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415 1st, Gothenburg, NE 69138
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Takeout

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    3 of 5 stars
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    3 of 5 stars
Different and tasty

While Runza carries your usual fast food hamburger menu, it also has its own unique sandwiches, a beef and spices mix enclosed in dough. The dough was very light and thin, not doughy at all. The meat mix was very tasty. I'd go there often if they were around us!

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 21, 2014
Chicago, Illinois
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Dubuque, Iowa
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288 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Runza restaurants are being developed primarily in Nebraska, but based on our experience this chain will grow. The interior was immaculate with plenty of room including a sunny "enclosed porch." The original Runza sandwich is a taste treat. There are several varieties. The burgers were huge and the price was right.

Thank Randy L
Chicago, Illinois
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Since we were in Nebraska we decided to give their popular local chain a try - Runza. First let me say that I am always glad when an area has something more local (even if a chain) and not just a cookie cutter of something I could get anywhere nationally. That alone earned them a star in my book. And... More 

Thank HeyJude773
Chicago, Illinois
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108 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2014

We were crossing through Nebraska en route to Yellowstone. Stopped in Gothenburg to see the Pony Express (fun), the Mud Hut (fun and informative, also disappointed it is a replica), and at Runzas. I would give it 0 stars if I could. The people working there were like zombies, like our group from Chicago left them in shock. The food... More 

1 Thank travelgames
9899otschamp, Owner at Runza, responded to this review

Although we love to hear from our guests about the positive experiences that they have, we also value improving our facility in any way that we can. I thank you for taking the time to let us know about some areas where improvement needs to take place. Please know that we have taken steps to improve our operations. More 

Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Eat elsewhere. Runza is the best kept secret in Nebraska. They should keep it. Soggy bread with greasy meat and processed cheese. Nasty. Onion rings were good though! Oh, and if you are thinking "She's not from Nebraska, she doesn't get it.", bad food is bad food anywhere. I love bierrocks, and Runza is not a bierrock. Not even close.... More 

1 Thank Collygirl
9899otschamp, Owner at Runza, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to review our restaurant. I am personally very sorry that your experience at Runza was not as you had hoped it would be. If ever in Nebraska again, I would love to encourage you to give us another shot. More 

Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2014

While Runza carries your usual fast food hamburger menu, it also has its own unique sandwiches, a beef and spices mix enclosed in dough. The dough was very light and thin, not doughy at all. The meat mix was very tasty. I'd go there often if they were around us!

2 Thank JoandNorb
Walpole, Massachusetts
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89 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2013

I can think of some good advertising..."If you got the Runza, this place can't help." ..."Walk, don't Runza, for some average fast food!" ... "No hits, no Runza, all errors." Feel free to sing along on this one, "If you see me walking down the street, and I start to eat a Runza suprise, Walk on by, just walk on... More 

Thank William C
Asheville, North Carolina
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34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2013

I had never had a runza before but heard that this was the quintessential Nebraska food experience so I was eager to try one. I was not impressed. I am hoping that the reason for this is that it is a fast food local franchise and that a "real" runza exists out there and is worth the hype. Next time... More 

Thank Sue D
Stratford, Iowa
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

We had never heard of Runza's before, but those sandwiches are worth the stop! Burgers are also just as tasty as any other fast food restaurant's.

Thank JerNanJan
Santa Fe, New Mexico
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105 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2013

This is one of the first times Trip Advisor has lead us astray. This was a very disappointing visit. Being rated the number 1 restaurant in Gothenburg we were really looking forward to our meal. But, I think they missed on this one. The service was quick and the food was hot, but a Runza is not all that.

Thank Roadwarriors2
Great Falls, Montana
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100 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2013

As we headed to Lincoln, NE we stopped at an old favorite RUNZA! We decided to try the burgers instead of the usual Runza. They were delicious. The staff was pleasant and fast. The clerk had the burgers and onion rings at the table before I got back from washing my hands.

Thank justme048

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 415 1st, Gothenburg, NE 69138
  • Location: United States  >  Nebraska (NE)  >  Gothenburg
  • Phone Number: 308-537-3417


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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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