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Reviewed November 29, 2022

We were in the area and found this place on line. Looked like a great place to try. The place was cute! We ordered the trio of appetizers. The beer cheese and pretzels were good, the mushrooms were ok, but not much flavor, and the...potato skins with brisket were interesting. I liked them, hubby did not. The sides to the meal were ok, cole slaw and the cottage cheese. But the veggie green beans were not good, strange flavor! Hubby got the pork trio. All 2 items were delicious. I told him I'd get the bacon wrapped pork tenderloins as my meal, if we ever come back. I got the sautéed shrimp. They were not edible. They were so sour, I think all they added was lemon juice. But, i took them home and re sautéed them in garlic butter and they were salvageable. The garlic mashed and gravy was very good. I think I'd give this place a 3.5 if I could, it was better than a 3, but not quite a 4.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 2, 2022

Hello, we really appreciate your feedback and we will be sure to share it with our team. Thank you for dining with us while you were in the area!

Reviewed November 21, 2022 via mobile

Our lunches were very good. I had grilled chicken with broccoli, rice, and sides of bread, Cole slaw, applesauce. Others had pork tenderloins, Reuben sandwich, burger, chicken salad on croissant and baked potato soup. Servings are generously sized. You will not leave hungry! I have...never had a bad meal here. We like the breakfast, too.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 25, 2022

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to leave your wonderful 5-star review about the Shed. We are happy to hear that you always have an enjoyable time dining with us. We look forward to the next time we see you!

Reviewed September 30, 2022 via mobile

We visited twice while on our visit in Iowa. The first time was delicious (I had the pot roast). Others in group enjoyed the pot pie. The second visit was mediocre at best. (I had beef tips and husband had meatloaf.). The servers both times...were wonderful! If I had a business, these two young men would who I would want working. This restaurant reminds me of a farmhouse style Cracker Barrel. Lots of cute items in their shop.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 3, 2022

Hello, we are glad that you dined with us at the Machine Shed and loved our shop. We appreciate your comments and for leaving your review.

Reviewed September 15, 2022 via mobile

Awful food. “Apple sauce”Was Spiced apples out of a can. Tasteless Cole slaw. Meatloaf was terrible. Sweet potato fries tasteless. Veggies over cooked. Poor service . Server asked what we would like out of apple sauce, coleslaw and cottage cheese… we asked for Cole slaw...and apple sauce, and she brought cottage cheese. Didn’t listen ! Refilled my drink and almost dumped it on the floor as she put the cup on the table without even looking. She was training someone else and seemed very unaware of her own poor service. Sides delivered to the table were slopped into bowls with food splashed over the side of the bowl. Just a very very mediocre meal on all levels. We like good food . Won’t be back. Really just plain awful service and food. 9/15/22More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 2022

Hello, we are so sorry that you did not get the true Machine Shed experience when dining with us. We have high expectations for our award-winning restaurant and we did not meet those. However, we do appreciate hearing from our guests on what we can...More

Reviewed August 25, 2022

My wife and I agreed that after the bad experience we had here on March 05 2022 that would come back and give them a try for breakfast. Today we did and it did not work. I guess I'll just be blunt. It was probably...the worst breakfast we've had in years, in our opinion. Not that busy, one waitress working and there was maybe 10 other people there at 7:30 on a Thursday morning. My wife ordered Farmer's Benedict and I had the Shed's Omelet. The Benedict had hard boiled eggs! That's not how you make one, you use poached eggs. I mean that's very basic. She ate a couple of bites and that was all. The Omelet itself was ok. I ordered it with shredded hash browns, biscuit and gravy and paid extra for a pancake. Hash browns and pancake was ok. Maybe not the best pancake I've ever had, but not bad. Then came the biscuits and gravy. I couldn't tell what the biscuits honestly are like because the first taste of the horrible gravy and I dropped it all to my plate. That had to have been probably the worst tasting sausage gravy I think I've had in 50+ years. Maybe the worst I've ever had anywhere, in my opinion. I didn't say anything, asked my wife to try it and then waiting to see the expression on here face as she wouldn't even swallow the bite. It wasn't good a good expression :-) Then she said, "Ahhhhh....what is it?" I said I don't know what it's being flavored with, it's says it's sausage gravy but I've never had any sausage that tasted like that. If I did I wouldn't eat the sausage. It's must be some other flavor in there that seems to be overpowering the sausage taste, I guess. Whatever it is, it wasn't good to us. The prices seem to be higher than some of the local diners we go to and we like the food much better at the others. So, that's about it. We agreed we would give them another try, we did and we won't be back. I do remember over the years when they had pretty decent food here, but something has changed for us anyway. We try to support local as much as we can, but sometimes it just doesn't work out. Date of visit 08/25/2022More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 26, 2022

Jay, we are so sorry that you and your wife were not completely satisfied with your meals for breakfast. Please know that we take pride in our award-winning restaurant so we value our guests' feedback. I hope you took the chance to bring this to...More

Reviewed August 16, 2022

While in the Davenport area, my wife and I stopped at The Shed for dinner, based on other TA reviews. What a great place it is. We absolutely loved the decor, and the food and service was exceptional. Our server was very friendly and attentive....Our meals were amazing, fresh-tasting and delicious. The entire experience was delightful, and if we should ever visit the Davenport area again, The Machine Shed will be at the top of our list for a return visit. Highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 19, 2022

Hi, thank you for dining with us and for providing your wonderful comments. We are very proud of our restaurant and our menu, honoring the American Farmer since 1978. We are so glad to hear you enjoyed your visit and we hope to see you...More

Reviewed July 20, 2022

I stopped for lunch and received a real home cooked meal of crispy chicken, ample apple sauce and Cole Slaw, fresh bread, french fries, and iced tea. Fortunately, I was able to buy the last pecan roll (it must weigh an half pound).

Date of visit: July 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2022

Hello, we believe in the complete farm to table experience which is why we serve large portions. We have been dedicated to the American Farmer since 1978 and make our food from scratch, daily.

Reviewed July 19, 2022

We were traveling for business and this restaurant came up on TA. The ambience is great and old-timey. The food was excellent and the service was great! I can see why there was a wait for a table here because it was just delicious.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 22, 2022

Hello, thank you for dining with us during your travels. We are so glad to hear that everything exceeded expectations!

Reviewed July 16, 2022 via mobile

My wife has many memories her family outings that included this restaurant on many occasions. My wife is in love with their famous potato soup. Since the first time I’ve been there with her I can honestly say I’m impressed with that soup!!! Their salad...bar is amazing and filled with a huge fresh variety of veggies and fruit. We’ve stopped there many times now and their food never disappoints. This is a fun place to stop for simple meals done right.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 18, 2022

What a wonderful review! We can't tell you enough how much we appreciate your feedback and your patronage. We look forward to seeing you and your wife again soon!

Reviewed June 27, 2022 via mobile

Not as good as in the past. We always enjoy stopping here on vacations when we visit Iowa. I just did not think the food was as good this time as all the other times we have been.

Date of visit: June 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 1, 2022

Hello, we are sorry to hear that your most recent visit was not up to our usual Machine Shed standards. We have not changed who we are or what we serve. We hope you will give us another try when you come back to visit!

Reviewed June 23, 2022 via mobile

Passing through and decided to stay over the restaurant was recommended by another guest at the Comfort Inn and Suits so we took a chance and loved the food and the wait staff they were very friendly and helpful. If back in the area again...will diffidently be stopping in again.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 27, 2022

Theresa, thank you for dining with us and leaving your wonderful review. We hope to see you again when you are in the area!

Reviewed May 20, 2022

Nothing but great things about our trip the The Machine Shed. From making our reservations about a month ago to 1 dessert that fed 5! Our server Amber was absolutely fabulous with our party of 7. We had 7 dinners, 2 desserts and everything was...just great.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2022

Hello, we are so happy to hear that everything exceeded expectations! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed April 4, 2022 via mobile

Atmosphere, service, quality of food . The Machine Shed checks every box. I don’t get to this area often but when I do I look for one of the locations. It’s worth the stop snd worth the wait too!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 6, 2022

Hello, we are so pleased to hear that your visit to the Davenport Machine Shed was up to expectations. We take pride in our award-winning restaurant and we make our food from scratch daily. We love hearing from our guests and we appreciate that you...More

Reviewed March 22, 2022 via mobile

Really nice place to stop after a adventurous day of Geo Caching. The service was great, the restaurant was clean, prices were fair. We enjoyed the Facebook special. So before you order look them up. We had great meal for 20.00 per person!! Including the...tip. Trisha was our server. She was fabulous!!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2022

Hello, thank you for your wonderful review! We are glad to hear that everything was up to expectations.

Reviewed March 18, 2022

I try to stop in when I travel in the area. This time I ordered the BLT and a pork tenderloin sandwich to go. I got the fries on the side, which were coated and really good. The BLT was excellent - not the best...I've had, since the best I had was the previous time I got one at Machine Shed, but it was solid and loaded with bacon. The pork sandwich is large, fried and served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, pickle and onion. There is also a horseradish mayo sauce that comes with it, or you can get something else. I'd recommend the spicy mustard - fantastic! I also had the option of getting the salad bar for another $3 or $4, but I went over to look at it and it was pretty plain for me. The service was good and they got me my food and drink promptly. The BLT was great and the pork tenderloin sandwich was absolutely delicious! I also got some cinnamon buns to go. They were huge and really good, but Cinnabon is probably better. Still, good and no complaints. I wound up splitting one of the buns over 2 breakfasts.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 21, 2022

Hi Jim, we are so glad to hear about your wonderful experiences with us. Thank you for the fantastic review and we cannot wait to see you again when your are traveling in the area!

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Response from krystalbanks1234 | Reviewed this property |
I havent been there lately but they use to sell breakfast at breakfast . and lunch lunch and dinner at lunch and dinner. You may want to call them to double check
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Response from CrbrS | Reviewed this property |
Yes. Just go to the counter. They will be happy to help
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Response from t0nylist0n | Reviewed this property |
Yes, they do. You can buy them at the Shed directly, or in any local stores that sell gift cards (like HyVee, Walmart, drug stores, etc).
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
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