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The Machine Shed Restaurant

7475 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108-2678
+1 815-229-3276
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  • Excellent42%
  • Very good32%
  • Average18%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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7475 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108-2678
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Not the greatest service for a noon time meal, the wait staff was friendly but seemed to be lacking on appropriate food safety and service training. Food was only average compared to other establishments in this chain in different cities. Would have rated a bit...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank donnyvee
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hello, we very much apologize that this occurred during your visit last week. We have addressed this issue with our staff so we can ensure it is taken care of going forward. Thank you for bringing this to our attention.

Reviewed November 12, 2018 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch yesterday with the family, there ended up being 14 of us. The waitress was going around the table taking orders and skipped over my eight year old daughter. And then went back and place the orders, we had to flag down...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Tim S
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

Hello, I apologize that your most recent visit did not meet our usual expectations. We appreciate hearing from our guests on what we could do better. I assure you I will pass your feedback to our executive team so we can address the entire staff....More

Reviewed November 6, 2018

Great place to eat. Loved all the great things in the shop on the way in....household items, doggy stuff, toys, old fashioned candy, all kinds of snacks, just to name a few of the items you'll see on your way in and out. Took photos...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank LFlynn2014
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 7, 2018

Hello, thank you for your positive review! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed the gift shop and your meal.

Reviewed November 4, 2018

We recently had lunch at the Machine Shed Restaurant. The menu is extensive, so there's something for everyone. The members of our party all had different items and were very pleased. The server was attentive, but not pushy. Since we were dining with friends, we...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank kkelly202
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 5, 2018

Hello, we are so thrilled that you enjoyed your first experience. Thank you for taking the time to post your wonderful review, we look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Reviewed October 27, 2018 via mobile

We had the WORST service ever and the food was terrible. It was so disappointing because we were all looking forward to eating a big bowl of potato soup. It was cold.More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Heather b
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 29, 2018

Heather, I am so sorry to hear that your most recent visit was not up to the high expectations we strive to meet. I would love to speak to you further to find out more about your experience. Can you email me at lsparkman@hoari.com? Thank...More

Reviewed October 21, 2018 via mobile

Didn't think it was so hard to make bacon and eggs. Guess I was wrong. They need to make sure they have enough staff. This place use to be our every Sunday breakfast place, no more.More

Date of visit: October 2018
1  Thank Lisa G
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 23, 2018

Lisa, thank you for sharing your feedback. We take customer comments very seriously, and I want you to be aware I will be sharing this with our team to correct the issues you encountered. If you would like to speak further about this please email...More

Reviewed October 14, 2018

Have been several times and had good meals every time. Chicken and Dumplings, Pork Chops, Fried Chicken, Beef Liver, etc. etc. Sides served family style and are home cooking - especially applesauce and beans. Good draft beer. Generous portions and freshly prepared. Good desserts also....More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank 15gregk
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 15, 2018

Hello, thank you for your amazing review. We are so thrilled to hear that your experience exceeded expectations. We hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed October 7, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went to Machine Shed for Sunday Dinner. We arrived about 1:30 and there was no wait. Their wooden seats are so uncomfortable I'm really glad that they have chair pads available that you can grab on your way to the table....More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank The-Road-Tripster
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hello, thank you for telling us about your experience. We are disappointed to see that your experience was not up to the high expectations we strive to meet. I have shared this information with our management and culinary team so they can make adjustments as...More

Reviewed October 6, 2018

Good food.very large servings. Had chicken liver app, a combo pork plate, and the sirloin tips. We had to bring half home. The service was great! We will eat here again.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank notop4me
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

We are glad to hear you enjoyed you dinner! We look forward to seeing you on your next visit.

Reviewed October 5, 2018

Didn't go back although we could have on our return trip. We still wonder why the gravy was orange...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank dobercrone
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 8, 2018

Hello, thank you for dining with us and providing your review. We are very proud of our award-winning restaurant menu and we are disappointed to see that you were not completely satisfied. If you would like to share any additional feedback about your experience, please...More

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Response from Jennifer W | Reviewed this property |
If you call ahead th er y can handle thas t size group with no trouble.
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I believe it's only advisable for large parties.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7475 E State St, Rockford, IL 61108-2678
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Rockford
  • Phone Number: +1 815-229-3276
Description
In 1978, we opened our first Machine Shed Restaurant on the outskirts of Davenport, Iowa. We had just 100 seats, but we started with a powerful commitment. That was a five-word constitution: “Dedicated to the American Farmer.” That dedication meant we worked hard to have a restaurant that wasn’t just ‘farm themed’ but something that farmers could be proud of. We serve chef driven, farm fresh fare, inspired by the seasons. Our food is made from scratch, daily.
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