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Das Dutchman Essenhaus

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240 U.S. 20, Middlebury, IN 46540
+1 574-825-9471
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6:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Buffet, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Beautiful atmosphere at Christmas time!

We dined buffet style and filled up on the delicious salad and soup! The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays and we enjoyed all the lovely gift shops! I'd love to come back and dine family style next time! Also they had a neat "buggy" in the dining room with table and chairs... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Stephanie K
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
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English first
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79 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

We dined buffet style and filled up on the delicious salad and soup! The restaurant was beautifully decorated for the holidays and we enjoyed all the lovely gift shops! I'd love to come back and dine family style next time! Also they had a neat "buggy" in the dining room with table and chairs inside if you're lucky enough to... More 

Thank Stephanie K
Monee, Illinois
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32 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I along with some friends were heading back to Illinois from Shipshewana. One of them suggested we stop at the Das Dutchman Essenhaus for lunch. We had been there before but only for breakfast. It was a Saturday around noon and we all decided to try the buffet. Since was a nice fall weekend the restaurant was... More 

Thank Bill G
DongGuan, China
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100 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yes, it isn't cheap. Yes, you may have to wait a little while to be seated, but this is worth it. Family style is good, traditional home food many people haven't had for years. I prefer the menu side of the restaurant- more casual- with many good dishes. Service is unfailingly extraordinary.

Thank dkkckk
Level Contributor
63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We always come to eat here when we stay at the Inn. We eat on the menu side. Our waitress was very good....efficient and friendly. The food was wonderful! I had chicken and noodles with mashed potatoes. I ordered the small size and couldn't eat much more than 1/2. My husband had the breasted chicken. Also excellent. And to finish... More 

Thank Jackie A
Austin, TX
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Read about this place and looked forward to lunch and shopping. We did the buffet and won't do that again. Food was not kept warm enough and the buffet was not kept clean. The chicken was dry and overdone and the vegetables were lacking in taste. Service was basically there to hurry you along so they could seat others. Might... More 

1 Thank Cabsqueen
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My girlfriends recently took a trip here. We all got the buffet. It was really good. Had a great selection. We all ended up getting things from the bakery before leaving. The apple butter and peanut butter are so good!

Thank Nicole D
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21 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have a serious distaste to meat with bones in it, and because this place is known for fried chicken, I was seriously skeptical. However, the food and service here truly are unmatched. I had my husband take the meat off the bones, and boy am I glad he did. The chicken is perhaps some of the best I've ever... More 

Thank amyadamy
Indianapolis, Indiana
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Yummy meal, We ate here for our 42nd anniversary meal , We used Trip Adviser for lodging, activities and dining. Das Butchman Essenhaus had great service, tasty meals and clean atmosphere.

Thank Stanley M
Haslett, Michigan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were in the area for two nights and had both dinners at Das Dutchman Essenhaus. Family style was more than the two of us could eat. The broasted chicken was delicious, and we loved trying the different pies.

Thank Pat C
Reno, Nevada
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64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place had been recommended by several people so we went. We were not disappointed. Amish food, home cooked taste and delicious. Great service, great family friendly place. Their broasted chicken is the best I have eaten and the green beans were delicious. BUT you have to save room for pie! Huge selection and again taste home made. I tried... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 240 U.S. 20, Middlebury, IN 46540
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Middlebury
  • Phone Number: +1 574-825-9471

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Indian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups


Open Hours
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
6:00 am - 9:00 pm

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