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Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant

11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
+1 515-270-6818
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  • Excellent50%
  • Very good31%
  • Average12%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible3%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (35 reviews)
“coleslaw” (47 reviews)
“bread” (59 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
11151 Hickman Rd, Urbandale, IA 50322-3741
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Our party of four ate at the Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant on the evening of June 8, 2018. We were seated promptly and our server was very friendly. The restaurant was very clean and all of us agreed that our meals were excellent. We won't...More

Thank M S
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hello, thank you for your 5-star review! We are so happy to hear your food and service exceeded expectations. We look forward to serving you again soon!

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Great service everytime! The cinnamon rolls can feed a family of four. Buffet didnt disappoint. Great selection and hot food items are hot. !

Thank Donna S
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Hi Donna, thank you for your 5-star review! We are so glad your food and service exceeded expectations. We are happy to hear you were satisfied with our cinnamon rolls and buffet. We hope that you come back soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just ate lunch at the Shed today, but were quite disappointed. We ordered the special, prime rib + salad bar. The so-called prime rib was a thin slice of steak, fried. What's worse is that the oil on the steak had a flavor of...More

Thank 465Barb
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Barb, thank you for your feedback. I am submitting this to our chefs as we speak so they can look into what happened that day with the prime rib and carrots. We are rated #1 on TripAdvisor for a reason and it sounds like...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Me and my husband were there for breakfast on Saturday morning and I got Biscuits and gravy and the biscuits were so hard that they couldn't be eaten, hash browns were cold also. The server was so busy that she didn't have time to care.I...More

Thank D_Davis0216
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hello, thank you informing us about your visit. I am disappointed to hear that some of your meal was not up to our typical standards. We take pride in our award-winning restaurant and we appreciate hearing from our guests' if something was not up to...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I ate here on a Friday night. While it was busy, the restaurant is very big and has plenty of seating to handle the crowds, so my group didn’t have much of a wait. There also is a large parking lot. The menu is Midwest...More

Thank NebraskaTravelnut
MKSparkman, Public Relations Manager at Iowa Machine Shed Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for dining with us on Friday! We hope to see you again during your next visit!

Reviewed 11 May 2018 via mobile

Met here as a party of 6 on business on a Thursday evening about 6:30pm. Staff were very friendly and considerate of watching for our people to arrive. Great comfort food on the menu and large variety to choose from. One person had the fried...More

Thank bleutalefly
Reviewed 3 May 2018 via mobile

I have been here before. Went this time on a Sunday night around 5 p.m. with my parents on a recent trip to Des Moines. We were seated right away. My mother had a cheeseburger and fries. My father and I had the daily special,...More

Thank Angela C
Reviewed 30 April 2018 via mobile

Great food some served family style. Large variety big portions can't go wrong. Servers were very nice and polite. The big overalls were a nice touch

Thank Jeff O
Reviewed 22 April 2018 via mobile

The food is good and reasonably priced. It is quite busy at dinner time with a good amount of locals (a good indication of its quality). The service is really good. The menu is typical American but the way it is prepared is very home...More

Thank Juan Miguel F
Reviewed 17 April 2018

It's been years since I've been to the Machine Shed. We were back in Des Moines for a wedding and had breakfast with some friends who suggested we eat here. It was exactly what I remember. An homage to farmers serving hearty comfort food at...More

Thank rickleed
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5 July 2017|
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Response from david_hance_iowa | Reviewed this property |
No. There is a Living History Farm on the opposite side of I-35/I-80 at Hickman Road Exit but it is like people living in a museum doing actual farm work to demonstrate early 20th Century Iowa farming. You pay an admission... More
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2 April 2017|
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Response from Tana G | Reviewed this property |
Yes as well as a full bar.
19 October 2016|
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Response from unikat1980 | Reviewed this property |
The newly renovated Hotel Renovo and the Sleep Inn are right next door. The Clive Hotel and Suites is almost directly across the street.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$15
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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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