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Tops Diner

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American, Diner
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500 Passaic Avenue, East Newark, NJ 07029
+1 973-481-0490
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06:00 - 01:00
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Sun - Thu 06:00 - 01:00
Fri - Sat 06:00 - 02:00
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Parsippany, New Jersey
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81 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

From Start to Finish this was a great dining experience. Had one of the best Waitresses I have evert had in Kathy. This was my first time at Tops and she made it even better with her in depth knowledge of the menu and feedback on items that she thought I would enjoy. So much to choose from, I went... More 

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Thank Lou F
Montclair, New Jersey
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It has to be good for our family to drive 25 miles to get there. It it is so worth it. This is the finest diner anywhere. The menu has everything and they are very creative in addressing diverse tastes and great traditional American dishes. The place is always full and there's a reason. This is just perfection all the... More 

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Thank Montclair97
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

I'm so glad you made such a journey to enjoy our food! It's awesome that you enjoy the diversity of what we do. Thanks so much for sharing your compliments and recommendation. Best, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Paramus, New Jersey
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I'm always impressed with a restaurant that keeps the quality and service at a high level over a long period of time. When I find one, it is worth hanging on to. And I'm adding Tops to the list with one more great review to keep the Tops great reviews current. Tops was recommend to wife by a coworker whose... More 

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Thank MattSilverman
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Matt, I'm delighted each of your visits leaves you impressed each and everytime. It's great you took some recommendations from your waiter and found them to be delicious. I really like your decriptions becuase they perfectly decribe the tastes that we go for. It's certainly much appreciated that you took the time to descirbe your experience in such detail. I... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I always enjoy coming to tips because the ingredients are always fresh. The service is always excellent and I've tried various menu items and I have never been disappointed.

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Thank Belen T
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Belen, I'm glad that you always enjoy visiting us! Thanks so much for sharing your appreciation. 'Til next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Somerdale, New Jersey
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This diner is always crowded. Be prepared to wait or sit at the bar. The bartender is attentive and fun. The food is large portion and I am never disappointed. Had the chicken fried steak and the chorizo, eggs and grits. We shared and enjoyed both. The menu says tenderloin, but it isn't. Still good! Try it sometime.

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Thank Shannon F
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Thanks for weathering that wait for us, Shannon -- we appreciate your patience more than you know! We really do love what we do here, and it's wonderful to see that you do too. Till next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Cranford, NJ
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181 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I've been coming here for several years since I work in the area. I can't believe I haven't placed a review in the past. I was here on a Thursday morning for breakfast and I was joined by seven other co-workers. They can accommodate large parties with ease. This is one of the best diners in NJ and surrounding areas.... More 

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Thank Melonie S
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Melonie, it's fantastic to hear you feel our service, quality of food, and consistency really set us apart as one of the best diners in NJ. From the omelets, pancakes, and waffles to your French toast with bananas, I'm delighted to hear everything was perfectly on point. Thank you so much for taking the time to give us such a... More 

Rochelle Park, New Jersey
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This is the best diner around! The food is really good and portions are generous! Worth the drive to Essex County even if you live in Bergen County as we do. Great place to go after Sunday services at Sacred Heart Cathedral.

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Thank Lorraine O
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

The best diner around? Compliments like that really make my day, Lorraine! Glad to hear you feel our hearty dishes are always worth the drive. Hope we see you again soon. Warmly, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Staten Island, New York
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429 reviews
214 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We were on a business road trip and my partner had heard of this Diner and suggested we go there for dinner. I thought, Diner?, but said lets go. I do not regret my decision. Ample off street parking for this location, and it is needed. We walked in on a Thursday Night near 7:30pm and there were people waiting.... More 

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Thank bbbob84
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

bbbob84, I'm glad you and your partner decided to take a leap and check us out for a meal while on business. Great call on giving our cocktails a try, and it sounds like you both knew just what to order with our rigatoni and Paella. Thank you so much for your recommendation. Hope you can join us again next... More 

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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went to Tops Diner, many years ago wasn't very happy back then so I never returned until 10/27/2016 . I tried hard to find something wrong with my food,but I do say everything was delicious. The waitress Sarah was awesome. And I top my hat to your chef. Thank you for great food and pleasant staff.

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Thank kathy w
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Thanks for giving us another chance, Kathy. Delighted to hear you felt everything was delicious and that Sarah was exceptional with her service. Hope you join us again soon! Warmly, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Heidelberg, Germany
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Without Navigation we may have never found this place. Our expectations had been high since we even herd about it in Germany. Once we finally made it there, it was even better that any other Diner I visited in the past. Damn good food served by amazing people that treat you like close family. I am missing words to say... More 

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Thank klcustom
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Thank goodness for navigation, klcustom. Glad you found us! Happy to hear you felt we were better than any other diner you've ever been to. Thank you for your compliments on our service as well. Looking forward to you visiting us again some day! Sincerely, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 01:00
Monday
06:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 01:00
Thursday
06:00 - 01:00
Friday
06:00 - 02:00
Saturday
06:00 - 02:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Passaic Avenue, East Newark, NJ 07029
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  East Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 973-481-0490
Description
Tops Diner serves some of the freshest and most delicious food in East Newark, NJ! Come in for an amazing meal and some gracious hospitality!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?