Salem's oldest restaurant, the Court Street Dairy Lunch, is a legendary downtown landmark. Since 1929, the Court Street Dairy Lunch has been serving homestyle favorites from the 18 old fashioned counter seats and the 11 comfy booths. Locals, dignitaries, blue collar workers, students, and tourists have made this little restaurant on Court Street a venerable staple in the mid-Willamette Valley. Often referred to as "Salem's living room", located in the heart of the city, the Dairy Lunch always seems to be in the middle of local conversation.
The real star here is the food. Homemade from scratch, the Dairy Lunch has used the same ingredients for nearly 100 years. Famous for biscuits and real country gravy as well as the big Ranch Burger, the Court Street Dairy Lunch features milkshakes, which are still the champion that kids from 3 to 93 enjoy more and more every year!
The Court Street Foundation now runs this historic eatery. Dedicated to the preservation of the Court Street Dairy Lunch, your favorite recipes, and to the development of a Student Culinary Program, veterans in the restaurant business share knowledge and experience with high school culinary students in all aspects of operating an actual restaurant.