504 Auburn Way N, Auburn, WA 98002


47.311646280372, -122.22561021493


5:30 am 7:00 pm


5:30 am 7:00 pm


5:30 am 7:00 pm


5:30 am 7:00 pm


5:30 am 8:00 pm


5:30 am 8:00 pm


5:30 am 7:00 pm

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Starting Gate Restaurant

Traditional American Restaurant in Auburn, WA




No Substitutions on breakfasts

The He-Man $14.95

Your choice of a ½ pound burger steak or 5 oz ham steak or 6 strips of bacon or sausage links with 3 eggs any style and your choice of 2 buttermilk pancakes or 2 pieces of French toast or a waffle or hashbrowns any your choice of toast

Eggs Benedict (half order) $8.50 / (full order) $10.95

Steak and Eggs $18.95

Your choice of 8 oz sirloin or teriyaki steak with 2 eggs, hash browns, and toast

Biscuits and Gravy $9.95

Served with sausage gravy

Hash Browns and Gravy $9.95

Served with sausage gravy

Chicken Fried Steak $13.95

Served with country gravy, 2 eggs, hash browns, and toast


Served with hash browns toast and jelly.

Sausage & Cheese $11.95

3 eggs with cheddar cheese and sausage.

El Mexicano Omelet $11.95

3 eggs and chopped onion topped with cheddar cheese and chili.

Cheese Omelet $10.95

3 egg and choice of cheddar or American cheese.

Taco Omelet $12.95

3 egg and a 1/4 of taco meat blended with onions, tomatoes, olives and cheese.

Veggie Omelet $11.95

3 egg cheddar cheese, onions, green peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Ham & Cheese $11.95

3 eggs with cheddar cheese and a 1/4 lb. of ham.

Chopped Ham $10.95

3 egg and a 1/4 lb. of ham.

Denver Omelet $10.95

3 egg and a 1/4 lb. of ham onion and green pepper.


Served with hash browns toast and jelly.

Sausage & Eggs $10.95

German Sausage & Eggs $10.95

Ham & Eggs $10.95

Hamburger Steak & Eggs $10.95

Half Orders $8.95

1 Egg Breakfast $7.95

2 Egg Breakfast $8.95


Starting Gate Special $10.95

Your choice of 2 buttermilk pancakes, 2 pieces of French toast or 1 homemade waffle with your choice of ham. Bacon or sausage link and 1 egg.

Cinnamon Toast $3.95

Toast & Jelly $3.25

Cottage Cheese & Fruit $6.50

Sliced Peaches $4.25

Pieces of French Toast $4.50

French Toast (1) $5.50 / (2) $7.25 / (3) $8.50

Pancakes (1) $5.50 / (2) $7.25 / (3) 8.50

Toasted English Muffin $3.50

Homemade Waffle $6.95

1 Egg $2.50

Apple Sauce $4.25

Oatmeal $7.50

Cottage Cheese $6.50


Hash Browns $5.50

4 Sausage $5.95

4 Bacon $5.95

Sausage Gravy $4.95

Slice of Ham $5.95

Cup of Gravy $2.00

Brown or country


Substitute French Fries $1.00

Substitute Onion Rings $2.75

Substitute Green Salad $2.75

Substitute Bowl of Soup $2.75

Substitute Cup of Soup $1.50


The Sea Horse $9.95

Chunk light tuna in spring water cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, lettuce and pickle with potato salad.

The Daily Double $9.95

Sliced ham. Turkey. Swiss and American cheese with tomato lettuce and mayonnaise with potato salad.

The Exacta $9.95

Sliced tender turkey, tomatoes lettuce, mayonnaise and a pickle served with potato salad.

The Best Bet $9.95

Country sausage, bacon, or ham with 1 egg, American cheese on a grilled croissant roll served with peaches.



Hot Corned Beef $9.95

Served with potato salad.

Grilled Tuna & Cheese $9.95

Served with potato salad.

BLT $9.95

Served with potato salad.

The Reuben $10.95

Hot corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese and 1000 Island dressing on grilled rye bread served with potato salad.

The Super Chick $10.95

Thinly sliced breast of turkey crisp bacon, tomatoes, mayonnaise and lettuce.

Hot Roast Beef Sandwich $9.95

Served with mashed potatoes and gravy.

Chili Burger or Dog $9.95

Open faced on toasted buns topped with 2 hamburger patties or 2 hot dogs, with homemade chili and raw onions.

Burger Dip $10.95

1/3 lb. of fresh ground beef on a toasted French roll, au jus and your choice of French fries or potato salad.

Grilled Ham & Cheese $9.95

Served with potato salad.

Chicken Sandwich $9.95

1/4 lb. filet of breast of chicken on a toasted bun with mayonnaise lettuce and tomato. Your choice of French fries or potato salad.

The “Doo Dah” $10.95

1/3 lb. of fresh ground beef served on a grilled French roll with American cheese, bacon, lettuce tomato, relish and lots of grilled onions. Your choice of French fries or potato salad.

Burger on Rye $9.95

1/3 lb. of fresh ground beef with swiss cheese, sliced onion and mayonnaise on toasted rye bread your choice of French fries or potato salad.

Fish Sandwich $7.95

Filet of cod on a toasted bun with coleslaw, tartar sauce and lettuce. With fries $9.95

French Dip $10.95

1-4 lb. of thinly sliced roast beef on a toasted French roll. Au jus and your choice of French fries potato salad.

The Spoiler $10.95

A triple decker ham burger with 2 patties on a toasted bun, bacon, cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion with our special relish and a dill pickle your choice of French fries or potato salad.

The Oscar $9.95

Swiss cheese, tomatoes and a generous portion of thinly sliced ham with lettuce and mayonnaise.

Sausage Burger $9.95

1/4 lb. fresh ground pork sausage with swiss cheese, onions pickle, mayonnaise and lettuce with your choice of French fries or potato salad.

The Regular $6.95

1/3 pound of ground beef on a a toasted bun with our special relish, lettuce, onion, tomato dill pickle.

The Deluxe $9.50

Served with your choice of French fries or fresh potato salad.

Grilled Cheese $7.95

Served with potato salad.

The Tony $9.95

Tender slices of choice roast beef, American cheese sliced tomato, lettuce and mayonnaise.


Served after 2 pm

Chicken Drummies $11.95

Served with fries, sliced tomatoes and toast.

Hot Wings $11.95

Choice of dressing or Barbeque sauce.

Chicken Strips $9.95

Choice of dressing or Barbeque sauce.

Chips & Cheese $7.95

Served with salsa.


Served 5 pm – 9 pm. All dinners include soup or salad choice of potato and a dinner roll or garlic toast.

Burger Steak & Mushroom Gravy $14.95

1/2 lb. fresh ground beef.

Burger Steak $12.95

1/2 lb. pure ground beef steak with onion rings.

Breaded Chicken Tenders $12.95

Calf Liver & Onions $11.95

6 Ounces calf liver.

3 Pieces Fried Chicken $14.95

Pork Chops $14.95

Two 4 oz center cut chops.

Burger Steak Milano $14.95

Topped with grilled onions, green peppers and mushrooms.

Hand Breaded Veal $13.95

Served with apple sauce and country gravy.

Teriyaki Steak $19.95

8 Ounces sirloin steak.

Center Cut Top Steak $19.95

8 Ounces sirloin steak.


All dinners include soup or salad choice of potato and a dinner roll or garlic toast.

Deep Fried Jumbo Shrimp Dinner $14.95

Served with cocktail sauce.

Clam Strip Dinner $13.95

Served with tartar sauce and lemon.

Pacific Oyster Fry Dinner $13.95

Served with cocktail sauce.


Shrimp & Chips $13.95

Served with coleslaw and toast with cocktail sauce.

Fish & Chips $11.95

Served with coleslaw and tartar sauce with toast.


Tenderloin Steak $19.95

8 Ounces sirloin steak served with cottage cheese, sliced peaches and rye toast.

Breaded Fish $11.95

2 cod filets served with cottage cheese, sliced peaches and rye toast.

Hamburger Steak $11.95

1/3 lb. fresh ground beef served with cottage cheese, sliced peaches and rye toast.


The Chef Salad $10.95

Tender slices of turkey breast. Ham and cheese on a generous portion of crisp salad greens, garnished with a hard/boiled egg. Tomato and dill pickle your choice of dressing and a toasted English muffin.

Taco Salad $10.95

Crisp salad greens topped with taco meat, grated cheddar cheese, tomatoes and sliced dives with tortilla chips on the side choice of dressing.


French Fries $5.50

Onion Rings $4.50

Dinner Salad $5.50

Potato Salad $4.95

Bowl of Soup $5.50

Cup of Soup $4.00

Bowl of Chili $5.50

Cup of Chili $4.00

Cole Slaw $3.95


Under 12 or over 60.

Fish & Chips $9.95

With tartar sauce and toast.

Burger & Fries $9.50

Includes small drink.

Jr Breakfast $7.95

1 pancake or French toast and your choice of bacon or sausage.

Jr Chicken Strips $8.95

Includes French fries, applesauce and choice of sauce.

Hot Dog & Fries $8.95

Includes small drink.


Sundae $5.50

3 scoops of ice cream topped with whipped cream your choice of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and butterscotch.

Pie Alamode $5.95

Thick & Creamy Milkshakes $5.50

Your choice of chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and butterscotch.

1 Scoop of Ice Cream $2.95

Pie of the Day (per slice) $4.95











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“Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish, or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness.”

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43 reviews for “Starting Gate Restaurant

  1. jerry earles jr.

    First time visiting and would highly recommend it. The food was very delicious and their staff was very friendly. I went here for breakfast but would come back to try other meals

  2. Kim Mii

    Great old timer spot for cafe-style food! This place has been on the Auburn restaurant scene for years. Lots of parking. Lots of seating. Super fast and friendly! The food is really good while being easy on your pocket book. Highly recommend!

  3. Eldri Earles

    We just got back from the hospital for my son’s testing and just wanted a good breakfast to relax and decompress. Service was outstanding, quick and friendly and the food was amazing. My husband loved the pancakes, bacon and hashbrowns; my son loved the biscuits and gravy; my daughter and I split the He-Man and so glad we did because for us, it was a lot of food and so delish! Thanks for making this a great morning!

  4. Armando Bargas

    Cozy Diner, amazing staff, and some good cookin!

  5. Michael B

    I have loved this place for years and years! It’s an amazing breakfast place and all the folks who work there are super friendly and accommodating. My dad can’t have gluten and they’re pretty good about it.

    It’s the best place for homey atmosphere and delicious food

  6. J W

    The best breakfast and customer service in a long time, nothing like it.

  7. Neal Smith

    Good breakfast place well priced


    The food was simply delicious 😋 the staff was very welcoming and they made sure we got everything we needed. They have a very good breakfast selection as well

  9. Megan Huffman

    A perfect old school, grungy dinner for quintessential breakfast food. Definite local favorite, not too small and not too big. We went there on a Saturday at 10 and got seated right away. Will go back for sure when craving dinner breakfast again.

  10. Raye DeWolfe-Molesky

    This place is amazing in every sense of the word. The food is tasty. We had the taco omlette and the ham n eggs. Yummmmm. The service was exceptional. So many regulars the staff knew their names and about their lives. I felt like I’d reimmersed myself in the Auburn community in the time I spent there. I used to live in Auburn. One can easily drive past this wonderful place. But, don’t; it truly is very tasty and quite an experience!👍😋 😁 Highly recommend!

  11. Chuck Hermansen

    Great diner to start the day. Super friendly staff, awesome food.

  12. Maxim Meier

    If you looked up “Diner” just go here. Exactly what you’re looking for If you want a traditional American Diner.

  13. Bill

    Great service and good food.

  14. E Farley

    Can’t say enough about this place. It is the best diner in Auburn. Friendly staff and customers. Great stories can be overheard at any time. Good food too.

  15. Yogi Allen

    Good food

  16. Maria Machuca

    Excellent, Even more excellent each and every time!

  17. Eric Betts

    Great food and the staff is lovley!

  18. Taa Taupule

    Good place to have a good breakfast and great service go check them out👍👍👍

  19. reese rutledge

    Good Ole neighborhood cafe. Great breakfast…

  20. Darin McGuire

    Always love this place! Great food, cool atmosphere, and the staff are always awesome! The best breakfast in town, definitely visit if you’re hungry and want great food!

  21. huey long

    Excellent. Definitely will visit again..

  22. Mike Limpach

    Can’t say enough about the place every time I go there it’s great the people working there are fun and get to know you and the food portions are really good size best place to eat in auburn

  23. Diane Tiffany Kumar

    This place could not be more darling!! I loved it here. The women running this spot were fantastic. I don’t think it matters what you order, you’re going to enjoy your visit at this little diner.

  24. gloria kautzman

    Great food, great service!

  25. Jackie Jacobson

    Excellent food and Service

  26. Sherron Wilson

    Met friend to visit. Was very good place to talk…. & enjoy company

  27. Tina Becker

    Good food. Great service. No waiting. Always get refills when wanted.

  28. Crystal Cummings

    Always friendly, AMAZING food, and nice locals who have been going there for years.

  29. Dandi Lion

    Feels like home

  30. K. Dub

    Old school diner you don’t find them like this anymore good food reasonable price Great service can’t say enough about this place. Used to be one of my goat cheese spots when I was in Washington State.

  31. Ariyanna 57

    Great dinner, great food, great service.

  32. Richard Salinas

    Everything good .. except being made to feel peeped upon. Because, I and my friend are homeless. But I like their food. And I usually don’t encounter that atmosphere.

  33. Rod True

    Best biscuit and gravy in town

  34. Kris Conner

    I haven’t eaten here in nearly 30 years, and it still never fails to please. Hopefully, it won’t be another 30!!

  35. Nina Connor

    Best Diner Breakfast! Good coffee and staff is lovely. Offered I Spy books for my 8 year old while we waited for food.

  36. Dennis Tate

    My favorite go to place reminds me of the restaurants I used to go when I was much younger food is always good and plentiful Services outstanding atmosphere well that leaves a little bit to be desired if you’re looking for that home cooked meal this is your place once again I really enjoy this restaurant and the food is plentiful

  37. matthew jessica

    Our wait staff was EXCELLENT!!! Food was yummy

  38. cecile de Vera

    Just moved to Auburn and I was recommended this place for breakfast. Absolutely delicious! Clean and cute little business too! Ordered the chicken fried steak and was extremely tasty and quick. Crispy and well seasoned on the outside, juicy on the inside topped off with fresh gravy. Lovely lady was so friendly and made it a great experience. Will be back again!

  39. Pauline Skipworth

    Fresh ingredients with unique presentations equals culinary goosebumps…. wow,

  40. Ray Metz

    Ham and eggs…good old fashioned diner…breakfast all day sometimes a lunch special

  41. Amy Fogel

    Foods great, staff is friendly, and has an old timey diner feel

  42. Josh Esper

    Old school dinner with staff that have been there for a few decades. Quality of the food is superb. One of the only 4 breakfast places I’ve recommended numerous occasions. Two places if which have died from the Covid recession.

  43. Mike Swanson

    Just good food and older style cafe, lots of locals.

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