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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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“burger” (43 reviews)
“cheesecake” (18 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 yesterday

Always a line. A true diner where you can get anything at any hour. Yes Dorothy they even have a full bar. Breakfast Lunch Dinner, Milkshakes pastries. Makes an incredible after midnight run.

Thank jjalle3465
Reviewed yesterday

I've been coming to Tops for years whenever I travel to town for work. The staff remembers me even when I haven't been in for a while, the food is reliably good, the service is great, and I always end up having a nice friendly...More

Thank stephanieskis
Reviewed 3 days ago

This Diner reminds me of my childhood! Love this place! Very classic and rustic, and the food is top notch and quick service. Lots of parking; and this place gets busy and if you're in a hurry, go during the off hours.

Thank Leonard S
Reviewed 6 days ago

I ended up here when the first three places we tried in Newark were closed. There was a bit of a wait (it isn't surprising for noon on a Sunday), but the text system for notifying you of the table was great. Once we were...More

Thank orange718
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We're glad you found our wait list texting setup convenient. Thanks for the compliments on our French toast, and we hope to find you another drink you'll like better next time. Cheers, Tops Diner

Reviewed 1 week ago

A light in the Darkness ! Keep this going to brighten up the neighborhood !! Great food, great drinks ! Yummie employees ! ;D

Thank Spats-Fanny
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thanks for shining a light on us. We appreciate all your support! Cheers, Tops Diner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Knowing the excellent reputation of Tops Diner, my wife and I went to Tops at a generally slower time (about 3:30pm) expecting less of a throng. Wrong. Tops has an excellent system/app for alerting and moving waiting persons into the restaurant but, don't be fooled,...More

Thank NYCher
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We apologize you didn't have the best experience at our diner, but we hope you can give us another chance in the future to make it up to you. Sincerely, Tops Diner

Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

I had high hopes after reading all the great reviews but was sadly disappointed. I got a Daiquiri which had very little flavor. It was pretty but tasted bland. I also got the turkey entree. The turkey and gravy had a funny taste and the...More

Thank Wendalynn
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're really sorry you didn't have the best experience when you dined with us, Wendalynn. With over 300 items on our menu, we're sure we could find something you'd enjoy more than our turkey entree, and we hope you can join us again in the...More

Reviewed 15 March 2018

Everyone we spoke to told us to go to Tops Diner- "best in town" they all said. Sorry, if this is the best, Newark has issues. We paid over $60 for a burrito and a skirt steak, 1 mixed drink and a glass of water....More

Thank la_ham_from_pa
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

We're sorry you didn't completely enjoy your dining experience with us. With over 300 menu items, we'd be happy to find something else you'd enjoy more during your next trip in. All the best, Tops Diner

Reviewed 13 March 2018 via mobile

First time here, love this place. They have a nice bar, New York style atmosphere, menu looks very good and food is great. Will definitely be back is I need to stay in Newark on business.

Thank Massimo C
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Massimo, thanks for giving our diner a try! We're glad you enjoyed our atmosphere, and we'll see you during your next trip through Newark. Cheers, Tops Diner

Reviewed 6 March 2018

I never pass up the opportunity of enjoying a meal at TOPS. It's just one of those places that you keep going back to. Huge menu, good food and large portions reasonably priced. It's a winner.

Thank J A T
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 10 March 2018

We always love having you back in. Thank you for continuing to support us, and we'll see you back soon. All the best, Tops Diner

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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
Kids, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, 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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