10 Yakima Valley Restaurants That Have Survived The Test Of Time

Restaurants come and go, but not these 10 popular places in the Yakima Valley. They have been around for a very long time! These are the 10 oldest restaurants in the awesome Yakima Valley and we hope they will be around for many more years.

We didn’t want to focus solely on the town of Yakima for this list, we traveled all over Yakima Valley to show our favorite restaurants some love. At the time, there were mostly established burger joints due to the affordability of produce and the ease of being quick in the restaurant kitchen. Times have changed and technology has made things better for restaurant owners, but it still comes down to great customer service and a passion for giving the community great meals!

There are three restaurants in Yakima Valley that claim to date back to the 1940s, but two of them specifically state in their online bios that they started in 1948. That makes them the oldest of the bunch, dating back nearly 75 years serving us delicious food! We would love to extend our thanks and deep appreciation to each of these restaurants for standing the test of time and continuing to be so great!


Most of you may know that Snipes Mountain Restaurant and Taphouse has been an integral part of the Sunnyside area since 1859. Dad’s family restaurant Also gives us fond memories for decades, but we cannot locate the exact date of the establishment of Snipes Mountain or Dad’s Family Restaurant. Until we find someone with those verified dates, we’ll update this article to include them on the official list of Yakima Valley’s Oldest Restaurants!


Be sure to make your first selection in the poll below so we can see which of them is the Yakima Valley’s oldest most beloved restaurant. There are so many to choose from that it might be hard to choose!

PLEASE NOTE: If there is a restaurant that we have not mentioned below that you can verify was established in the Yakima Valley prior to 1979, please let us know and we will be happy to update this article. .

10. Mel’s Dinner at Yakima

314 N 1st St, Yakima, WA

Created in September 1982.

Mel’s Diner in Yakima

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9. Robin

2702 W Nob Hill Blvd, Yakima, WA

The first Red Robin franchise was opened in Yakima, Washington in 1979.

Red Robin in Yakima WA

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8. Burger Ranch

911 Summitview Ave Yakima, Washington

Created in 1977.

Burger Ranch in Yakima WA

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7. Lariat Bar-BQ

621 W Yakima Ave, Yakima, WA

Established in 1962.

Lariat Bar-BQ in Yakima WA

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6. Jean’s Cottage Inn

3211 Main Street, Union Gap, WA

Established in 1962.

Jean’s Cottage Inn in Union Gap WA

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5. Wapato Filipino Community Hall

211 W 2nd St, Wapato, WA

Established on March 22, 1952. It is the very first Philippine hall built in the Pacific Northwest. They serve delicious and authentic Filipino cuisine to the public on Thursdays for lunch! Get a list of menu prices here. *prices subject to change

Filipino Hall in Wapato WA


4. Miner’s Burgers

2415 S 1st St, Yakima

Founded in 1948. “House of the great miner.”

Miner’s Burgers in Union Gap, WA

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3. Stop & Go Drive-In

2820 Fruitvale Blvd, Yakima, WA

Established in 1948. After a fire burned the place down in 2020, the current owners were able to rebuild, much to the delight of the Yakima Valley community.

Stop and Go Drive-In in Yakima

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2. Drive-in Peppermint Stick

4002 Main Street, Union Gap, WA

Established in the late 1940s. Some say their burgers are better than the miners. Looks like there is some friendly BOEF between the two. (A meaty pun was definitely intended.)

Pepp’rmint Stick Drive-In in Union Gap, WA

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1. Golden Wheel Chinese Restaurant / The Lotus Room

9 S 1st St, Yakima, WA

Created in 1937. Yakima’s oldest restaurant owned and operated by the family. Highlights including the Lotus Room Lounge which is also always open. The drinks are so famous that the locals will tell you to take “Lotus” at The Lotus Room.

Golden Wheel Restaurant / The Lotus Room in Yakima

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