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Ox Yoke Inn

4420 220th Trail, Amana, IA 52203-8035
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Ranked #4 of 8 restaurants in Amana
Certificate of Excellence 2013
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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68% Recommend
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English first
Lockport, Illinois
14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014 NEW

On a recent visit to The Amana Colonies I stopped in at The Ox Yolk Inn because of a recommendation by a tour escort. The restaurant is charming and inviting. The wait staff was helpful and friendly. I ordered the Wiener Schnitzel and my wife ordered a cobb salad. Both were very good. The best part, however, was when our... More

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Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

Atmosphere was wonderful. Food was outstanding. The owner came to our table to introduce himself and we thought that's was great. We would definitely eat here again.

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Ames, Iowa
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24 reviews 24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

We visited the Ox Yoke Inn for the first time ever after being told we HAD to go there when we visited the Amanas. The meal I had gave me mixed reviews. First off, we were told everything is served family style. Wrong. You choose either a plated dinner or family style and family style is around $2-$3 more expensive... More

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59 reviews 59 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Food is always good (make sure to try the German potato salad.) Service is always excellent and though always busy they do have a large seating area. They also serve their local wines and beer. The bar area downstairs often has entertainment.

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Omaha, Nebraska
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Service was excellent, waitress was super. Had the fried chicken and it was average. My wife had the sandwich that looked like a rueben but had several different meats and grilled onions on it which was fantastic.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

I've been eating at Ox Yoke Inn since I was little girl. My grandparents live about 30 minutes from Main Amana and it was always a nice treat to dine on some family style German cuisine when visiting them. You could order anything off the menu and not be disappointed. The broccoli salad and cottage cheese are delicious. And of... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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40 reviews 40 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

I did not find that the restaurant provided authentic german cuisine. I was hoping to find something that I could not find in any other US city. They did not have any german beers on tap, but did have Franzsikaner in a bottle. The staff was very friendly and the restaurant was cute, but just lacking something that set it... More

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22 reviews 22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Arrived in Amana at our B&B just on 7.00pm. Needed a restaurant and Ox Yoke was only restaurant open. Got there at 7.20pm and requested table for 2, there were approx. 10 diners still in restaurant. Was advised that the kitchen staff were cleaning up but she would go check to see if they could do something for us. Came... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa, United States
11 reviews 11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

You will be a hero after taking your family and friends to eat here!!! The Staff, Food and the owner ROCK!! Simply the best fried chicken in the Mid West!! My family has been going to this place for over 50 years!! Never get tired of the great food!!

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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2013

Every time we visit family in Iowa, we always request a meal in the Amana colonies. We used to frequent another restaurant, but the service has rapidly declined and now the Ox Yoke is our every couple of year "go to" place. I came to the Ox Yoke last weekend with my uncle and brother and all I could think... More

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