The Diner

21 Essex Rd, Islington, Greater London, N1 2SA, United Kingdom
Hours:
None listed (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Thu
    • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Fri
    • Noon–2:00 PM
    • 4:00 PM–Midnight
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–Midnight
  • Sun
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 6:00 PM–10:00 PM
Price:
£ £ £ £
Reservations:
Yes
Menus:
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes
Outdoor Seating:
Yes
6.7/10

Based on 96 votes

People like this place

Total Visitors
1303
Total Visits
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  • good for a quick meal
  • breakfast food
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  • Kimberley A.

    Have a hard shake (alcoholic milkshake)... delicious!

    Kimberley Anderson · March 2, 2010
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  • Benjamin A.

    The service is slow! Don't come here if you are in a rush!

    Benjamin Anderson · January 8, 2012
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  • Chris T.

    I second The Kelby - Vanilla Milkshake add malt add nutella. The best!

    Chris Todd · September 14, 2010
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  • BC

    Spoke to an honest/disgruntled waiter, tap beer is now non-existent as the owners don't think it's profitable enough, waiters don't get the mandatory tip. This place is beginning to suck.

    BC · July 26, 2012
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  • Nate v.

    Chocolate milkshake, add peanut butter. You can thank me later.

    Nate van der Ende · November 13, 2010
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  • Jenny C.

    Grrreat burgers!

    Jenny Cockin · September 3, 2010
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  • John L.

    Great staff, but a corn beef hash was never going to be good was it? Fiancee's burger was great though

    John Lyons · December 19, 2009
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  • Nisha L.

    Get the taco salad - great for sharing!

    Nisha L · June 24, 2011
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  • Rachel Z.

    The alcoholic milkshakes are amazing but the Banana and Peanut Butter ones are really refreshing and delicious. Wow

    Rachel Zukas · March 10, 2012
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  • Kevin H.

    Authentic Americana

    Kevin Hudson · October 16, 2011
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  • Robin F.

    Laid back service. Great burger and cheese fries. Read more

    Robin Fisher · July 4, 2011
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  • Mike M.

    Mac n cheese one of the best around (via Scoville) Read more

    Mike Murphy · May 16, 2011
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  • Stephanie R.

    Look at the *hard shake* section and have the brandy alexander - it has nutella in it =D

    Stephanie Riley · April 8, 2011
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  • jarrod d.

    chilli beer is great after work on fridays...

    jarrod doyle · January 18, 2011
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  • David L.

    Kelby's special milkshake rocks: vanilla, nutella and malt - tastes like cookies!

    David Langer · June 6, 2010
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  • Oscar

    Always great for a chat and some food. Nice atmosphere always. Usually good for milkshakes but they need to use real Snickets bars for their milkshakes! :)

    Oscar · 2 weeks ago
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  • Tom B.

    Barely anyone here on a Friday lunchtime, so it's easy to get seats

    Tom Burns · October 3, 2014
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  • Zuriñe E.

    As usual, great food and poor service. In every Diner I've visited the staff look miserable and are quite rude or abrupt.

    Zuriñe Echaniz · May 24, 2014
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  • Silvia G.

    We are playing pool ! The music is very cool and they have my favourite Camden Wit !

    Silvia Gattini · February 7, 2014
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  • Martina J.

    Delicious shakes..great place..truly American style..

    Martina Juzka · October 23, 2013
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  • Lisa S.

    Food was epic!!! Burgers massive! Milkshake is a must have!

    Lisa Smyth · October 1, 2013
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  • Paul

    The Colonel Parker hard shake is AMAZING!

    Paul · August 6, 2013
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  • Andrew M.

    Big hot dogs and great selection!

    Andrew Morgan · July 15, 2013
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  • Kevin M.

    Peanut butter in the vanilla milkshake is at amazing!

    Kevin McDonagh · May 18, 2013
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  • Vixxy P.

    Brilliant food! I haven't had a bad meal here. Always end up being too full for a dessert

    Vixxy P · April 25, 2013
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  • Allison S.

    Bring your own napkins! The itty bitty non absorbent ones they have are a bit of a joke.

    Allison Schnackenberg · March 8, 2013
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  • Dewet D.

    Hotdogs & fries!

    Dewet Diener · January 19, 2013
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  • Nicole R.

    Wow. Only had a milkshake but it was amazing. Chocolate with peanut butter. Had actual chocolate chips in it! Enough for two people though, so recommend sharing unless you're up for a challenge!

    Nicole Rowe · October 21, 2012
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  • Tahnee O.

    Personally I think this is the best Diner in London. I've been to them all but this has the friendliest staff and the best food.

    Tahnee Osler · October 14, 2012
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  • Fabrice B.

    Just four words to pronounce for the best milkshake combo ever: vanilla, peanut butter and malt.

    Fabrice Blanchefort · September 12, 2012
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  • Ed S.

    Not bad, expensive for what it is - greasy spoon beats it hands down. Service perfectly fine, although it is added on the bill automatically.

    Ed S · May 19, 2012
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  • Rachel Z.

    Best milkshakes. Get a chocolate and banana one. Best.

    Rachel Zukas · May 13, 2012
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  • Joni T.

    Islington branch: terrible, surly service, burnt onion rings, thirty minute wait until shake arrived, rudest wait staff encountered in ages. Disappinting experience: will never go back.

    Joni Tyler · February 26, 2012
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  • Donya

    Very bad attitude from female staff, bad food, very unwelcoming couldn't wait to leave, Ed's diner have no need to worry about competition!!!

    Donya · December 29, 2011
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  • Chris T.

    Ask about the secret shake menu!

    Chris Todd · October 23, 2011
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  • J H.

    Very disappointed with food, egs benedict were cold, not good

    J H · September 4, 2011
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  • J H.

    Banana & peanut butter shake YUM

    J H · September 4, 2011
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  • Keith D.

    A bit pricy for what you get but we didn't have any problems with the staff. Free wifi and power points too, so good for meetings.

    Keith Devon · July 12, 2011
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  • Dan M.

    There are better burgers just down the road which actually come on plates. Still free coffee refills are a boon.

    Dan Menhinnitt · February 19, 2011
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  • Simon H.

    I don't know where the rest of these tipsters were eating but I've just had the worst breakfast ever! Cold & uncooked YUCK!

    Simon Herron · February 12, 2011
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  • Charis B.

    Pistachio peanut butter malt shakes are to die for! Xxx

    Charis Bury · January 24, 2011
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  • Martyn S.

    Good wheelchair access

    Martyn Sibley · June 3, 2010
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  • Martin D.

    Hangover - beaten

    Martin Dutton · May 15, 2011
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