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A & W Root Beer Drive-In

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1404 G St, Modesto, CA 95354
+1 209-522-7700
10:00 - 20:00
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Sun 11:00 - 19:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 20:00
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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 August 2016

We enjoyed the food and of course the Root Beer,it takes a while for the order because they aren't pre made which is a good thing

Thank Armand S
Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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153 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2016 via mobile

We went for only one thing: a frosty (glass) mug of root bear and it absolutely met the need and nostalgic memories. The place is a bit run down and grungy. But service was quick, personal and cheerful. And the root beer was great on a day with temps at 96 degrees! PS: they have the old fashioned mugs for... More 

Thank momarino143
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100 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016 via mobile

This is the drive in referenced by George Lucas in the movie American Graffiti so there is history there. The food is awesome and the root beer is a must get . . . And it's served in a frosted mug (if you eat there). They even still have car hops on skates. Do yourself a favor and give this... More 

Thank Ray L
Modesto, California, United States
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11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2015

A Hot August Nights tradition! Nostalgic location and decor. Car Hops on roller skates, indoor dining, chili cheese fries, burgers and of course freshly made root beer. This place is a must at least once. Great for families and dates.

Thank Amber G
Ceres, California
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9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2015

Took my daughter here to experience the nostalgic car hop service. The food was great...love their freezes!! Only problem was trying to figure out what to do with the tray once we were done.

Thank Cynthia O
Hughson, United States
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60 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2015

The A&W on G St. is like walking back 50 years ago. The atmosphere is great, the people friendly and wonderful HOT food. No cold fries here and nice portions. The tomato, lettuce and onions were fresh and crisp. The history on the wall was interesting and took you back to a simple time when all you cared about was... More 

Thank Catherine L
Turlock, California
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304 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2015 via mobile

This place is something everyone should see if you come to Modesto. The movie American Graffiti was all about Modesto Ca cruising the streets in the 50's. This A and W is what was represented in the movie. They still have the waitress on Roller skates and an old Jukebox. Food is good too.

Thank Tcard2013
Turlock, California
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304 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2015 via mobile

Took my husband here to show him the old A and W. It's still original. Inside there are so many signed pictures from the movie American Graffiti.

Thank Tcard2013
Larne, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom
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22 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

we stopped off here on our way to las vegas from yosemite fish camp. good food, friendly service and genuinely enjoyed the short experience. waitress on roller skates was really nice and simple things like when we were leavinf transferred my GFs root beer to a disposably cup and refilled it with no issues or charge.

Thank Jonny M
Modesto, California
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27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2014

My sister and I took my grandkids to A & W "for old times' sake". It was not as we remembered it. Very disappointing, since we had been telling the kids how much fun it would be. To begin with, it was pretty expensive for fast food - and it was NOT fast. The food was only mediocre. The fries... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Fast food
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 19:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
10:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1404 G St, Modesto, CA 95354
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Modesto
  • Phone Number: +1 209-522-7700

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