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Reviewed September 7, 2022

Overnight in the area enroute from Idaho to PA. Close by the hotel and menu looked good online. Not super hungry, so we got the chicken pot-pie and classic Reuben with sweet potato fries. My wife ate half the pot-pie and was full; I finished...it, ate half my sandwich and took the rest for tomorrow. They also brought out "fixins" ... big dinner roll, pumpkin bread, coll slaw and warm applesauce. All really good! My wife would have preferred more cinnamon on the apple sauce. Service was quick and friendly!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 September 9, 2022

Hello! We are so pleased to hear that your visit to the Rockford 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 July 17, 2022 via mobile

Had potato soup, fried chicken dinner, spinach and artichoke dip. Also had the Mac and cheese. All very bland and runny. The banana cream pie had one tiny piece of banana in it and was mostly whipped cream, but did taste pretty good. The graham...cracker crust was good. This was not worth $100.00 for sure. I really felt like I was eating cafeteria food.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 22, 2022

Melissa, we are disappointed that your experience was not at all up to our award-winning expectations and we apologize. I will be sure to pass your feedback along to our culinary team to make sure we are always meeting our usual standards. Thank you for...More

Reviewed June 21, 2022

We have eaten here for years, but no more. Food was tastless. Hard to make a turkey dinner be so bad.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 24, 2022

Hello, we are very sorry that the food you received did not have any taste. This is not at all up to our award-winning standards. We will be letting our management and culinary team know so that we can ensure that our standards for Machine...More

Reviewed May 4, 2022

Very lack luster food. 2 Piece chicken dinner came with a small leg and a mystery piece =. total chicken equivalent to 3 chicken nuggets. They had all you can eat chicken and the waitress did not even tell us it was $1 more to...get that over the 2 piece. the Sirloin Tips were horrible gristle in every piece. This place needs to close. Slow service as well. had to beg for a second roll.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 6, 2022

Thank you for informing us about your recent visit. This is not up to our Machine Shed standards and so we are disappointed to hear about your experience. I would like to express our deepest apologies for the food and service you received - I...More

Reviewed April 2, 2022

This used to be a fairly regular place to eat when my grandparents were still here. I had not been back in a number of years and it was not as good as I remembered it. I had the fish fry and it seemed more...like the fish you would get out of the grocery freezer rather than the fresh hand battered variety you expect from a Midwest fish fry. The fish was more of a mushy processed texture rather than a light and flaky texture. Honestly, the fish fry dinner from Culver's is better (and I am NOT a fast food person). My wife ordered the stuffed baked walleye. She was given the wrong order so she had to wait double time for her correct meal to come out. The waitress was very frazzled (but friendly). My wife thought the walleye was ok. I had one bite and thought it was rubbery. The "family style" vegetables was a one serving size bowl. Not sure if that was a mistake too, or if that really is what they consider "family style." When we left, the waiting area was packed with people waiting for seats. Quite possibly we had a bad batch of fish and a server who was having a bad night, but we will not be back with so many other dining options to chose from.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 April 6, 2022

Hello, it sounds like we were having an off night and we are very sorry that you and your wife's meals were not up to the high standards we have for Machine Shed. We take pride in our award-winning restaurant and are disappointed that we...More

Reviewed March 29, 2022

I have been eating at this locale for years, it used to be a tradition that my aunt and I would spend the day together and this was where we would eat. After she passed away I still came here, about 5 years ago the...food really started to take a dive, the meat went from flavorful, tender, and fair priced, to overpriced shoe leather. I cant tell you how many times things were served wrong, cold, undercooked, etc. I used to order the Cattlemans choice stuffed steak, and it was inedible the last 2 times I ordered it, I couldn't even chew it it was so tough, the veggies came out raw, the mashed potatoes tasted like dirt, because no one cleaned the skins before cooking, the wifes steak came out blue rare and cold in the middle, when she asked for medium rare, then received it back overcooked at well done, used to love the sheddar melts as well, but the last 3 times we ordered, they were greasy and gross, the oil used to cook them was too cold and they were awful. The front of house staff was very friendly and efficient, the food is the problem. After giving this place about 5 last chances, I won't come back. It's too bad too, this place used to be amazing.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Heart of America Group, Agency / Consultant at The Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded April 1, 2022

Hello, we are disappointed to hear that your food the last several times have been disappointing. We are very sorry that your meals have not been up to our award-winning expectations that we have for Machine Shed. Please be assured that we will definitely be...More

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!

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