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American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Table Service
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best burger in town.A bit of a wait to sit down but should be better when construction is done. Outside seating is nice and the prices are fare

Date of visit: August 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Patio has a nice chilled out, atmosphere, service was friendly if not a tad on the slow side, burger was average, bun was super fresh, lots of lettuce and the like, patty was thin and without any real flavor, onion rings were really good if...not overdone.More

Date of visit: September 2021
Reviewed 24 May 2021

The wife had a craving for a burger and since that's what the place is known for we decided to give it a shot. It was busy on a Saturday night for dinner, so there was a bit of a wait. The burger was nothing...to write home about. service was sloppy. My burger that I asked for "No Onions" had them. There were items on the menu they were out of -Fish and Chips as well as the Reserve Pinot Noir. First Impressions are important and they didn't impress.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 13 January 2021

I had heard people like this place so I decided to have lunch there with friends. Patio seating was fine, space heaters kept things a good temp, the wait staff was fine too. The issue was the food; I had their big burger which was...just 2 patties on a bun that promptly fell apart, the beef patties were flavorless and very disappointing. I also tried the onion rings which were extremely overcooked and tasted like something purchased at cash and carry. Same went for my friends food, very disappointing, I doubt I will go backMore

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed 17 October 2020 via mobile

Our first visit and we had a couple with us, socially distant and masked as appropriate. 50% capacity and great service. My cheeseburger was average but the half and half fries and onion rings were great! Good ambiance in these days if eating outside.

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed 15 September 2020

Was exploring Oregon Wine country and came across the tavern. Beautiful day so we sat outside on patio. Had the house burger and fries with beer. Good Burger, great fires and very nice patio.

Date of visit: September 2020
Reviewed 2 August 2020 via mobile

Well run tavern in a pretty setting. This is a nice family run roadside tavern. Food is hearty, fresh and the service is pleasant and quick. Well adapted to the needs of virus avoidance.

Date of visit: August 2020
Reviewed 28 June 2020

Our last trip was July 2019. We have been going since 1980. We have always loved it. It’s even nicer now, as the hats are always beautifully clean and so too is the vintage style tavern and bathrooms. You have made improvements over the years,...but have retained the great food and history. We both bought t shirts last July before we headed to Texas for our final destination. I bought both hubby and I t shirts, but I lost mine, Would you sell me one and ship it to me? A very nicely designed one and good quality cotton too. I am sad we had to leave Oregon, and I will always miss your tavern.More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 16 June 2020 via mobile

ahhh...what is the deal with all the good reviews for this place anyway, I just don’t get it? We ordered 2 cheeseburgers and half fries half onion rings, so let me start by saying I totally agree with the poster that said greasy spoon but...do not agree with her 5 star rating, but a greasy spoon in my opinion does not constitute a good place to eat...the fries were so soaked in grease they were limp and brown not good AT all, and the onion rings weren’t much better although they were a little crisp but not by much. The burgers were nothing really to write home about. I didn’t really care for the mayo/mustard sauce they put on the burgers cause I am a 1000 island dressing type of gal. We have not tried anything else here. However the setting is a pretty spot and the workers here were very nice and accommodating so I gave them a 20% tip on our to go order cause their attitudes are appreciated. I would come back for a drink on the patio though if ever I am down this way again. Sorry guys I was hoping for more.More

Date of visit: June 2020
Reviewed 7 March 2020

Good greasy spoon with amazing fries! Quite a unique place! Really enjoy our visits there. They have a nice patio as well.

Date of visit: September 2019
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James M R
1 December 2016|
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Response from MJ_EBs007 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. You can call them 503-647-5286 and they have mailed them out in the past
Kyle D
18 August 2015|
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Response from James G | Reviewed this property |
I went to the Helvetia Tavern today and there were two groups that had dogs with them in the outside patio area. One happened to be a big Bernice Mtn dog.
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Frequently Asked Questions about Helvetia Tavern

Yes, Helvetia Tavern offers takeaway services.

Helvetia Tavern is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4