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Tops Diner

500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
+1 973-481-0490
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheesecake” (19 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I must admit how impressed, I was with Tops, since I really is not a diner person. The quality of food and service was amazing. Starting with the piping hot rolls and the whipped butter. Ask for the daily specials.

Thank Maxine S
Reviewed 4 days ago

I have Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner at Tops Diner. The food is fantastic always hot and plentiful. The service is top notch. I have even turned up for dinner with a party of 12 people and there was no problem getting a table, only a...More

Thank Londonkim17
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

There were so many choices from the menu to choose from I was confused. The service was great along with the food.

Thank Robin T
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Robin, we are so sorry you were confused but we are here to help! It would be great to see you again soon. Next time, don't hesitate to reach out with your questions. TIll next time, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Joined friends here for lunch. It is a very busy restaurant especially at lunch time. Food is good and you get plenty. Nice desserts and large portion good for sharing. A little pricey for a diner but it's location and very popular. I haven't been...More

Thank magnoliaNewJersey
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

We're glad you made your way back after so many years! It sounds like you had a great and tasty time. We do hope to win you over a little more next time. See you soon, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 6 days ago

Just got back from a brief visit to Newark, NJ where we found Tops Diner, by mistake. What a find! We ate there for breakfast, lunch, dinner and a late night snack. Each time we went we both ordered something different than before. There was...More

Thank Cass M
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Cass, we're so glad you stumbled upon us! It sounds like your visit was just what you needed for a late night snack and all other important meals. Thanks for sharing your experience and letting people know what we're all about. See you next time,...More

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Really large portions. Good portions. The sevice is usually top notch. The drinks are good as well. The menu is large try the specials.

Thank Edward S
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Edward, we're glad you like everything from our portions to the service! It's great you took your time to share some compliments. We hope you'll come back to see us soon. Thanks a bunch, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Excellent food and service, I had the stuffed shells with meatballs and a house salad. Fair price for excellent food.

Thank edwardjuliek
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Edward, the stuffed shells with meatballs is a great and tasty choice! We're glad you're a fan and hope to see you again soon. Thanks for taking a moment to share. Best, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have a love/hate relationship with Tops. I've been coming here for well over 20 years and while I'm happy to see all the updates that the diner has undergone just like other reviews have said the wait is out of control. To try and...More

Thank TravelNomad_80
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're glad you're a fan of our food and certainly understand your frustration with the wait. The team is always trying to make the wait for a table more enjoyable, and next time you come in please consider trying our text/ callback app during your...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The reviews we read were all so great, we and another couple gave it a try on a Sunday afternoon. Got concerned about parking but there was a big lot in back, so no problem. Then we got in and lot's of folks waiting, a...More

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

Hey there, Terry, we're glad you decided to give us a try! It sounds like your meal was pretty tasty, but came with some feedback for your server as well -- we'll pass this along to the team for sure. With that said, we hope...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My HANDICAPPED friend travel from Colonia NJ to East Newark so we can have lunch at TOPS and talk some business. We give our names and wait on the line about an hour for a table... finally a table .. money and fame = last...More

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

George, we are so very sorry that your dishes on your first visit left you with this impression. It very important that you feel accommodated well, and if something is not to your liking, that the team gets it fixed right away. We hope you'll...More

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
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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