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The Machine Shed Restaurant

11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-270-6818
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Overview
  • Excellent49%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“brunch” (35 reviews)
“coleslaw” (51 reviews)
“bread” (62 reviews)
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CUISINES
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Food
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LOCATION
11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This was one my favorite restaurant in Iowa, best food ever, huge servings, good side dishes and the Sunday brunch is worth multiple family visits...

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank robinm489
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello, thank you dining with us and providing your wonderful feedback. We are so happy to hear you always enjoy your experience at the Machine Shed. Hopefully we will see you again soon for another 5-star meal!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The Machine Shed is a nice, family style restaurant, with the main entrance through a gift shop. There is an open, spacious, and friendly feel In the dining room. Order your own meal, but you also get some common sides to pass around. Ours were...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank BuddyV_12
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hello, we believe in the complete farm to table experience which is why we serve large portions. The Machine Shed has been dedicated to the American Farmer since 1978 and make our food from scratch, daily. We appreciate that you took the time to post...More

Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

Large breakfast buffet Large menu Great service ( Brittney) New bar addition since our last visit Many great gift ideas

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank ShanandSand8
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 13, 2018

We appreciate the amazing feedback! Thank you for stopping back in to dine with us again.

Reviewed November 11, 2018

We went to the Machine Shed for a family dinner. While we were seated quickly, service after that was spotty. There were only two sets of silverware on the table. We had to ask several times to get enough for the five of us. We...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank jennings306
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

Thanks for telling us about your experience. We are addressing these issues with our staff and I apologize that you received food and service below our standards. We would love to invite you back, on us, to show you a true Machine Shed experience. Please...More

Reviewed November 9, 2018 via mobile

Great old style home cooked food. Quick and friendly service. My dad always wants to go to the machine shed when they come to visit. If he was on trip advisor he would give it 5 stars too!

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Eric F
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

Eric, we are so thrilled that you and your family enjoy the Machine Shed! We look forward to seeing you all again.

Reviewed November 7, 2018

We stopped here on our way home. The staff was great, the lunch selections were varied and tempting. My wife had the fried chicken and I the meat loaf dinner.. All great.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank U3359IDMartinB
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 12, 2018

Hello, we are so glad to hear that you and your wife enjoyed your meals! thank you for stopping in on your way home.

Reviewed November 6, 2018

Becky and I were traveling across Iowa today and stopped by the Iowa Machine Shed for lunch. Conveniently located just off of I80 / I35 at the Living History Farms exit, we know it would be easy to get a good lunch and get back...More

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Jim W
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 9, 2018

Hi Jim, thank you for stopping in to have lunch with us! We appreciate the wonderful feedback - hopefully we see you next time you are traveling through!

Reviewed October 10, 2018

Mediocre meat loaf, and an hour after eating, I had terrible heartburn. We thought it looked like a place that would have good country dinging and we were disappointed. Food took a long time and was not hot and not good.Can't remember what my wife...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank tingodmusic
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 11, 2018

Hello, thank you for sharing your review. We very much value our guests' feedback and I apologize that you were dissatisfied. I will be sure to pass along this information to our culinary and service team. I hope that you took the chance to speak...More

Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Very good service and excellent food. They star you off with rolls and pumpkin bread better than any I have had. Also, they bring cole slaw and fresh cottage cheese. I didn’t think it liked cottage cheese but this isn’t anything like you buy in...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Deannutley
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 10, 2018

Hello, thank you for your 5-star review! We are so glad your food and service were excellent. We hope you dine with us again soon!

Reviewed October 8, 2018 via mobile

Although with a group, the staff had no problem giving fast and friendly service. The country fried steak, with wild rice, and tossed salad was very good. Prices were reasonable and everyone was pleased with their choices.

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank 817marianr
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 9, 2018

Hi Marian, thank you for all of your wonderful feedback. We are so pleased to hear your service was friendly and that you enjoyed your country fried steak, wild rice, and tossed salad. We look forward to you dining with us again soon!

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MitsoukoRussie
July 4, 2017|
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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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JanG2240
April 2, 2017|
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Response from Tana G | Reviewed this property |
Yes as well as a full bar.
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2012kcn
October 18, 2016|
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Response from unikat1980 | Reviewed this property |
The newly renovated Hotel Renovo and the Sleep Inn are right next door. The Clive Hotel and Suites is almost directly across the street.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$10 - $15
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
  • Phone Number: +1 515-270-6818
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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