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“ok food at ok prices”

Das Dutchman Essenhaus
Ranked #2 of 23 Restaurants in Middlebury
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Buffet, Reservations
Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“ok food at ok prices”
Reviewed August 11, 2013

the food was kind of bland though really filling.
The buffet didn't have too many choices but the service was friendly.

Visited August 2013
Thank ana t
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Garrett, Indiana
Level 4 Contributor
26 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Wonderfully Good!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

EssenHaus is located on an Amish country property with shops, & an Amish homestead you can also visit. Its right in the heart of Amish country in Indiana. The EssenHaus restaurant serves home style Amish cooking at its finest. You can choose how much food you want based on the style of service you'd like. They serve 3 different ways. You can order from the menu, eat buffet style, or family style brought to the table. The same food can be ordered in any of the 3 ways. If you're not too hungry, order from the menu, otherwise go with the buffet or family style. The noodles are homemade & are to die for! The buffet menu carries the staple foods such as mashed potatoes, 2 meats (usually), vegetables, salad bar & an Italian food area which focuses on 1 or 2 Italian dishes such as lasagne or spaghetti, as well as other foods. This does offer a variety for ever the pickiest of eaters. We visit Essen Haus approx. 5 or 6 times a year. It is approx. 45 min, from our home but its worth it. The building itself is in the style of an old Amish barn with hand hewn wooden beams & country style decor. The whole experience is quiet relaxing. If you're in luck you may also get to eat your meal in their Amish buggy booth. It is an actual buggy, roof & all, fit with booth seats & a table. Its a fun & different experience & kids love it! Located along with the restaurant is the baked goods store so you can take home some of the Amish baked goods including cookies, pies, breads, & cinnamon rolls. I recommend the caramel nut or cinnamon rolls, but honestly, its all delicious. You may also shop for gifts as they have a nice selection throughout the establishment. On the property is the Amish farm & homestead. You should go to their website or call ahead to get the tour schedule. You can also browse the gift shops & quilt shop on the premises. In the order of Amish tradition, EssenHaus is NOT open on Sundays or holidays but is open the other 6 days of the week, Mon-Thurs: 6am-8pm & Fri. & Sat.: 6am- 9pm. A superb place for just eating any meal of the day or for special family occasions as well. If you're in the Middlebury or Shipshewanna area, you just have to visit!

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank julie f
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Millersburg, Indiana
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Want a Homemade Meal? Here you go!”
Reviewed August 9, 2013

Amish food made by Amish people (mostly). Very country atmosphere plus a lot to look at. If new to the area or visiting the Amish communities, this is one stop everyone must make.

Visited January 2013
Thank Heidi D
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Zeeland, Michigan
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Amazing food”
Reviewed August 4, 2013

What an amazing dinner! Almost forgot to save room for the desert that will take your breath away. Very happy with our experience.

Visited July 2013
Thank William S
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Clio, Michigan, United States
Level 2 Contributor
9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great chicken!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

Chris out server was so wonderful! She was so nice to talk to and made us feel right at home. The food was wonderful. We had family style and it was delicious and tasted homemade. I really can't wait to go back.

Visited July 2013
Thank abbycork4
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