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Reviewed November 21, 2020 via mobile

Our trip advisor, Randy, gave us the best of the experience. The food was excellent and the hospitality was amazing. From the delicious entrees to the delicious desserts, it made an excellent pit stop. Thank you to all.

Date of visit: November 2020
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LVTersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 24, 2020

Thank you for stopping in to dine with us! We take pride in our award-winning restaurant and we love to hear that everything has met your expectations.

Reviewed October 20, 2020

very friendly staff, very good service and food, great value for what you get, would recommend this place to anyoneMore

Date of visit: October 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 22, 2020

Harry, we are so pleased to hear that your family's visit to the Urbandale Machine Shed was up to expectations. We take pride in our award-winning restaurant and we are glad to hear that both the meal and service you received met expectations. Thank you...More

Reviewed September 12, 2020 via mobile

I used to live in Des moines. It was a good town with good morals. We came back to visit and had to stop at the machine shed. This is a farm to table that is what cracker barrel wishes on its best day to...be half as good as. Seriously the food is great , fresh and served by great people. Oh and about an earlier review regarding masks... it wasn't required and most thinking people can be careful without being fearful.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 14, 2020

Hello, thank you for stopping in to dine with us during your visit. We appreciate your patronage over the years and we hope to see you again next time you are in the area!

Reviewed September 1, 2020

We ate here on August 4 and we should have walked in the door and out but we didn’t. None of the servers had masks and the hostess was snotty and rude when we made mention of no masks. Well, now, Iowa is paying the...price from their laid back policies during Covid. Machine Shed has always been a favorite but now time will tell if we go back when traveling through Des Moines again.More

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed August 26, 2020 via mobile

Great down-home, deep-fried goodness! The mushrooms were so garlicky and yummy! Sandwiches and fries were so much better than any fast food options around here.

Date of visit: August 2020
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MKSparkman, Marketing at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded August 27, 2020

Hello, thank you for sharing your excellent review - we will share it with the team!

Reviewed July 28, 2020

We had a delicious lunch here. There were 14 of us. Everything went well. I wondered why the waiters did NOT wear masks. The hostess did not wear a mask. Corona virus is everywhere. I was the only person with a mask on. Please wear...a mask. ThanksMore

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 12, 2020

our appetizer order was a big platter of onion rings that were a hit. The burger with blue cheese tasted just right. It was dinner so there was rolls, family style cottage cheese and coleslaw for everyone. Like most places, prices have gone up a...bit this summer. My favorite place in Des Moines and where we take out of town visitors to.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 15, 2020

Thank you for the outstanding review! We take pride in our restaurant and we love to hear that everything has met your expectations. We appreciate your patronage!

Reviewed July 5, 2020

The ambiance, food and service was fabulous. The entrance was unique and appealing leading up to a quality breakfast. The skillet, wraps and french toast was fabulous...the home fries were well seasoned and delicious. A take-out order was made for a cinnamon roll, which resembled...a cinder block - simply fabulous. A very pleasant dining experience with friendly staff.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded July 6, 2020

Hello, thank you for the outstanding review! We take pride in our restaurant and we love to hear that everything has met your expectations.

Reviewed March 5, 2020

We've visited many times on our way through. It's easy to find off I-35 and fast service. We love the homestyle food and have been happy with all of the choices.

Date of visit: August 2019
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2020

Hello, we are so glad you enjoy our down-home cooking at the Shed! We have remained dedicated to the American Farmer since 1978 and make our food from scratch daily. We appreciate that you took the time to post your amazing review!

Reviewed March 5, 2020

Hot coffee and a cinnamon roll you could put a saddle on. Tasty buffet too. If you'd like to have a taste of down home midwest cooking try this place. Right off the interstate and ample parking

Date of visit: February 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 9, 2020

Hello, thank you for the outstanding review! We take pride in our restaurant and we love to hear that everything has met your expectations. We appreciate your patronage!

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Hello, we do not have our retail items on the website. We apologize for the inconvenience!
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Response from david_hance_iowa | Reviewed this property |
No. There is a Living History Farm on the opposite side of I-35/I-80 at Hickman Road Exit but it is like people living in a museum doing actual farm work to demonstrate early 20th Century Iowa farming. You pay an admission... More
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Yes as well as a full bar.
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