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Back 40 Junction Restaurant

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1011 N 13th St, Decatur, IN 46733-1001
+1 260-724-3355
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11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 21:00
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90 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

After a long day on the road this was a really fantastic and enjoyable place to stop, rest and eat. Its no wonder why they are so highly rated. It is an All Buffet setting , so bring your appetite. You can spend an hour just sitting there looking at all the memorabilia that adorns the ceiling and walls.

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1 Thank Bob A
Mishawaka, Indiana
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53 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We visited our family living near Decatur, Indiana and asked them to take us out to the BEST restaurant in the area. They said that there was no question where we were going to go - to the Back 40 Junction. We arrived early in the middle of the week, and beat the crowd that arrived a bit later. The... More 

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

This is one of those old time decorated restaurants. It has been around a long time and knows how to make its customers feel welcome, well fed and happy. The price is right. Normally there are several kinds of food available with separate areas for salad, bread, dessert, hot food and carved meat. Waitresses take care of refilling your drinks... More 

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Thank jnsn502
GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed your visit with us. Hope you come again soon! More 

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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

We went twice, the first time on Friday after receiving a recommendation from a local resident. Friday buffet features AYCE crab legs. They were large, meaty and well prepared. Everything I tasted was excellent. The peel and eat shrimp were perfectly cooked. The fried chicken was to die for, lightly battered and seasoned well. We returned on Sunday and I... More 

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2 Thank Pat S
GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a great review. What a great idea you have about a dance floor. We will definitely keep that in mind. More 

Decatur, Indiana
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Never thought about steamed crab legs piled high in the midwest. Every table has a metal bucket for the shells. Fresh salad bar with toppings galore including a chilled crab salad.

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1 Thank lowerjudy
GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for the review. More 

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108 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

We do not normally enjoy buffets. This is one of the best. The food was fresh, hot and delicious. Fried chicken (not legs n thighs) was crispy and not greasy, prime rib was rare, great taste and not chewy, turkey breast moist n tender... i could keep going but you have to try it yourself!! Everyone is friendly and attentive.... More 

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GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to notice how much we strive to make the details happen. Keep coming back for more. We appreciate you so much. More 

Columbus, Ohio
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

It's been 2 decades since I've eaten at Back 40. We decided to indulge our sense of nostalgia & visit for lunch today. The home-style food is served via a bountiful buffet. We enjoyed the brisket, fried chicken, and noodles & mashed potatoes. We enjoyed the Back 40 cheese spread so much we bought a container to take home. The... More 

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GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

We hope you don't wait another 2 decades to return! There will be more than just our antiques walking through the door. More 

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19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016 via mobile

I have wanted to go here for dinner for about 20 years but my husband kept saying things like "it's not what you think" or "its over rated". We were traveling home and knew we would be going thru Decatur and decided that we would try it. It was the best decision we agreed on in a long time. First... More 

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2 Thank Jcbfw
GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

OMG! Thank you for finally putting your foot down and letting your husband know who's the boss. But honestly, thank you for taking the time to let others know what a gem of a restaurant we have here in Decatur. Hope to see you again soon! More 

Sunbury, Ohio
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016 via mobile

We went here for a casual birthday lunch driving from Van Wert, Ohio. The selection of food is very good and there is something for everyone. Standard for lunch is carved ham, turkey and roast beef. The homemade pickles, spices apples, cheese and spreads station was my favorite. The salad section was large and offers the usual fixings. The hot... More 

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1 Thank Sauer1119
GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

Glad you stopped in. Thanks for the taking time to let us know how we did. Come see us again soon! More 

Waynes Fort, IN
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155 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2016

Decades ago we went to the back 40 every sunday until the food started really slipping after which we didn't bother for a decade. Tried again and the food was good even though we missed the meatballs of old Only issue is the floors are like an ice skating rink causing me to nearly break my next. We'll be back... More 

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Thank doug12345bb
GRLMGR, Guest Relations Manager at Back 40 Junction Restaurant, responded to this review

So glad you gave us another try. We will look into whatever the problem was with the floors. Don't want to have to invest in a Zamboni so no ice skates necessary. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$25
Cuisine
American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Buffet
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 - 19:00
Monday
11:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 20:00
Thursday
11:00 - 20:00
Friday
11:00 - 21:00
Saturday
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1011 N 13th St, Decatur, IN 46733-1001
  • Location: United States  >  Indiana (IN)  >  Decatur
  • Phone Number: +1 260-724-3355

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