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“Always good food and service if you don't mind being called "cousin" :)”

Cousins Restaurant & Lounge
Ranked #6 of 74 Restaurants in The Dalles
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Groups
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Cousins Restaurant - The Dalles, Oregon. Cousins' whole purpose in life is to serve up really good, hot home-style cooking at affordable prices for our neighbors and visitors alike. In this way, we can honor our family's tradition of real Northwest hospitality and our terrific family recipes. We want you to remember us as a really fun place to have a drink, satisfy your hunger and catch your breath - without any pretension!
Reviewed 26 March 2018

The food and service is reliable. They offer a wide variety of home style favorites and the desserts never disappoint. The bar menu is very good with daily specials. Being greeted as "cousin" as well as the cow or chicken sounds when you open the door are not my favorites but I always enjoy the food and service.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

There is even a model train that travels above the customer area.Food is served in large portions .Visit when you are hungry or share. The mega cinnamon rolls are awesome. Service is great.

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Reviewed 17 March 2018

They tout their country cooking, but food was poor to mediocre. Onion rings were OK. Pot roast was not great, and chicken fried steak was awful. The best part was our waitress, who was very nice, with a sense of humor.

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Escape L, General Manager at Cousins Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2018

Thank you JDW952, we appreciate your feedback! We're delighted our staff made a great impression, and disappointed our food did not. The chicken fried steak is among our most popular items, and clearly, we didn't do it justice for you. We're sorry you didn't receive the Cousins' experience you deserved and sincerely hope we'll have a chance to redeem ourselves for you. Thanks again for sharing your comments, we look forward to earning your confidence on your next visit!

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Reviewed 5 March 2018

While visiting The Dalles, we reviewed the top three or so restaurants. We were dressed casually, so we moved down the list one or two until we chose the Cousin's. Qualities listed were huge portions and down home country cooking.

The portions were absolutely normal on the three dishes we chose - a salad with crispy chicken, onion soup, and a "Knife and Fork" open faced burger with mushrooms and cheese.

The burger could have been used to sole shoes and only by dipping it in the onion soup and soaking it could it be eaten and safely swallowed. The two halves of the burger roll were extremely soggy and not completely toasted. The four mushroom slices were fine.

There were no issues one way or the other with the salad, neither here nor there. Not memorable, not horrible. Not inexpensive.

The waitress was efficient but overly effusive, overly attentive, overly charming (i.e. it did not feel natural at all). Again, it was not bad in any way but left us with far from a quiet and calm meal.

To sum it up, it must have been a very, very off day if all the reviews were to be believed. We should have asked the waitress to return the bad burger but she seemed very busy and taking a large number of customers.

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Thank 54peg54
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Escape L, Manager at Cousins Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2018

Thank you for sharing your feedback. We're disappointed your visit fell short of expectations and we appreciate you letting us know. We pride ourselves on anticipating our guests' needs--whether that is less attentive service or replacing an entree--and clearly, we missed the mark for you. We hope we'll have a chance to welcome you back for a better experience. On your next visit, please let us know if there is an issue with your meal or service; we'll promptly correct it! Thanks again, we look forward to our opportunity to exceed your expectations!

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Reviewed 4 March 2018

We were staying overnight at the Fairfield Inn and this place was only a block away, so we walked over for dinner. It was Saturday so they had Prime Rib on the menu.

We both had the prime rib. It was cooked correctly, medium rare and came with bread, baked potato, veggies and a choice of soup or salad. I had the soup which was split pea and it was very good. My wife had the salad and it was OK. The prime rib was excellent and a good value. $20 for the 8 oz cut and $25 for the 12 oz cut.

Place was busy on a Saturday evening and it looked like lots of locals were there.

If you want to stop here I would suggest putting in your GPS. That's how I found our hotel from the freeway and the restaurant happened to be next door.

They had a big menu and we'd go back and try other things.

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Thank Tom H
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