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Tad's Chicken 'n Dumplins

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1325 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060-9301
+1 503-666-5337
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Fri 5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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Gig Harbor, Washington
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44 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the original chicken and dumplings- dumplings are pretty dense instead of the airy variety It was yummy though with tender chicken and good gravy. Service was friendly and timely. Nice atmosphere on the Sandy River with a lodge feel

Thank jersey5454
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45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My wife and I took a friend out and we went to Tad's. I am sorry that it has taken us 34 years to go back don't know why it took so long but tonight was excellent. I was able to make two meals out of one. I can't wait to go back again. Scenic view on the Sandy River... More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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580 reviews
348 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 225 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tad's Chicken and Dumplings was a good find with TA. The ambiance is very pleasant with wood paneling providing a warm intimate feel. Our server was excellent. We had grilled chicken livers, and a pan fried half chicken with baked potatoes. Recommend. Hope this helps.

Thank Howard P
Damascus, Oregon
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is such an OLD place, and the decor, attitude of the servers and the food reflect that. Just icky. I don't have a clue why people go, or worse go again. The famous chicken 'n dumplings, were horrible. On my worst cooking day, mine are a 10 ! Not cheap either......uugh.

Thank Denisecott
Portland, Oregon
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

Took a friend here for her birthday. The food was fine. I had the Prime Rib and it was very good. I personally think the Chicken and Dumplings are over-rated but maybe that is just me. Parking can sometimes be tricky. Get there early so you can be there when they open the doors and you can get a table... More 

Thank gogirlgo15
Damascus, Oregon
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31 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2016

I have been eating at tad's since the 60's. It has always been great food and great atmosphere. The Pan Fried Chicken is over the top good. The Dumplings are as big as a man's fist covered in chicken gravy. The food is always great. Sometimes there's a wait, but it's worth it. I highly recommend Tad's.

Thank thehammer39
Troutdale Oregon
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 18, 2016

their chicken and dumplings are legendary, they have done this one thing very well for a very long time, but the rest is just another menu item, without much interest or creativity.

Thank dbeaudoi49
Los Altos, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Tad's open air dining on the Sandy River is a must! This roadhouse on the Historic Columbia River Highway has been serving diners since the late 20's. Arrive before 5:00 pm and line up for opening, when the staff opens the doors and greets you, and you choose your own seat, preferably one with a great view! Food is fabulous... More 

Thank srempfer
Quincy, Illinois
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93 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016 via mobile

We called ahead about 30 minutes before arrival and were seated promptly. The staff was very helpful and friendly. We had a window table overlooking the river. The chicken and dumplings were simply great. Dumplings the size of baseballs with excellent chicken. The smoked salmon chowder was also excellent. The atmosphere is clean, comfortable and a throwback to earlier times.... More 

Thank Warren E
Portland, Oregon
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

You won't starve or spend a fortune at Tad's. The portions are more than generous and the wait staff is attentive. This place is an old East County tradition--it's been there for years and years.

Thank AlexisWriter

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$21 - $30
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
4:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1325 Historic Columbia River Hwy, Troutdale, OR 97060-9301
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Troutdale
  • Phone Number: +1 503-666-5337

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?