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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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  • Excellent41%
  • Very good38%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
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“burger” (35 reviews)
“fries” (15 reviews)
“hash browns” (7 reviews)
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Diner, American
302 W Front St, Traverse City, MI 49684-2204
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There isn't much open late in Traverse City, so we were excited to find J&S. Everything we had was good. The staff was accommodating and fun. The tots with cheese and jalapeños were killer.

Thank Val M
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The menu is limited - in a good way - exactly what you want for diner breakfast or late night/after drinking food. Waitstaff were attentive and friendly. Get there early for breakfast as it is a local favorite, some outdoor seating is available if the...More

Thank carad23
Reviewed 12 July 2017

Absolutely the best corned beef hash in N Michigan! Old style diner - locals and fudgies elbow to elbow and all is good. Easy walk to downtown and the beach. Try it, you'll like it!

Thank Gary P
Reviewed 29 June 2017

Went for breakfast. Place lived up to the reputation of a greasy spoon. Potatoes were greeeeeasy. Server was friendly. But I will tell you 9:30am on a Sunday morning and the place was packed.

Thank D6371
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Reviewed 21 April 2017 via mobile

I just love the food. The fries are done perfectly the burger bun is good. If I had a burger joint at a fixed location I'd want it to be just like this. It is a must every time we visit TC. Parking sucks be...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 2 April 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for dinner late one night during our visit to Traverse City. The food was good, it was fast, and cheap. They have good burgers and sandwiches. We seriously considered going back the next day. It's a small restaurant and I imagine it...More

Thank Ashleigh M
Reviewed 1 March 2017 via mobile

Where can you get a coconut banana pie, great service, hot coffee, in a quaint setting in down town TC? J&S Hamburg

Thank Denise D
Reviewed 14 February 2017

J & S burgers have been downtown traverse city forever. So have their customers. All the locals are there, every day. Especially at breckfast. Small place, few tables, kinda crowded, good, fast, service. Worth the wait. Diner food...

Thank Sally S
Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Frankly we were fascinated by the name, but really enjoyed the food. We got black and bleu burger and mushroom Swiss. Both were excellent. Although the fries were good and plentiful, my daughter would have preferred at least one low-carb option. Every table was full...More

1  Thank pinkfroggy9
Reviewed 12 December 2016 via mobile

I had the western hashbrown breakfast - not sure if that is exactly the name but it was AWESOME!!! Loved the vegi's on it - not sure I would have thought to do it that way but it worked!! Highly recommend this place. My husband...More

Thank BoilerDog
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
Diner, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
00:01 - 15:00
06:00 - 12:00
06:00 - 12:00
06:00 - 23:59
00:01 - 23:59
00:01 - 23:59
00:01 - 23:59
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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