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Sierra Mexican Restaurant

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302 N Santiam Hwy E, Gates, OR 97346-9349
+1 503-897-2210
10:00 - 20:00
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Fri - Sat 10:00 - 21:00
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Lyons, Oregon
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016

We have been going to the Sierra for 20 years and always enjoy visiting with Jorge and Maria and there family. We have watched the kids grow up over the years - they all help out with age appropriate tasks. The food is homemade and its all good. They serve Ribs every Friday night and normally sell out before closing.... More 

Thank Michael W
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12 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

Nice friendly service. Great salsa and chips a little on the spicy side. They also have an American menu for the non-adventurous picky eater. Great enchiladas and sopes and generous portions. The margaritas are so good, it's hard to stop at one.

Thank Karen C
Helena, MT
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954 reviews
611 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 434 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016

A very serviceable place with friendly service. Not all the options you would find at a larger place but better than a chain. Lots of parking for our travel trailer Seemed like the locals like this place which is always a good sign

Thank vintagetrailer
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2016

I travel the North Santiam Canyon 3 days a week. I usually stop at the Sierra Mexican Restaurant once a week as I enjoy the family of Jorge and Maria, they all work there. The atmosphere is traditional Mexican, the food is so good you would think you were in Old Mexico as the flavors and dishes are authentic culturally.... More 

Thank 305lorettas
Gates, Oregon
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

Best Mexican cuisine in the Santiam Canyon. But that claim comes with a codicil. It's probably the only Mexican restaurant in the Santiam Canyon unless you include the City of Stayton, just off highway 22, which has a few more. The food is of good quality with plenty of house specialties that are well worth tasting. Service is prompt and... More 

Thank Clyde346
Northfield, Minnesota
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64 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2015

We didn't expect to find much in this remote stretch of road between Salem and Bend, but we were very pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food here. It is clearly homemade and carefully prepared, with an interesting combination of ingredients.

Thank Rosecrans
Gates, Oregon
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53 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2015

Authentic Mexican fare at reasonable prices. This is a family business with years of experience and it shows.

Thank Rick C
Salem, Oregon
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44 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 July 2014

Enjoyed a great meal and the service was excellent. Have often stopped off here and as always great food and service.

Thank eweology
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2014

years ago i stopped here all the time, it was a nice lil place and great food. What the heck happened. !!!! a 7ish year old seated me, thats fine, then a 14ish year old takes our order with no tablet, totally gets it wrong and forgets stuff, that woulda been fine too if he was able to retain the... More 

Thank mobomaui
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167 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2014 via mobile

We both asked for recommendations and our waitress helped us out. 12 and 14 on the menu were both good chicken dishes with flour tortillas. With a Negra Midelo, it was a great end to the day.

Thank kokopuffMichigan

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 302 N Santiam Hwy E, Gates, OR 97346-9349
  • Location: United States  >  Oregon (OR)  >  Gates
  • Phone Number: +1 503-897-2210

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?