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Retro Burger & Ice Cream

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795 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4732
+1 781-777-2139
11:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 11:30 - 20:00
Fri - Sat 11:30 - 21:00
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22 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I find the food pretty good. The burgers are huge. Skip the bun- it falls apart anyway. The fries are huge steak fries- I wasn't impressed. Their milk shakes are fabulous.

Thank Jolize S
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

I'm always searching for a good burger place not too far from home, and unfortunately Retro Burger isn't it, though many people swear by it. I just don't like the spice they put on the burgers - all their burgers seem to be cooked with the same spice. So I've eaten there twice and haven't returned. As far as Arlington... More 

Thank tracymar
Leverett, Massachusetts
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54 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

If burgers are a restaurant's main focus, they should be really good burgers! Ours were very disappointing. Meat lacked flavor, buns frigid cheese cold. Side order of fries not particularly crisp. The 1950's ambience is cute--vinyl chairs, formica-topped tables, large juke box. But next time we crave a burger in Arlington we'll try a different place.

Thank RedSoxFan100341
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

This is a nice little place decked out in retro decor. Some of the posters are pretty cool. The menu is simply burgers and hot dogs, but they are done very well and there is a good variety of choices. When you are done, you can treat yourself to some terrific ice cream, if you didn't fill up on fries.

Thank Jeff P
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

We called and ordered ahead of time and were told it would be 20 minutes, my son told them no pickles or mustard on his, We arrived 20 minutes later and had to wait another 20 minutes, burgers came out 5 minutes ahead of the fries, and my son's burger had mustard and pickles on it, when I told the... More 

Thank Narbokov
Arlington, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I want to like Retro Burger. I really do. It's a local burger place in Arlington. But the service is routinely inexplicably slow, and the burgers are just OK. The shakes, on the other hand, are quite good.

Thank burnettkw
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96 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016 via mobile

We stopped in with the kids for lunch. It definitely has the retro vibe with rock n roll posters, disco ball and a juke box. The hamburgers were made with fresh ground beef ( not frozen patties) and we served on fresh rolls. The turkey burgers were also fresh &!hand made, lightly seasoned with salt & pepper. The chicken fingers,... More 

Thank Teenie2000
Boston, Massachusetts
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20 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Retro Burger does a terrific hamburger. It's old-school: a shapeless patty made of good ground beef on a bun. As classic as can be, but each part of the burger is delicious! The place is decked out like an old burger place, all chrome and such, and lots of retro decorations. Great place to eat, especially with the family.

Thank meelg
Venice, Florida
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186 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2015

Eating here is all about the burgers. The malts were good too but the onion rings were overdone and not that tasty. Seating is retro 50-60's style with lots of posters on the walls.

Thank RickHLihue
Arlington, Massachusetts
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2015

Fun Atmosphere. Great Burgers. Great Fries and Rings. Brings back memories. Fun place to bring the kids.

Thank Nick M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Fast food, Diner
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 20:00
11:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 795 Massachusetts Ave, Arlington, MA 02476-4732
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Arlington
  • Phone Number: +1 781-777-2139

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