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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I honestly never write reviews but I couldn’t hold this one in. We were so excited to try this restaurant - we are staying at the hotel connected and it was the easy choice with our kids. The hotel also gave us coupons for 1/2...off apps and a free drink so that was a nice incentive. Unfortunately, though, the food was the worst food I’ve ever had in my entire life. Not a single thing was edible. Our baked potato was hard, our bbq platter was ridiculous (the ribs were SO dry, the brisket my husband said was OK but I refused to try and the chicken was disgusting), the spinach and artichoke dip tasted like burnt metal, the sides that come with the platter were OK (although my husband found a WHOLE hair cooked into one of the buns), and I didn’t even let my kids finish their food because I was so disgusted. We paid over $50 and are maybe 2 bites of everything. What a waste of money. The only good thing was the waitress. She was nice, but that does not make up for the horrible experience we had. Please do not come here.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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HOA Marketing, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello, we are disappointed to hear that your most recent visit with us was not up to our typical award-winning standards. We appreciate hearing from our guests, good or bad, about their experience and we are sorry that we missed the mark. Please know that...More

Reviewed December 30, 2023

The only reason I gave this review 1 star is for Kristi our server. Otherwise I would have given -5 ⭐ I feel so bad for her. She did her job and as a fellow server I know the struggle. We were part of a...very large group she worked this evening. She knew the specialty drink (the autumn sangria) I wanted to order with out the menu in front of me. I will say it was good, I had a 2nd. Other than that, I have NOTHING ELSE GOOD TO SAY. Honestly food was mediocre at best!! Very small portions for the price. Much of the food tasted old and or sour. The spinach and artichoke dip was runny and tasted like sour milk. The ribs tasted like week old meat that sat in the fridge. The amount of sugar on the sweet potato fries made them inedible. I sent more food back than I ate. My husband ordered the pork combo and it was cold and sour, just gross. We wouldn't even take the scraps home to feed to our dog. My daughter had the brisket Mac and cheese that was so bland. No seasoning at all. Even the chicken tenders that my teenage son had were blah. The French fries were probably the best thing we had. Pretty sad. I can not stress how bad the food was, obviously not worth half the price we spent. Of course the food quality is not the servers fault. I feel bad (for Kristi, our server) leaving such a poor but honest review, but I am being honest. I would never recommend this establishment and will never plan to eat here again.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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HOA Marketing, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded January 2, 2024

Thank you for sharing your detailed feedback, and we sincerely apologize for the disappointing experience you had at our restaurant. We appreciate your kind words about Kristi, and we're glad she provided excellent service. However, we're truly sorry to hear about the numerous issues you...More

Reviewed October 23, 2023

We stayed next door at the Holiday Inn & Suites (which was excellent!) and after a LOT of review hunting/reading about The Machine Shed and it's Sunday buffet we decided to give it a try. We should have just ordered off of the menu and...saved the $22.99 each for the buffet. Although there were quite a few breakfast items (2 kinds of eggs, bacon, sausage, small cinnamon rolls (no frosting), hashbrowns, sausage & biscuts, pancakes) lunch items were sliced ham & prime rib, a couple of soups, lasagna, some kind of pork brisket that was more like bbq sausage) Some of them were just luke warm, nothing was super hot. Salad bar was ok but not super loaded with fresh veggie items. Pineapple was great! About 4 types of desserts were average. Pop was $3.79 for a small glass (free refills) and NOT included in the buffet. We were not wowed and should have just gotten entrees for half the price. Yes, you get choices but that's really what you are paying for. Hot fresh food would have been better than out of a warmer. We didn't eat more than a usual sized meal anyway. Our server was good but the host sat us right up next to a very large family group of 18+ with young kids even though there were clearly quieter tables for 2 in other parts of the restaurant and it was like we were almost right next to their table. They were a fun family group, however, we would've appreciated a little space so we could converse and enjoy our meal. Won't do it again.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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HOA Marketing, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded October 24, 2023

Hi Melanne, we apologize that the buffet did not meet expectations and that you were sat right next to a very large family when there were quieter spots in the restaurant. We have high expectations for our award-wining restaurant so we appreciate knowing your comments...More

Reviewed September 22, 2023 via mobile

I just dined at Machine Shed today. Service was great. Food was delicious. I had the baked potato soup, beef brisket and then apple dumpling with ice cream. It’s definitely worth a repeat performance! Thanks again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 25, 2023

We are delighted to hear that you had great service and delicious food at The Shed! We hope to see you again soon and thank you for leaving your wonderful 5-star review.

Reviewed September 10, 2023

This was are first time at the Machine Shed, Kristi was are server was very friendly and helpful. Generous portions, excellent food. Definitely will stop here again.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2023

We are glad to hear you had a 5-star experience for your first time at The Machine Shed! Thank you for dining with us and we look forward to seeing you next time!

Reviewed June 20, 2023

Ordered the corned beef hash with biscuit and gravy, two eggs. Tiny, tiny little cubes of mystery meat mixed in with my hash browns. Cold biscuit with cold, bland inedible gravy. Hash browns were hot, and eggs were very good. Server was great. Noticed I...did not have coffee. Removed it from tab. Left a 30% tip for the gal, but won't be eating there again.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 23, 2023

Thank you for dining at our restaurant and providing feedback on your experience. We apologize for the disappointing aspects of your meal. Your feedback will be shared with our kitchen staff to ensure our food quality remains at the high expectations that we strive to...More

Reviewed June 14, 2023

My Mom and I frequent the Lake Elmo location for breakfast 2-4 Saturdays per month, and always request a table in Donna's section: she is the best server we've had, no matter the restaurant. Thank you Donna!

Date of visit: June 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 16, 2023

We are thrilled to hear that you always receive such great service from Donna! Thank you for leaving your amazing review!

Reviewed June 7, 2023

The food was amazing, but even more that was the incredible service. Both our servers were friendly, prompt and enhanced our dining experience. We look forward to our next visit.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 12, 2023

We are so happy to hear about your 5-star experience at the Shed! It means so much to us that you took the time to leave your amazing review. We look forward to seeing you next time!

Reviewed June 2, 2023

I have visited MS on many occasions. The trip to Woodbury was the worst experience. We got there at about 1030. I ordered the Country Fried selection. When it came, the Steak was not able to be cut with a serrated knife. It was left...in the fryer about ten minutes too long. Eggs and ash browns were good, but te bad meat took away the joy. I did nit eat the Biscuits and Gravy as a result. Took that hoe and had it the next morning. Worst B&G I have ever had. Tasted like they put Onions in the sauce. ISH!.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded June 5, 2023

Thank you for your honest feedback about your most recent experience. I apologize that the steak and biscuits and gravy were not at all up to our typical standards. I hope you took the chance to bring this to your server or manager's attention while...More

Reviewed May 20, 2023

Kristy was our amazing server today. Food portions were very generous, very tasty. Will def come back!

Date of visit: May 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 24, 2023

Hi Victoria, we are happy to hear that you had an awesome time dining with us and that Kristy was able to provide such amazing service. We look forward to seeing you next time!

Reviewed May 15, 2023

We had heard good things about recent changes at the Machine Shed and decided to give it a try after church. I chose the buffet and my wife and kids all ordered off the menu. The buffet was full of some excellent options and the...chef even came out to help my identify keto-friendly options and what to stay away from. The parmesan crusted chicken was incredible as was the sliced roast beef. The eggs had good flavor and despite being at the end of the pan when it wasn't particularly busy, still looked and tasted fresh. I saw many happy faces at tables around us and we will certainly return. My son had a reuben that he was very happy with. He's eaten reubens at many places and only thought it could have used a bit more meat. The flavor was great and not greasy like many he's had have been. My wife had a good Cobb salad and my daughter enjoyed her artichoke dip (she tends to go for appetizers).More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2023

Hello! Thank you for giving the Shed a try on Sunday and leaving your wonderful review. It makes us so happy to hear that you and your family had such an enjoyable time! We look forward to seeing you all again.

Reviewed May 15, 2023

poor service cleared the table of our drinks and silverware when we went to get our food and then could not even find a waitress to help us. very poor selection of food for the price ,More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2023

Hello, we are so sorry to hear that someone cleared your table of drinks and silverware and that the selection of food was not up to expectations. We are disappointed that you did not get the true Machine Shed experience. Please know that I have...More

Reviewed April 29, 2023

Food was terrible. Mom and wife both ordered eggs benedict. They couldn't even cut through the muffin. It was tough and burned on the bottom. Brought this to the attention of the waitress. Said she would notify the manager. He never came over to apologize...or even ask about the food. They both even complained about the hash browns. They were cold and not completely done. I had their breakfast buffet. My experience was a bit better, but less face it...have to try really hard to screw up a buffet. Surprised that when we asked for ketchup for the hash browns...that they didn't bring out a container of ketchup, but a small plastic container that was only half full. Wasn't even enough to cover the hash browns. Bad experience all around. Manager visited the two tables next to us. He appeared to make it a point NOT to even come over. Will not be back. Should of taken pictures for this review, but didn't think of it at the time.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded May 1, 2023

Hello, we appreciate you taking the time to provide us with the details of your breakfast. We are very sorry to hear that you did not get the true Machine Shed experience. We take pride in our restaurant and are disappointed to hear that the...More

Reviewed March 29, 2023

Went there for lunch today with my grandson, not only was the food terrible and very overpriced, there were fruit flies all over My grandson forgot to grab his Apple ear pods off of the booth when we left and when we went back to...see if they were in lost & found or if server (Frank) had picked them up or if bus/dishwasher found them they said no. However my grandson could look for them with his phone and they were detected but no one said they had them....world is just simply full of dishonest people. Very disgusted and dissappointed!More

Date of visit: March 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 3, 2023

Hello, I have spoken to the management team at the Lake Elmo location and it sounds like the ear pods were found and that you have already been contacted. We appreciate that you took the time to bring these other matters to our attention as...More

Reviewed March 25, 2023

Outstanding breakfast, as always. Donna is an absolute rock star, and a true blessing at Machine Shed; she's the best server we have ever had at any restaurant, hands down!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Lesley Von Tersch, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded March 27, 2023

We are thrilled that Donna is able to provide the best service! Thank you for providing your wonderful 5-star review.

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