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Das Dutchman Essenhaus

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240 U.S. 20, PO Box 1217, Middlebury, IN 46540
+1 574-825-9471
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6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Thu 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations

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  • 66
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  • 21
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  • 12
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Memorial day road trip

We went to the menu restaurant side vs family or buffet side. Tables a little tight together but Maria was friendly and efficient. The food was good. I had the chicken but i should of had the turkey. The pies are great. Gift shop was great. Lots of nice stuff priced well. Worth the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 23, 2015
Brentwood4041
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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

The service is excellent and the food is all wonderful. Nothing is bad here. Lots of shopping in the waiting and hallways. They have their own bakery---- OUT STANDING

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW via mobile

Whenever we are in Shipshewana. We have to stop and eat at this place. They have great food and a great bakery. I normally get the broasted chicken.

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28 reviews 28 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This was one of the best meals I have ever had. The only one that has ever come close was the one I had in Rome Italy. The cooking of the chicken and roast beef was amazing. The selections of sides were to die for. The homemade pies are amazing. I can't say enough about this place. If your in... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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26 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

We went to the menu restaurant side vs family or buffet side. Tables a little tight together but Maria was friendly and efficient. The food was good. I had the chicken but i should of had the turkey. The pies are great. Gift shop was great. Lots of nice stuff priced well. Worth the drive.

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Toivola, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

I've been to the Das Dutchman Essenhaus in Middlebury IN twice and have been very pleased with the amount of food that we've ordered... The one thing I do recommend is BRING A BIG APPETITE... that being said on to my review... im sure you have read in most if not all the comments that this is a family style... More 

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Elkhart, Indiana
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14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

Billed as an "Amish-Style" family restaurant, DDE is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with the "family style" all you can eat dinner leading the menu. Breakfasts are good, but ordinary with the exception of the baked goods, which are very delicious. The all you can eat is, as billed, extensive and well balanced overall with choices of vegetables as... More 

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Wickenburg, Arizona
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48 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

There was a good selection of food, both German,salads & other hot food on the buffet. The fried chicken and beef were tender and the pie selection is extensive, though not included in the buffet price. Service was excellent.

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Anderson, IN
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

We had the lunch buffet and everything was hot and fresh. Fried chicken was very moist and tasty. Only bad part was fore the price they should include a slice of pie.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

The food on the buffett was hot but not great. Dad ordered off menu and it was mediocre. Lots 9f food for the mone6 just not high quality.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Maybe my expectations were too high, but while the food was good it was nothing that blew me away, not even close. Ate the next day at Blue Gate buffet in Shipshewana and thought it was a degree or two better than Essenhaus. Plus they offer dessert and Essenhaus does not on their buffet (other than pudding at the salad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 240 U.S. 20, PO Box 1217, 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: Local cuisine, Large groups, Special occasions, Families with children
Open Hours
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
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?