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Hensell's Oaken Bucket

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American, Bar
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1212 S Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46615-1620
12:00 - 21:00
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Mon - Sat 11:00 - 12:00
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in after visiting the zoo. Nice place with great food and service. Staff was very helpful.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
South Bend, Indiana
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Always excellent food and service at Hensell's Oaken Bucket! A group of us (7) went out for Valentine's Day, a night early, the 13th. I had the delicious steak sandwich basket. A friend of ours always orders that, he loves it ! I did, too! I usually have a burger. The Oaken Bucket is a long-time local favorite in South... More 

Thank Jennifer B
South Bend, Indiana
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

Great experience of being able to enjoy the river view along with a fantastic burger (so many choices)! We frequent this restaurant at least once a month all year long! Pricing is great. The fish dinners are oh-so good...sometimes it is hard to decide between the 2!

Thank Kathye D
South Bend, Indiana
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 12 September 2016

Went to sit on their patio by the river . Had to wait for a table, no problem. People left we ran for the table, success we made it. We had approximately 70 minutes to get our food and eat. 70 minutes later we finally got our food which consisted of dried up hamburgers. Had to get to go boxes.

Thank reelyjigs
United States
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207 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 September 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed our dinner at Oaken Bucket. The prices are about average, similar to the price of a burger at O'Charley's or equivalent restaurant. The food was better than the franchised establishments, though. The quality is definitely there, and I'm glad that this place was recommended by a friend. I would recommend eating outside when the weather is nice. The... More 

Thank WorldTravelers1999
Mishawaka, Indiana
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2016

Enjoy sitting outside to ear our meal (have never had a bad meal 😎). Always pleasantly served & have always liked eating by the river view

Thank _davjoe67
Burr Ridge, Illinois
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 August 2016

Went to Hensell's for the first time today. Hubby ordered their steak burger and I had a party melt. By far one of the best burgers we have ever had. Tender, juicy cooked to perfection. We didn't look much beyond the burgers as that's what we went there for. Don't let the jammed parking lot scare you off there are... More 

Thank Kari H
Niles, Michigan
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57 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

nice scenery of the river ,great food at reasonable prices , nice servers and attentive , great appetizers serves alcoholic beverages overall I really like this place

Thank Yolanda P
Asheville, North Carolina
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 August 2016

Being from out of state, I've only eaten at the Oaken Bucket five times in the past three years. Between each visit, I hear about how great their char-broiled burger is or read about it in some newspaper review. On each visit to South Bend, I try the Oaken Bucket again, ordering the much-"heralded" char-broiled burger, thinking that I must... More 

Thank PatH--from--NC
Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
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174 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 July 2016 via mobile

Our daughter and her friend participated in the Sunburst half marathon in early June & stopped for post race lunch. The burgers were ginormous on our daughters recommendation. They had huge buns to fit the patty. It was a little more well done than I prefer but very juicy & flavorful. The fries were mediocre. Should have gone with the... More 

Thank Dawn M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
11:00 - 12:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1212 S Ironwood Dr, South Bend, IN 46615-1620
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  South Bend
  • Phone Number: 5742891616

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