Minnesota, United States Food Guide: 10 American food Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Owatonna

November 5, 2019 Roger Rusk

Find out what American restaurants to try in Owatonna. Owatonna (/ˌoʊwəˈtɒnə/) is a city in Steele County, Minnesota, United States. The population was 25,599 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Steele County. Owatonna is home to the Steele County Fairgrounds, which hosts the Steele County Free Fair in August.
Things to do in Owatonna

10. Wagner's Lunch

222 N Cedar Ave, Owatonna, MN 55060-2306 American Lunch Wheelchair Accessible, Seating +1 507-451-0931 http://mcdonaldsowatonna3.cafesandrestaurants.website
Wagner's Lunch

Reviewed By Chad W

the Wimpy Burger is classic, good taste and the special of the day is sure to fill you up. The onion rings & fries are must to go with the burgers. Don't forget to try a hot dog.... one of the best hot dogs you will find, also it is deep friend.

9. Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

1200 Interstate Hwy 35, Owatonna, MN 55060 American Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 507-451-6831 https://stores.perkinsrestaurants.com/us/mn/owatonna/1200-interstate-hwy-35.html
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3 based on 26 reviews

Perkins Restaurant & Bakery

Reviewed By carebare

My husband's breakfast was fine, my salad was rather disgusting. I spent more time pulling out all the rotten greens than anything. Our server was less than adequate. My husband asked for Twinberry syrup, she said they were all being used. Couldn't she filled a little container for a side of it? I told her about my salad; her response. "oh sorry, have a nice day." I couldn't believe her lack of any customer service skills.

8. Timber Lodge Steakhouse

4455 W Frontage Rd, Owatonna, MN 55060-5659 American Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Reservations, Television, Highchairs Available [email protected] +1 507-444-0303 http://www.timberlodgesteakhouse.com/home.php
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3 based on 128 reviews

Timber Lodge Steakhouse

Reviewed By 757ronaldp

My wife and I each ordered chicken entrees which were very tasty and deliver to our table hot and ready to eat. Our server, Mandy, was attentive, efficient and has a good sense of humor. Ask for her during your next visit here. You will be impressed!

7. Olivia's Family Restaurant

1160 W Frontage Rd, Owatonna, MN 55060-5662 American Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards +1 507-444-4000 https://www.facebook.com/Olivias-Family-Restaurant-299179293502062/
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4 based on 55 reviews

Olivia's Family Restaurant

Classic Family Style Restaurant with friendly family pricing for everyone.

Reviewed By Mark H

This solid family-restaurant is right off I-35 and I would eat here before eating the the nearby Perkins Restaurant & Bakery. I have nothing against Perkins, it's just that I try to support local places as much as I can.They have a large a varied menu. Everyone should be able to find something they like.I ordered the eggs Benedict, which was excellent. Each muffin had a thick ham slice and lots of Hollandaise sauce and came with a generous helping of hash browns.I was there on a Saturday morning when they a a hot breakfast buffet set up. It seemed to be popular. My 15-year-old ordered a pizza burger for breakfast and he loved it.Service was good.The owner checked us out and told me how her husband named it after her.The place serves decent food at reasonable prices that is break from chains & fast food.

6. Owatonna Pizza Ranch

142 W Broadway St, Owatonna, MN 55060-2302 American, Pizza Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible [email protected] +1 507-446-9990 http://www.pizzaranch.com/
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4 based on 39 reviews

Owatonna Pizza Ranch

Reviewed By tammyb

The salads are always fresh, the soup hot, and any kind of pizza just ask. But the best of all is their chicken and mashed potatoes. My husband loves their dessert pizza I just go for seconds on the potatoes and gravy. Something to please everyone. Nice play area for children, also a room for meetings which is a big plus.

5. Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que

4355 W Frontage Rd, Owatonna, MN 55060-4303 American, Barbecue Lunch, Dinner, Drinks Takeout, Seating, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Table Service, Full Bar [email protected] +1 507-455-2900 http://www.famousdaves.com/Owatonna
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4 based on 94 reviews

Famous Dave's Bar-B-Que

Reviewed By Carl W

We ordered a take out order of Feast for 2 with extra Corn Bread Muffins on New Years Eve. As usual there was more than enough for at least 2 more people. But there was just the two of us, so we can have a feast again and again. BBQ Ribs are the best, not too spicy, not too smokey. Love the Corn Bread Muffins with the special sugar coating topping.Thank you so much for your review! We look forward to seeing you again soon! We truly appreciate your business.

4. Applebee's

690 W Bridge St, Owatonna, MN 55060-2764 American, Bar Lunch, Dinner, Late Night Takeout, Seating, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service, Highchairs Available +1 507-451-0006 http://www.applebees.com
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4 based on 86 reviews

Applebee's

Reviewed By johnbyl50

Nice and clean, friendly service.The lunch special was tasty. Though I prefer food with less salt and sauce to really enjoy the flavour of the food.A couple flies kept us company during the meal and we did not really appreciate their company.

3. The Kernel

1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109 American, Diner Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Table Service +1 507-451-2585 http://www.kernelrestaurant.com/
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4 based on 89 reviews

The Kernel

Reviewed By NotAFoodSnobFromNY

This place needs a serious interior update and friendlier staff.Hostess was annoyed we were a party of two on line for a table with two folks in front of us and two folks behind us; It was only semi-busy.Waitress was completely uninterested and just going through the motions. Monotone, "How is everything" and before you can respond she's walking away...The food here is really good though and it came out fast enough.

2. Costas Candies & Restaurant

112 N Cedar Ave, Owatonna, MN 55060-2304 American Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch Seating, Takeout, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover [email protected] +1 507-451-9050 http://www.costas-candies.com
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4 based on 43 reviews

Costas Candies & Restaurant

Costas is the small town local Diner where you're part of the family! Located in downtown Owatonna since 1919. Serving breakfast & lunch Monday-Saturday. All of our candies are still made by hand, on site.

Reviewed By 500danaw

We live in Mpls and other family members in IA. Owatonna is the 1/2 way point where we often meet for breakfast or lunch. We were tired of meeting at chain restaurants. We hit the jackpot at Costas. Very friendly staff, great “home cooked” food, clean and decent prices. Can’t wait to try lunch there next time...and maybe a chocolate...or two.We're so glad that we are able to give you such a wonderful experience at Costas! Thanks for finding us and supporting local businesses! Definitely make sure to get the candy next time if you haven't. You'll be sad you waited to try it! We hope it'll make you want to stop even more often!

The 10 Best Things to Do in Owatonna, United States

1. Torey's Restaurant & Bar

208 N Cedar Ave, Owatonna, MN 55060-2306 American, Bar, Asian, Pub Lunch, Dinner Takeout, Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Table Service, Reservations, Accept [email protected] +1 507-455-9260 http://toreys.net/dinner-menu
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4 based on 145 reviews

Torey's Restaurant & Bar

Torey invites you to share in the casual fun experienced at Torey's restaurant and bar. Whether you're having drinks with friends while watching your favorite sporting event, dinner with someone special, or with a group for socializing or business, Torey'

Reviewed By Kristi B

We liked Torey's when it was in the west end. Now that they've opened a beautiful new venue downtown, we LOVE it! Our city hasn't had an authentic "dinner club" for fine dining since Jerry's closed 10 years ago. Excellent, adventurous cuisine, expanded bar and food menus. Torey may be the hardest working man in the Owatonna restauranteur and pub industry. He pitches in when needed, anywhere. We saw him cleaning chairs one afternoon. We love that this is a local, family owned venue. Delicious food, great pub for hanging out with a full bar & largest selection of alcohol in Southern MN. And a fun martini menu, to boot! Service is friendly and attentive. Lunch buffet M-F with yummy, satisfying comfy foods, Happy Hours weekdays. There's a fabulous, large venue upstairs--with TWO bars--for meetings, receptions, music, dancing, parties. There's even a new elevator! Check out the pony wall festooned with authentic, charming tin ceiling tiles which were discovered during renovation of this lovely historic building. Two doors--front, and in the back where there's ample free parking. .Thank you for giving us a great review and for recommending our restaurant to others. I'm sure our entire restaurant staff enjoyed catering to your needs as much as you enjoyed your visit. Take care, Kristi!

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