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Oakdale Dam Inn

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American, Bar, Pub
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11899 W Oakdale Dr, Monticello, IN 47960-8041
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Tue - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Chalmers, Indiana
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Place to go if you like smelt. Some of the best I've had. I have never had anything that did not taste good from here.

1 Thank roscoemead
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an absolute must while in the area. The Prime Rib sandwich special is over the top delicious. Melt in your mouth great! The smelt, the shrimp and the dam burgers are all meals I've had that items you have to come back for. Service dining in or carry out are both excellent. Super eats!

1 Thank Marcheta L
Alpharetta, Georgia
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65 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Our group went later in the evening and ended up being the last customers to be served, but they didn't hurry us through the meal. A couple of us had the catfish that was good and a very generous portion, but I also tried the Walleye and preferred it. Yummy! The fried veggies is a good appetizer to share. Reasonably... More 

2 Thank DawnKT
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38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Looking at homes in the area on a Saturday evening, we were happy to find this restaurant along the river. Doesn't look like much and we were not sure which door to enter. Upon entering, we shared with the waitress just inside the door that this was our first visit and she just pointed to the hostess by the bar... More 

Thank family4MI
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016

Way off the beaten path....dark and dingy....not well kept...landscaping a mess... We had catfish fried and grilled filets...grilled had a musty taste...fried were frozen out of a box (my guess) Cracker Barrel has far superior catfish. Sides were....salad...good portion...mostly the not so nice pieces of lettuce..1 piece of onion...few croutons...no tomatoes...drenched in dressing...yesterdays baked potato, hard and turning dark....steak fries....very... More 

Thank tinkinthehouse
leslie164, Owner at Oakdale Dam Inn, responded to this review

Mr and Mrs Skinner - thank you for taking the time to review Oakdale after your visit Sunday afternoon. I'm sorry your experience at our Family Restaurant prompted a negative review. I do want to clarify just a few items. We purchase only USA Farm Raised Grain Fed Catfish from Mississippi - whether it is ordered fried, grilled, blackened, cajun,... More 

Monticello, Indiana
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016

The service is excellent, we like the casual, friendly atmosphere, and the food is always excellent. We don't even get a menu, they know what we want!

2 Thank Patty S
Lafayette, Indiana
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138 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2016

This is a local's hangout, and with good reason. Catfish, fries, burgers, beer, fun people, near the lake. All good stuff. Now, this isn't a fancy place, so come casual, comfortable, and ready to just kick back and have a good time. Like I said, all the locals know this one, so sit and talk with someone. I'll bet they... More 

1 Thank djkudrak
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

We travel from the middle of Lake Shafer to the Oakdale Dam Inn for the friendly atmosphere, good food, attentive staff and cold beer.

2 Thank bestbandb
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125 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2016

Years ago I had visited the Inn w realtives and had enjoyed the food and drink..The setting is very interesting[on the dam]and the area is quirky..Youn have to drive out of the way to get there but,esoecially the first time,is worth it..It is famous for its catfish but I was in the mood for a tenderloin so thats what I... More 

Thank hemingwayscantina45
Frankfort, Indiana
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155 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015 via mobile

Ok very average looking place when you pull in the parking lot. Let me start by saying the place is clean and the service was above average. Now for the food. On a 5 scale. Salad 2.5, catfish 3, steak 3.5 onion rings 2.5 . My opinion is overpriced. 2 piece whole fish meal 14.95. Now if you want to... More 

Thank Steve M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $29
American, Bar, Pub
Drinks, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Bar scene
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11899 W Oakdale Dr, Monticello, IN 47960-8041
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Monticello
  • Phone Number: 15749659104
Oakdale Dam Inn is a casual dining family restaurant. We are located on the beautiful Tippecanoe River adjacent to Oakdale Dam which forms Lake Freeman. We serve only USDA Choice hand cut steaks, Fresh USA Farm Raised Catfish, Center Cut Pork Loins, a large variety of appetizers, and have over 20 Draft Beers on Tap and 60 bottled beers in stock. Open for Lunch and Dinner Tuesday - Sunday.

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