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Cheap Charlie's

American, Diner
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11 5th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901-2876
+1 507-289-7693
05:00 - 19:00
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Sun 07:00 - 14:00
Mon - Fri 05:00 - 19:00
Sat 06:00 - 14:00
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Rochester, Minnesota
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 November 2016

Cheap Charlie's is a somewhat old fashioned restaurant. Do not expect haute cuisine, only ordinary grub, American style.They only serve breakfast and lunch. Closes at 3 PM. I stopped by for breakfast, 2 eggs, sunny side up, with toast. Simple and cheap, the way you have it at home.

Thank Usdobbin
Kansas City, Missouri
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 November 2016

We ate here on a Friday about 7am. It is a true local "greasy spoon", but the food was good, came in large portions and was very inexpensive. No frills and no nonsense, but a good, cheap, hearty breakfast.

Thank 10traveltwosome
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 October 2016 via mobile

I stopped in for breakfast because I had not been here in a while. The place is not much to look at, but they serve nice portions of food. From the appearance, it has been around for a long time but it lives up to it name!

Thank Joseph P
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Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Don't let the the exterior scare you away, this dive restaurant is clean and has amazing food! My husband loved his meat lovers omelette and my peanut butter, chocolate chip pancake was to die for, plus my over medium eggs and bacon were cooked to perfection!

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Woodbury, Minnesota
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Little hole in the wall place that serves great breakfast! I had the eggs Benedict and my wife had the chocolate peanut butter pancake. $15 total! The food was great! The place is a little rundown but if you want a good cheap breakfast you might want to check this place out!

Thank Ray C
Lady Lake, Florida
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 September 2016

This is an old time breakfast and lunch place. The food is cheap, good, and the service is quick. They have daily specials, and they are always busy.

Thank Sallie S
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52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 July 2016

We recently visited for what we hoped would be a cheap, quick breakfast. While the meal was affordable and food was very good, we waited 20 minutes at our table to order and another 40 minutes for our food. Just wasn't impressed at all with the service. And it wasn't like we ordered anything out of the ordinary- pancakes, eggs,... More 

Thank Maura M
Rochester, Minnesota
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68 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 July 2016

If you are looking for the local "greasy spoon" you've found it at Cheap Charlies. They have a solid breakfast selection with giant pancakes. No fine dining here, but pretty good comfort food.

Thank David M
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 June 2016 via mobile

Breakfast on the decline and service terrible! Cheap Charlie's was our GO TO breakfast place for ten years every time we were in Rochester, about once a month. We have noticed turn over of many staff members, some long term employees.... And now we know why! The owner, mini dragon lady, was waiting tables during breakfast today. We politely asked... More 

Thank Dan P
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44 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

Cheap Charlie's has been around seemingly since Rochester. The building both inside and out probably haven't been touched since the 30's. That being said their breakfast is really fun. Pancakes are as big as a plate. No need to order multiple. If you want to experience a throwback greasy spoon. This is a fun place to check out.

Thank Mark K

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
05:00 - 19:00
05:00 - 19:00
05:00 - 19:00
05:00 - 19:00
05:00 - 19:00
06:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 11 5th St NW, Rochester, MN 55901-2876
  • Location: United States  >  Minnesota (MN)  >  Rochester
  • Phone Number: +1 507-289-7693

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?