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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
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

This is set up like a Cracker Barrel, but is way better. The food is so good. They have great cinnamon rolls and amazing coffee.

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Des Moines, Iowa
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132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Quantity is the thing here, with huge servings and family-style options. The food is good and down-to-earth. We asked what kind of cheese was in one dip and the waiter, who was new, went to ask somebody then came back and said, "white." We waited in line more than an hour and it was not worth that long a wait.

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Whitehall, Michigan
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49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've been here before when traveling and we're excited to stop. It was disappointing. The service was terrible. Our food was good but not the quality we had at previous visits. Don't drink the water!

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Thank 3hutts
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for providing us your feedback. I am sorry your recent visit with us at the Urbandale location was not what it should have been. Would you mind emailing me at lvontersch@hoari.com with more information about your experience? We want to be sure address our staff and correct any issues you encountered. Thank you in advance! More 

Austin, Texas
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I have been to The Machine Shed a number of times over the years and always enjoyed it. However this time dinner was extremely poor. It took very long to be served and even longer to get a drink. They brought the wrong drink to my husband but he didn't send it back because he worried it would take too... More 

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

Thank you for your review. I'm sorry that you received food and service below our Machine Shed standards - it sounds like we were having an off night. I will be sure to pass your feedback to our executive team so the whole staff can be addressed. We appreciate your patronage! More 

Des Moines, IA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food as always. I had a pork tenderloin sandwich which comes either grilled or breaded. this time I tried the breaded which I liked better because the light breading held the flavor and moisture better than my previous grilled. This is NOT your giant flat tenderloin with more breading than meat. Way better than that. Fries and sides were... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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21 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have had exceptional experiences each time we go to Machine Shed. Most of the food is wonderful. We particularly like the family-style sides of cottage cheese, coleslaw, and bread - and you can always ask for more of those! The portions are generous, and our servers have always been great. We had Steve on our last visit - he... More 

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Ankeny, Iowa
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2016

went to machine she tonight had country fried steak it was burned mash potatoe cold waited over 20 min to be waited on finally after asking lady who brought our menus she took our order male waiter in our section totally waited on all tables around us ignored us lady who took our order said i am not your server... More 

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

Thank you for taking the time to post your review. I apologize you received food and service below our standards. I will be sure to pass your feedback over to our management team so these issues can be corrected. We would like to invite you back on us so you can expierence the Machine Shed the way it should be.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

I've been here a few times and it is pretty exceptional. Kinda like Cracker Barrel on steroids. Don't be in a hurry because there is usually a line for getting seated. The service is laid back and often sluggish, but the portions are huge! Unless you're a "large Marge", you'll be taking home leftovers.

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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 November 2016

We were traveling and looking for a place to have Thanksgiving Dinner. This restaurant has always had simple, but great food. We called, they were open. But, they were doing a special event to support a ranch/camp for at-risk youth. 100% of the income that day went to the camp. The place staffed by volunteers and staff from the camp/ranch.... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

Saw the high ratings on T A and decided to check it out. As good as advertised. Expansive breakfast buffet. Made to order omelets. Perfect waffles. The butter looks hand-churned. The sausage(s) were excellent. All the food was exceptional. Professional and friendly Servers. Will most definitely return for 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
US$ 10 - US$ 15
Cuisine
American
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Reservations
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
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?