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Van's Burger

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7811 Yelm Hwy. SE, Olympia, WA 98513
+1 360-412-8267
06:30 - 20:00
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Mon - Tue 06:30 - 20:00
Wed 06:30 - 22:00
Thu - Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Sat 11:00 - 16:00
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Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a tiny little drive through along Yelm Highway. The wait can be long as they take orders through a microphone, and distribute food and receive payment at the window next to the grill and milkshake mixers. The food truly is delicious, and worth the wait. Limited days, and hours. No covered dining.

Thank Captmike001
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

I am by no way an expert on burgers, but wow these are really tasty burgers. Can only get them in the summer time which is to bad. But well worth the wait.

Thank SharkLady34
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
54 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Received a flat pancake style burger reminiscent of a premade, mass produced and tasteless burger. I was sad as I have been hearing great things about them.... this may be how they make theirs so I feel I need to give them another try though and hopefully they will have cheddar cheese by then. Fries were great and would like... More 

Thank lkchome
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016 via mobile

We've been going to Van's since it opened in 1999. The meat is fresh, never frozen. The left over meat, at the end of a day, gets well cooked. If you have a pooch in the car, ask for a "puppy paddy", it's free with your order. I recommend any food option on their menu. Friendly place! It's worth a... More 

Thank Doreen T
Sw Grand Mound,
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

Unfortunately Vans is only open in the summer. Great for dinner, the fry's are great too. There is no inside dining, but the burger and fry's were still great when I got them home for the family.

Thank jameshF2154SF
Olympia, Washington
Level Contributor
365 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

Locals know about Van's. They know it is a drive up burger joint with the best burgers around. But, it's reputation extends much farther than that. I first heard of it from a friend who lives in Portland. That is why the line up of cars is long during peak periods. Do not despair...the line movies quickly and it is... More 

1 Thank Cathy C
Yelm, Washington
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26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 July 2016

Van's Sweet Spot is actually where we visited and therefore where this review is focused. We pulled up, on a whim, after a hot day's shopping in Olympia for a treat. The board advertised seasonal milkshakes -strawberry, peach, raspberry and the like. We had chocolate, peach and strawberry, and they were delicious. Three large (20 oz) shakes cost us just... More 

Thank Camille W
Level Contributor
21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016 via mobile

Van's consistently turns out the best burgers & fries around. Cooked to order, fresh meat, tasty bun, all fresh trimmings, thick shakes. Open Thu. Fri. Sat. 11 a.m. to 7p.m. cars start lining up around 10:30. Fri. & Sat. Waits can be long but worth it. Don't forget the sweet shop, corn dogs and handmade shakes, fantastic.

Thank Don K
Level Contributor
10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 July 2016

I always come here a couple times when I visit family in Olympia! The menu is small, burgers and hot dogs, but they are soooo good! We always order the "Frings", a combo order of fries and onion rings, they are always hot and CRISPY! Be sure to get a mixed fresh berry shake during berry season. They are only... More 

Thank gilamonster7
Olympia, Washington
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016 via mobile

Love Van's. Can't say enough good about this place. This is a little off the beaten path. Bring your patience on Friday and Saturday. Worth the wait.

Thank pkndj

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Fast food
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Open Hours
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 20:00
06:30 - 22:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 19:00
11:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7811 Yelm Hwy. SE, Olympia, WA 98513
  • Location: United States  >  Washington (WA)  >  Olympia
  • Phone Number: +1 360-412-8267

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