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Ox Yoke Inn

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4420 220th Trail, Amana, IA 52203
+1 319-622-3441
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun 9:00 am - 7:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Coralville, Iowa
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24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's been years since visiting the Ox Yoke Inn and not much has changed at this family style restuarant. Your first choice is whether you would like the family style sides or just a plated dinner. Usually people go to this restuarant for the family style, but this time we chose the plated dinners which was plenty of food. The... More 

Thank Jim R
Wilmington, North Carolina
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151 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was rated highly & I needed a good lunch. Ordered the sauerbraten- which comes w/ green beans or corn & potato dumplings. I specifically asked if the beans were fresh or canned & was told "frozen". They were canned & tasted like it! I had high expectations being in the middle of corn & green bean country! The meat... More 

Thank lafff
Marion, Ia
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114 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Friends of ours invited us to join them to celebrate a birthday. They decided to go to the OX Yoke Inn since the groups favorite local place was closed. Walked into the lobby and stood by the sign that said wait to be seated. After standing there for 5 minutes and nobody saying anything to us, like we'll be with... More 

Thank John A
Fullerton, California, United States
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Visited with my sister. She recommended this place and I'm so happy she did. We wwere seated right away and our waitress was very attentive. I highly recommend their chicken salad on a croissant. The chicken salad was nothing fancy, but it was probably the best tasting I have ever had. If you're visiting the Amana Colonies, you need to... More 

Thank Rhonda K
Haddonfield, New Jersey
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209 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

I rated this restaurant average because although the food is acceptable it lacks the good German flavor. My pork was over cooked and dry. The sauerkraut did not taste homemade. The highlight of the meal and one reason to eat here is the dessert. We shared a piece of German chocolate cake that was the best I ever tasted. It... More 

Thank Karen A
Fort Collins, Colorado, United States
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Delicious and plentiful - what you expect from German "family style eating". I did miss the touch I experienced in Amana restaurant many years ago where the staff were in more traditional clothing and "played the part". The service was just standard.

Thank JenSBrooks
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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279 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Average food at above average touristy prices because of the location. Our waitress at lunch had no personality and was borderline rude. Looking around us, everyone seemed to be getting the family style option with huge portions of mostly unhealthy food. The whole atmosphere of the place seemed to be about gorging on huge portions and was a bit sickening.... More 

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Quincy, Illinois
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great selection of German items on the menu. The food and service were excellent. Very clean and the wait time was minimal. Loved the Bratwurst with Kraut! The hot German Potato Salad and Raspberry Pie were also outstanding.

1 Thank Becca R
Decatur, Illinois
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111 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This restaurant deserves 5 stars, because it is clean, great service,excellent food and reasonably priced. We had the very tender hot roast beef. The waitress even brought a bowl of extra brown gravy Glad she did because it was delicious. Cold slaw was wonderful. Highly recommend this place.

Thank ann251
Warrington, Pennsylvania
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339 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I have eaten at this restaurant several times in the past and the food is always great with very friendly and helpful service. The food is served family style and tastes like home cooked dinner! Everything is truly made from scratch! Farm to table before it became in style!

Thank CD D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $23
German, American
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Television, Takeout, Reservations, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Business meetings, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 am - 7:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4420 220th Trail, Amana, IA 52203
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Amana
  • Phone Number: +1 319-622-3441
You hungry? Famous for American and German food served "Family Style". Hearty and light portions including chicken, hand cut steaks, roast beef, sauerbraten, wiener schnitzel cutlets, Amana made brats, pork chops, catfish, sandwiches, salads, homemade soups and desserts...Including rhubarb custard with meringue topping, chocolate and coconut cream pies. Pies to Go. Children's and Carryout menus. Local, American and imported wines, beers, and cocktails. Serving daily Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Banquets and on Sundays a Four Entree Brunch Buffet. The Ox Yoke Inn is "An Amana Colonies Tradition Since 1940." It's main dining rooms were built in 1856, and is a National Historic Landmark. Five generations of the Leichsenring family have owned and operated the restaurant.

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