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Tops Diner

500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
+1 973-481-0490
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good24%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stayed at the Hampton Inn down the street from Tops Diner, so visited twice during the week. The place is nearly always crowded so expect to wait at least 30 minutes - and then confirm the second they text you that you are ready...More

Thank Lori C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The food was great and the customer service was awesome. We waited a while to get in the door (45 minutes). I had breakfast everyone else in my family had fried chicken. We were all satisfied.

Thank shines0705
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I rarely give 5 stars. This restaurant is worth it. If you are a pork lover: you have got to eat the ribs. If you like beef: get one of those lions. If fish: seafood to die for! Quality + quantity + value!

Thank rahulanand
Reviewed 1 week ago

My sister's and I went here for breakfast. Not once but twice!!! Someone at our hotel recommended it and we were glad they did. The portions are huge 4 egg omelets. We all had something different and we were all happy with our choices. You...More

Thank FELESIA123
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

It's awesome that you came in twice while you were in town! I'm glad our menu kept you full and happy during your visit. Hopefully, you'll let everyone in your neck of the woods know about our food. Thanks for taking the time to share...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great old fashion atmosphere. Friendly service. Very satisfying portions. I should not have eaten everything on my plate, but I did. Everything was wonderful. Party of three. Each with something different. Each very happy with our meal. Visiting with friends. Was told this was Harrison,...More

Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hey there, Sandi, I'm so happy that the atmosphere, service, and variety of options really won you over! It's wonderful that your party of three each tried something different. I do hope you'll make your way back in sometime soon. Thanks for the great recommendation....More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've heard a lot about this diner and because I enjoy trying different diners I went to tops diner! It is so popular that there was a long wait but it was difinately worth the wait! My husband and I ordered breakfast but took dessert...More

Thank Lorifurey5655
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Lori, it's wonderful that you and your husband made it in for the first time! I hope if you have any questions about our menu, you won't hesitate to ask. Thanks for sharing about your visit. Hope to have you in again soon. Best, Jimmy...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were surprised to find a 15 minute wait after 2pm on a weekday. Certainly a good indicator that we had picked a good place to eat a late lunch. We order a variety of items from the menu: BBQ and pulled pork, shrimp tacos,...More

Thank Florence M
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Florence, it's wonderful to read that you had such a great sampling of our menu! I know some of what you picked are regular fan favorites like the BBQ items and the chicken tenders. Hopefully, you'll spot by again sometime and try more of the...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Terrific service and fabulous food. Not a "typical" Diner at all; desserts are to die for. Don't miss this!

Thank Randy and Krist... P
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Hey there, Randy! I'm pleased to see that you had a terrific visit! Thanks for sharing your experience and great recommendation. See you next time, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I have eaten here several times. While I love diner food in general (it's comforting), this is one of the better ones. I particularly love the breakfast. There is so much to choose from regardless of if it's breakfast, lunch or dinner. The staff is...More

Thank Kevin M
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Kevin, it's outstanding that you love the variety! I'm really happy to read that the team has really accommodated you each time. Thanks for the fabulous recommendation. Till next time, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Our Hotel recommended this diner. It was just 5 minutes away. (See my review of Comfort Suites Newark, NJ) We went two days straight. The helpings are humongous. That is a sign of a good diner, but the food has to be good. It was...More

Thank Terri S
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Terri, I'm pleased you took the recommendation of the hotel! From the Meatloaf all the way to the fish and chips it sounds like everyone left full and happy. I really appreciate you taking a moment to share your recommendations. Till next time, Jimmy G,...More

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Is the corned beef hash homemade or out of a can?
16 October 2016|
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Response from uncleyankeemike | Reviewed this property |
Answering my own question it was homemade
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
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06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 02:00
06:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  East Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 973-481-0490
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Tops Diner serves some of the freshest and most delicious food in East Newark, NJ! Come in for an amazing meal and some gracious hospitality!
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