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Blue Gate Restaurant and Bakery

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195 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565
+1 888-447-4725
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: When the newly built Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery opened it doors on...
When the newly built Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery opened it doors on August 4th, 2001 in Shipshewana, the entire town was invited over for dinner. As one of Indiana's largest restaurants, the Blue Gate comfortably seats 600 (more than the town's population). Built to reflect the surrounding community, the Blue Gate resembles a rambling white farmhouse, similar to those that dot the surrounding Amish coutnryside.An award winning restaurant serving a world famous Family-style meal that features pressure fried chicken and 3 other meats, real mashed potatoes, Amish noodles, plus lots of other sides and 25 varieties of pies to choose from
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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
A Grand Buffet

We opted to eat their buffet dinner, on the lower level. There were many salad options, a couple of soups, many entrees and desserts as well. Everything I tried was delicious, but I didn't have room for dessert.

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 1, 2015
Linda H
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
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Saint Joseph, Michigan
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

We opted to eat their buffet dinner, on the lower level. There were many salad options, a couple of soups, many entrees and desserts as well. Everything I tried was delicious, but I didn't have room for dessert.

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London, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2015 NEW

As part of our theatre, dinner package we enjoyed dInner at the Blue Gate Restaurant. The buffet had a salad bar, a hot bar and a dessert bar. Although it felt a bit cafeteria-ish, the food was good, with lots of choice. Very reasonable prices. Drinks ( non alcoholic) are delivered to your table. Great package idea. If you have... More 

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Norcross, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is clean, the food is hot but beware that this is Amish country. Spices, fine dining and creative menus are not part of the Amish culture. Home cooking is the order of the day. That being said, as a person who has cooked home meals for more years than I care to count, the food is very bland... More 

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Calgary, Alberta
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We were not as wowed as we thought we may be. Be aware that the salad bar is quite separated from the main buffet. We missed it at first. Clean, great service, good food for a buffet not quite as much selection as we thought there would be. Would be great for families. I did not try them but my... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

Great food....wonderful Bakery! Nice ending to a terrific visit to the Dutch Creek Animal Farm! Prices were reasonable, ambiance very ethnic!

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Oak Forest, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A must when we visit this area! We actually ate here 2 times on this trip. Once at the buffet and the second time in the restaurant.

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Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin, United States
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8 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Delicious buffet. A little bit of a wait but kept busy by walking through gift shop and bakery. Service was good.

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Mattoon, Illinois
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4 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Very roomy and clean hotel. Located within a mile of the key points of interest in Shipshewana. Décor is tasteful and the furnishings are comfortable. Would stay here again; probably the best lodging in Shipshewana.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Ate their twice / had one of there salad the 1st night good except had a lot of water on the lettuce which left a lot in the bottom of the bowl/ 2nd time had the Hamburger plate wow one of the best hamburger I've ever had. Suggestion have extra napkins on the table .

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Swedesboro, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

We usually do the local restaurants, not the touristy ones, but Shipshewana was very crowded with their twice weekly flea market and livestock auction. We couldn't get in a local place, so tried this place. Actually pretty good. There was a wait for the upstairs restaurant where you ordered from the menu, but no wait for the buffet, so we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 195 N Van Buren St, Shipshewana, IN 46565
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Shipshewana
  • Phone Number: +1 888-447-4725

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 16
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

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

Description

When the newly built Blue Gate Restaurant & Bakery opened it doors on August 4th, 2001 in Shipshewana, the entire town was invited over for dinner. As one of Indiana's largest restaurants, the Blue Gate comfortably seats 600 (more than the town's population). Built to reflect the surrounding community, the Blue Gate resembles a rambling white farmhouse, similar to those that dot the surrounding Amish coutnryside.An award winning restaurant serving a world famous Family-style meal that features pressure fried chicken and 3 other meats, real mashed potatoes, Amish noodles, plus lots of other sides and 25 varieties of pies to choose from
Open Hours
Monday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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