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Das Dutchman Essenhaus

240 U.S. 20, PO Box 1217, Middlebury, IN 46540
574 825 9471
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Ranked #2 of 22 restaurants in Middlebury
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Dessert
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Buffet, Dessert
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English first
Munster, Indiana
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I loved my dining experience, I browsed around before I ate. I had the beef and noodles with mashed potatoes, chicken noodle soup and for desert chocolate peanut butter pie. I am addicted to the beef and noodles. I usually I just buy a quart, and take it home, but I was glad I ate in, because I continued looking... More

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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The food is good, it is always clean, the staff takes care of you and if for some reason you are unsatisfied the manager will be out quick as quick to fix the problem. There are waits during peak times but there are lots of shops and comfortable places to wait. Did I mention pies? Cherry is my fave and... More

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Middlebury, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

This is the best place to savor and sample Amish/Mennonite cuisine in Indiana and Michigan! The buffet is always fresh and loaded with local specialties, the perfect choice for those who wish to sample a variety of dishes. The fresh bread should be eaten with the apple butter and Amish peanut butter on the table---yummy! The desserts are homemade the... More

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Avon, Indiana
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

This was a return visit for us with several years between. This time the food was less than acceptable. The vegetable were canned, not fresh, the salad bar was very limited as was the buffet! The only dessert was a strange pudding mix of coconut, peanut something and maybe vanilla pudding, and then a angel food cake cut with some... More

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South Bend, Indiana
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24 reviews 24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

In my humble opinion the food being served up here (for breakfast) in the dining area is just ok. Not as spectacular as the crowds flocking all through the Essenhaus grounds would seem to indicate. It's not bad tasting or anything like that..it's just ok, but similar/or even better tasting breakfasts can be had elsewhere in my opinion without having... More

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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2014

Das Essenhaus is a wonderful place for a fantastic Amish dinner. Beef and noodles are the best. My wife had wonderful chicken and noodles. Deserts are amazing. Staff is very friendly and efficient.

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Middlebury, Indiana
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20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

The food here is very good. If you like "Amish" cooking then this is the place. I grew up in Middlebury and have lived here all my life. This used to be called the Curve Inn Restaurant and after the Miller's bought it they turned it into an "Amish" cooking. They have really good pies too. Many flavors to pick... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2014

Stopped by the restaurant while on business in the area. Recommended by coworker who used to visit the area. Must go hungry to the restaurant. Whether you choose the buffet or the family style menu you will get plenty to eat for a very reasonable cost. You cannot be worried about weight gain or calories when you go there. There... More

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Stryker, OH
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34 reviews 34 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

We went here on Valentine's Day and enjoyed their buffet. The place was crowed, but there was ample staff and the service was great from our waitress, Rhea. As always, the food was excellent. There will always be things that you like better than others and things you don't like at all. But, there are plenty of favorites -- mine... More

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Crown Point, Indiana
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2014

Actually, there is nothing Dutch about the pie (unfortunately). Instead of a fork, use a ladle to eat it. Though the crust is flaky and quite good, the pie filling is like a jam filled doughnut. There is no way in the blueberry pie you can identify any blueberries from the "mush" filling. Very disappointing. Come on! Really, try some... More

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