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The Diner

#14,626 of 17,835 Restaurants in London
€€ - €€€
American, Diner
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21 Essex Road | Islington, London N1 2SA, England
+44 20 7226 4533
09:30 - 23:30
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Sun - Wed 09:30 - 23:30
Thu - Sat 09:30 - 00:00
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 December 2016 via mobile

Food was ok I had the red velvet pancakes , this came with a drizzle of icing which was vile made the pancakes taste disgusting. But without they tasted much better but tasted like bicarbonate soda. The full breakfast was nice and the normal buttermilk pancakes. Nothing to rave about though , not worth the money paid . Will go... More 

Thank Brogan H
London, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 November 2016

Average food with god awful service, I waited 45 minutes for a chicken burger but because they messed up my order, I never even got it, I decided to leave without even having it because the family I was with had finished their meal and I finished my drink. I wasn’t going to wait there all night for a chicken... More 

2 Thank paul s
London, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2016

Went on sat 19 Nov 16. At 10am the place was almost deserted which should have told us something. It took 10 mins to get a waitress and 30 mins to get food. We should have sent all 5 meals back. My breakfast was cold. 2 others had pancakes which were inedible. This place should be shut down. I have... More 

2 Thank gary d
Mold, United Kingdom
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316 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

We called in on Saturday at about 10.30, it was fairly quiet so we easily got a table and were served quickly. Two of the party had the breakfast burritos. Once they had arrived we realised that one could probably have been shared between two. The pancakes were similarly huge, and whilst there were only three in a serving I... More 

Thank Nickynoodle1278
Leeds, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 October 2016 via mobile

Good milkshakes, very mediocre food, terrible service. After a 20 minute wait for a table - despite there being empty ones available, we then ordered and it was a further hour until the food actually arrived! This was after some chasing, then the food began arriving sporadically, we had to ask twice for cutlery as the first time they only... More 

2 Thank Jess H
Muncie, Indiana
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

My wife and I ate there during our recent trip to London. It was mainly American style food. Think burgers, hot dogs, BBQ, and French fries. It was a nice reminder of food at home if you are craving that.

Thank howic304
London, United Kingdom
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

Ate here today as a family and never have two kids been so frustrated with such lacklustre service. My 10 year old had to go and ask for the bill after a waiter walked past and ignored us for the 100th time. The waitress took ages at the beginning to take our order, we then had to wait over 39... More 

1 Thank twinkle_t0e
1 review
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016

Breakfast menu was different from the other usual breakfast places with a large variety. Service is very basic, cutlery within a mug at the centre of the table and some dishes come wrapped in paper with no plate. Waiting staff completely un-uniformed and if you want their attention, need to be careful not to ask other customers for service. Still... More 

Thank Panicos L
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016 via mobile

This great little American diner does a fantastic breakfast. You won't be disappointed. Try the pancakes or lumberjack breakfast!

Thank Naomi J
London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016 via mobile

The Oreo shake is amazing, only complaint is that it's too big! Burger was great and I love that they do gluten free buns. They actually cook to order - medium rare comes exactly as that! Chips are better than the other chains. This place is now at the top of my list, overtaking meatliquor.

Thank traveller89320

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$12
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 23:30
09:30 - 00:00
09:30 - 00:00
09:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21 Essex Road | Islington, London N1 2SA, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  London
  • Phone Number: +44 20 7226 4533
The Diner - Islington offers classic American dining, lively tunes and classic cocktails. Full of traditional diner favourites, the menu features salads, juicy burgers and milkshakes. With a decor featuring striking shades of black and red, this American-style diner has intimate leather diner booths and soft lighting. There is a great range of bottled beers, along with root beer, coke floats and fruit juices. The exciting all-American menu has classic items like meatloaf sandwich, Philly cheese steak sandwich or a bacon chilli cheese dog. Featuring an all day breakfast menu, The Diner offers dishes like the breakfast burrito, blueberry pancakes and eggs on muffin. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, The Diner in Islington is a trendy place to dine or enjoy a cocktail.

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