The Diner

American Restaurant, Diner, and Burger Joint
21 Essex Rd, Islington, Greater London, N1 2SA, United Kingdom
Likely open (See when people check in)

People tend to check in during these times:

  • Today
    • 10:00 AM–10:00 PM
  • Mon
    • Noon–1:00 PM
    • 7:00 PM–9:00 PM
  • Tue
    • 1:00 PM–2:00 PM
    • 6:00 PM–7:00 PM
    • 9:00 PM–10:00 PM
  • Wed
    • 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–11:00 PM
  • Sat
    • 10:00 AM–Midnight
£ £ £ £
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Beer, Full Bar, Cocktails
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Outdoor Seating:

Based on 107 votes

People have mixed feelings about this place

  • What you need to know
    Kimberley A.
    "Have a hard shake (alcoholic milkshake)... delicious!"(3 Tips)
    Rachel Z.
    "The alcoholic milkshakes are amazing but the Banana and Peanut..."(2 Tips)
    Charis B.
    "Pistachio peanut butter malt shakes are to die for!"(4 Tips)
    Chris T.
    "I second The Kelby - Vanilla Milkshake add malt add nutella."(2 Tips)
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44 tips and reviews.

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  • milkshakes
  • malts
  • burgers
  • hot dogs
  • pool tables
  • good for a quick meal
  • free Wifi
  • cheese fries
  • chili
  • mac & cheese
  • breakfast food
  • peanut butter
  • brunch food
  • Nutella
  • beer
  • vanilla
  • music
  • bananas
  • American style
  • pistachios
  • Vesta I.

    Nice place overall, but the meat was overcooked and wouldn't come back for the staff (rude and ignorant).

    Vesta Ivlevaite · May 31
  • 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 · February 13
  • Tom B.

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

    Tom Burns · October 3, 2014
  • 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
  • Silvia G.

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

    Silvia Gattini · February 7, 2014
  • Martina J.

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

    Martina Juzka · October 23, 2013
  • Lisa S.

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

    Lisa Smyth · October 1, 2013
  • Paul

    The Colonel Parker hard shake is AMAZING!

    Paul · August 6, 2013
  • Andrew M.

    Big hot dogs and great selection!

    Andrew Morgan · July 15, 2013
  • Kevin M.

    Peanut butter in the vanilla milkshake is at amazing!

    Kevin McDonagh · May 18, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Dewet D.

    Hotdogs & fries!

    Dewet Diener · January 19, 2013
  • 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
  • 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
  • Fabrice B.

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

    Fabrice Blanchefort · September 12, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Rachel Z.

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

    Rachel Zukas · May 13, 2012
  • 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
  • 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
  • Benjamin A.

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

    Benjamin Anderson · January 8, 2012
  • 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
  • Chris T.

    Ask about the secret shake menu!

    Chris Todd · October 23, 2011
  • Kevin H.

    Authentic Americana

    Kevin Hudson · October 16, 2011
  • J H.

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

    J H · September 4, 2011
  • J H.

    Banana & peanut butter shake YUM

    J H · September 4, 2011
  • 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
  • Robin F.

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

    Robin Fisher · July 4, 2011
  • Nisha L.

    Get the taco salad - great for sharing!

    Nisha L · June 24, 2011
  • Mike M.

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

    Mike Murphy · May 16, 2011
  • Martin D.

    Hangover - beaten

    Martin Dutton · May 15, 2011
  • Stephanie R.

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

    Stephanie Riley · April 8, 2011
  • 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
  • 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
  • Charis B.

    Pistachio peanut butter malt shakes are to die for! Xxx

    Charis Bury · January 24, 2011
  • jarrod d.

    chilli beer is great after work on fridays...

    jarrod doyle · January 18, 2011
  • Nate v.

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

    Nate van der Ende · November 13, 2010
  • Chris T.

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

    Chris Todd · September 14, 2010
  • Jenny C.

    Grrreat burgers!

    Jenny Cockin · September 3, 2010
  • David L.

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

    David Langer · June 6, 2010
  • Martyn S.

    Good wheelchair access

    Martyn Sibley · June 3, 2010
  • Kimberley A.

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

    Kimberley Anderson · March 2, 2010
  • 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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