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1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
507 451 2585
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average food - great pie choices.

We've been here many times over the years. Mostly during weekend brunch/lunch times. And therefore the breakfast menu has a great many choices to choose from. On this visit however, several of us decided to go with meals with mashed potato's. And even though the restaurant promotes itself as a... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed November 2, 2015
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Midwest USA
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133 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

We've been here many times over the years. Mostly during weekend brunch/lunch times. And therefore the breakfast menu has a great many choices to choose from. On this visit however, several of us decided to go with meals with mashed potato's. And even though the restaurant promotes itself as a Full service family restaurant, specializing in comfort foods of all... More 

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Miinnesota
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155 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

The Kernal is a nice family restaurant. Lots of selection on the menu. They have lots of pie choices for desert. I pan fried cod. I think that was what it was called. It was deep fried. It was very good, two large pieces. The soft drink glass was very very small. You get refills, but the waitress has to... More 

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Thank Corvair65
Burnsville, Minnesota
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104 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2015

We had cheeseburgers from the Senior menu. They were Ok, but nothing above average. The fries were a little undercooked. The frustrating thing was that even the smallest substitution was not allowed. I asked for cheddar cheese, rather than American, and it was a no-go. Not even a small up-charge, just can't do that with the 1/4 lb burger on... More 

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Thank SonofAslan
Owatonna
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51 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

This restaurant is one of the favorites for the people in Owatonna. Really good food and the prices won't break the bank.

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Thank ekhomme
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14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

Great food...ribs were deliously cooked, chili was really outstanding & pies r mmmm so good!!!! My dad loved this place & I eat here a few times a year to remember him!:)

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1 Thank 143Sunshine
Faribault, Minnesota
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30 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015 via mobile

Definitely the place for homeade pies. Haven't had a bad one yet. There are so many varieties. You mist come early though as many of the more popular disappear quickly.

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1 Thank 40plusandtraveling
Iowa
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32 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

This is one of the best family style restaurants I've ever eaten in. I didn't get a chance to try the pie so I'll have to go back because I'm sure it's excellent. If you're a fan of this kind of restaurant you'll love this. They had a Lenten special of a "jambalya fritter" that was amazing! I split a... More 

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2 Thank Catharus
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015 via mobile

Stopped here on our way home from MOA. Good local food and people. They were fairly busy. It seems to be a retiree favorite. Good food for reasonable prices.

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2 Thank Allen G
Owatonna, Minnesota
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

The Kernel is nothing particularly outstanding, but the friendly staff prepare and serve a consistent variety of nourishing, down-home, balanced breakfasts, lunches, and dinners in a clean, informal, well lit setting. You are certain to see family and/or neighbor groups enjoying a birthday or anniversary celebration in a 'laid back' 'family table' sort of atmosphere. You can judge the quality... More 

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1 Thank tony k
Northfield, Minnesota
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51 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The Kernel restaurant is an extremely pleasant no-frills sit-down restaurant. It has the feel of a local gathering place and was quite busy both times we visited. Breakfast is served 24 hours a day. The menu is pretty much what you would expect from a local family restaurant in the midwest--comfort food and good desserts. The service was good, the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1011 Hoffman Drive, Owatonna, MN 55060
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Owatonna
  • Phone Number: 507 451 2585

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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