Thailand. By far, it is the worst Thai food experience I ever had. Food does not even remotely close to authentic Thai... More 

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Texas
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 September 2016

We picked this restaurant because we are both vegetarian and I'm gluten free. When we went in, the owner himself came to our table and discussed our needs and personally recommended some options, and then went to the kitchen and told the cooks how to prepare it. It was a fabulous meal, delicious and nutritional.

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Thank Paul S
Ames, Iowa
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

We went to The Spice at the prime dinner hour (6:00) and were able to be seated right away. The atmosphere was quite nice and the staff were extremely helpful, especially as it was our first time eating there. They offer both a vegetarian and a gluten-free menu and all of the food is prepared to order so it is... More 

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Thank mehanson0
Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016

Tried this restaurant about 8 years ago and was not impressed. Gave it another try and was not impressed. The staff was friendly but seemed distracted. The appetizer was highly recommended by our server, but meh. My husband's beer was warm, my wine glass was removed before empty and never saw a refill on our water. I ordered the Pad... More 

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Thank Zeker213
Ames, Iowa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 July 2016

If you like Thai food, you will love The Spice. The food is consistently delicious and I, for one, am absolutely addicted to the Pad Ka Prow with chicken while my best friend loves the Pad Thai. The atmosphere is comfortable and the wait staff is friendly.

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Thank Linda L
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2016 via mobile

We use to live in Ames and love this place then. We also try to make it back once a year when we are there. Usually during football season when we are there a lot.

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Thank Dede S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$20
Cuisine
Asian, Thai
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Monday
11:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 20:45
Tuesday
11:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 20:45
Wednesday
11:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 20:45
Thursday
11:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 20:45
Friday
11:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 20:45
Saturday
11:00 - 14:15
17:00 - 20:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 402 Main St, Ames, IA 50010-6150
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Ames
  • Phone Number: +1 515-232-0200

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