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Cafe, Diner, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Seating, Takeout, Table Service
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Reviewed May 19, 2019

We stopped here for lunch. There were lots of locals there, and I always consider that a good sign. The food was fine, but what really impressed me was the people who worked at the restaurant.

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed April 3, 2018

Wonderful lunch. Tasty hamburger and French fries. Yum. Service was quick and very friendly. Prices are very reasonable. The restaurant appears to be local favorite based upon the number of people stopping by to have lunch.

Date of visit: April 2018
Reviewed May 20, 2017 via mobile

First of all Trip Advisor has the directions and map wrong. Auction Yard is on Hwy 299, two miles west of the Hwy 395 and 299 junction. What a fun experience all the way around! Lots of Alturas cowboys gathered for lunch before the livestock...auction. The food was great home cooking. My chef salad had real roasted turkey, baked ham and roast beef, none of it processed lunch meat, all great cuts of meat. My husband described his large burger as juicy and flavorful. Service was friendly and fast. My waitress anticipated my request for a soda refill to go and had it ready before I asked! We then peeked into the livestock auction, fascinating! European visitors who love authentic American cowboys, don't miss this. It was noon on a Saturday.More

Date of visit: May 2017
Reviewed April 4, 2017

This is by far the best food in town in terms of down home cooking. Still not quite like mamma makes it, but a mamma does make it here. The prices are excellent and the portion sizes are adequate to solicit a doggy bag. Only...down sides are its only open on weekends, and packed full of rootin tootin cowboys who give queer looks to strange folk. My wife and I get asked where we are travelling from nearly every time we visit. Or if we came from or are going to burningman. All because we arent wearing boots wranglers camo and cowboy hat im sure. seems to be the norm in this town. Queer cowboys and the like of republicans.More

Date of visit: July 2016
Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

If I hadn't read about this place before I came up on it, I would have surely missed out on a great time and even better meal. Hit it on auction day, so pickups pulling stock trailers were everywhere. Peeked in on the auction and...even if I'd had my western wear on these "real" cowboy ranchers would have instantly spotted me for a city dude. But everyone I met was polite and invited me to sit and listen to conversations and the bidding. Most just sat quietly listening, as I was with little talking. Some of the ranchers just watched with no intention of buying, but admitted that if they spotted a deal they'd come back with a trailer. What a Hoot! I walked out, following the "dirt" trail on the sidewalk to the cafe door. Inside it was rustic, clean and neat. Perfect! Coffee cups are on the tables when you sit down, so you know they're serious about the important stuff and understand efficiency in saving footsteps. Families and couples were around me with auction attendees breezing back in coffee cups for refills. Server came right over with coffee, menus and an engaging manner. Be hungry! Being beef country, I ordered something I rarely see, an omelet with "beef", onions and green peppers, with hash browns and a homemade biscuit. There was a ton of really tasty, fresh ground beef and it was filling. Tried the pork sausage and admit that it was just about as perfect as it gets. Everything was wonderful. At the table across the small room were two families with skinny young boys comparing their flexed arms. Hilarious! They were very talkative and they competed with each other to chat for a while. Ahhh! So reasonable and so good, I left a big tip. In the parking lot, well-trained, hard-working ranch dogs waited alertly but patiently in truck beds for owners to come out. Can't say enough about this place. This should be a destination if it's an auction day. Wow! Loved it. Western Americana at its best.More

Date of visit: May 2016
Reviewed February 10, 2016

The auction Yard Café is one of the coolest places you can go in this area. It is actually in a working livestock auction building with all the appropriate aromas and other working decorations. The food is outstanding, all down home dishes with ample portions...cooked like mama used to make. The friendly folks who run the place are great. Don't miss this place if you are passing through.More

Date of visit: February 2016
Reviewed November 10, 2014

We had heard about this place and finally got a chance to give it a try. Wow, this was delicious home cooking! The breakfast menu is fairly small, with the old standards. There was one omelet for $8.99, with a list of additions to choose...from (including your choice of meat). I asked the waitress how many additions I could choose for that price, and she said I could add them all! I didn't, I added cheese, onions, mushrooms and Spanish sauce. Yum, the omelet was FULL of mushrooms and golden onions, and the Spanish sauce was really delicious. I also asked if I could have one pancake instead of hash browns and toast. Sure, no problem, said the very friendly waitress! The pancake was great too. The portions are generous, the place is friendly, down-home and obviously frequented by locals. The building looks terrible from the outside and there was no sign. The ambiance was definitely livestock auction yard. I would not have gone in if the restaurant hadn't been recommended. We're glad we stopped.More

Date of visit: November 2014
Reviewed September 29, 2014

We have stopped at the Modoc Auction Yard Cafe for breakfast every year for the last four years on our return from Reno. The food is great, the portions generous and the service top notch. I don't know how you could leave this place hungry....This is a working auction yard so if you're looking for a fancy place you'll be disappointed. For us this is actually part of the attraction, That, and the fact that it is clearly a family run operation with everyone pitching in to make it work.More

Date of visit: September 2014
Reviewed July 4, 2014

Great breakfast. Mom in the kitchen, daughter serving, and the kids in Little League uniforms chowing down pancakes at the counter. Truly a locals stop and I now see why. Great friendly service, good food and generous portions. What's not to like? There was no...sign when we were there but just go to the M odoc Auction Yard (red building ) on Hwy 299; the cafe is at the west end of the building. Enjoy.More

Date of visit: May 2014
Reviewed March 21, 2014

We were up in Alturas taking care of some of the varmint problems and stopped in to the Auction Yard Cafe on a tip from a local the night before. The first morning we ate there, the weather was cold and blustery, so this breakfast...really hit the spot. The eggs, bacon and hashbrowns were excellent, but their sausage patties and gravy were the highlight of the mornings we ate there (3 total). The service was excellent and on day two they knew what extras we liked with our breakfast. You don't find that just anywhere.More

Date of visit: March 2014
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  • Yes, Auction Yard Cafe offers takeout services.

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  • Auction Yard Cafe is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 5
    • Value: 5
    • Atmosphere: 4