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All 9 Amana Restaurants

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
Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 10:30 am
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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50 reviews 50 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

In my opinion, this is one of the better restaurants in the Amanas. I miss some of the traditions that have slowly gone away at the restaurant, but they need to keep up with changes as well. Our experience was even more interesting because we took a German national there as our dinner guest. She got a kick out of... More

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Cedar Rapids, Iowa
13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

My Family ate here just last weekend. Most of the food is battered and fried.... We opted for something a little healthier, and when I asked if I could just get veggies instead of the pasta side I was told sorry no substitutions. I was pretty disappointed many restaurants now really try to serve their customer and accommodate any food... More

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Worthington, Minnesota, United States
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8 reviews 8 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

This restaurant was touted as something wonderful. We found it to be very average. It was noisy and the service was very basic at best. We were expecting the food to be better prepared and tastier.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

Do not go close to closing time. Food was almost cold, waitress was in a hurry clearing our plates away, didn't get asked nor did we get the chance to ask, for refills on our family style bowls, of which were very small bowls in the first place. A glass of white milk, around a 10/12oz size, was $2.50!!!!! A... More

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Geneva, Illinois
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

I ate at this restaurant with a group of friends and we had great service and food. We only waited a couple of minutes for an available table and our food was served promptly. Our waiter was attentive and the food was satisfying.

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Speedway, Indiana
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Reliable good food and service Pretty much the "Best In Town" We've stopped there a number of times in the past and are never disappointed.

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Top Contributor
130 reviews 130 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This restaurant, like many in Amana is busy. It is comprised of several poorly decorated rooms strung together. The noise level was high. The wait staff are rude at best, harried at worst, practically running from place to place, and overlooking our requests for more water. The menu features German food. Having dined there before, I avoided the German entrees... More

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Cedar Falls, Iowa
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Just spent a sunday in the Amana Colonies and started out at Ox Yoke Inn for the brunch. The food was delicious, (especially the BACON!) So much variety, so many salads, meats, pastries and the best hash browns ever! Didn't need to eat again that day! Although that may not be good for the bakery and fudge shop to hear!

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Lafayette, Indiana
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

The staff here as with everyone we met while visiting Amana are very friendly and anxious to relate the stories of their heritage. we thought the food was very tasty. I am a connoisseur of fried chicken and this was the best I have enjoyed in many a moon. My sister said her Rueben was the best she had ever... More

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Minneapolis, MN
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This was my second visit to the Ox Yoke Inn. The first time I went I did not order family style and missed out on the sides of bread and jam, chive cottage cheese, corn and potatoes. The food is good, not outstanding, but the atmosphere and going with a big group makes up for it.

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