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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 - 10:00 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 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!

1 Thank Patty S
Lafayette, Indiana
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134 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 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
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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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69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 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
Logansport, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2015

We've been visiting Oakdale Dam Inn for 30 years. In the past it has been a favorite place to meet friends in the Monticello area. In the summer you must have reservations most nights. The menu has a good mix of steaks, chicken, pasta, and fish. We came this time on a Wednesday in October. There were only about 20... More 

Thank John P
Monticello, Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Good food - good service! What more could one ask for! Difficult to find but worth the search! Catfish is what most people go for but the tenderloin sandwiches and daily specials are a good bet!

Thank Noreen_Gr
Delphi, Indiana
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

Must say I do like their catfish fillets. Even love the seating and atmosphere. But if you try to go during the summer boating and fishing season, it can be a pain to get there and once there, it can be more painful getting in. This can be a very popular place at certain times.

Thank delphicalvinist
Griffith, Indiana
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106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

There are a couple of reasons this establishment doesn't get a 5 ranking for me. But before I get to those, the food was tasty, ambiance down-home Indiana, and our server pleasant and good at her job - almost: When I had already finished my meal, I overheard another server describing that evening's menu specials to a different table. I... More 

Thank KimberlyS4
leslie164, Owner at Oakdale Dam Inn, responded to this review

Hi Kim, Thank You for your comments. I am happy to report that our Family Bathroom remodel was completed during our Annual Shutdown... we now have a ramp, inswing 36" doors, and electrical switches on the outside ! Added new ceramic tile too. Would love to have you come back and give us some feedback. Thank You again, Leslie. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 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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