|Type||Nation’s Foodservice, Inc.
|Founded||San Pablo, California, USA (1952)|
|Headquarters||11090 San Pablo Avenue, Suite
El Cerrito, California, 94530-2365
|Area served||Northern California|
|Key people||President and CEO: Dale Power
VP: Grant Power
The chain, founded in 1952, largely operates in the San Francisco Bay Area. The majority (87.5%) of locations are focused in the suburban Greater East Bay, consisting of Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties. 
Russ Harvey bought a six-stool hot dog stand on San Pablo's 23rd Street in 1952 with money he obtained through the sale of his 1948 Buick. He subsequently added hamburgers to the menu of the hot dog restaurant with a focus on large portions. This gastronomic decision proved successful with the clientèle. The restaurant's name was changed to Harvey's Giant Hamburgers.
In 1961 local teenager Dale Power was hired as a janitor and continued his employment from high school to bachelor's and master's degrees at the nearby University of California, Berkeley. In 1970 he purchased his first restaurant in the Jack London Square District in neighboring Oakland.
He christened it Nation's; the name was decided upon under the belief that they sold the best hamburgers in the nation. At this point Russ Harvey changed the name of his restaurant to Nation's as the two men became partners under a unified brand.
More items were added to the menu over time including breakfast, lunch, and dinner items and award winning pies.
In 1997 the San Ramon restaurant had repeated issues of violence from teenager brawling after post-football game celebrations from area high schools. The civil brawls lead to serious injuries, hospitalizations, and criminal penalties. Altercations involving youths continue to be an issue in the area.
The El Cerrito location was involved in a parking dispute that displaced local coffee shop Central Perk due to Nation's belief that this business' parking exemption would cause overflow parking into its neighboring location.
Throughout the late 1990s and early 2000s Nation's remodeled its restaurants with long hanging lights, Thomas McKnight lithographs alongside historical photographs of the individual restaurants' neighborhoods, a tangerine, mocha, and beige color scheme, in addition to new easier to read menus. There was also a class action filed by the restaurant management that charged that they were being expected to perform tasks that they were not being compensated for and they were awarded compensation.
The chain has eight locations in Alameda County with locations in Alameda, Berkeley, Fremont, Hayward, Livermore, Oakland, Pleasanton and San Leandro. There are four in Solano County with branches in Benicia, Fairfield, Vacaville and Vallejo.
Furthermore there are nine locations in Contra Costa County including Concord, El Cerrito, Moraga, Orinda, Pittsburg, Pleasant Hill, San Ramon, San Pablo, and Tara Hills, the only location in an unincorporated area. The original San Pablo location is no longer open and the current San Pablo Nation's is located at San Pablo Avenue and San Pablo Dam Road.
Finally there are three Nation's locations in other counties with an isolated eatery in Daly City in San Mateo County the only Nation's in the San Francisco Peninsula, Napa in the county of the same name, and lastly another distant restaurant in the Central Valley city of Tracy in San Joaquin County.
The "giant" burgers although credited for weighing 3/4 pounds (0.34 kg) and tasting good have been criticized for most of their 3/4 lbs. coming from the vegetable toppings. These burgers offer toppings including, cheese, beef, salmon, lettuce, tomatoes, bacon, onions, and miracle whip. Other sandwiches include BLTs, hot dogs and variants such as chili dogs, egg, sausage, bacon, and hashbrown breakfasts. The chain also offers sodas, coffee, tea, milkshakes, and about a dozen types of pie.
|First Nation's in San Pablo|
|Vintage appearance of Oakland location|
|Nation's waitresses, c 1960s|