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“Country cookin' in historic setting”
Review of Barn Restaurant

Barn Restaurant
Ranked #1 of 17 Restaurants in Archbold
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $17
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Buffet, Reservations
Reviewed August 8, 2012

The Barn Restaurant is part of the Sauder Village complex, but you don't have to pay the $15 entrance fee to experience turn-of-the-century charm, ambience and delicious home cooking at its finest. Being a family of buffet lovers hosted by my mother at a family reunion gathering in nearby Harrison Lake State Park, most of us went for the classic buffet featuring crispy broasted chicken, tender pot roast, tasty ham and savory turkey stuffing (meat in the stuffing). The gravies were velvety and delicious and all the classic accompaniments were perfectly prepared. One small drawback: my sister and my son were fooled by the unlabeled rice pudding and bread pudding, which are on the buffet table with the main-dish choices and thus look deceptively like cheesy rice and perhaps a potato casserole. Tasting sweet when you expect savory can be a shock to the tastebuds. For appetizers we were sorry to hear that the Barn's version of the Blooming Onion is no longer available (relative who had been to the Barn previously raved about it) but the loaded barn fries with cheese, green onions and bacon were a delicious appetizer to share. We also had an appetizer sampler plate of fried foods: raves for the dill pickles from others, but I would have preferred zuchinni! Staff is attentive and kind, waitress uniforms adding to the atmosphere in period "Little House on the Prarie" floor-length dresses. Two members of our party ordered salads off the menu that were generous, attractive, fresh and delicious. Sandwiches and full dinners are also available. A daily special is posted on the board and prices are quite reasonable in all menu categories. This is not the place to order cocktails - alcohol not available. All in all a wonderful place for a traditional family meal in a "real" barn.

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Thank Cyndi P
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Reviewed August 3, 2012

This restaurant is on the property of Sauder Village, so they get a lot of business fron there. It is worth a trip even if you don't go to the village. They have a lunch and dinner buffet, but you can also order from the menu. We went in the late afternoon, after visiting the village, so it was not crowded. We missed the buffet, but ordered from the menu. The chicken was good, the pasta was good, and my husband's Reuben with onion rings was very
good (especially the marbled bread). We had no room for dessert, but the pie looked really good!

Thank tripowl3
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Reviewed August 2, 2012

Big "amish" buffet: fried chicken, ham, meatballs and all the sides. Very nice salad bar. Very clean with a nice staff. We waited longer than I would have liked despite what seemed like plenty of wait staff and most people using the buffet. However, we were not in any hurry so it was no problem. There was something here for every member of our family. The bread pudding was wonderful!!!

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Thank slrv61
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Reviewed July 28, 2012

The buffet at The Barn is true comfort food. Broasted chicken and mashed potatos and gravy are staples on the buffet. The salad bar is very nice, and the staff works hard to keep the salad bar clean and filled There are two soup options - the tomato and the cream of mushroom are wonderful. The price is good, and there is an option for a "one trip" buffet, which I recommend. The one trip includes a trip to the salad bar, soup bar, and the main buffet - it also included the homemade dinner rolls that are served with one's drinks.

The service could be better, but The Barn does serve busloads of patrons as well as a dedicated business crowd.

If you have the chance, go next door to The Dough Box. The bakery is amazing!!!

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Thank 59sunseeker
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Reviewed July 16, 2012

is the perfect place for a quick lunch! We enjoyed the buffet and delicious fried chicken. Nice that there's both menu and buffet options. Service wasn't very good, but the food was fine, and the atmosphere and location by Sauder Village make it a worthwhile stop.

Thank STB424
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