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Ray's Drive In Cafe

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420 N Timberland Dr, Lufkin, TX 75901-0460
+1 936-634-3262
10:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 22:00
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Nacogdoches, Texas
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Neat place for a good ole fashioned hamburger. Reminds you of the drive in era of the 60s or you can go in to eat. The car hops are fast and you will enjoy.

Thank Altonrigby
Suffolk, Virginia
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34 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here with recommendation from friends. Burgers were made to order and they came out fresh. However, nothing special with the taste. The onion rings were crispy. The ambiance gave us a 60s feel which was cool. It just didnt meet the hype and our expectations.

Thank pjcrn15
Vidor, Texas
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309 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017

What are you waiting for? You have to go here if you're visiting Lufkin. It's kind of a Lufkin landmark, I guess. Just burgers and stuff. But oh my! They are so so good. Put on your jeans and boots and head on out. You don't need to dress up. Just down home eating!

Thank sally8363
Friendswood, Texas
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88 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

If you're in Lufkin and want a burger, this is the place to go. Great selection from junior burger to huge double/double. I had the regular single meat burger, and it was great. Also had fries and a malt, that were outstanding. It is a really popular place with the locals. There will be a crowd around lunch time. I... More 

Thank Buck W
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016

Special place with amazing old fashioned burgers, hand formed fresh patties with mayo, creamy cheese and jalapenos on my favorite burger. delicious skinny onion rings that stay in their crispy casings while you eat them. Soft serve ice cream, chili dogs, shrimp chef salad, taco salad, patty melt, malts, a variety of beers and wine coolers - they have it... More 

Thank TexasMaria
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31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

I have been eating at Ray's since about 1976. I have always looked forward to the Ray's Special. I have had to step back to the Jr. because I can not finish the standard Special. Great Onion Rings. The Trout basket is another favorite. Some weekends there is a car show in the adjacent parking lot. The patio dining is... More 

Thank 831caryb
Waco, Texas
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016

This eating establishment was a wonderful experience both with the family/friends type atmosphere and the burgers (Ray's Special) were simply mouth watering! The diner is decorated in the 50's style. I only wish we would have had room to try one of their floats or malts! I'm sure they would have been a delight also!

Thank Kristi K
Kingwood, Texas
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221 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

I was in Lufkin for a short stay. Rather than the usual chain restaurants I went to Ray's. Nothing outstanding, nothing bad to say, other than it was a pleasant change.

Thank PiccyKingwood_Texas
Tyler, Texas
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Pulled into a parking spot here yesterday afternoon. The carhop (no skates though) came to my window with pen to paper to take my order. There were no menus though and it was my first time there. She gave me a paper menu to peruse. I ordered a bacon cheeseburger with large fries. I was surprised that I could (and... More 

Thank HungryMike817
Lufkin, Texas
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Place is really cool, great food and friendly people. They make old fashioned hamburgers and coke floats , they even have beer if you want one . ( limit of 4 I think the sign said) :-)

Thank Durwyn N

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner, Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 420 N Timberland Dr, Lufkin, TX 75901-0460
  • Location: United States  >  Texas (TX)  >  Lufkin
  • Phone Number: +1 936-634-3262

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?