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Oakdale Dam Inn

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American, Bar, Pub
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11899 W Oakdale Dr, Monticello, IN 47960
+1 574-965-9104
Sun 12:00 - 20:00
Tue - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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West Lafayette, Indiana
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Worth the drive to find it. Very good bar selection, nice full menu and atmosphere. Service was quick, food was good, drinks were prompt and unique atmosphere both inside and out. Layout and decor reminds you of a time past, but is very refreshing and now unique.

1 Thank ray k
Monticello, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

My wife and I tried the Oakdale Inn on the recommendation of good friends that eat there often. The catfish and tenderloin sandwiches were their favorites, and are now ours as well. Scanning others' plates always revealed plentiful portions. There are multiple dining areas, some of which are decorated more lavishly. A couple of the areas are very simple, but... More 

1 Thank Tim H
Indianapolis, Indiana
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613 reviews
340 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 197 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016

You have to know where this place is......you'll not pass it during your regular travels. It sits adjacent to the Lake Freeman dam and although it has a Monticello, Indiana address, it is somewhat south of the heart of the city. The food is good.....great sandwiches.....catfish is very good.....their home-made potato fries are quite good. And, they have a great... More 

1 Thank gold-vintner
Chalmers, Indiana
2 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Place to go if you like smelt. Some of the best I've had. I have never had anything that did not taste good from here.

Thank roscoemead
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

This is an absolute must while in the area. The Prime Rib sandwich special is over the top delicious. Melt in your mouth great! The smelt, the shrimp and the dam burgers are all meals I've had that items you have to come back for. Service dining in or carry out are both excellent. Super eats!

1 Thank Marcheta L
Fishers, Indiana
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68 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

Our group went later in the evening and ended up being the last customers to be served, but they didn't hurry us through the meal. A couple of us had the catfish that was good and a very generous portion, but I also tried the Walleye and preferred it. Yummy! The fried veggies is a good appetizer to share. Reasonably... More 

2 Thank DawnKT
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41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2016

Looking at homes in the area on a Saturday evening, we were happy to find this restaurant along the river. Doesn't look like much and we were not sure which door to enter. Upon entering, we shared with the waitress just inside the door that this was our first visit and she just pointed to the hostess by the bar... More 

Thank family4MI
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35 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016

Way off the beaten path....dark and dingy....not well kept...landscaping a mess... We had catfish fried and grilled filets...grilled had a musty taste...fried were frozen out of a box (my guess) Cracker Barrel has far superior catfish. Sides were....salad...good portion...mostly the not so nice pieces of lettuce..1 piece of onion...few croutons...no tomatoes...drenched in dressing...yesterdays baked potato, hard and turning dark....steak fries....very... More 

1 Thank tinkinthehouse
leslie164, Owner at Oakdale Dam Inn, responded to this review

Mr and Mrs Skinner - thank you for taking the time to review Oakdale after your visit Sunday afternoon. I'm sorry your experience at our Family Restaurant prompted a negative review. I do want to clarify just a few items. We purchase only USA Farm Raised Grain Fed Catfish from Mississippi - whether it is ordered fried, grilled, blackened, cajun,... More 

Monticello, Indiana
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016

The service is excellent, we like the casual, friendly atmosphere, and the food is always excellent. We don't even get a menu, they know what we want!

2 Thank Patty S
Lafayette, Indiana
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159 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

This is a local's hangout, and with good reason. Catfish, fries, burgers, beer, fun people, near the lake. All good stuff. Now, this isn't a fancy place, so come casual, comfortable, and ready to just kick back and have a good time. Like I said, all the locals know this one, so sit and talk with someone. I'll bet they... More 

1 Thank djkudrak

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$29
American, Bar, Pub
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
12:00 - 20:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11899 W Oakdale Dr, Monticello, IN 47960
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Monticello
  • Phone Number: +1 574-965-9104
Oakdale Dam Inn is a casual dining family restaurant. We are located on the beautiful Tippecanoe River adjacent to Oakdale Dam which forms Lake Freeman. We serve only USDA Choice hand cut steaks, Fresh USA Farm Raised Catfish, Center Cut Pork Loins, a large variety of appetizers, and have over 20 Draft Beers on Tap and 60 bottled beers in stock. Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Sunday.

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