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Ox Yoke Inn

4420 220th Trail, Amana, IA 52203-8035
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Ranked #4 of 9 restaurants in Amana
Price range: $4 - $19
Cuisines: American, Bakery, German, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: You hungry? Famous for American and German food served "Family Style". Hearty and light portions including chicken, hand cut steaks, roast beef, sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel cutlets, Amana made brats, pork chops, ribs, catfish, sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and desserts...including rhubarb custard with meringue topping, chocolate and coconut cream pies. Pies to Go. Children's and Carryout menus. Local, American and imported wines, beers, and cocktails. Serving daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Banquets and on Sundays a Four Entree Brunch Buffet. The Ox Yoke Inn is "An Amana Colonies Tradition Since 1940." It's main dining rooms were built in 1856, and is a national historic landmark. Four generations of the Leichsenring family have owned and operated the restaurant.
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English first
Fulton, Texas
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

we were there on 7/26/14 at about 2pm, so it wasnt too busy. The citrus chicken plate contained a small chicken breast in "special marinade". That marinade was soy sauce (so it was salty and tasted like nothing other than soy sauce). The fruit salsa has so many peppers, onions, garlic in it, my friend and I could not taste... More

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Watertown, South Dakota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We enjoyed a wonderful buffet served family style as a special offer over the 4th of July weekend. The meat was great, side dishes satisfying and included drink and desert. Had two grand kids with us who ate for free. Service was very good. Special meal did not include German specialties but overall a great meal.

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Denver, CO
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44 reviews 44 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Enjoyed the German food here--many options, plus family-style dining. Prices were competitive; also includes a gift shop.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

This is one of my favorite restaurants. The atmosphere is always pleasant. The food is served family style, which the kids really like. I have never had a meal here that wasn't good.

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West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
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10 reviews 10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

My friend and I went to this restaurant especially for the apple glazed pork chops that were featured on the Travel Channel. We were very disappointed. The chops were dry and tough - obviously not fresh. The sides were delicious though and this certainly won't stop us from going back. But next time I won't listen to the Travel Channel!

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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42 reviews 42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 via mobile

This restaurant was better than their competition. The food was plentiful and delicious. Get the food served family style vs. the plated version and you will get unlimited sides. All the sides were good. The banana cream pie for dessert was good, too. The server was not too attentive, however. There is a little store attached with gifts for the... More

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morton, illinois
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67 reviews 67 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

Not many places to eat in Amana. This one is Ok. Food is pricey for what it is. Expect$30+ for sandwiches and drink. Food nothing to write home about. Desserts were quite good. Service is decent. But it's Iowa. Really $30-40 for lunch? You're captive in this little town and they know it. If you're here, you have to go... More

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Western North Carolina
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84 reviews 84 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

This restaurant is in the middle of the Amana Colonies. They are famous for country style service where they serve the table with many different dishes. We opted for a plated meal which was fine for us. Service was very good.

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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

The food and service was really good. We tried the apple glazed pork chop recommended on the Travel Channel. What an awesome meal! The Rueben sandwiches are awesome! You won't leave here hungry, unless you didn't eat!

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Lynchburg, VA
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38 reviews 38 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We had lunch here after a nice tour. The food was good and plentiful but disappointing in that it was not as "German" tasting as we hoped. Perhaps this is how it became Americanized over time but still the meats were tender and the sides were good.

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