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Tops Diner

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500 Passaic Avenue, East Newark, NJ 07029
+1 973-481-0490
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06:00 - 01:00
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We arrived on a late flight and were looking for dinner at midnight. Hotel reccomended this spot. What an interesting place. Lots going on at midnight. Full bar with top shelf liquior. Hugh menu! Lots of wait staff. Unfortunately, are food was just ok. Waiter reccomended seafood pasta which was one of the most expensive items on the menu and... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

My friend and I came here on a Friday night after work, the place was packed, there was about a 25 minute wait for a table. He recommended the Lobster Macaroni and Cheese. It was listed as an appetizer (starter) on the menu, but the portion is very large, enough for two people. This rich and creamy dish is made... More 

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Thank QueenoftheHighways
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

I have to start off by saying, thanks so much for your patience while you wait for your table. It does sound like the Lobster Mac N' Cheese was definitely worth it. I'm glad you enjoyed your first visit and I hope that you come back and see us real soon. 'Til next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

We visit Tops every time we travel near Newark. The menu has a large variety and the quality is consistently very good. Portions are large. Very popular so there can be a wait for a table but service is great.

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Thank Lynne C
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Lynne, I'm delighted that you always think of each time you're in Newark! It sounds like you've got a great sampling of the menu. Thanks so much for taking the time to share your support. Best, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Tried the Tops Diner because of a recommendation from a coworker, and I couldn't be happier I took the advice. This place has an incredible variety, great atmosphere and awesome food. I had the norther fried chicken dinner and it was awesome. Great flavor and very crispy. Our server Rachel was awesome. She was very attentive and personable. Would definitely... More 

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Thank Rick H
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Rick, it's fantastic that your coworker told you to give us a shot! I'm happy that you enjoyed the variety and decided on the fried chicken. It's also a delight to read that your service was on point and made the experience enjoyable and all inclusive. Thanks so much for taking the time to share. 'Til next time, Jimmy G,... More 

Harrison, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Atmosphere is well appointed Greek diner type in front with opulent dining room in rear. Menu is massive, options unlimited, portions enormous. American, Greek and most Latin dishes cooked brilliantly here. Hor D'Ouevres Sampler is best in New Jersey. Pot roast best in New Jersey. Best eatery of any kind in the Newark area, and the wait line sometimes shows... More 

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Thank 918PeterT1
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Hey there, Peter! It's great to hear from you for so many reasons, but the main reason is you had tasty experience. I'm glad you've enjoyed many things on the menu like the Hor D'Ouevres Sampler, the Pot Roast, and the Crab Cakes. Also, it sounds like all of your visits have been enjoyable and it's definitely appreciated that you... More 

New York City, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 January 2017 via mobile

The food here is amazing. Pretty much everything on the menu is good and the portions enough for two. Family-owned and operated, they take pride in what they do. The line moves very quickly. Chicken and waffles are great, shrimp dishes and salads are second to none!

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Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Adrienne, thanks so much for sharing your amazing experience! I'm glad that our variety-filled menu has made you a fan. It's great some of your favorites are with the Chicken and Waffles and shrimp dishes. I hope you'll come see again soon. Best, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 January 2017 via mobile

Great dinner with a wide variety of food on the menu, big portions in any plate, Big hamburgers, with fresh fried very hard to eat all.

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Thank Dr. Jose B
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Dr. Jose, it's great you had a tasty dinner with portions that satisfied your hunger! I certainly hope that you'll come and visit again soon. Best regards, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Kearny
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 December 2016

By far,this is the best diner in the area, food is good but plan to wait,this restaurant is always packed but its worth the wait.

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Thank Orlando M
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Hey there, Orlando -- I'm happy that you're such a fan of our diner! Thanks so much for your patience and willingness to recommend. 'Til next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Kenner, Louisiana
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39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Reccomended by staff at a local hotel. Nice atmosphere and a very busy and clean diner. At 2:30 in the afternoon the wait was 30-40 minutes. That says a lot by itself. The hostess, server, and food runners were all polite and helpful. The coffee and food were both good.

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Thank Dmaniac
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

It's great to hear the food and service were able to impress! That's what we're all about, and it made my day to read this. I hope we'll see you again if you're ever back in East Newark! Until then, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Parsippany, New Jersey
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

From Start to Finish this was a great dining experience. Had one of the best Waitresses I have evert had in Kathy. This was my first time at Tops and she made it even better with her in depth knowledge of the menu and feedback on items that she thought I would enjoy. So much to choose from, I went... More 

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Thank Lou F
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Lou, I'm delighted to read that Kathy took great care of you and made for a great dining experience! It's great you went with the Stuffed French Toast, a burger, and Disco fries. I'm so glad you had a good time and I can't wait for you to come back. Thanks so much, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 01:00
Monday
06:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 01:00
Thursday
06:00 - 01:00
Friday
06:00 - 02:00
Saturday
06:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Passaic Avenue, East Newark, NJ 07029
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  East Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 973-481-0490
Description
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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