The ’50s-Style Oregon Diner That Serves a Hearty Side of Nostalgia

by | Jun 23, 2023 | Featured, Food & Drink, Restaurants, Travel, Western Oregon

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Nestled in the heart of Springfield, Oregon is Fins Drive In, a delightful blast from the past. From its mouthwatering burgers and shakes to its vibrant vintage ambiance, this iconic eatery takes you on a nostalgic journey to a bygone era.

Fins Drive In - A Trip Back In Time In Springfield, Oregon

An old photo of Fins Drive In at night from many years ago.
Photo via the Fins Drive In Facebook page.

Located in Lane County, Springfield is a vibrant city next to Eugene that's surrounded by picturesque landscapes with the stunning backdrop of the Cascade Mountains, the McKenzie and Willamette Rivers. Known for its friendly residents and warm community spirit, Springfield is a place where small-town charm meets the conveniences of modern living. One of our favorite spots to stop in while in Springfield is a hopping burger joint called Fins Drive In.

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Red seats at the counter at Fin's.
Photo by Tiffany B via Yelp.

As soon as you step inside you'll be transported to the golden era of American diners. This family-owned establishment has been serving up scrumptious food and nostalgic vibes since the 1950s.

Find Food That Hits the Spot At Fins

A burger and basket of fries with black and white checkered paper.
Photo by Ashley W via Yelp

Fins Drive In boasts a menu filled with classic diner fare that satisfies every craving. From chili burgers and beer battered onion rings to loaded french-fries with chili, cheese, bacon and onions, Fins will make you want to come back every time you're in town.

Fins serves up delicious chili, soups, salads, and cole slaw, but you're going to want to make sure to try the burgers and sandwiches before you leave. We recommend the Hoagie Steak Basket (four ounces of steak with cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, and mayo on a French roll). Delicious!

A huge bananna split topped with whip cream and cherries.
Photo by Kim D via Yelp.

You're also going to want to try their chicken fried steak, fried chicken, and their Impala burger (a quarter pound patty with barbecue sauce, cheese, tomato, lettuce, onions, pickle, a pineapple ring, and their special sauce).

Fins has so much to choose from, including delicious banana splits, old fashioned soda, and hot fudge sundaes!

The Retro Vibe At Fins

A retro sign of a woman holding a burger outside Fins.
Photo by Tim M via Yelp.

Every corner of Fins Drive In exudes a charming retro vibe. Vibrant neon lights, good food, classic signs and car memorabilia transport you back to an era when rock 'n' roll ruled the airwaves.

A huge clock and many pictures on the walls inside Fins.
Photo by Edward M via Yelp.

Take a seat at the counter or in your car and soak in the nostalgic atmosphere while enjoying your meal.

Fins Drive In Springfield Information

A burger and onion rings on red and white checkered paper.
Photo by Ray F via Yelp.
  • Hours: 9 AM - 8 PM seven days a week.
  • Location: 4090 Main Street in Springfield, Oregon.
  • Menu: Check out the Fin's Menu here, and see all the great reviews of Fins on Yelp.
  • Get More Information at the Fin's Website and Facebook page.

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A milkshake in a tall glass topped with whip cream and a cherry.
Photo by Jody T via Yelp.

Have you ever been to Fin's Drive In in Springfield, Oregon before? What's your favorite dish to get there? Let us know in a comment and tag the friends and family you want to grab a bite to eat with!

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Written By Tyler James

Tyler James, founder of That Oregon Life, is a true Oregon native whose love for his state runs deep. Since the inception of the blog in 2013, his unbridled passion for outdoor adventures and the natural beauty of Oregon has been the cornerstone of his work. As a father to two beautiful children, Tyler is always in pursuit of new experiences to enrich his family’s life. He curates content that not only reflects his adventures but also encourages others to set out and create precious memories in the majestic landscapes of Oregon. Tyler's vision and guidance are integral to his role as publisher and editor, shaping the blog into a source of inspiration for exploring the wonders of Oregon.

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