Rock-n-Rogers @ Eola Inn

I'll admit it, I was slightly intrigued when I heard the new owners of Salem's Rock-n-Rogers were going to open a new location in the old Eola Inn building. Weren't you? When they revealed they would open in a few weeks, I knew little would be changed as far as interior decor goes. Fresh paint and carpet was about all there would be time to do. So when my friend and I were making plans on where to eat breakfast for our annual winter break get together, I suggested Rock-n-Rogers, but made a mental note to go strictly for the food.

When we pulled into the parking lot, I was pleased to see more than 10 cars. Once the waitress ringing another customer out at the cash register was finished, the two of us were seated . (I was so glad the musty smell from my last visit to the Eola Inn was gone.) She took us to one of the tables on the west side of the building, situated right in front of the large picture windows, with 4 well padded chairs.


Our coffee cups were filled and we began to try and keep our focus on the menus instead of our usual non-stop catching up. I decided to go with an item off of the "Breakfast Favorites" segment of the menu. I ordered the Mama's Mess Omelette, made with "4 eggs, bacon, ham, sausage, tomatoes, onions, green pepper and double cheese served open faced", and chose home style potatoes and a baked biscuit as my side. Friend Shirley, picked their Mushroom & Swiss Omelette, also with a biscuit and homestyle potatoes.

Our food arrived in just the right amount of time. Our omelettes were tender and fluffy, the nicely seasoned potatoes had just right amount of browned bits and the biscuits were oh so delicate, flaky and golden brown. Equally important, our coffee cups were kept full of fresh coffee by our sweet waitress.

I hope they decide to jazz up the interior with a Rockin' Rogers 50's theme. A few posters on the wall just isn't enough. In spite of that wee detail--go for their reliable comfort food menu, the service and that beautiful view.
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503 585-0860
4250 Salem Dallas Highway
Salem, OR
Monday - Thursday 6:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sunday: 6:30 am - 8:00 pm

39 comments:

Salem Man said...

I've never eaten in that building and was kind of disappointed it became a Rock-n-Rogers and not something different. I hope the new owners can make this work, it really is a great location.

KandN said...

I wish I'd had the chance to see the building when it was new. It looks like it was sectioned out to provide 3 separate dining areas--quiet, family and a bar.

I hear people say it's the access that scares people away, but is it any worse than Cafe 22 or getting out of the road to the Pentacle Theatre?

Amber said...

I've eaten in that building each time it changes owners it seems. I keep hoping, as we really have no riverside restaurants in Salem. We'll give it another try now that it's Rock-n-Rogers. But, we really were hoping for some interior work. Last time I was in there (several years ago, it was looking pretty dated and run down.

It does have terrible access - being on the curve makes it worse to get out of than say Cafe 22. As a one-time daily commuter turning left onto Doaks at that intersection, I've seen my share of scary accidents and near misses.

KandN said...

Okay, I understand now. I can see how the corner creates a hazard. Especially if the drivers are looking at the river.

Amber said...

Or looking at the turn lane for Doaks Ferry. Plus the lighting is terrible there.

Anonymous said...

Rock-n-Rogers is tasty (although I've never asked where their beef comes from, hopefully it's local). However it always stuck me as a caricature of the 50's rather than an homage. How many diners in the 50's plastered their tables with magazine adverts? I guess I'm looking for more a recreation rather of the classic rather than a parody of it.

Anonymous said...

YES!!! I have been saying the same thing for years! Why plaster all that stuff on the windows? Just because you write the words, "poodle skirt" on the window, doesn't make me feel like I'm in an old diner! I like their hamburgers, but have to say, I only have about one a year. Not wild on their service in the past. It used to run hot and cold. I will try the West Salem one, as I live out here. We need a good burger joint over here. Hope this will do the job!

Anonymous said...

My husband I arrived on a Saturday at 12:10 pm for lunch while the majority of the customers were finishing up what looked like a delicious breakfast. We ordered traditional burgers. We waited until 1:40 pm (90 min.)and never received our food. At that point, we informed our waitress we were leaving although she said our food was coming up. People at two different tables that had come in after us had received their food. I wrote the business office that afternoon about our experience. No reply from management as of ten days later. Is this the norm since I received no response from management and the staff did not seem concerned?

Looking for good food said...

I will not be going back for dinner. It sounds like they can handle breakfast, maybe I'll try that.

Anonymous said...

I had been at Eola about a year ago and the food was cold and some of the worst I had in a long while (roast beef was cold ond just bad tasking)and said I would never return.

When I saw Rogers coming I had high hopes. I travel that way everyday and wanted soemwhere to go once and a while.

The location sounds great but the gravel pit on the other side of the river is not the best. Getting in and out is indead a problem but now to the food

My friend and I wnet there wanting a light dinner and looking for a place to take our wives. His dinner was meat and pototos & veg's. The meat was tough and again not hot. My hamburger was not the best and that would be kind of okay but the price was for a great meal and we got a d or d- food. I ordered a Malt and got a shake even this was not done right and took forever. Rogers has always been on the high end but the room and food was just within the dollar outlay.

Lasly the room had NOT changed in one year and that was bad 1970's at best. Come on guys ad at least a Juke box or turn the music up on the speakers SOMETHING!

Anonymous said...

Rock-n-Rogers on Highway 22 is #1!! Yeah! It's there I had the single worst dining experience of my life. Last night, my husband and I showed up about 4:40pm, and met my sister and her husband and two boys, already seated. I understand sometimes when new people join a table, there might be confusion about asking the new party for their drink order. (Trying to give them the benefit of the doubt here.) However, I believe we sat there for more than 20 minutes before we were even asked. I started drinking my sister's water. Finally, the server came and took our drink order of one water and one milkshake each. We had already been sitting there so long that we gave our food order at the same time. It was around this time we discovered they were short-handed, it appeared to be a cook. So we waited. No water, no milkshakes. We sat there for almost an hour. That is not even remotely an exaggeration. That might be understating it. We would have given up except we had two young boys with us, and it's not that convenient to up and leave when you're sure those boys' dinner will be out any minute. Keep in mind - my husband and I STILL HAVE NOT RECEIVED SO MUCH AS A GLASS OF WATER. When we were finally able to stop the server (who would never look toward our table as she zoomed by) we asked after our drinks, and were told someone was making the milkshakes and she'd bring us water. I think it took about another 5 minutes before she brought a pitcher of water to the table, no new glasses. So my husband and I used water glasses that had been my sister's and her husband's. (By some stroke of luck, they'd managed to get a couple beers each brought to the table so that "worked out".) As I mentioned, we waited about an hour for our food. About 5 minutes after our dinner came, our milkshakes showed up. My husband's fish 'n' chips was so greasy as to be almost inedible, but luckily he'd ordered soup which had come earlier so he wasn't starving and forced to eat the greasy stuff. The server comped us one of our milkshakes for the ridiculous wait. The only reason we went to that restaurant was to see the view of the river. I realize stuff happens, and they were short-handed, but honestly, it was SO bad that they should have started turning people away at the door until they could get caught up on the people already seated. So many people were looking around like, "What did I get myself into?" Ugh, short-handed or not, I will NEVER go back.

Anonymous said...

I actually Know the owner quite well he knows what he's doing

Tom B said...

I eat at the one on Market a couple times a year - I live on the coast - and usually get a chicken sandwich and a shake. I've never had a bad meal or bad service and look forward to eating there when in town.

Anonymous said...

Has he read all the comments here? Doesn't sound to me like he knows what he's doing.

Anonymous said...

I think it's changed ownership in the last year... Good luck, and let us know how it goes on your next visit.

Anonymous said...

For anyone turning West from there, it can be dangerous when traffic is busy.

Anonymous said...

My husband and I went to try out this location, after we placed our order it was quite a wait before our order arrived, but when it did, it was delivered to the wrong table (by a different server), the elderly man ate a couple of fries before the waitress understood it was supposed to be ours, it was then served to us! Granted my husband, the nice guy, said it was fine, I refused to eat it. I could not believe they would actually serve food to us that had been handled by other customers. The original server checked on us, I requested to speak to him privately, told him what had happened, he did offer to replace it and then said I would not be charged, he then went to the table discussed it more with my husband, and of course the elderly couple heard all and were embarrassed by the situation. I had eaten at other Rockin Rogers Restaurants and was looking forward to another good burger, this was a huge disappointment, AND, I didn't get to use the coupon so had to pay the full price for my husband's burger.

Anonymous said...

My mother and I went there for lunch, food was great, BUT, they nickel and dime you for everything. I wanted a little ranch for my frys, they charged me for it. We wanted frys instead of potato chips with our burger, they charged us over 2.00 each for an upgrade. Probably wont go back. paying for Lunch at a Dinner price was a bit much for me. Good luck to you guys though.

Jenny said...

We went there and it took forever to be served, there were other customers getting angry and leaving, and our milkshakes were like chocolate milk even though the people next to us had great looking ones. The food was ok, but Denny's on a road trip level of ok....plus the place is pretty drab. I was pretty disappointed.

Chuck Bradley said...

Welcome to Rock-N-Roger's Jenny! Why anyone would return to any of their locations is beyond my comprehension. On another review site that I frequent the west location has a 7% approval rating. I spend considerable time on that site and I have never seen a rating this low on any other restaurant in the world! Vast improvement will be required for this place to even aspire to mediocrity! Unless you're into appalling service, sub-par food and horrendous waits, pass on these raunchy joints.

Anonymous said...

Jeezus you people are uptight. There is "something" about Oregonians that just can't stop them from finding fault in everything. I think you'd find the real 50s experience to be much less wonderful than you remember it.

Anonymous said...

I visited the Rock-N-Rogers on Highway 22. The wait was ridiculous, the food was horrible and the servers were all full of attitude. We complained to one of the managers a slender young blond and she couldn't seem to care less about our experience. She dismissed us as if it was our fault for expecting to get a drink in under an hour. We waited at least two hours for our food and it was cold and greasy. I would never recommend this place to anyone. I enjoy my visits to the south commercial location. The female servers there are very attentive and I have been a loyal customer of theirs for years. The only place they will get my business is there.

Anonymous said...

I had wonderful service and food at this location. South Salem is a joke, how could you even compare the two? The service is so much better at the Eola location. I have stopped going to Commercial on Tuesday mornings because of the service and now go to Eola.

Anonymous said...

I came to Rock n' Rogers recently and was impressed with burgers! I had a "Favorite Burger" .. the one with Bacon, Ham, and an egg all piled high on the patty with grilled onions PLUS with the beer battered french frys! OMG... So good. I have to admit that Riverview is pretty neat even if its hard to negotiate the "corner" but with the other available exit west near the boat landing its pretty easy. Also the young gentleman working in the bar seems to really know how to mix a drink. My wife enjoyed herself with the Penguin Fart & his funny jokes as did I with the superior service from the waitress. We will back for breakfast soon as I'm eager to try the Mommas Mess omelette! I also wanna try a shake. Thanks again!

Anonymous said...

Two hrs seems a bit exaggerated.. why not say something after 30min? If your polite you can get almost anything

Anonymous said...

OMG what an experience we had, was so Delighted. The new location, beautiful, the staff, FANTASTIC, the food, AWESOME. We had a bad exp. at another restaurant and we decided to try here. The staff was exseptional, and waited on our special needs daughters every whim lol, loved that. Husband had one of their hamburgers, loved it, said he would be back lol. I had a Denver Omelet, was Great, Fluffy, and so filling, and so were the fried potatoes, more then I could eat.,,lol do doggie bag. We will be back, was a great experience and is were our daughter wish's to have her next Birthday party, lol, so that put Red Lobster lol. Thank you to all of you we had a great experience, and the food was Great,, See you Sept. 1st for BreakFast , then off to Vancouver Washington for the day, we will prob. stop back for dinner to lol..The Anderson Family

Anonymous said...

ROTFL Seems like a paid ad LOL :-D

Anonymous said...

Oh no dear, was not,, we really had a great experience that, after leaving a Chinese restaurant, bad service, bad food. And how they treated our special needs daughter, wow, so impressed with their staff...If you have not tried the one on the river, you should give them a try, is well worth it.
Mrs. Anderson

Anonymous said...

I've only eaten in the bar. There is live but quiet music on Thursday nights so it's a good time for a relaxing bite and a drink. The music is brought in by Tamberlie who is also the bartender on those nights. She is very attentive and will laugh at even the lamest jokes. The service is timely (if not, Tamberlie will notice and go yell at someone on your behalf!). The music is a good mix of local artists. Heading back to Salem on Hwy 22 is easy, but if you're going west out of the parking lot it's a bit more problematic. You'll need to be on your toes. Don't overshoot the "suicide" turn lane and you'll be o.k.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Anderson, did you also write the anonymous post August 14, 2012 10:46 PM?

Oregon Maiden said...

I have noticed this post for the last couple of days and can't help but wonder what it is all about...
OM

Anonymous said...

Well clearly the 8/14 anonymous post is by the same person who posted as "Mrs Anderson".

Anonymous said...

No Anonymous was not me, I will always state at the end of my comments, Mrs. Anderson or The Anderson Family, as I have no shame in saying how well I think the Restaurant was, the food and the staff.
Mrs. Anderson

Anonymous said...

Hello Mrs. Anderson again:
Just wanted to say hello to all of you at Rocken Rogers. And to thank you, yet again, for faboulous service, and melt in your mouth hamburgers, and battered fry's to die for lol.
And again, thank you for treating us like family, so warm and welcoming, and best of all, on Treating our daughter like she was one of yours. And most of all, to the lady, whom has battled Breast Cancer, and had a Double Mastectomy, like I myself will be going through Nov. 7th. You informed me of things I did not know, and answered all the questions I had, on dealing with Invasive Ductal Carcinoma, you put my mind at ease. So thank you for asking why myself , my husband, and our daughter, came in with very dyed Pink Hair, as they were supporting me, and all others out their battling Breast Cancer. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. As I have another Hero, besides my daughter, whom is special needs, and has dealt with Cancer her whole 21 years, she stays positive, lives each day like there is no tomorrow, stays happy, and she touch's everyone's lives and leaves them all with a smile. As you did the same, you helped me more then you know.
Well, see you all after our daughters Neurologist appt. at O.H.S.U. Halloween nite, til then, take care. Sorry if so long winded, but, there is no staff, like the STAFF/FAMILY as we adopted you all lol. like their at Rocken Rogers
Mrs. Anderson/ The Anderson Family

Chuck Bradley said...

Mrs. Anderson,

Though our restaurant preferences diverge, please know that my best wishes go out for you and your family.

Chuck Bradley

Anonymous said...

Mrs. Anderson,

While my experience with the restaurant was not the best, I applaud you for keeping a good attitude in dealing with the personal health issues. Best wishes for a good outcome!

Also, if you really want to thank a restaurant for an experience/service/food, you should probably email or call them directly. I am not sure how often owners/managers check this blog. Posting here is good too, but if you want to thank them directly.

Anonymous said...

Horrible food!!! Took forever to be served, meat was burned to a crisp, was over charged for a baked potato-salad combo and told that it had to be that way. Terrible experience! So sad, great opportunity for a hamburger place.

Anonymous said...

We've been at the Eola Inn Rockin Rogers twice now and it will most definitely be our last. Very disappointed because the building and the view is very cool. Past restaurants there have always had good food and great service but now, everything is always a mess there. The waiter/waitress' don't have a clue what's going on or know how to handle orders. I had to call my waiter over every time when something was wrong or needed. The first time, we were 1 of 3 tables and our food was served cold. There was absolutely no reason for that and when we said something because my daughter would not eat her cold eggs, they just shrugged their shoulders. Didn't even apologize. The second time we went back only because we had hoped since it was recently opened the first time we had gone, that they just didnt have their $hit together. So we went back, maybe 4 days ago, and the service was even worse. They took my order, yet served me a dish that was smaller/cheaper than what I had ordered which was fine except they still charged me the more expensive price. That was kind of irritating. Our drinks were never refilled, not even our water. They never came to see how anything was. We had to find our own silverware because they did not give us enough. The roast beef was absolutely gross. It even smelled bad. You could tell they had microwaved to defrost too! Just all around absolutely poor quality of food & lack of service. Being a person who is experienced in the food industry, and holding experience in the past as a waitress, along with my husband who had many years of cooking in restaurants (EOLA INN being one of them!) we were very, very disappointed with the whole experience. Not to mention, having to wait 20+ minutes after we had finished to receive our check. Along with another 15+ standing at the counter to pay it. I had 3 people walk right by me each time and didnt even care to ask. Do they not care if customers pay? They sure dont care about getting a tip!

Brenda said...

I went there last night 4/13/15 at about 7pm with my Daughter. Getting in was easy, you just wait until all the cars go past. Sure the inside looks the same. But it's clean. And who needs a fancy looking room to have a burger? Anyway, we had a great view of the river. Who needs to look around for rock pits and complain? The staff, 2 young women, were very nice. Spent some time chatting with us and let us have as much time as we wanted to pick our food. My daughter and I liked and enjoyed their conversation and friendliness. My hamburger was perfect they fries were amazing. I liked it so much more than the locations in town. I hope they stay open, I will be back.