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The Diner

) #15,035 of 18,186 Restaurants in London $$ - $$$ American,
21 Essex Road | Islington, London N1 2SA, England
+44 20 7226 4533
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  • Excellent10%
  • Very good24%
  • Average36%
  • Poor21%
  • Terrible9%
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American, Diner
$$ - $$$
21 Essex Road | Islington, London N1 2SA, England
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Reviewed 31 May 2017

The Diner provides diner classics for a good price. Their brunch is awesome with great pancakes and milkshakes. The atmosphere is nice and friendly. I favour The Diner to the Breakfast Club down the road as you don't have to wait in a ridiculous queue...More

Thank jawbarn
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

We recently had a staff away day and ended up here for lunch. We pre-ordered via phone and the food was cooked when we arrived. Service was prompt and friendly. I had the bbq chicken burger with shredded chicken (which tasted a lot like pulled...More

Thank Smurfetti
Reviewed 11 May 2017

Recently refurbished and looks good. Food really appalling; cold hard eggs and completely inedible breakfast. On the plus side, the manager was excellent, apologetic and gave me a full refund. I hope the Diner improves its food offer as pre refurb it was a reliable...More

Thank Sunkissed089
Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Food was ok I had the red velvet pancakes , this came with a drizzle of icing which was vile made the pancakes taste disgusting. But without they tasted much better but tasted like bicarbonate soda. The full breakfast was nice and the normal buttermilk...More

Thank Brogan H
Reviewed 28 November 2016

Average food with god awful service, I waited 45 minutes for a chicken burger but because they messed up my order, I never even got it, I decided to leave without even having it because the family I was with had finished their meal and...More

2  Thank paul s
Reviewed 21 November 2016

Went on sat 19 Nov 16. At 10am the place was almost deserted which should have told us something. It took 10 mins to get a waitress and 30 mins to get food. We should have sent all 5 meals back. My breakfast was cold....More

2  Thank gary d
Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

We called in on Saturday at about 10.30, it was fairly quiet so we easily got a table and were served quickly. Two of the party had the breakfast burritos. Once they had arrived we realised that one could probably have been shared between two....More

Thank Nickynoodle1278
Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Good milkshakes, very mediocre food, terrible service. After a 20 minute wait for a table - despite there being empty ones available, we then ordered and it was a further hour until the food actually arrived! This was after some chasing, then the food began...More

2  Thank Jess H
Reviewed 18 October 2016

My wife and I ate there during our recent trip to London. It was mainly American style food. Think burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, and French fries. It was a nice reminder of food at home if you are craving that.

Thank howic304
Reviewed 16 October 2016 via mobile

Ate here today as a family and never have two kids been so frustrated with such lacklustre service. My 10 year old had to go and ask for the bill after a waiter walked past and ignored us for the 100th time. The waitress took...More

1  Thank twinkle_t0e
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$13
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 00:00
09:30 - 00:00
09:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Essex Road | Islington, London N1 2SA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7226 4533
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The Diner - Islington offers classic American dining, lively tunes and classic cocktails. Full of traditional diner favourites, the menu features salads, juicy burgers and milkshakes. With a decor featuring striking shades of black and red, this American-style diner has intimate leather diner booths and soft lighting. There is a great range of bottled beers, along with root beer, coke floats and fruit juices. The exciting all-American menu has classic items like meatloaf sandwich, Philly cheese steak sandwich or a bacon chilli cheese dog. Featuring an all day breakfast menu, The Diner offers dishes like the breakfast burrito, blueberry pancakes and eggs on muffin. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Diner in Islington is a trendy place to dine or enjoy a cocktail.
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