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The Kernel

1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
+1 507-451-2585
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good45%
  • Average19%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“pies” (5 reviews)
“onion rings” (3 reviews)
“patty melt” (2 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
$$ - $$$
1011 Hoffman Dr, Owatonna, MN 55060-1109
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were in Owatonna at a auction and wanted to find a place to have lunch on Saturday. Driving through the business districts of Owatonna we found almost every place closed. The only restaurants open were next to the freeway (I-35). I was previously familiar...More

Thank traveltheworld012
Reviewed 15 October 2017 via mobile

We just stopped at The Kernel after reading great reviews! It totally did not disappoint. Sweet waitress, good service & great food. Western Omelet was very flavorful. Only disappointment was, even tho breakfast is served all day, the biscuits and gravy combo stopped at 11....More

Thank Rougher72
Reviewed 21 September 2017

Brisket is fantastic , everything is good at the Kennel. Waitress are always friendly. Plenty to eat, if you go home hungry it's your own falt.

Thank Terrie N
Reviewed 7 September 2017 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 1 September 2017 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 17 August 2017 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
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Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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
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