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The Diner - Islington

#15,184 of 18,149 Restaurants in London}
€€ - €€€American,
21 Essex Road | Islington, London N1 2SA, England
+44 20 7226 4533
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  • Excellent9%
  • Very good23%
  • Average37%
  • Poor22%
  • Terrible9%
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10:00 - 22:00All hours
American, Diner
€€ - €€€
21 Essex Road | Islington, London N1 2SA, England
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice enough staff, clean although a bit empty. Odd pricing (£2.55 for a Coke, £8.95 for a Caesar salad with extra to add chicken?). Good vegan/veggie selection. Wasn't impressed about being charged £1 to change the type of cheese on my burger considering I didn't...More

Thank Andrea J
TheDinerUK, Guest Relations Manager at The Diner - Islington, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Hi, We love getting guest feedback so we can improve our services so thank you for your comments. If you'd like to discuss your visit with us further then please don't hesitate to send your thoughts to us at info@goodlifediner.com. Cheers, The Diner Islington Team

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This was the third time I have been here (over 2 years) and the food has been very average every time. However, there are some good points; the actual restaurant is very nice and spacious, great for families with prams. The new veggie/vegan menu is...More

Thank Trimbow
TheDinerUK, Guest Relations Manager at The Diner - Islington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for the review & we're sorry to hear that we haven't been up to scratch on your visits. In the interest of improvement, we'd really like to hear what you have to say with regards to the food you've tried so if you...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The waitress said they don’t sell hamburgers when I ordered one - clearly they did as I pointed out on the menu. She corrected me that is is a beef burger! Anyway that aside the food took an hour to arrive. When it did there...More

Thank Janeadley
TheDinerUK, Guest Relations Manager at The Diner - Islington, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi, Thanks for the review & we're sorry to hear that your experience with us wasn't a great one. As you correctly pointed out, we do sell burgers (and lots of them too!) so we're not sure why there was a confusion with your waitress...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Miss matched deco, not attractive, Comfortable seats. For a traditional American diner style venue service is paramount. I except at least a nod of recognition when through but when it's as dead as it is expect a hello. Seat my self because everyone's too busy...More

Thank David A
TheDinerUK, Guest Relations Manager at The Diner - Islington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, Thanks for the review & we're very sorry to hear that your experience with us wasn't a good one. In order to improve our service, we'd really like to look into your comments & perhaps try and make it up to you on a...More

Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

A New York diner in London - brilliant Burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches Fast, fast, fast service, yummy food. That was the picture Forty minutes after arriving, we got a drink. An hour after arriving burgers for us and pancakes for kids. No the place wasn’t...More

Thank PhilW1
TheDinerUK, Guest Relations Manager at The Diner - Islington, responded to this reviewResponded 2 October 2017

Hi, Thanks for the review. Although we're happy to hear that you enjoyed our food, we're sorry to hear that the service was lacking on your visit. We'd like to look into what happened here so if you wouldn't mind dropping us an email at...More

Reviewed 30 July 2017

My other half and I LOVE visiting the diner, the burgers are always good and it's they're usually in convenient locations for us. However, it is such a shame the staff are so awful! You can't tell if they are staff or not because they're...More

Thank hanalc
Reviewed 31 May 2017

The Diner provides diner classics for a good price. Their brunch is awesome with great pancakes and milkshakes. The atmosphere is nice and friendly. I favour The Diner to the Breakfast Club down the road as you don't have to wait in a ridiculous queue...More

Thank jawbarn
Reviewed 24 May 2017 via mobile

We recently had a staff away day and ended up here for lunch. We pre-ordered via phone and the food was cooked when we arrived. Service was prompt and friendly. I had the bbq chicken burger with shredded chicken (which tasted a lot like pulled...More

Thank Smurfetti
Reviewed 10 May 2017

Recently refurbished and looks good. Food really appalling; cold hard eggs and completely inedible breakfast. On the plus side, the manager was excellent, apologetic and gave me a full refund. I hope the Diner improves its food offer as pre refurb it was a reliable...More

Thank Sunkissed089
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...More

Thank Brogan H
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$13 - US$40
American, Diner
Breakfast, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
09:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 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
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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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