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Word of Mouth

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140 North East 17th Street, Salem, OR 97301
15039304285
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6:45 am - 3:00 pm
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Wed - Sun 6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff

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  • 349
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  • 73
    Very good
  • 23
    Average
  • 3
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  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Never disappointed!

It's hard to add much more than has already been stated in other reviews. The fact is, this is such an unusually good place to eat that it keeps us coming back. The hardest part is the wait. It is not unusual to wait for 30-45 minutes- sometimes an hour. We always go very hungry due to... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
SunseekersMaui
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Salem, Oregon
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Salem, Oregon
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

It's hard to add much more than has already been stated in other reviews. The fact is, this is such an unusually good place to eat that it keeps us coming back. The hardest part is the wait. It is not unusual to wait for 30-45 minutes- sometimes an hour. We always go very hungry due to generous portions sizes-... More 

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Thank SunseekersMaui
Salem, Oregon
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Worth the wait. Best breakfast in Salem. You won't be disappointed. My 79 year old Dad has traveled the world, currently lives in Los Angeles, said the way the chef prepared his eggs was perfect. I love the French toast. I bring all my out of town guests. If visiting Salem, this place is a must!

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Thank benje999
Salem, Oregon
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Yes, I could have gotten the huge cinnamon roll or lemon poppy seed pancakes but I am watching my figure. I chose a healthy skillet breakfast that was taken to the next level. Not just the usual but also grilled artichoke hearts and sundried tomatoes. It was fabulous!

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Thank WilsonChristine
Salem, Oregon
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I went in for lunch and the waitress talked me into breakfast for lunch. Great choice, the cottage-cheese pancakes are to die for

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Thank WayneShar0n
Salem, Oregon
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

When I want to go out for breakfast, this is the first place I think of. It's a very popular here in Salem, so expect to wait at least a few minutes to be seated. This time it was about 15 minutes before we were shown to our table. I have waited longer, and very occasionally I've gotten right in.... More 

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Thank Jack G
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

So amazing as always, I have an omelet and fruit, tge fruit is always wonderful! Coffee is so good too. Great service as well.

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Thank Kate B
Albany, Oregon
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200 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The wait is well worth it. The portions are huge and you will want to go hungry but it is a must place to visit in the Salem area.

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Thank Karlina C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

We went in the AM on Sunday Jan 3rd. It was snowing and beautiful and my birthday and I was in a great mood and wanted to go some place nice. We were seated right away because it was early. When somebody finally came back, she tossed crayons on the table and said nothing to us and walked off. So... More 

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1 Thank Nicholas W
Steve M, Owner at Word of Mouth, responded to this review

I'm very sorry you had a bummer experience here. I know that all of what you describe is possible except the part about the fake Swiss cheese. We don't have "fake" Swiss cheese. We use real everything. Butter, filet mignon for our chicken fried steak, prime rib for sandwich meat, from scratch pancake batter made hourly, I could go on... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Local favorite , you'll like the food, rustic atmosphere and service. Often crowded and you may have to wait to be seated.

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Thank Kevin N
Portland, Oregon, Usa
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016 via mobile

Same issues exist. Food is pretty good though HEAVY on the sugary side. My teeth almost ached after their "famous" french toast. Coffee is good and strong, though, which is nice. But friends, they took away half of the already way too crowded waiting area to squeeze in two more tables so you end up waiting outside. In the rain.... More 

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1 Thank NylaM
Steve M, Owner at Word of Mouth, responded to this review

Au contraire mon frere! Quite the opposite on the table situation. We used to have two tables where the lobby area is. There was no waiting area at all when we first started. As we got busier we took out a table that would seat 6 and installed seats and benches as a waiting area (room for 12 to 18... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 140 North East 17th Street, Salem, OR 97301
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Salem
  • Phone Number: 15039304285

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:45 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?