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Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

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11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-270-6818
06:00 - 22:00
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Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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137 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

My first visit to Iowa and my clients took me here for dinner. It was a really nice and cozy place to eat. The food was delicious, and out server Jordan (it was her first day on the job) was great. One of my clients had a very specific drink order and food order, and she made sure it wad... More 

Thank adam h
Clive, Iowa
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41 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This isn't your typical restaurant. You order a specific type of meal and they bring enough for the whole family. If you are here for breakfast, order the cinnamon rolls.You'll thank me later.

Thank Fam_Tvler
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180 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I do not understand why restaurants do not have smaller portions for those who don't want much. My family ate here for a day after Mother's Day and there were few small options and the food you get is way too much for the normal appetite. I had the shedderpotatoes and was disappointed, very mushy and bland. Our ham was... More 

1 Thank Marlys V
Davenport, Iowa
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173 reviews
140 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We thought we would have breakfast here as most of the morning breakfast stuff at most motels leaves a bit to be desired, as a rule. We walked in on a Sat morning right after they opened at 6 a.m. We were seated with a pesky fly that never would leave and my wife had to ask for clean silverware.... More 

1 Thank Jay H
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Jay, thank you for providing us with your detailed review. We value our guests feedback and I apologize you were dissatisfied. Were you able to discuss your dissatisfaction with the manager during your visit? We try to accommodate our guests as much as possible and if something was not up to expectations we are always happy to make it... More 

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15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This a must stop if you are in Iowa! The gift shop is uniquely Iowan and the food is very typical of Iowa food. The service was a lil slow but it was a good time had by all!

Thank HonestJJReviews
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When you go to this restaurant be prepared to be stuffed! The portions here are huge! Neither my husband or I were able to finish. The entrees are all comfort foods, such chicken and biscuits, meatloaf and pot roast. Sides that come with all meals are coleslaw, cottage cheese and a bread basket. The coleslaw was some of the best... More 

Thank 75pamm16
Hartford, Connecticut
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169 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Part shop, part restaurant, part bar this place has a bit of everything. We went for breakfast. The breakfast was very good and I loved there apple smoked bacon! I had the bacon with eggs and hash browns. The only downside is the service was consistent. The waitress was very pleasant but lost track of us a couple of times.

Thank Kwldtrvlr
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

amazing cinnamon rolls and very good buffet. bacon was AMAZING. the food came out quick and there is a amazing gift shop.

Thank Mallory m
Rock Island, Illinois, United States
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

We eat here quite a lot and have nothing but great things to say about the place! Food is exceptional and the staff is great!! This was our first Easter breakfast and the best we've ever had. It wasn't a brunch because lunch wasn't included, however the lunch buffet sounded even better with beef tips, prime rib, shrimp, and so... More 

Thank Elena L
Ankeny, Iowa
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420 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

I can never eat the full amount of the huge breakfast specials at the The Machine Shed. It has old fashion Iowa farm food. I love the extra crispy bacon. I love to shop in the gift shop for Iowa items. It is a fun place to visit and eat.

Thank david_hance_iowa

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?