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Noir, Ames, IA

Noir

4.5
4.5
73 Reviews
$30 and under
Lounge
Noir is a prohibition-themed bar dedicated to bringing the class of the roaring 20s back to the present day. At Noir, guests enjoy signature cocktails, friendly staff, and live music from local musicians.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Lounge

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Phone number

    (515) 306-8715

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

What 73 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseEnergetic

Loved For

  • Iowa

    Good for groups

  • Iowa

    Hot spot

  • Iowa

    Neighborhood gem

  • Iowa

    Romantic

  • Iowa

    Good for special occasions

  • Iowa

    Lively

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  1. LK

    LisaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time visiting and we enjoyed our time. The food, drinks and atmosphere was perfect. We really enjoyed the music performed by Toni Williams. I’ve been recommending your place to everyone I know. Thank you for a fun night!! Terry & Lisa
  2. AB

    AnnikaB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noir is great if you are searching for that relaxed 1920’s speakeasy feel that is high class. Excellent ambiance and atmosphere that feels like you’re in a ballroom. The service is wonderful, but beware they are specifically a whiskey and gin forward establishment. Great place to meet up with friends for a nice night out or for a date!
  3. K

    Kimmers

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Timeless little gem in the heart of Ames. Always a wonderful place for delightful drinks, nightlife, and friendly/fun service.
  4. HM

    HawkMom

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    We had a wonderful evening, listening to Indigo Monks jazz. The flatbread pizza was crisp yet gooey. The charcuterie went perfectly with my martini. The chocolate cake was awesome. All together, the atmosphere was intoxicating.
  5. CE

    ChrisE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Nice atmosphere with a good bourbon selection, good live music
  6. A

    Alison

    Des Moines

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I love the high end selection of bourbons, the ambience and music.
  7. SL

    ScottL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great atmosphere and fantastic service. Staff was extremely welcoming and food was second to none. If you have the chance you must check it out.
  8. KB

    KentB

    Minneapolis

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 4, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Wish they had prices on the different bourbons the bill was a bit of a surprise.
  9. AW

    AshleyW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I went to watch the live band that night. It was loud, but great music. Server was cheerful despite being very busy
  10. MM

    MicheleM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Noir is always a fun time. Great service, great atmosphere, great music and great people. Our group had an enjoyable time. Its one of our favorite spots in Ames.
  11. DH

    DallasH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Snack tray was average. We realize staff is hard to find, but each waitstaff had too many tables to service. We were not offered a booth although there were some available. Nothing in the reservation gave me an option to reserve a booth. The music was good. The beverages were distinctive. We want to come back for a jazz artist.
  12. A

    Amesfans

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The manager made two new guests feel very welcome and almost assured that they will be back with friends in the near future.
  13. DS

    DianeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We had a great time listening to jazz. The drinks were great although a little pricey. The service was good.
  14. JE

    JohnE

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Cool spot. Music and food were excellent! Good addition to the Ames night life scene.
  15. JH

    JeffreyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Though I didn't eat this time, I did blast out a few brain cells on their fantastic drinks. Their little pizzas are very good. The place needs jazz, every weekend. I enjoyed the music well enough but Ames desperately needs a dedicated live jazz joint. We'll, I do anyway. The service good and the staff in general are competent, friendly professional and dare I say attractive. Whomever is doing the hiring knows what they are doing.
  16. R

    Ruthie

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first visit to Noir was a fun experience. More people need to know about this great venue with live music. Very few places have live music plus unique drinks and food. Service was enthusiastic and very accomodating. Everything was excellent. We will be back.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    excellent professional service
  18. S

    Sandy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The flatbreads were very tasty. The drinks (both signature cocktails and bourbon samplers) were excellent. The staff was very attentive and knowledgable about helping decide which ones to try. Very comfortable and classy atmosphere.
  19. LS

    LarryS

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I made the reservation for my wife and her friends. They had a very nice table and enjoyed my band, as did the other patrons. My wife didn't care for her drink, but that's not your fault. She was trying to get something similar to a margarita. Oh well, other than that, it was great.
  20. SR

    SusieR

    Kansas City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic service and quality food. Drinks are their signature niche. Love and will continue to frequent this bar.
  21. SB

    SusanB

    Charlotte

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our first time at this little hidden gem in downtown Ames. We heard they had a jazz band and the sound was great! We had a wonderful waitress who explained several of the special drinks and the different blends of the bourbons. Had one of the appetizers which was delicious. This is a great little hidden place to get away from all the hype of sports bars and enjoy a quiet evening with top rate entertainment. Check out their website for future entertainment…we’ll be back to enjoy the drinks and ambience!
  22. LS

    LarryS

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    It's a great place. We went to see our friends perform. I was a bit surprised by our bar bill. Perhaps inflation, or something. But our waitress was great.
  23. DS

    DSMeater

    Des Moines

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Noir has been open for a year and still can’t seem to get things right. I’ve been to Noir three times since they opened about a year ago and they still struggle with the same issues. The acoustics are a bit wonky - you can never hear the person singing. The drinks are WAY too sweet. I ordered an old fashioned and it tasted like I was drinking simple syrup. The food is great but over priced for what you get. The service is always slow and the servers always forget something no matter how busy or slow they are. I thought they’d get better since my last visit in late July of 2021, but all that has changed is a new cover charge and some new food items.
  24. MJ

    MaryJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My first time at Noir. I loved everything about it. Great food. Great atmosphere.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were there for the first time to celebrate our anniversary. Great service, great food, and great drinks. Also the music was great. We had a wonderful evening!
  26. MD

    MichelleD

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service, food, drinks and musician were phenomenal! We will definitely be back
  27. D

    Doug

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent drink choices and extremely knowledgeable staff. Terrific in every way!
  28. E

    Erik

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great drinks and a very laid back atmosphere. Excited to return and try more!
  29. JN

    JennaN

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was such a great way to spend time with friends! The music was great quality! We had a great time in a chill and relaxing atmosphere.
  30. A

    Amesfans

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We really appreciated the knowledge of the bar manager...helped us make our friends' first-time visit enjoyable. The Coffeeshop Romance duo were top notch.
  31. JR

    JackR

    Des Moines

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Elegant atmosphere with good music and well crafted drinks.
  32. HC

    HannahC

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall1food4service4ambience3
    You have a friendly attentive staff, which is hard to find now a days. However we will not be returning so many things wrong with our last experience and I even sent a private message with no apology back. Just a few of the things that happened from our last visit alone. Change of band, we get it things happen but you still need to notify people who made reservations that there is a change of performs. We still got charged a cover fee even though we were there waiting and waiting for the “actual singer” Right speaker was not on Christmas decor is still up (it’s tacky) The open table menu prices/ menu do not patch the in person one.
  33. MM

    MyronM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love the ambience and live music! Definitely great date night place.
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Kansas City

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience4
    The flatbread and drinks were absolutely delicious. The service was wonderful and the place is beautiful. Unfortunately to pay $30/person with a group of 6 for a music performance and being seated in the one table in the place that only a third of our group could see, was incredibly disappointing. Sadly we drove 45 minutes for this and while we frequent Ames for other reasons and loved everything else about the place, we won’t likely return because of this.
  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall5food3service3ambience4
    We enjoyed the band, loved the ambience of Noir. The flatbreads were good, but I wish they offered a larger menu, even if it was just appetizers. People will probably drink more, too, if there were more to eat.
  36. E

    Emma

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a wonderful place. I enjoy how fancy it feels and the drinks are high quality. My boyfriend and I love to go here for dates!
  37. BD

    BethD

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 12, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Not a place for dinner but the Flatbreads were good and the libations great!
  38. CR

    CynthiaR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Such a fabulous and perfect evening! So happy to have this fun and swank spot right here in Ames!
  39. HB

    HeatherB

    Minneapolis

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the best time! Loved the food, drink, and conversation with friends and community. Bill has been a leader in redeveloping Main St. Ames and we now get to benefit from having Noir as part of it. This dinner is a sell out every year so don't miss out on a chance to experience it!
  40. JL

    JeannineL

    Des Moines

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a perfect evening. We feel like we are in New York having a fabulous time in Iowa! I liked everything, but the background of the whiskey by the bartender, the food explanation by the Chef was fabulous and of course that cute Satin doll providing amazing music for us was just the right touch.. Mr Malone always sparkles with enthusiasm. Perfect night!!!!

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Noir is rated 4.5 stars by 73 OpenTable diners.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Google Map for Noir

405 Kellogg Ave, Ames, IA 50010

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Ames

  • Hours of operation

    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–12:00 am

  • Cuisines

    Lounge

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Wine

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