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Reviewed February 8, 2021

I've been here before, but kind of forgot about it since I'm a west-sider and don't venture on the other side of 494/694 often. Originally I had plans of going to Texas Roadhouse but that place was a disaster, so in looking for other places...to dine, I was like, oh yea, Machine Shed. I'd come here instead of the TRH most days. If you've been to Lambhert's Cafe in MO/AL, it's kind of a similar vibe. A couple family portions of sides, a bread plate (with the best butter ever). Home cooked and prepared food. Nothing disappointed us. We're looking forward to the next time we need to make an excuse to go to Woodbury area. I will say it's a little bit pricy-er, but we both had the pot roast and the portion size was very decent. With all the sides there was more than enough to eat!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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LVTersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2021

Hello, we are so pleased to hear that your visit to the Lake Elmo 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...More

Reviewed February 7, 2021

First restaurant experience since COVID started. The layout of this restaurant makes it pretty easy to be well-distanced from other diners. (We were in a big booth with very high walls on 3 sides. The booth opposite us was left empty due to the MN...restrictions right now.) Food was very good - kids had cheeseburgers and fries and adults shared a Shed Burger, which was very good. (I usually dislike BBQ sauce on a burger but I liked this!) The server was nice, food was quick and they did a nice job. It was a good first-restaurant-since-COVID experience for us! :-) We were staying in the connected hotel (recommended, too!) so in the morning we grabbed what can only be described as the world's biggest pecan roll and cinnamon bun for breakast. Split between two adults and 2 kids and we still threw some away because they were huge! (And delicious!)More

Date of visit: February 2021
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LVTersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded February 9, 2021

Hello! We appreciate the that you took the time to submit your wonderful feedback! We are thrilled that you enjoyed your experience with us at both The Machine Shed and Holiday Inn & Suites in Lake Elmo. We hope to see you again next time...More

Reviewed November 13, 2020

Went out tonight to the Machine Shed 8515 Hudson Boulevard Lake Elmo MN (something like Cracker barrel), and for the first time the two of us SPLIT a dinner (country Fried Steak). This serving was SOOOOOO much better than any Cracker Barrel as the steak...was 3 X thicker, or was it the honey flavored Jack libation that morphed us into the appreciation.More

Date of visit: September 2020
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LVTersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 17, 2020

Tommy, 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 October 2, 2020 via mobile

Was super disappointed. My family has eaten here many times before Covid. We visited here tonight, the first time since everything was shut down. We had the fish fry, fried and broiled. The fish was overdone, the portion sizes were pathetic. We never got served...the 2 sides that used to come with your meal (usually squash/zucchini and cottage cheese). They no longer give you a second helping of bread. I understand times are tough right now, but quality and service should not change if you want to remain a good restaurant. My family will be dining elsewhere for a $45 meal.More

Date of visit: October 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 5, 2020

I am very disappointed to hear your experience did not meet the expectations we strive to meet. We appreciate hearing from our guests on what we could do better. I assure you I will pass your feedback to our executive team so we can address...More

Reviewed March 13, 2020 via mobile

We’re doing Friday fish fries this year Not just fries and slaw here. Mixed veg, cinnamon apples, huge dinner roll, mashed potatoes, garlic mashed potatoes, applesauce bread, choice of deep fried or broiled cod. I feel like I’m missing something. Great service, fast&freindly

Date of visit: March 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 17, 2020

Thank you for joining us for you all you care to eat fish fry! We hope to see you again!

Reviewed January 26, 2020

We had to wait about 20 minutes and when we were taken into the dining room there was several open tables. The dining room was dirty and the carpet really needed to be vacuumed. My husband ordered the steak tips with stuffing and he said...it tasted nasty. The next morning he had food poison. We won't be going back.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2020

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. At this time, we have not received any other inquiries, but we will make sure our team is aware and that this is documented. We would like to speak further with you - can you please email...More

Reviewed January 24, 2020 via mobile

I saw the menu and chose this restaurant because I was wanting more than burgers. Locals tried to dissuade me saying other nearby restaurants were better. I should have listened to them. The food came with large portions and family style extras like bread, pumpkin...bread, apples and slaw. That was the highlight. The main food was just average. The fried chicken salads had cold, tough fried chicken on them. The prices are higher than average as well so it’s a double whammy. They get an average score from me because the server was nice and good. I would not returnMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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MKSparkman, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 28, 2020

Hi Linda, I am very sorry to hear that you were not satisfied with your meal. We take pride in our award-winning restaurant and still remain dedicated to the American Farmer after 40 years. We locally source products each season from farmers in our community...More

Reviewed December 11, 2019

This used to be a nice place for a family style meal but the interior of the building, booths, tables, etc. Look worn out, like they're many decades old and not cared for. We ordered 3 different meals and the food was about average for...2 out of 3 meals however the chicken strips had so much breading on them the breading was still uncooked on the inside. I've eaten chicken strips at many restaurants and in many cities and states and these were the worst I've ever been served. On the plus side the server was friendly and attentive to keep the glasses filled and move the used dishes off the table quickly. Still, we won't even go back.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 16, 2019

Hello, thank you for providing us with all of this information. We take pride in our restaurant and we want to make sure everything is consistently up to expectations. I have shared your feedback with our executive team to make the necessary changes going forward....More

Reviewed December 5, 2019

My friends and I enjoy delicious reasonably priced lunch here except for the mashed potatoes. We have complained and were given the explanation that their machine peeler does not always remove the potato eyes completely but this past visit I believe that the potato masher...failed also. A great place to eat if you don't mind the mashed potatoes.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded December 6, 2019

Hi Richard, thank you for providing your comments to us! We appreciate that you provide your feedback about the potatoes - and we are so thrilled you enjoyed the rest of your experience!

Reviewed November 4, 2019

I am staying at the Holiday Inn that the restaurant is attached to. After a long travel day, I didn't really want to go too far, so why not check this place out. I looked at the reviews and figured, it should be ok, at...least. Well, first off, the staff is really super nice, especially my server, Tonya! They start you off with a plate that has a large roll, coleslaw, baked apples and a piece of banana bread. So, I was thinking, this could be bad for my A1C, LOL! Anyway, they have quite the menu, but I was drawn to the daily specials, Monday, smoked pork chops (this is what I had today), Tues-Fri is several All You Can Eat specials and they all look great. My pork chops were tender and juicy, just delicious, the coleslaw was outstanding and a little on the sweet side (love that), honestly the whole thing was delicious. People compare this to Cracker Barrel, but this place was better in my opinion. You won't go wrong. It's not the Four Seasons or Ruth Chris, but you should know that going in... but for the type of restaurant it is, it is very good. I'll go back, at least once for dinner and I also have breakfast coupons, so I'll try at least one breakfast.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded November 6, 2019

Hello, thank you for providing your wonderful feedback. We are so glad you enjoyed your visit. We have been honoring the American Farmer since 1978 and we make our food from scratch daily. Thank you for stopping in to dine with us during your stay!

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The Machine Shed Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 3.5
  • Service: 3.5
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5