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Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

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11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-270-6818
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06:00 - 22:00
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Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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Dubuque, IA
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

When we travel, we like to try restaurants that we don't have at home. What a delightful surprise we found in the Iowa Machine Shed. The waitress was a great and the food was awesome. My husband said his country fried steak was the best he has ever had. I had the brisket and it was the best too. My... More 

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Thank loopie69
Johnston, Iowa
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have gone to the Machine Shed for the breakfast buffet many times in the past and always enjoyed it. It has been over a year since we last went and we decided to take family there for a celebration. We were very disappointed and surprised. Cons: 1) the presentation was sub par at best. Dented old hotel pans set... More 

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Thank Rebecca M
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Rebecca - thank you for providing your feedback. I am disappointed to hear your experience did not meet the expectations we strive to meet. I will be sure to forward your comments to our management and culinary team to review. If you would like to speak further, please email me at lvontersch@hoari.com. Thank you. More 

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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We went to the machine shed and was very pleased. Two of us had the buffet (the omelettes were great) and the others ordered of the menu it was all very good.

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Thank Ed S
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

This restaurant has a lot to choose from. Great food, reasonably priced. Located right off a major highway and within walking distance of 2 hotels. Very family friendly. I believe they also serve breakfast as well. Definitely would recommend this place.

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Thank Lynn B A
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Been here several times. Breakfast buffet is spectacular. Lunch is top notch. Down home cooking and excellent quality every time I have been here. They do stay pretty busy, and at peak times expect a 10-15 minute wait. But its worth it...

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Thank Dennis E
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I had brisket dinner and it was delicious - the menu is traditional country offerings and everyone in my party enjoyed the food. They even offer salads if you want something lighter - with friend chicken or brisket. There's a cute country store with some upscale gift options and a bar adjacent to the restaurant.

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Thank L C
Kansas City, Kansas
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate the breakfast buffet for $13/person, good selection. Excellent omelets, waffles and bacon. The hash browns and eggs weren't hot, but rather room temperature. Good service, fun place to visit.

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Thank Lauren S
Urbandale, Iowa
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My little family of 4 always picks this for celebrating birthday's. We are always satisfied with our meals. I love the fried chicken, pork medallions, smoked beef brisket and everything else I've tried. I didn't care for the sweet potato fries but every other side I've enjoyed. I also love the bread basket, Cole slaw, and cottage cheese that comes... More 

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Thank johnandjenny7924
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

The food is fabulous. The Sunday Brunch is to die for. And the all you can eat fish on Friday nights is great!! I just hate the wait for great food!!

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Thank Deb J
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

Breakfast was very poor. Potato casserole had little flavor and was greasy. Sausage was like eating a big hot dog and very greasy. Ham tasted like processed meat rather than a good country ham. Toast was over buttered.

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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Leland, I'm sorry to hear that your meal wasn't up to expectations; however, please know that I will be forwarding along your comments to our culinary team for review. If you would like to speak further, please email me at lvontersch@hoari.com. Thank you for your feedback. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 10 - USD 15
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
07:00 - 21:00
Monday
06:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 22:00
Thursday
06:00 - 22:00
Friday
06:00 - 22:00
Saturday
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
  • Phone Number: +1 515-270-6818

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