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The Barn

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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711 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3422
+1 218-829-9297
05:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Fri 05:30 - 16:00
Sat 05:30 - 15:00
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016 via mobile

A great place to visit if you like to find the out of the way places where the locals eat!! Truly an old time diner with old time counter service and booths--fun atmosphere. Now to the food. I'll start with the pie because as it's been said "life is short so start with dessert." My husband and I ordered the... More 

Thank Pam R
Metro Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

This place is good because the food and interior are like a lot of places were in the 50s. This place is the same. So, the food is basic and good. The staff are warm. There is a lot of pie and it is good.

Blaine, Minnesota
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

We stopped at the Barn on Friday the 21st! It was very busy. We sat in a booth and ordered the special on the board! We added pancakes and bacon! Our waitress was very kind and did a great job! Portion sizes were huge! We totally recommend this place! !!

Thank Sadi14
Excelsior, Minnesota
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135 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 October 2016

It was after we had secured a booth and placed our order before I noticed a man at the counter with a gun sticking out of his back pocket. Then I noticed another who came in and sat at the far end of the counter. Normally, I look for this and immediately leave when I see people with guns but... More 

Thank 1whosearches
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

We love this place. Its like something out of Mel's Dinner on Alice. Great hometown food. The buttermilk pie can not be beat. We eat here every time we come to Brainerd.

Thank beth S
Brainerd, Minnesota
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

I was once told an effective leader you must learn to adapt, migrate or perish. The Barn is clearly the exception to the rule or march to a different beat of there own drummer. I say this because there is the same decor, a very similar menu and a packed house just as it was when I first visited 12... More 

Thank schuylerscarborough
Rochester, Minnesota
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5 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

We saw a trip advisor review about the barn . We were thrilled it was so good . We ordered soup-maidrite-pie combo. It was reasonable price and delicious. We would recommend it and next year we will be back. Mike in Byron mn

Thank Mike V
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71 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

The Barn's reputation seems to come from their pies, but we go there for the caramel rolls...huge, sticky, yummy creations available every morning. Service is quick and very friendly. Get there early.....they run out.

Thank Knitterforallseasons
Kouts, Indiana
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105 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 August 2016

Stopped here on the recommendation of the guy at Advance Auto, which is a block or so away. Glad we did! If you've never had a Made Rite, you're in for a treat! The meat is very tasty!! Most regulars don't even ask for a menu. We chose the MR salad & the pork tenderloin special. Need to bring cash,... More 

Thank Babes3020
Bloomington, mn
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016

A one-of-a kind place. Don't go there if you're looking for a healthy, vegan, or organic experience. They never heard of tofu or alfalfa sprouts. This place is old-school: good, old-fashioned breakfast and lunch with a bottomless cup of coffee. I had their signature "Maid-Rite" sandwich. The Maid-Rite is coarsely ground beef cooked with spices on a hamburger bun, wrapped... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Kids
Open Hours
05:30 - 16:00
05:30 - 16:00
05:30 - 16:00
05:30 - 16:00
05:30 - 16:00
05:30 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 711 Washington St, Brainerd, MN 56401-3422
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Brainerd
  • Phone Number: +1 218-829-9297

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?