Tops Diner

Tops Diner

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
East Newark
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    John C.
    "Clearly the best diner restaurant in New Jersey."(15 Tips)
    Julian E.
    "Been a patron since the 80s and now best Diner in NJ!"(7 Tips)
    "Food Network's Top 5 Lunch - #1 Lobster Mac & Cheese"(4 Tips)
    "... cheesesteak egg rolls, chicken and waffles, bananas foster french toast washed all..."(4 Tips)
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  • jersey
  • diner in nj
  • breakfast food
  • good for groups
  • casual
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  • Djaniella D.
    Djaniella D.October 28, 2017
    Definitely up there for one of the best diners. Would 100% recommend the corned beef hash (if not as a meal then definitely on the side)! Slightly pricier than your avg diner, but the food triumphs.
    Upvoted Apr 7
  • Suzanne X.heart icon on user image
    Suzanne XuMarch 12, 2013
    This place is great! The food is a little pricey for a diner but definitely well worth it! And the place looks and feels very high class! :) Definitely recommend stopping by here for a meal.
  • Brianheart icon on user image
    BrianFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 50+ times
    Everything. Seriously. But if I had a gun to my head then chicken pot pie, philly cheesesteak egg rolls, chicken and waffles, bananas foster french toast washed all down with a frozen hot chocolate.
  • Anabella M.heart icon on user image
    Anabella MingoNovember 12, 2017
    Rated the best diner in America in 2017 by Time Out Mag. Food is good and definitely above the level of regular diners but their best asset is the service. Sat at the counter and have a fun experience
  • Shane K.heart icon on user image
    Shane KennedySeptember 2, 2023
    This place claims to maintain & build on classic diners. It has done this and more. Stellar service, a very eclectic menu and the items we had were outstanding. I’d come to town for a Jersey Cuban!!
  • Twinkle D.heart icon on user image
    Twinkle DenoyoSeptember 1, 2017
    My my, this has to be the best diner ever. We had lobster mac and cheese and that was superb. All dishes are good! they have a huge menu so you might take some time to decide what to get!
  • Jannette G.heart icon on user image
    Jannette GDecember 20, 2014
    Dislikes: fries, guac, & their "marinera sauce". Red velvet cheesecake & carrot cake are huge portions! Friend&I got the slices but in half to share&the portions were still so generous&so delicious!!
  • Eric A.heart icon on user image
    Eric AndersenApril 21, 2016
    Huge menu, excellent food, text alert when your table is ready, and a large parking lot — everything you'd want in a modern diner!
  • Jason C.heart icon on user image
    Jason CecilioFebruary 17, 2014
    Always satisfied. Best Diner in the area for sure. They play EDM for the late night crowd. Portions are huge. The Ultimate Mac and Cheese can feed 4 people. Good service everytime i've been there.
  • Jency Pallathu J.
    Jency Pallathu JohnFebruary 28, 2016
    Best diner in Jersey. Try their waffles, chicken pot pie or their Hot Applw Cider with Rum!
  • Sadira H.heart icon on user image
    Sadira HassellJune 23, 2022
    Since Tops renovated they are very shi-shi. First they started taking reservations on the weekends now they need reservations all the time! This is ridiculous. I’m taking them off my list.
  • Muhalla P.heart icon on user image
    Muhalla PortilloFebruary 2, 2015
    My mother and I just ate here. It's by far the best diner that I've ever been to. I suggest the roasted brussel sprouts, Texas fries, chicken quesadilla. Don't get me wrong everything is delicious!
  • James K.heart icon on user image
    James KiernanJanuary 8
    A New Jersey institution and featured on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Recommend making a resy and ordering at least one of their house specialties. Enjoy!
  • Cristo L.heart icon on user image
    Cristo LeonAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Linguini Meatballs Chef special $17.00 Excellent presentation 5/5. Great flavor 4/5. $ vs quality decent is hard to price pasta 3/5. Excellent service 5/5. Overall score? 17/20 = 85%
  • Annmarie
    AnnmarieAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best diner in NJ hands down. Everything is delicious, but save room for some awesome desserts. Can get super busy after soccer or hockey games in Newark.
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LeeApril 17, 2016
    Huevos rancheros were flavorful and the blueberry pancakes (4 or 6 stack) will hit the spot! Pass on the coffee drinks if you don't like super sweet and just get the regular endless cup.
  • Jemima L.
    Jemima LouisMay 9, 2014
    Great food. Reasonable prices. Def try the New England clam chowder, pull pork with Mac and cheese and garlic bread, strawberry sangria and tres leches. You won't regret it
  • Scott H.heart icon on user image
    Scott HollomanJuly 1, 2017
    The service the food, the cozy comments from the wait staff and the menu is like the Cheesecake Factory without the price anytime I'm near I go there
  • Millie F.heart icon on user image
    Millie FigueroaJune 15, 2015
    Love to eat breakfast there. The egg white omelette with yellow american cheese with whole wheat toast & home fries is Delicious! Mt boyfriend loves the cheese grits.
  • 🔹Maria L🔹heart icon on user image
    🔹Maria L🔹August 3, 2014
    Just loooooooove everything!! Whether its for brunch, lunch or dinner, come here! And dont forget a cheesecake slice at the end!
  • Anthonyheart icon on user image
    AnthonyOctober 20, 2016
    There always seems to be a wait but for good reason. Tops has something for everybody and the portions are generous. Their texas burger is 👌🏽
  • Bruce R.heart icon on user image
    Bruce ROctober 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    We had the breakfast, and it was amazing! The portions were large and the potatoes were tasty! I'm coming back for sure. Susan was a great waitress.
  • Mr L.heart icon on user image
    Mr LoftonAugust 20, 2017
    Everything so far has been delicious and they have been extremely accommodating to substitutions and alterations. Tops is "TOPS" in my book.
  • Maria G.heart icon on user image
    Maria GuralewyczFebruary 20, 2018
    Been here 5+ times
    This place never disappoints tonight we had Damaris as our server and she’s just awesome! I suggest requesting her to anyone!!!
  • 15Mustangheart icon on user image
    15MustangJune 18, 2019
    Shrimp Jambalaya was excellent and so was the Tiramisu. 14 page menu wow! This place is great
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    In a state teeming with diners, this is surely “top” dog. The menu is enormous, but the MVP is Tops’ famous meatloaf with gravy. Read more
  • Lenny G.heart icon on user image
    Lenny GalloMay 16, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    This classic New Jersey diner has something for everyone. Been here a few times and there food is great. Big portions and friendly staff.
  • John C.heart icon on user image
    John CaliFebruary 26, 2015
    Clearly the best diner restaurant in New Jersey. The food is awesome and it's on the level of some of the better "regular" restaurants around.
  • Jeff S.heart icon on user image
    Jeff S.May 16, 2017
    Been here 5+ times
    New Jersey is located in the center of the diner universe and Tops Diner, in Newark, is the best.
  • Kareisha Q.
    Kareisha QuestelJanuary 9, 2012
    The staff works together as a team to make sure you have the best service! Boyfriend says it like indie when they are setting up a group table. Everything on the menu is supersized and delicious.
  • Sarah P.heart icon on user image
    Sarah PalmerJuly 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I have gone here so many times and I've never gotten anything that hasn't been fantastic. A great place to share food. The cheesecake is the best.
  • Cristo L.heart icon on user image
    Cristo LeonAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Cesar salad free side. Decent presentation 4/5 Normal flavor 3/5 $ vs quality free is always great 5/5 excellent service 5/5. Overall rate 17/20 =85% probably wouldn't order it for $5, for free is ok
  • T S.
    T SJuly 29, 2018
    French toast was lovely. Portions are crazy big! Real thick ice cream milkshakes too. Super friendly and nice staff
  • Kit R.heart icon on user image
    Kit RojasSeptember 2, 2015
    One of the most famous diners in Newark and north Jersey. Breakfast food is the way to go, generous portions!
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickFebruary 20, 2015
    One of the best diners in NJ. The best cheesecake and bread pudding. Big portions and friendly staff.
  • lino b.heart icon on user image
    lino brescia™June 6, 2019
    Been here 5+ times
    Good service. Good food. Make sure to check yelp before you head over for waitlist.
  • Keith J.heart icon on user image
    Keith JohnsonJanuary 30, 2018
    Outstanding diner. So much to chose from including spiked milkshakes! Staff is friendly and quick 👍🏻
  • Pat G.heart icon on user image
    Pat GonzalezAugust 22, 2014
    Can't go wrong with any cake or cheesecake - huge slices of deliciousness
  • Itsonlycleo
    ItsonlycleoApril 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the BBQ Chicken Salad - Deeeelicious! .. grilled chicken instead of fried.. with corn. Whole cherry tomatoes, red beans and tortilla strips with a Little gorganzola :)
  • Marc
    MarcSeptember 24, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 Lunch - #1 Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • G Tyrone H.heart icon on user image
    G Tyrone HannonSeptember 5, 2013
    Ok...I've seen this place all my life and never came in. There is always a line waiting to be I know why! OH...MY...GOD!!!! This is no ordinary diner! Best food EVER!!!
  • John L.
    John LarsenNovember 3, 2009
    I've lived in NJ all my life been to the city more than twice and bar none this is THE BEST diner there ever was it can only barely be called a diner the quality is so good. Highly recommend evrything
  • Robert G.
    Robert GeorgeApril 16, 2023
    Had a great time until after I paid the check. Then I was told I was over my time limit and had to leave. Ruined an otherwise great evening. Left me feeling used. Will not come back.
  • Twinkle D.heart icon on user image
    Twinkle DenoyoJune 26, 2017
    The lobster mac and cheese was soo good! Serving sizes are huge. Great value for the money!
  • Julian T.heart icon on user image
    Julian TorresJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ordered the Breakfast Tacos--best breakfast I've had in a while! Everything is delicious here, definitely go and try it sometime!
  • 🚍DP "The Flx 1975"🚍 P.heart icon on user image
    🚍DP "The Flx 1975"🚍 PretlowDecember 29, 2017
    Been here 10+ times
    OMG! EVERYTHING! I absolutely love the food and the spiked milkshakes are AMAZING!!!
  • Jonathan Y.heart icon on user image
    Jonathan YuSeptember 13, 2015
    Always packed but the food is worth the wait. Mango Tres Leche cake was the highlight of the meal.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LoweApril 27, 2014
    Wow! First time here since the late 80's! Fantastic meal had by all 8 of us! Will definitely be back monthly !
  • Alexis T.heart icon on user image
    Alexis TaiNovember 26, 2015
    Going on the late night - expect a wait. If there was a event in the area, the wait will be longer than usual.
  • Brandi W.
    Brandi WilliamsDecember 21, 2019
    Make sure you’re not starving when you come. There is always a wait to be seated. Stay and wait! It’s worth it. Lol
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