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J & S Hamburg Downtown

302 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2204
+1 231-947-5500
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
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“burger” (20 reviews)
“fries” (14 reviews)
“hash browns” (6 reviews)
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12:01 AM - 11:59 PMAll hours
Diner, American
302 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2204
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Reviewed March 15, 2016

A little diner in the tradition of little diners throughout this country. Breakfast is cooked right in front of you. Served hot off the grill by hustling waitress's.

Thank TCjoel
Reviewed March 13, 2016 via mobile

The $4 Boardman Breakfast is a menu staple with locals, great homemade American fries, great jams, warm, albeit sometimes busy, atmosphere make this a good place when being frugel.

Thank Bill W
Reviewed March 13, 2016

Food good. Service just okay. It's a nice place, very traditional diner setting. Good breakfast options and enjoyed the kitchen/grill right out in the open. Should try it at least once during your visit to TC.

Thank TJS422
Reviewed March 12, 2016

We try to stop every time we are in the area. It is a small diner and at times it is VERY packed but the food is worth the crowd. My son is the only one that has tried something other than breakfast. He has...More

Thank Tammy C
Reviewed February 24, 2016

Smalltown feel with great service , friendly staff and everything tastes wonderful ! I try to go here everytime i am in TC.

Thank loozoo
Reviewed February 20, 2016

We can always count on good food & service at this iconic diner on Front St. (ownership has changed several times, but it's been in business since 1938!) We both had the Western Hashbrowns & they were excellent, eggs done perfect, homemade toast is extra...More

Thank Boho-Mamo
Reviewed December 31, 2015

Some long-time residents remember this place as a greasy 24 hour place to avoid. But since we've been going there (starting in 2010) it is great! Friendly staff, great grill food. Go mostly for breakfast but lunch/dinner menu also good. One negative - bathrooms are...More

Thank Z877FPmaryc
Reviewed November 29, 2015

A friend and I stopped for breakfast on a snowy morning, and this was the right place to stop. Great creative breakfasts, good biscuits and gravy, lots of selections, this place is tough to beat. I've been to both J&S Hamburg locations, and this is...More

Thank Cattleman007
Reviewed November 23, 2015

This is a favorite place for a snack or breakfast. The staff is very friendly and likes to kid around with the customers. The open grill produces some surprisingly good food. My favorite is the corned beef hash - yummy!

Thank Ernest A
Reviewed November 11, 2015

We enjoy eating in this unpretentious place where it feels comfortable. Good food, friendly servers (tees read: dark side of the spoon), good cooks and a casual atmosphere. Breakfast all the time. Desserts are huge and homemade. In the summer, this is a 24 hour...More

Thank Pam Y
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $10
Diner, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
12:01 AM - 3:00 PM
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
6:00 AM - 12:00 PM
6:00 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2204
  • Location: United States  >  Michigan (MI)  >  Grand Traverse County  >  Traverse City
  • Phone Number: +1 231-947-5500
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J&S Hamburg Downtown is a classic, American, Diner and is one of the the oldest restaurants (if not THE oldest) restaurant in Traverse City! Established in 1938, J&S Hamburg provides mouth-watering, hand-dipped shakes, flat-top burgers, the best Reuben sandwich in the state, skin on fries, sweet potato fries, onion rings, homemade soups, chili, sandwiches, homemade cakes, pies, pastries and more! We are open from 6AM until midnight on Monday and Tuesday. We are open 24 hours Wed-Saturday and close Sunday at 3PM. We have abundant patio seating in the spring, summer, and fall! Come by and experience Traverse City's authentic, original, 1930's Diner! Can't wait to see you!
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