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Big Jim's Drive-In

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2938 E 2nd St, Exit 87, Off I-84, The Dalles, OR 97058-4053
+1 541-298-5051
10:00 - 22:00
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58 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 February 2017 via mobile

I ordered the Big Jim Burger by mistake, it still a big enough meal for me. I usually order the Gorge Burger which is huge! You can cut it in half, you almost have too, to pick it up. There shakes are the best too. A place worth going to in the Dalles. Been there 50 years now.

Thank Gary W
Portland, Oregon
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114 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

We all tried something different and we all enjoyed our meals. Good fresh burgers, hot fries, and thick shakes. Lots of things to try on the menu. Long time local stop. Enjoy, cheers

Thank Andrea R
Detroit, Michigan
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

I stopped in for food only to find the fryer was down so they had basically burgers. Now my first question is when you have a menu that includes many seafood items how do you have only one fryer? Do you cook everything in the same oil. Yuck!!! Break the bank buy another fryer so all your food doesn't taste... More 

Thank mctadgh2
REX T, Owner at Big Jim's Drive-In, responded to this review

Thx for stopping and we are sorry you stopped the ONLY day in 50 YEARS that our fryer had issues. There was a small fire on the unit which made it unsafe to use until service tech drove 60 miles to check out We were on limited operational the next morning and yes there is another $29,761. Unit ordered that... More 

Orange County, California
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168 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 351 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Whether passing thru or staying for the day in the Dalles area, this diner-like fast food shop hit the spot when it came to knocking out our apetites. The ambiance is awesomely retro and family friendly offering great views of town and the dam.

1 Thank TiffMateas
Washington, United States
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64 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

Big Jim's is a staple in The Dalles. You can always depend on them to provide huge orders of food and great ice cream deserts. The prices are a little on the high side and due to the nature of society the service is not nearly what it used to be but still worth the stop.

Thank TAC772
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

We were looking for a quick bite on our way out of town and decided to give Big Jim's a try. The staff was pretty friendly and worked fast, but holy cow, the selections available to customize your meal was overwhelming for a first timer. If you have trouble making decisions, this is not the place for you. LOL The... More 

Thank Daria D
Port Angeles, Washington
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016 via mobile

Exactly what we had hoped for. How often does that happen? Burgers were very good. The shakes were perfect!, and service with a smile! And clean too! Largest selection of burger choices I have ever seen! Including a one pounder ! (Only missing an egg option, but maybe it was there and I missed it). Definitely worth a stop and... More 

Thank Bookseller1986
Vancouver, Washington
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34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 November 2016 via mobile

I have been here several times. They have great burgers. The beef is tasty, the veggies are fresh, and sauce is amazing. The fries are good too, but get the fry sauce. It is worth the 35 cents. You won't regret it.

Thank Tim L
Gresham, Oregon, United States
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11 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

Last stop on our road trip before hitting home in Portland. Burgers were a good value and tasty. Glad to support a local place.

Thank Eric C
Hood River, Oregon
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66 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Move over McDonald's, Burger King, And Wendy's ...Big Jims has the best burger and the best selections! Don't forget to order the sweet potato fries!...and a shake..all good!..and for you Portland crazies..bring your own hot sauce ..and you can have a gluten free bun!

Thank gmp8plc

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 5 - USD 20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2938 E 2nd St, Exit 87, Off I-84, The Dalles, OR 97058-4053
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  The Dalles
  • Phone Number: +1 541-298-5051

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