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Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

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11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-270-6818
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 07:00 - 21:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 22:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The food is fabulous. The Sunday Brunch is to die for. And the all you can eat fish on Friday nights is great!! I just hate the wait for great food!!

Thank Deb J
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Breakfast was very poor. Potato casserole had little flavor and was greasy. Sausage was like eating a big hot dog and very greasy. Ham tasted like processed meat rather than a good country ham. Toast was over buttered.

1 Thank Leland D
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi Leland, I'm sorry to hear that your meal wasn't up to expectations; however, please know that I will be forwarding along your comments to our culinary team for review. If you would like to speak further, please email me at lvontersch@hoari.com. Thank you for your feedback. More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The machine shed is magnificent. Even just looking at the tray of cinnamon rolls is unbelievable. All of the staff are Very friendly and it is like eating in a time machine or time capsule museum combination. Everything is very good.

Thank Joseph J K
Clive, Iowa
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Enjoyable atmosphere, friendly staff from the hostess that greeted and seated us the our waitress. Family style menu very comforting food.

Thank nadine349
Breckenridge, Colorado
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Machine Shed is a great place for good ole comfort food. Chicken fried whatever, deep fried lots of stuff and some unusual but delicious combo. The barbecued bacon wrapped shrimp was so unexpected.

Thank Steenbk
Altoona, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I like to take visitors to the Iowa Machine shed for huge, old time farmer meals. I like the breakfast meals best. I get the two scrambled eggs, three strips of bacon, grits, two buttered toast, and endless black coffee. Everyone I have taken there has enjoyed the food and the decorations. The gift shop in the lobby is filled... More 

Thank david_hance_iowa
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Machine shed is great comfort food, white in white carbs everywhere. But if you're trying to eat healthy and light....very limited opinions.

1 Thank Lizn8tr
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for dining with us and providing your feedback. We are very proud of our restaurant and our menu, honoring the American Farmer since 1978. We are happy to serve our award-winning menu to patrons who value a traditional family meal – like mom used to make! If you would like to speak further, please email me at lvontersch@hoari.com.... More 

Des Moines, Iowa
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I don't eat here often. When I have its always been good. As good as the food is, not much of a salad bar. Ask for a cinnamon roll.

Thank leymas
Urbandale, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This is a great place to take the little ones for breakfast, especially on weekends. Even though our grandchildren just wanted pancakes off the children's menu, the waitress told us to bring them whatever bacon they wanted from the buffet. The buffet had plenty of selections and omelets to order. Go with a big appetite even if you order from... More 

Thank Vicki A
Urbandale, Iowa
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 January 2017

This eating establishment has a small town cafe ambiance and dress is definitely casual. The menu is quite broad and has something for everyone including the kids. It definitely has a large assortment of 'Comfort Food' selections. The service is good and the pricing is very reasonable. In addition, on the weekends there is a hearty breakfast/brunch buffet.

Thank Plimbob

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
American, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
06:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
  • Location: United States  >  Iowa (IA)  >  Urbandale
  • Phone Number: +1 515-270-6818

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?