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Helvetia Tavern

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(62 Reviews)

10275 NW Helvetia Rd, Hillsboro, OR 97124

(503) 647-5286

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Today: 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
34
YEARS
IN BUSINESS
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Fax: (503) 647-5286

TollFree: (866) 743-4353

Payment method
master card, visa, cash, check, debit, no credit cards
Price Range
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Categories
Taverns, Bars, Brew Pubs, American Restaurants, Night Clubs, Family Style Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Take Out: Yes

Cuisines: Brew Pubs, Family Style, American

Alcohol: Beer, Wine

Drive Through: No

Takes Reservations: No

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Price Range : Below Average

Good For Groups: Yes

Good For Family: Yes

Good for Kids: Yes

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Kate H.

01/23/2014

Overall
Good Burgers BUT...

Don't ever order anything else. I made the mistake of ordering a grilled cheese, or should I say bread with plastic. They brought me grilled bread with presliced, processed American cheese. It was disgusting!
Thank the beer gods they had PBR on tap or I would have walked out.

PDX Diner

06/03/2012

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The best burger (and best onion rings)

The best burger (and best onion rings) in the city. A bit of a drive, but excellent burgers, fries, and onion rings. If you're a burger fan, this is the pinnacle.

amyS659

03/29/2012

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LOVE this place! It is by far the BEST

LOVE this place! It is by far the BEST burgers I have had in the Portland/Hillsboro area! Great prices, always great service and food.

SharonJ699

01/22/2012

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I was here a couple nights ago and the

I was here a couple nights ago and the place was packed (as usual) 10 min wait tops, great food, fun environment, good service.

There aren't that many neat places left like this, so if you get the chance I definitely recommend going to Helvetia Tavern. Its a little out of the way but once you get up there its so secluded and peaceful. If you go during the day sometimes there are animals right across the street that my family really enjoyed, and don't get me started on the hats! My kids ask ""How many hats do you think there are"" every time we're up there and the servers are great sports about it!

If you have a craving for a big burger and local beer, this is the place to go!

Oh and don't forget to bring CASH! ( cash or check only)

RodneyR380

01/08/2012

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So I'm having a beer with my buddy on a

So I'm having a beer with my buddy on a Friday night and this guy comes in and it's obvious the waitress Erica knows him and doesn't want him there. Instead of getting her boss she starts cussing at him, dropping f bombs and a lot of other inappropriate language. All I wanted was a relaxing night and a few beers, def won't be coming back here after that tirade.

bjonharlene

07/15/2011

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Really!!!!

The highlight of my trip was walking in the door. My fries (which were greasy) showed up ten minutes before my burger (which was so dry it was hard to swallow) and the side of mayo had pickle chunks in it (I don't care for pickles on my burger), also I was not offered a refill of my coffee. All in all it was a bad experience!

Shellyee

04/04/2011

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Love the fries

Our family has enjoyed the burgers,fries and onion rings for years. We love the out door seating. If you enjoy rustic and small town places you will love it.

cpbanb82

07/07/2010

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Don't Understand What All the Hype Was About

We came here because some people at my husband's office had recommended this place because of their burgers and fries and I had read some reviews that this was the place to try if you wanted a good burger. When we got the fries they were so greasy we had to dry them off with a paper towel before we could even eat them, and they weren't even cooked through. Our main reason for coming was because of the burgers really. I expected a nice thick juicy burger. Boy were we surprised when the burger was about as thin as the burgers you get on a McDonald's sandwich and the unidentifiable sauce that was on the burger came closest to the same kind of sauce that is on a Big Mac Sandwich at McDonald's. So all in all we paid more money to eat poor quality food when we could have gone to McDonald's and got two Big Mac value meals for less than what one of our meals cost at this place.

eatpdx

05/09/2010

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Wow best burger in Portland metro!!!

My wife and I have been in search for the best burger around. We moved here 2 years ago and have tried lots of good burgers but we tried this today and we both said this is our favorite by far.
Small menu and that's a good thing. They have turkey sandwich's and grilled cheese for those crazy enough to not get the burger. There is a hamburger,cheese and a jumbo which is big enough to share for 2 and one order of fries with burger is penty for 2 of you each get one. Also add bacon, it's crispy goodness.
Over all great place to end up after a nice drive to the
country or when your craving it like I am right now and I had is only a few hours ago.

seesamfly

05/03/2010

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Best Burger Ever

We've been enjoying these burgers for years. I've stopped going to other burger joints because they just don't compare. I brought my sister and her two boys here (they're Californians) and the boys said that the burgers were better than In & Out!

Good food. Good, friendly service.

pdx926

07/15/2009

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YUMMY!

My fiancé and I stopped in here for the first time a few weeks ago while driving home from the beach and let me just say, we WILL DEFINITELY BE BACK! I honestly don’t understand how some people have such negative things to say about this place. My recommendation: try it and judge for yourself. I doubt that you will be disappointed.

oregon915

06/13/2009

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Don't believe the good reviews

We drove from Wilsonville looking for a great old fashoned burger. Got there and it was busy, which is a good sign. Walked in the door and saw a hamburger and got concerned, so we decided that the reviews must be talking about the 9.00 ala carte Jumbo cheese burger, so we decided to split that and a 1/2 order of fries.

The burger consisted of about 4 patties, slightly thicker than a Big Mac pattie. If the burgers in the reviews are juicy, it's because they put a lot of sauce on both sides of the bun. The fries were fresh cut, but not crisp whatsoever. FYI HT, you should know that you have to cook fries twice to make them crisp.

We spent 17.00 with tip for a burger, fries and two soft drinks. The Carl's JR 6.00 burger is FAR superior. I wish I would have known that before I wasted the money.

stina4545

04/06/2009

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totally overrated

my boyfriend and i had heard that this place has the best hamburgers. we went this weekend because it was a nice day and we thought it would be a pretty drive, which turned out to be the best part of the experience. we arrived and grabbed a seat outside. unfortunately, they had tarps up that blocked any kind of view and made it seem very closed in. he ordered the jumbo cheeseburger and i got the chicken breast sandwich. we also ordered some fries. my chicken sandwich was fine although i scraped off all of the weird yellow sauce that was on it. the sandwich was nothing special but i didn't expect it to be, the purpose of our trip was the hamburger. my boyfriend said the hamburger was a simple frozen patty that you could get from costco, absolutely nothing special. the fries were greasy and some of them were sliced so thick that they weren't completely cooked so they were kind of hard. i'm not sure why everyone likes this place so much. i can see if you were on a bike ride out there it might be a good spot to stop and refuel but this place is REALLY NOT THAT GREAT. the food was fine, but nothing to write home about. also, it was overpriced for what you get. we don't mind paying $10 for a quality sandwich but this was not even close. i guess the place has switched owners several times and i think it might have been a good spot several years ago but this was not worth the trip.

lesfran

01/18/2009

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Baseball caps and the BEST BURGERS!

Order the burgers and Onion rings! This place is usually packed during lunch. Its a nice short drive into the country with a roadhouse feel. Rub elbows with bikers and Intel workers. Did I mention the amazing burgers? The prices and service are great! They serve RC if you happen to be the designated driver. Its a nice touch! A great place to stop on the way back from pumpkin patch or getting your Christmas tree.

Nursehb

08/09/2008

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Fantastic Burgers!!! NIce Atmosphere

I was told to go try a burger at Helvetia Tavern by several people over many years. Finally, my husband and I went, and went back a second time!! There burgers are FANTASTIC!!!! They are juicy, and the sauce (goop) is soooooooooo yummy! Fries were good both times, but the first time was better. Onion rings okay. The iced tea is good, tastes homemade, not packaged. This country tavern is cool! Nice atmosphere and great service both times. The first time we went we came in behind a large golfing group so my husband went to the counter and ordered. Our food came quickly. The second time we went (today) the young man taking our order came over to our table, sat down at our booth and took our order. He offered several times to refill my iced tea and checked on us to make sure we were okay. We LOVE this place and will return again for sure! TRY IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

CalifBeachBum

08/05/2008

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Best Burgers & Beer for Miles Around!

Sure it's funky, that's part of what makes it GREAT! But just funky isn't reason enough to stop in for lunch. It's the jynormus burgers and the cold beer that sets this place above the rest. Get the double with cheese and don?t forget the ""goop"". The fries are hand-cut and way better than average. Outdoor seating is the best on a nice day. If you want prissy-clean, go to Applebee?s or iHop; you wouldn't have fun here anyway.

TMS08

07/06/2008

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Food was great, Service was poor

My girlfriend said this place was a great place for burgers, so we decied to try it. I ordered the Jumbo Burger and my girl had the same. We were served quickly, the staff was friendly. It wasn't too busy, so that may be why we were served fast. The food was excellent. The burgers are huge (the Jumbo anyway). The only negative was that there is no place to go up and pay, so you have to wait for the waitress/cashier to take your money, which isn't good if you're in a hurry. Also, there are no refills on drinks (at least we weren't offered any). Overall, the food was better than the service. It took us longer to pay for our food than it did to order and eat it.

stanmorgan411

02/24/2008

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Hamburgers, Fries and Beer

My first hamburger at The Helvetia Tavern was in the Spring of 1986. When we travel from our home in northern California and my son's home in Tacoma, WA, we arrange our schedule so we can visit the
Helvetia Tardvern either on the way north or on the way south. I tell everybody I know that The Helvetia Tavern builds the best hamburger and the hottest fries in America. Just this weeked (February 23, 2008) a good friend visited the Portland area and went to The Helvetia Tavern on my recommendation and LOVED IT! We will be there for lunch on Monday, March 3rd.
Stan Morgan, Anderson, CA

sh86894

12/05/2007

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Us country folk love this place.

Well... I was cracking up reading some of the reviews. This place is NOT for everyone. In fact, I'd like to selfishly request that the cityfolk not come out this way!

Now that we have that settled, Helvetia tavern is the quintessential ""hole in the wall."" I don't know if they consider themselves to be such a place, but it's (1) out of the way, (2) a wee bit modest/drab, and (3) serves great food with a smile. Most of the folks you see there are frequent customers who would just as well not let the secret out.

So here are a few tips:
[] Fries are great, especially with the goup.
[] Hamburgers are great, I always order mine with bacon.
[] The root beer is great.
[] Onion rings are not so great.
[] Salads are not so great.
[] The place is not shiny or clean, so if that's what you are into, this is not your place.
[] The menu is sparse, and nobody really orders anything besides the burgers and fries.
[] The bar is a better place to sit if you don't bring your kiddies.
[] They don't take credit cards, so come prepared with cash. There is an ATM though.

allanb8632

10/28/2007

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Great Burgers

I went to the Tavern with a groupI ordered the jumbo burger with fries and the couple next to me ordered the Garden burger with potato chips. The jumbo burger and the garden burger s were great. The chips were out of the bag, good. The fries were not to my liking (soft, soggy and greasy). Although I must say in their defence that one person in our group ate his and some from other people in our group. Some people like them that way. I prefer them crispy. The tavern has character and friendly waitresses.

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