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“Close to the Auburn Cord Duesenburg Museums”

Sandra D's Italian Garden
Ranked #1 of 50 Restaurants in Auburn
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $25
Cuisines: Italian
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: A family owned and operated Italian restaurant since July, 2001. Home made cuisine by Chef Bentley Dillinger. Sandra D and Bentley are interacting with their customers as they serve their Italian delight!
Reviewed November 11, 2013

This bistro cafe is a great place to eat before or after going to the ACD Museum.

The location is just about a quarter-mile North away from the museum, just around the bend in the road (Wayne Street), and a quick left turn onto Main Street, then immediately turn right into the parking lot alley just beyond the corner service station.

My friends, wife, and I ate here after visiting the museum at around 2:00pm in the afternoon on a Saturday. We were the only ones there. It was great having the place all to ourselves, the service was great, the food delicious, and we could have a lively conversation without bothering any other guests. It felt like a house-dinner party.

It's getting increasingly difficult to find genuine, Italian style, intimate, dining locations like this anymore. The food is so much more authentic and hand-crafted than your run-of-the-mill "Olive Garden" type restaurant. The prices are quite reasonable and the portions are sized just right so that you can have enough room to order a heavenly dessert after your meal.

I ordered a very tasty sandwich with pasta salad. I forgot the name of this sandwich, but it was the first one at the top of the menu list. My wife and friends ordered entrees from the menu. Their entrees came with salads. All of the salad dressings are made "in house" and everyone loved the taste. The breadsticks that came with their entrees were very good.

Ordering variations of menu items was not a problem. One of my friends ordered a baked spaghetti with meatball. This was not on the menu, but was served without any issues.

The Tiramisu here is truely a great find. One of the best I've ever eaten.

The service was great, our table was visited by the owner and the chef. They were very pleasant, and happy to answer questions.

The interior decor is a little dated... but after visiting the museum, nostalgia was the theme and this place delivered. The floor near the kitchen is getting to be a bit worn out and is somewhat unattractive. Hopefully it will be replaced soon. The rest of the restaurant has a grapevine trellis theme that was popular in the 1980s. Lots of white christmas lights on the wall in the trellis lattice continues this theme.

If you can, try and visit the downtown antique shops, see the DeKalb County Courthouse and the beautiful Eckhart Library in the little town of Auburn, In.

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commander5, Owner at Sandra D's Italian Garden, responded to this reviewResponded December 11, 2016

This is our homemade, decadent tiramisu!!!

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Reviewed November 7, 2013

My fiancé and I recently visited Sandra D's to celebrate our engagement. Everything about the place was absolutely perfect. From the romantic lighting, to the attentive staff, and the great food, the night could not have been better. As for the person who said they were "ignored," I find that hard to believe when there are only 9 tables. For the rest, this place is highly recommended.

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2  Thank Chris H
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Reviewed November 2, 2013

The food is very good and her family are great people. They put a lot of heart and soul into their food. The main concern is making their customers happy and very satisfied. I highly recommend visiting this restaurant.

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2  Thank MichaelCR52
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Don't waste your time. Food is average at best and overpriced. I do not understand how the Journal Gazette gave such a good review. The service was terrible since we were not locals were total ignored. The food was not good Italian at all. We drove from Fort Wayne -not a long drive but not worth the time or the gas to get there. Plenty of good places here.

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6  Thank Kkwkmr99
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Reviewed September 18, 2013

I stopped here one night while on business. The service was great. I had the soup of the day, a small salad and the seafood lasagna, which was excellent. With a couple of glasses of wine the bill was about $37.00. The creamy rasberry salad dressing is so good you could eat it with a spoon.
if you are staying at the hotels by 69 - follow 15th street away from the highway and when you get to main street, turn right. This restaurant is just down a ways on your left.
It's worth finding.

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3  Thank Hugh C
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