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


64 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.

  44. Jorge Mario Gonzalez Barrera

    Great place for breakfast

  45. Jin-Woo

    Very nice place to eat in Auburn. Owner is very friendly and welcoming. The food is delicious and the old style theme is really charming. Will come again if I’m on the area

  46. Dave Nugent

    Diner quality food paired with excellent service and classic diner atmosphere makes for a good experience.
    Obvious locals and regulars frequent this little gem. Its worth a try.

  47. Tommy Hepner

    Typical breakfast food. Nothing too spectacular, but the place was friendly and cozy.

  48. Gloria Kautzman

    Good food,good service, nice menu choices

  49. david fern

    Great food and friendly staff.

  50. Kelly Kang

    Your friendly no-frills neighborhood diner. Came here on a rainy Sunday afternoon and parked in the back. Parking could get full if busy. Waitresses were so warm and friendly. We ordered coffees, the veggie omelet, chicken fried steak, and the biscuits and gravy. The Omelet and chicken fried steak came with choice of toast. Reminded me of home cooking. Nothing more nothing less. Recommend a visit if you’re craving breakfast staples.

  51. Christina Tennison

    This lil place feels like home! Waitstaff friendly and huggable. Yes, I said huggable! Never ever a bad experience here! Food is excellent! Chicken Fried Steak is best I’ve had!

  52. Sam F

    We (my partner and I) were looking for a cozy local place to get breakfast on a Sunday and I’m so glad we picked this place. Parking was easy, no line to wait, wonderul service, great food and fair prices. I had a veggie omelet with tuna, sourdough toast and coffee. My partner had a veggie omelet too but with sour cream on top. We’re new to being pescatarian so having breakfast without meat is a new experience. Our server made a special request to put tuna in the veggie omelet and I highly recommend it! So good. The portion sizes were big and the coffee was always getting topped off. We love it.. if you can, bring in a coloring book and some crayons to donate to the restaurant.

  53. Nancy Jane Mathews

    great traditional neighborhood breakfast diner, a little high in price but tasty, hot and fresh

  54. Brad B

    Forgettable at best. Lousy coffee.

  55. debbi downs

    Taco omlet and hashbrowns were the best I’ve had for a long time! Taco meat was not overly seasoned

  56. April Adams

    Classic diner experience. Good neighborhood spot.

  57. Russ Smith

    Always great food and service

  58. VoxFini Swartz

    This was a great little place to sit down and have breakfast while catching up with a friend. I got the ham cheese omelet. The coffee was really good which these days most breakfast places seem to have gross coffee and I end up not finishing it but not here drank 3 full cups of it. I look forward to returning here for future breakfast.

  59. Muddaship

    Great local establishment with wonderful and friendly staff, delicious food, and quaint diner atmosphere.

  60. Walter Shearn

    Good diner with a very good selection on the menu. Dinged a star on the food because my omelet was a little flat. Will be back to menu items.

  61. Tyson Schlunder

    Good hot food cold beer and a fair price

  62. Erik Schutten

    Great, friendly staff with delicious food. We’ll be back soon.

  63. Gustavo Guerrero

    We went several people, it took a little while but the food was very delicious, fresh and a good place, there weren’t many people.

  64. anty drean

    Friendly classic diner. Great food.

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