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Jess' Lunch

American, Diner
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22 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3734
10:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 10:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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157 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 137 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate lunch at Jess' following a recent tour at James Madison University, which is right down the road. The restaurant is located in the heart of Harrisonburg's downtown, directly across from the court house. It has obviously been here for a very long time, and while it might look old and dated, it is a quintessential local "diner." They... More 

Thank NellieVA
Baltimore, Maryland
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53 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

1st time downtown Harrisonburg during visit to nearby timeshare and we were walking round town at lunch time and saw this place and decided why not. Sat down and at 1st were a little thrown by the small isn 2 page menu but after ordering from the very friendly staff we saw why the menu was so small compared to... More 

Thank Joel_in_MD
Williamsburg, Virginia
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119 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 February 2017

The food was pretty good. I'd certainly recommend the onion rings. My son seemed to enjoy the mozzarella sticks, that's his favorite. My husband enjoyed his chili dogs, and I my wings. The service was great. It's just a little diner with down home type foods.

Thank Joann K
Park City, Utah
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2017 via mobile

Jess's is still a great option. Not as sure about it being quick - We visited and it was not busy and a little slow, but was still a tasty option.

Thank acme9394
Stevensville, Maryland
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 February 2017 via mobile

Nothing fancy but the food and service are both good and the price is right! Limited menu but there's something for everyone to include burgers, chili dogs, home made soup, salads and dessert.

Thank NClouse
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 January 2017 via mobile

We were glad we did..my son got the kids chicken and fries basket and I got a burger and fries and boy was it good and spicy..we also got mozzarella sticks..the staff was very friendly and if we had more time would go back again for sure..he told the staff on the way out he would rate them a 5... More 

Thank jennifer l
Ashburn, Virginia
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265 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2017

On First Night in Harrisonburg we had dinner at Jess' since it was right downtown. This is a busy, family style restaurant serving mainly hot dogs and sandwiches. We had a gyro sandwich and a philly steak burger sub. Both came with plenty of fries. While good, the gyro would have been better with Tzatziki (yogurt) sauce and we discovered... More 

Thank VW49
Lutherville, Maryland
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312 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 October 2016

Honestly? I was on a mission. Waitress Sadie was recently subject to a cruel "tip" instead of cash over her background by some ignoranuses. It made national news. She's as American as you or me. If your stock has been here for 400 years or if you're first or second gen like Sadie and my wife and kids you're granted... More 

Thank CandyMan627
Parker, Colorado
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016

A college student from Colorado at EMC in 1967 when I first went for Jess's chili dogs. We would love them I believe at two for $1.00. Went back for more on a trip to Skyline Drive and was so happy to show my wife exactly what I had written to her about fifty years ago. If you miss this,... More 

Thank Everett M
Maryland, United States
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66 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 July 2016

Gotta try the hot dogs with everything, fries, and a can of soda served with a small glass and crushed ice. The hot dogs are the best...ever...period. The rest of the menu is typical diner food and very good as well, but again the hot dogs are what you go there for. Great service and a real value as well.... More 

Thank Randy M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 22 S Main St, Harrisonburg, VA 22801-3734
  • Location: United States  >  Virginia (VA)  >  Harrisonburg
  • Phone Number: 5404348282

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