Rock Cafe

Stroud, Oklahoma


The Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma is a nostalgic road trip stop, with delicious food that you just have to pull over for on your Route 66 road trip.

Rock Cafe was built in 1936 and opened on Route 66 in 1939. Roy Rives built the restaurant using local materials, such as a distinct sandstone, in its construction. The diner was named Rock Cafe after that material.

For years Rock Cafe was a bustling stop due in part to its location on Route 66 and off of a busy local Greyhound bus stop during World War II. In 1959 the restaurant was so popular that, at one point in time, it was open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Today, the small restaurant is run by Dawn Welch, the woman who inspired Sally the Porsche in the Pixar movie Cars. She took over the business in 1993 and 2001 had it added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The Route 66 restaurant has persevered through many setbacks over the years, including the decommissioning of Route 66 and a major tornado that ran through Stroud. In 2008 a fire destroyed the restaurant but it reopened on May 29, 2009 after being rebuilt, maintaining the historic rock walls, foundation, and original WWII grill.

Stop in for lunch or dinner on your Route 66 road trip and choose from a menu featuring spätzle, Jägerschnitzel, buffalo burgers, sandwiches, salads, and chicken fried steak.

Last modified: March 9, 2024
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Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma Route 66 Diner

Rock Cafe

5 based on 1 reviews

114 W Main St, Stroud, OK 74079

7am-8pm (Tuesday-Saturday)
Closed (Sunday-Monday)


Phone Number:
(918) 968-3990

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Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma, here are some things to know before you go.

  • This diner was featured on a season two episode of Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives.
  • Parking is available in a small lot surrounding the restaurant.

Where to Stay Near Rock Cafe

Exhausted after a full day of exploring? Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest at one of these Oklahoma hotels near this Route 66 diner.

Skyliner Motel

This vintage motor court motel is marked by a cool neon sign. The family-owned Skyliner Motel features ten quiet guest rooms and a friendly staff. It’s also close to a delicious meal at the nearby Rock Cafe.

Lincoln Motel

The Lincoln Motel is a retro cottage-style motorcourt that was built in 1939 with a neon sign from the 1950s.

Historic Route 66 Guesthouse

The Historic Route 66 Guesthouse in Bristow is located halfway between Tulsa and Oklahoma. Inside find two guest rooms and a kitchen with a refrigerator, microwave, toaster, drip coffee maker, and French press. Outside find a private back porch with sunset views, hot tub, grill, and fire pit. A light breakfast is available each morning with fruit, pastries, granola, and yogurt.

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5 based on 1 reviews

1 Review of Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma

  1. One of the best chicken fried steaks I’ve had on Route 66…or anywhere! Really enjoyed stopping for lunch at Rock Cafe. Both the food and atmosphere were an A+!


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