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Downtown Diner

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American, Diner
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Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL
06:00 - 20:00
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All hours
Sun 06:00 - 14:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
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45 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016 via mobile

After visiting back here it didn't seem as special as it "use" to be. The potatoes were runny but the salad bar rocked!! Cheryl is still cranking out some awesome pies!!!

Thank Marty W
Brownsburg, Indiana
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

We met a couple here for an early lunch. Two of us had the salad bar and the others had heavy meals .....hot sandwich and "blue plate special. All was good, fresh and tasty. Cool air, friendly staff, wide aisles, broad menu. Overall 2 thumbs up. Would like to have a restaurant like this at home!

Thank michael m
Gays, Illinois
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27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2016

The food was good but not exceptional. Breakfast food was the best. Had a buffet but we didn't go there, ordered from a menu. It looked clean. Service was good.

Thank pinrep
Madison, Indiana
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179 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016 via mobile

This is your typical small town USA diner which is a great thing to see around. This is definitely a locals eating and socializing spot. Friendly and prompt service, but the food is just average. There is a wide range on the menu and a salad bar during the week.

Thank Jeep1977
Chicago, Illinois
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106 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2015

The server was very nice and friendly. Not a good place for older people with a walker, wheel chair, crutches, etc. Just too tight to get around safely in my opinion. We went on a Sunday and the buffet and salad bar was not stocked well and items we were interested in were gone. The food quality is average. The... More 

1 Thank CasualTravelSR
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2014

Excellent food; friendly waitresses. The service is always very good with minimal wait time for food & drinks. The restaurant could use some updating and doesn't always seem super clean. This is a great place for a family meal any time of the day!!

1 Thank keljo22
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 November 2014

I used to be a very loyal customer of this restaurant until today. I order a chicken sandwich and it was so overcooked I couldn't chew it. I sent it back and got the same chicken back! So tough! I was late for work because it took them over 30 minutes to bring me my over cooked food so I... More 

2 Thank Danielle R
Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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46 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2014

We've eaten here on several occasions on Sunday after church & the buffet is complete & very high end, great food. Home cooked, plenty of variety, fresh & plentiful on the bar. No skimping allowing food to run out. Complete salad bar, deserts, and awesome food selections. Seems like you're eating one of grandma's meals. You won't be disappointed.

1 Thank Todd M
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49 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 October 2014

This is the place to eat. We decided to eat at the Downtown Diner because it seemed like it might be a real homey restaurant. We were so right! It is a cute place with booths, tables and the best buffet you can imagine. After our first meal, we were sure that this was the place. We had dinner there... More 

1 Thank lmgfitness
Mattoon, Illinois
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18 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2014

Just a great local diner for breakfast, lunch (including buffet), or dinner (including buffet). Home cooking with local charm. Just steps from Amtrak station. Plenty of free on-street parking and city parking lot. Buffet served at lunch and dinner with large salad bar. Reasonable prices and good service.

Thank Sandman61938

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Open Hours
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
06:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mattoon

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?