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Knapp's Dairy Bar

304 S Main St, Rochester, MI 48307-2030
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Ranked #19 of 76 restaurants in Rochester
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- Apr 15, 2014
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58% Recommend
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English first
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

I have been eating at this restaurant since the '50's. It is a flashback to simpler times. They are famous for their huge hamburgers. The onion rings are the size of donuts. They make the shakes right in front of you and have scores of flavors. It is a fun experience to twirl around on the stools to 60's tunes.

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

Knapp's is an institution in Rochester. It still has my favorite hamburger. It is fresh, very thin and large. The taste is wonderful and you can add onions and relish to your liking. The chocolate malt is large enough to share, and reminds me of the malts I used to have with my grandfather. Be warned, the cost is higher... More

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Rochester, Michigan
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73 reviews 73 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

If you ask, you can get THICK malts/milkshakes. Used to get them without asking. Several flavors of malts/milkshakes. The hamburg buns are made by the bakery next door. Good seasoned fries, huge onion rings. The service is always good. Sit at a booth or at the counter on turning top stools. Grilled ham/cheese is good. Cleanliness can be an issue... More

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013 via mobile

Choose a booth or sit on the stools at the dairy bar. Fantastic malts, floats, and shakes made the old fashioned way. Popular, so the place can fill up with limited seating. Burgers are fair. Service is good. Fun experience. Flashback to the 50's / 60's.

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Clarkston, Michigan, USA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2013

went here with the grandkids and they experienced what it used to be like to get a burger/fries and milkshake/malt. fresh, quality ingredients!! Shake/malt served in metal container so you get to fill your tall shake glass 2 1/2 times - yummy

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Berkley, Michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

I know it is a Rochester establishment but I feel that the burgers and fries are just bland here. I enjoy the shakes and sitting up at the counter with my 5 and 2 year old. They get a kick out of it. The service last time was also lousy. We came in all happy and the server we got... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2013

Stopped with my husband for Malts, fries and burgers. It was so fun I felt like I needed a poodle skirt and he a varsity jacket. Had the mushroom Swiss burger and it was delicious!

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Wimberley, Texas
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2013

We stopped in on a whim and what a delight - old fashioned malt shop. We just had a milkshake and Boston Cooler which had to be explained to me. The young server was quite amused that I didn't know what "vernors" was. Boston cooler is a shake with ginger ale and vanilla ice cream. It was quite good as... More

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Macomb, Michigan
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74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2013

This time we just stopped in for ice cream, but the food here is fun and nostalgic. You can't beat the atmosphere both in and out. Inside it's like you stepped back in time to an old fashioned diner. Outside you have the beautiful views of downtown Rochester. We had malts and a Boston Cooler. Look it up - it's... More

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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

I wish every town had a dairy bar. We had a Boston Cooler and a chocolate malt.....all good! Will be back again to try a milkshake (or two).

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