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Wayback Cafe

American, Diner
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2138 13th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501-3510
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6:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Sun - Wed 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Sat 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Seating



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    2 of 5 stars
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  • Value
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Yep, another "theme restaurant".....here it's the 50's...great decor..but the menu and PRICES leave a little to be desired. If your new in town, go check it out, it's a fun experience. I'm a local and tend to like more value for my dollar.

3 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Lewiston, Idaho
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Seattle, Washington
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

Wow! Find this place 1 block east off Thain Way behind ATT / pizza store. Look for the old classic car on the sign. Menu has LOTS to offer. Special deals on different nights. Thursday night is two for one chicken fried steak, baked potato, salad, drink for $10. You can't beat the price. The food is good. The staff... More 

Thank Meep T
Spokane Valley, Washington, United States
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

Well done! They nail the target of 50's diner. Chicken fried steak was pretty good. The Buffalo chips are REALLY good! Wife had the Ricky Ricardo burger and loved it. Good selection of food and great prices!. Atmosphere was really nice. Oldies playing in the background and 50's era artwork all around. Nicely done.

Thank Ron S
Lewiston, Idaho
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

Wonderful burgers, shakes and fries, and they serve a great breakfast. The atmosphere is fun, and the parking is easy.

Thank 384arvinv
Lewiston, Idaho
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36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Yep, another "theme restaurant".....here it's the 50's...great decor..but the menu and PRICES leave a little to be desired. If your new in town, go check it out, it's a fun experience. I'm a local and tend to like more value for my dollar.

Thank Idaho4me
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185 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Had never been, had never really wanted to. But the boyfriend insisted. I thought it was just an old timey diner that served burgers and shakes. Turns out there's mediocre breakfast too. Slow and awkward service. Biscuits and graver were ok. And the report on eggs benedict were not great. Probably won't come back for breakfast, might come try a... More 

Thank Stephlovesdrake
Lewiston, Idaho
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Wait staff is always friendly and happy to see us when we stop. Great specials, the food is always good.

Thank Butterfly I
Asotin, WA
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40 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

My son talked me into going into the Wayback after having not been there in years. It's the same old thing, poor quality food at a ridiculous price along with really poor service. We waited 25 minutes and I can say I could have gone across the street to Sharps if I wanted a frozen meet patty slapped onto a... More 

Thank TwistedToyLady
Lewiston, Idaho
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

We stopped here before going down to our local Hot August Nights car show. I enjoy supporting local businesses, but this was beyond awful. Our table was dirty and the place was full of flies buzzing us as we ate. Much of the dishware looked filthy. There were only four tables of people while we were there for breakfast and... More 

Thank Ramrae
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

While visiting this area and sampling several local eateries, we stopped in for a milkshake and burgers. What we got was a watered down chocolate milkshake, a formerly frozen beef patty slapped on a toasted stale bun and a waitress with a bad attitude. Burger King down the road would have been a better choice. Avoid, avoid, avoid!

Thank go4awalk
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We went to this restaurant two times. The first time, we were happy to be someplace that did not smell like disinfectant (as we had just exited such a place while hungry). The service was delightful and we loved the burgers and malts. The second time we had higher expectations and were disappointed. The burgers were okay, but the service... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2138 13th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501-3510
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Lewiston
  • Phone Number: 208-743-2396

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Diner



Open Hours
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm

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