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American, Diner

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0.8 km from Freedom Trail
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Reviewed 4 days ago

Honestly, when the 18 of us staggered in following a Thanksgiving Day wedding the day before, the folks here could not have been more accommodating. We all ordered something yummy from the menu and it all came out perfectly.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 10 October 2022

Classic diner with really good breakfast foods! The prices were reasonable, and we got large servings. They serve mimosas too which was a nice touch. We were here on a Friday morning, and got seated right away. Service was fast and the coffee was good....The downsides: the booths are very very small, so it made it uncomfortable to eat. The bathroom is tiny with no mirror. And the staff were arguing most of the time we were there.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed 5 October 2022 via mobile

We like to go to local places when we travel. We walked with family with what we thought was a restaurant but was a food court, and I really wanted pancakes…found this place wasn’t too much farther and glad we did. The place was very...busy, but worth the wait. There’s a list of rules posted on the door, but they all make sense for a 24hr diner with very little space. The staff was friendly and the food was delicious. The chocolate milk was homemade. I had the Boston Creme Pancakes which were great. My fiancé had a typical breakfast platter which he enjoyed. If you’re looking for good diner breakfast, this is the place to go.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 25 September 2022 via mobile

Came here for breakfast one morning. We love a diner and this one looks the part. Full marks for the classic diner ambience. Unfortunately, it wasn't that welcoming though once seated our actual server was friendly. Menu is typical diner fare with some interesting dishes...such as the Boston Cream Pie Pancakes, which we would have loved to try given more time and appetite. I had eggs, bacon and homefries, my husband had a vegetable omelette. Food was only lukewarm and was pretty average otherwise. Do go for the atmosphere but the food let it down.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed 18 August 2022

If you are looking to wait for a train or endure a train layover here, let me save you some time: DON'T. Here are some important things to note: 1) You have to leave your travel bags at the door. 2) Customers are not allowed...to use any electrical outlets. 3) Staff is very rude. 4) Food is mediocre at best. Although I'm sure that the first two bullets are in place to increase customer turnover, I found them unnecessary and unaccommodating. The last two bullets are the reason that the first two bullets aren't worth overlooking.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 19 July 2022 via mobile

Very poor. In other words “Don’t bother”. Staff not interested in customers (very interested in their phones & personal lives 🤯), premises needs a good clean, food is basic, staff need training in food hygiene & customer services. Very disappointed ☹️

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed 20 June 2022 via mobile

We were staying close by so we stopped in at this diner. It is sort of a throwback to when diners were diners. The place is small but they turnover their tables pretty quick. The cooking is done essentially right in front of you as...you dine. They have several small booths. For our breakfast we had the diner special which was two eggs, 2 pancakes, hash brown and bacon. We ordered a bowl of fruit and shared the Special. The food was good, quick and tasty. Overall, not a bad deal.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed 18 May 2022

Dilapidated diner still serves good food even if I had to wait 21 minutes for a basic $10 breakfast, made to order at 6:30 am. Had to pass by a double security act and then face the bombastic Diamond in a glass Covid-proof section of...the counter. Supposedly Boston’s best. Good not great, although I was entertained by the loud goings on involving staff and customers – me excluded, of course.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed 22 April 2022 via mobile

Popped in a few days after the marathon for some deserved pancakes, having read good reviews on here. Location wise it's not the best, however, it is worth the effort for a fabulous breakfast with great service. As mentioned I had pancakes, with bacon and...the real treat of peanut butter. There was no issue with this unusual request, if anything it was appreciated.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 21 April 2022

This was close to my hotel so decided to give it a whirl. Well the food was so tasty, served quickly as well. The staff are so friendly and welcoming even though we made them work hard,, dropping spoons on the floor and being awkward....but we did run the Boston Marathon so they understood lol.. The music playing whilst you eat was also good.. various types but just good classics.. Give this place a try you won't be disappointedMore

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed 27 March 2022 via mobile

Classic diner repertoire expertly executed. Staff was friendly. Portions filling and tasty. Service was quick. Greats eggs, Great waffles.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed 9 March 2022 via mobile

Super tiny but great food. There was a long wait so we decided to share a table with strangers. Parties of 2 have to wait for the bar stools. Parties of 4 can have a booth. Service was fast and friendly. My friend had breakfast,...I had lunch. Food was excellent. Was worth the wait for sure.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 26 February 2022 via mobile

Breakfast here was great. The portions were huge, and the food came out super quick. The day we went it was very cold outside, and my only complaint is that the diner was very cold inside.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed 23 December 2021 via mobile

Excellent place, quaint all home cooking. Staff went above board on everything. Clean and little booths. . Will be going back.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed 12 October 2021 via mobile

Great breakfast! Perfect for the morning after the Boston Marathon. Very generous portions, and friendly service. A classic.

Date of visit: October 2021
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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4