Tops Diner

Tops Diner

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
East Newark
  • John C.
    "Clearly the best diner restaurant in New Jersey."(14 Tips)
    Mario D.
    "One of the best diners in NJ. 👍👍"(7 Tips)
    "Food Network's Top 5 Lunch - #1 Lobster Mac & Cheese"(4 Tips)
    Shion G.
    "Get the Snickers cheesecake and a rib eye + eggs breakfast sampler."(10 Tips)
228 Tips and reviews
  • jersey
  • breakfast food
  • diner in nj
  • family-friendly
  • lively
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  • Suzanne X.
    Suzanne XuMarch 12, 2013
    This place is great! The food is a little pricey for a diner but definitely well worth it! And the place looks and feels very high class! :) Definitely recommend stopping by here for a meal.
  • Brian
    BrianFebruary 22, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Everything. Seriously. But if I had a gun to my head then chicken pot pie, philly cheesesteak egg rolls, chicken and waffles, bananas foster french toast washed all down with a frozen hot chocolate.
  • Jannette G.
    Jannette GDecember 20, 2014
    Dislikes: fries, guac, & their "marinera sauce". Red velvet cheesecake & carrot cake are huge portions! Friend&I got the slices but in half to share&the portions were still so generous&so delicious!!
  • Twinkle D.
    Twinkle DenoyoSeptember 1
    My my, this has to be the best diner ever. We had lobster mac and cheese and that was superb. All dishes are good! they have a huge menu so you might take some time to decide what to get!
  • Muhalla P.
    Muhalla PortilloFebruary 2, 2015
    My mother and I just ate here. It's by far the best diner that I've ever been to. I suggest the roasted brussel sprouts, Texas fries, chicken quesadilla. Don't get me wrong everything is delicious!
  • Jason C.
    Jason CecilioFebruary 17, 2014
    Always satisfied. Best Diner in the area for sure. They play EDM for the late night crowd. Portions are huge. The Ultimate Mac and Cheese can feed 4 people. Good service everytime i've been there.
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Linguini Meatballs Chef special $17.00 Excellent presentation 5/5. Great flavor 4/5. $ vs quality decent is hard to price pasta 3/5. Excellent service 5/5. Overall score? 17/20 = 85%
  • Eric A.
    Eric AndersenApril 21, 2016
    Huge menu, excellent food, text alert when your table is ready, and a large parking lot — everything you'd want in a modern diner!
  • Shion G.
    Shion GuhaJuly 3, 2012
    A very fancy diner. Get the Snickers cheesecake and a rib eye + eggs breakfast sampler. Delicious. Wash down with house coffee without cream.
  • Nicole L.
    Nicole LeeApril 17, 2016
    Huevos rancheros were flavorful and the blueberry pancakes (4 or 6 stack) will hit the spot! Pass on the coffee drinks if you don't like super sweet and just get the regular endless cup.
  • Jemima L.
    Jemima LouisMay 9, 2014
    Great food. Reasonable prices. Def try the New England clam chowder, pull pork with Mac and cheese and garlic bread, strawberry sangria and tres leches. You won't regret it
  • Kareisha Q.
    Kareisha QuestelJanuary 9, 2012
    The staff works together as a team to make sure you have the best service! Boyfriend says it like indie when they are setting up a group table. Everything on the menu is supersized and delicious.
  • 🔹Maria L🔹
    🔹Maria L🔹August 3, 2014
    Just loooooooove everything!! Whether its for brunch, lunch or dinner, come here! And dont forget a cheesecake slice at the end!
  • Annmarie
    AnnmarieAugust 10, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Best diner in NJ hands down. Everything is delicious, but save room for some awesome desserts. Can get super busy after soccer or hockey games in Newark.
  • Millie F.
    Millie FigueroaJune 15, 2015
    Love to eat breakfast there. The egg white omelette with yellow american cheese with whole wheat toast & home fries is Delicious! Mt boyfriend loves the cheese grits.
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonAugust 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Cesar salad free side. Decent presentation 4/5 Normal flavor 3/5 $ vs quality free is always great 5/5 excellent service 5/5. Overall rate 17/20 =85% probably wouldn't order it for $5, for free is ok
  • Bruce R.
    Bruce ROctober 3, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    We had the breakfast, and it was amazing! The portions were large and the potatoes were tasty! I'm coming back for sure. Susan was a great waitress.
  • Sarah P.
    Sarah PalmerJuly 6, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    I have gone here so many times and I've never gotten anything that hasn't been fantastic. A great place to share food. The cheesecake is the best.
  • Itsonlycleo
    ItsonlycleoApril 22, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the BBQ Chicken Salad - Deeeelicious! .. grilled chicken instead of fried.. with corn. Whole cherry tomatoes, red beans and tortilla strips with a Little gorganzola :)
  • Mr L.
    Mr LoftonAugust 20
    Everything so far has been delicious and they have been extremely accommodating to substitutions and alterations. Tops is "TOPS" in my book.
  • John C.
    John CaliFebruary 26, 2015
    Clearly the best diner restaurant in New Jersey. The food is awesome and it's on the level of some of the better "regular" restaurants around.
  • Lenny G.
    This classic New Jersey diner has something for everyone. Been here a few times and there food is great. Big portions and friendly staff.
  • Peter Y.
    Peter YousefJuly 29, 2011
    might not be in the best area, but by far the BEST diner i have ever been too in my life ! absolutely recommend the cheesteak with real pieces of steak inside of it
  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    In a state teeming with diners, this is surely “top” dog. The menu is enormous, but the MVP is Tops’ famous meatloaf with gravy. Read more
  • Jency Pallathu J.
    Jency Pallathu JohnFebruary 28, 2016
    Best diner in Jersey. Try their waffles, chicken pot pie or their Hot Applw Cider with Rum!
  • Anthony
    AnthonyOctober 20, 2016
    There always seems to be a wait but for good reason. Tops has something for everybody and the portions are generous. Their texas burger is 👌🏽
  • Julian T.
    Julian TorresJuly 13, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Ordered the Breakfast Tacos--best breakfast I've had in a while! Everything is delicious here, definitely go and try it sometime!
  • CS R.
    CS RojasSeptember 2, 2015
    One of the most famous diners in Newark and north Jersey. Breakfast food is the way to go, generous portions!
  • Hollie S.
    Hollie SickFebruary 20, 2015
    One of the best diners in NJ. The best cheesecake and bread pudding. Big portions and friendly staff.
    Upvoted Aug 26
  • April M.
    April MwangiJune 11, 2011
    Tops has the best food around! It's always packed so u have to run to get there. This place deserves to be on Food Network Triple D!
  • Scott H.
    The service the food, the cozy comments from the wait staff and the menu is like the Cheesecake Factory without the price anytime I'm near I go there
  • Truong N.
    Truong NguyenMarch 22, 2013
    Awesome diner where everything on the menu tastes pretty damn good! Little expensive but it's good stuff.
  • Gustavo F.
    Gustavo Flores DuarteOctober 15, 2011
    The menu is amazing ! The prices are awesome for what you get ! I love this place and their cheesecake variety is great !
  • John L.
    John LarsenNovember 3, 2009
    I've lived in NJ all my life been to the city more than twice and bar none this is THE BEST diner there ever was it can only barely be called a diner the quality is so good. Highly recommend evrything
  • Alexis T.
    Alexis TaiNovember 26, 2015
    Going on the late night - expect a wait. If there was a event in the area, the wait will be longer than usual.
  • Jamie S.
    Jamie SkirtunAugust 18, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    BEST cheese steak in the area. Also...amazing hashbrowns. Try the mexican egg rolls, soooo good! Coconut pancakes yes please!
  • Int'l R.
    Int'l Reg!September 24, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Make sure you try one of the slices of cheesecake and if you're overindulgent grab an Oreo milkshake while you're at it!
  • Jonathan Y.
    Jonathan YuSeptember 13, 2015
    Always packed but the food is worth the wait. Mango Tres Leche cake was the highlight of the meal.
  • G Tyrone H.
    G Tyrone HannonSeptember 5, 2013
    Ok...I've seen this place all my life and never came in. There is always a line waiting to be I know why! OH...MY...GOD!!!! This is no ordinary diner! Best food EVER!!!
  • Twinkle D.
    The lobster mac and cheese was soo good! Serving sizes are huge. Great value for the money!
  • Jeff S.
    Jeff S.May 16
    New Jersey is located in the center of the diner universe and Tops Diner, in Newark, is the best.
  • Kenny L.
    Kenny LoweApril 27, 2014
    Wow! First time here since the late 80's! Fantastic meal had by all 8 of us! Will definitely be back monthly !
  • Dana B.
    Dana BrownDecember 27, 2011
    Always crowded, always good! No matter what you order. On take out always double check the counter ; they forget fries all the time .
  • Diondra P.
    Diondra PottsFebruary 25, 2013
    Everything was soo good amd fulfilling. Service was really quick, even though it was packed! !
  • Teresa M.
    Teresa MansbachJuly 30, 2013
    Decent service, but everything vegetarian here is always a let down. My boyfriend's chicken sandwich looked amazing, but my roasted veggie wrap was just a lettus burrito
  • Shawn M.
    Shawn MayesJuly 20, 2013
    The food was absolutely amazing with plenty of left overs.
    ISADORA VOctober 10, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Awesome food, great service! All their soups are awesome ESP the lobster bisque on Saturdays. By far fav place to eat in Jersey ;-)
  • Amanda G.
    Amanda GanzaJuly 14, 2010
    Great for diner-licious take out! The service is friendly and fast. I suggest going for one of the burgers if take-out is what you're looking for.
  • Stephen H.
    Stephen HoydisMarch 13, 2011
    This place is so good, I find excuses to drive the hour it takes me to get here. The menu is vast, and full of creative options you can only get here.
  • Crystal O.
    Crystal OliverSeptember 1, 2013
    Very good food! Multicultural community enjoy the food too! Nice to see..& a testiment to good eats!
  • Ben L.
    Ben LohmannOctober 1, 2014
    As good as it is hyped to be. Be ready for a wait though. Worth it.
  • Phil B.
    Phil BaileyApril 9, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Awesome new england clam chowder! Love eating here! Take out is fast and fresh and the prices are amazing.
  • Marc
    MarcSeptember 24, 2016
    Food Network's Top 5 Lunch - #1 Lobster Mac & Cheese
  • Pat G.
    Pat GonzalezAugust 22, 2014
    Can't go wrong with any cake or cheesecake - huge slices of deliciousness
  • Fernanda R.
    Fernanda RodriguezJuly 24, 2013
    I've never ate a turkey burger as dry as the one from Tops today. Food service has sure declined over the years...that's a shame!
  • Alexis T.
    Alexis TaiNovember 26, 2015
    Parking lot is pretty large, so if you can't find parking ... You won't find a seat either.
  • Jeannette L.
    Jeannette L.May 12, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Get calamari with remoulade sauce. So good! An appetizer that can stand as a meal on its own.
  • Licelot D.
    Licelot DAugust 30, 2014
    Amazing food! I was pleasantly surprised! Definitely a great place to eat!
  • Maria Jose F.
    Maria Jose FloresApril 7, 2012
    Been here 10+ times
    This place reinvents the concept of a diner. There is not a single item I have tried that I wouldn't recomend. You should try the key pie.
  • Ruthie O.
    Ruthie OsborneOctober 12, 2013
    Amazing burgers, amazing fries, amazing pancakes. Done.
  • Terence B.
    Terence BeebeMarch 8, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Great food! Staff is awesome.
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer Gomez-HallDecember 6, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    Not happy they changed the menu. Way more expensive. They took our favorite things off. I'm going to have to find a new favorite place. I mean the Philly Cheesesteak went from 11.99 to 16.99.
  • Adam B.
    Adam B.December 17, 2011
    Try the ketchup packets!!! They make everything better. I especially like them with croutons.....
  • Andrew
    AndrewAugust 16, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Try the Fatty Burger! Bacon Cheeseburger in between two grilled cheese sandwiches as the "bun"
  • Alex R.
    Alex RawdinDecember 3, 2015
    Holy cow is this place good. Best diner I've ever been to or ever will be.
  • Mario D.
    Mario De La PazJuly 12, 2015
    The food was delicious. One of the best diners in NJ. 👍👍
  • Ray V.
    Ray VeneroDecember 11, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    Best diner in NJ. Great food, wonderful service, impeccably clean. Love it!
  • Ashley R.
    Ashley RichMarch 21, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    The best diner by far - the menu is huge & overall great food - try it out !!!
  • Franklin C.
    Franklin ColemanJanuary 31, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Tops was recently named one of the 15 top diners in the USA.
  • Rob E.
    Rob ESeptember 29, 2011
    Been here 50+ times
    The split pea soup is bursting with flavor. The croutons on top gives the soup some bite
  • David L.
    David L JRJuly 17, 2013
    Try the ultimate Mac and cheese best in the world
  • Karina S.
    Karina StephensJuly 27, 2013
    Food was good but be prepared to wait for a table. Nice diverse crowd too.
  • Andrickson C.
    They have the best breakfast in all jersey and the app that helps me find this place was
  • Piyush P.
    Piyush PardeshiApril 11, 2014
    Awesome Food. Typical American diner! :)
  • Alexis T.
    Alexis TaiNovember 26, 2015
    Going on Sunday's is a game of timing. Brunch Rush is usually very crowded with a long wait.
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle SanchezAugust 18, 2012
    Its just absolutely amazing food salads can feed 4 people.
  • David A.
    David AzerOctober 25, 2011
    By far the best dinner I've ever been to. Clean, Fast, and Delicious!
  • Jonathan S.
    Jonathan SpainJune 12, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    Great service and food whether it be take out or dine in
  • Matt P.
    Matt PagelJune 2, 2010
    Possibly the best diner in New Jersey. Definitely the best chicken parm I've ever had. Don't miss this gem.
  • Megan F.
    Megan FJuly 24, 2012
    The biggest menu... I can never decide! Waffle fries are always accompanied by any meal :)
  • Adela R.
    Adela RubioJuly 16, 2011
    Great tricolor salad w/ balsamic dressing! Add chicken if you like.
  • Latisha M.
    Latisha M.August 17, 2011
    Breakfast Taco's! If you love taco's AND bacon/egg... Do get this at least once!
  • Kendra D.
    Kendra DivaAugust 21, 2012
    The best I had the guacamole cheeseburger. Delicious.
  • Angel B.
    Angel BDecember 13, 2011
    The portions they serve are well worth every dollar!
  • Itsonlycleo
    ItsonlycleoApril 24, 2012
    Been here 25+ times
    Try the Breakfast Tacos - Healthy breakfast tacos with turkey bacon! #nomnom!
  • Michael Carmen S.
    Michael Carmen SidlowskiMarch 31, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Buffalo chicken roll appetizers, soup, *braised short rib dinner*
  • Skywriter11
    Skywriter11August 4, 2013
    Service is usually better but slow today. If going after church get there not too long after 9:30am
  • ChrisandKim K.
    ChrisandKim KyakJuly 17, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Best diner ever. Loved everything we've ever ordered.
  • Kevin B.
    Kevin BosticFebruary 13, 2013
    I agree with best diner in jersey. I can't wait to try bfast
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonJune 12, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    De buffalo burger is the real deal
  • Damaris M.
    Damaris MercadoFebruary 23, 2013
    Crab hash with eggs for breakfast was delicious.
  • Alexis T.
    Alexis TaiNovember 26, 2015
    Ok let's get down to business. The bar closes at roughly between 1 & 2 am so if you are going just for drinks.. Hurry.
  • Chris P.
    Chris PolloneOctober 16, 2016
    Great Jersey diner. Sausage tasty.
  • Greg Z.
    Greg ZsidisinJanuary 3, 2014
    Tops Diner sucked the night we were there (30 Dec 2013). Loud, pounding club music made conversation and digestion difficult. Good burger, but I was thrilled to finally leave. Very disappointed.
  • Francisco M.
    Francisco MartinezOctober 22, 2011
    Best diner in existence try the short rib burger!
  • Jon S.
    Jon SchuckApril 20, 2016
    Best Cubano sandwich I've had. Amazing.
  • Adithya D.
    Adithya DasariJuly 5, 2013
    Grilled Chicken Triple Decker Burger is very good..
  • Jennifer G.
    Jennifer Gomez-HallAugust 26, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    Ask them to make you a hurricane. Delicious!
  • Jenn H.
    Jenn HNovember 22, 2015
    Nutella waffles and the nachos
  • Ricardo S.
    Ricardo SalvadoDecember 17, 2011
    All about the fattymelt....10oz..burger between 2 grilled cheese sandwiches...lovely
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonAugust 21, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Tacos de puerco. Excelente presentacion 5/5. Sabor pesimo 1/5. Relacion $ valor normal 3/3. Cantidad abundante 4/5 calificacion del platillo 13/20 = 65%
  • Cristo L.
    Cristo LeonJune 24, 2015
    Been here 100+ times
    Su comida es muy buena hay algo para todos los gustos, pasta, buffalo burgers y carnes
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