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Wayback Cafe

$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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2138 13th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501-3510
+1 208-743-2396
06:30 - 21:30
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Sun - Wed 06:30 - 21:30
Thu - Sat 06:30 - 22:00
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Lewiston, Idaho
1 review
Reviewed 30 January 2017

Absolutely worst service i have seen in a long time. Decided to go to brunch with some friends and my daughter and have never been to wayback for breakfast so went and will never go again. The cook can't cook an egg to order. The waitress was slow and couldn't get the orders right, btw she only had us and... More 

Thank lxixfun
Lewiston, Idaho
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 August 2016

Their food is always good. Their service is sometimes very slow. Their prices are mid range, but their food is worth it.

Thank Shirley D
Steilacoom, Washington
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260 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Good enough hangout if you want to be transported back to the 1950's. A place for classic car and old nostalgic folks. Extensive menu with generous portions, but nothing memorable. Our service was fine, but since we sat with some regulars that is to be expected.

Thank Chuck B
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331 reviews
326 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 April 2016 via mobile

When I arrived it was one of those restaurants where there's no sign to say seat yourself but you're supposed to know your to seat yourself, till the waitress yells at you to seat yourself. After getting through that dilemma she came over and gave me a menu there's a wide variety on it. I settled on an open faced... More 

Thank Brian C
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016 via mobile

The worst service I have ever experienced. We came in the wait staff never acknowledged we were there. After 10 min. Came to table ask if we wanted menus. 10 more minutes to bring them. Asked for our drink order then never came back .The wait staff was busy talking with customers that were done with their meal. When we... More 

Thank Rob F
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 March 2016 via mobile

One of the best parts of my trip to Lewiston. Really felt like you had gone back in time! Staff was so friendly, treated us like regulars, and the food was AMAZING! would definitely recommend a malt or ice cream soda.

1 Thank Melissa R
Seattle, Washington
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50 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2015

Wow! Find this place 1 block east off Thain Way behind ATT / pizza store. Look for the old classic car on the sign. Menu has LOTS to offer. Special deals on different nights. Thursday night is two for one chicken fried steak, baked potato, salad, drink for $10. You can't beat the price. The food is good. The staff... More 

1 Thank Meep T
Spokane Valley, Washington, United States
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 June 2015

Well done! They nail the target of 50's diner. Chicken fried steak was pretty good. The Buffalo chips are REALLY good! Wife had the Ricky Ricardo burger and loved it. Good selection of food and great prices!. Atmosphere was really nice. Oldies playing in the background and 50's era artwork all around. Nicely done.

1 Thank Ron S
Lewiston, Idaho
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Wonderful burgers, shakes and fries, and they serve a great breakfast. The atmosphere is fun, and the parking is easy.

1 Thank 384arvinv
Lewiston, Idaho
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44 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

Yep, another "theme restaurant".....here it's the 50's...great decor..but the menu and PRICES leave a little to be desired. If your new in town, go check it out, it's a fun experience. I'm a local and tend to like more value for my dollar.

1 Thank Idaho4me

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Open Hours
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 21:30
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
06:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2138 13th Ave, Lewiston, ID 83501-3510
  • Location: United States  >  Idaho (ID)  >  Lewiston
  • Phone Number: +1 208-743-2396

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