We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

The Kernel

1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
+1 507-451-2585
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
  • Excellent28%
  • Very good47%
  • Average18%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“pies” (6 reviews)
“ham soup” (2 reviews)
“patty melt” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
All Details
Write a Review
Reviews (64)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year

1 - 10 of 64 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Very good food and super prices. A lot to chose from on the menu. Breakfast served all day. My favorite is the hot beef commercial!

Thank Leah M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to the Kernel for a weekday breakfast date with my husband. First thing we noticed: this place is very popular with the older crowd! There was a group of older men sitting at the dining bar, and a few groups of couples scattered around...More

Thank aseiff617
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped for lunch with a few couples and ordered abroad variety of food...the burgers are the best! And save room for homemade pie!!!

Thank ingodwetrusttoday
Reviewed 10 August 2017 via mobile

The service is always great at the Kernel and their food is delicious. I love their fries! Best place to grab a casual lunch!

Thank Nelty
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Three friends recommended this restaurant. I've since had to remove them from the "go to" list for breakfast suggestions. There is nothing untoward or awful about this restaurant. Our waitress, Duchess, was nice and efficient. The coffee was passable, much like any restaurant of the...More

Thank James r
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

Every time my in-laws come to visit this is a "must see"! They like the homemade cooking and the family style restaurant. Good choices and Excellent service!

Thank Dawn W
Reviewed 30 June 2017

The Friends of Rice Lake State Park met at the Kernel to plan our summer activities. It included the Steele County Free Fair and updates to several ongoing projects at the park. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. It was a bit...More

Thank Marquisman
Reviewed 14 February 2017

very good resteraunt and great service good food and nice prices waitress very attentive to the table and our needs.

Thank Jim M
Reviewed 9 February 2017

Had lunch here several times through the years. Good variety meals and specials. Home-style cooking in an average place. Save room for the great pies, or take some home

Thank Carl W
Reviewed 29 December 2016

I found this restaurant to be very similar to a Perkins. Decor is even similar to a Perkins near us. The prices are more reasonable, though. This place was in serious need of a good cleaning and updating. Not that it was dirty, per se,...More

Thank Candee S
Nearby Restaurants
Blast softserve
35 reviews
.86 km away
Grace's Tex-Mex
60 reviews
.32 km away
Costas Candies & Restaurant
29 reviews
1.21 km away
Nearby Attractions
State School Orphanage Museum
39 reviews
.59 km away
Prairie School Bank
35 reviews
1.26 km away
Village of Yesteryear
22 reviews
3.22 km away
RAD Zoo (Reptile Amphibian Discovery Zoo)
45 reviews
3.01 km away
Questions & Answers
Get quick answers from The Kernel staff and past visitors.
Note: your question will be posted publicly on the Questions & Answers page.
Posting guidelines
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Owatonna
  • Phone Number: +1 507-451-2585
Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more. Claim Your Listing