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Downtown Diner

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Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL
Today
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Mon - Sat 6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch

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  • 10
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  • 4
    Very good
  • 2
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  • 1
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Great Hometown Cooking

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 3, 2014
Sandman61938
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Mattoon, Illinois
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Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 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!!

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 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 

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Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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27 reviews 27 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 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.

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Chicago
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45 reviews 45 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 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 

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Mattoon, Illinois
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 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.

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Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

They have a very good breakfast selection. We ordered off the menu but they do have a breakfast buffet on Saturdays. i am not sure if they have it on other mornings or not. The service is fast and friendly and the portion sizes are big. If you out and about for breakfast stop in and try it out, you... More 

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Thornton, Colorado
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

Excellent food and reasonable prices. They have the best coconut cream pie in town! We always make a point of going here while we are in town.

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Mattoon, Illinois
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2013

Went to this restaurant a couple of weeks ago. Did the buffet for the first time. As I was eating mashed potatoes, I hit something big and rubbery with my fork. I pulled it out and it was something disgusting. Black and rubbery and about the size of a quarter only it ...was oval in shape. Told the waitress and... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
Top Contributor
93 reviews 93 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2013

We got here right after the lunch crowd. And we did have to wait for service but it was understandable. The place is a lot larger than it looks. I ordered a chicken salad sandwich gourmet on a croissant . The chicken salad has nuts and grapes- the croissant was fresh. The chicken salad tasted good but could use a... More 

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Indianapolis North Suburb
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45 reviews 45 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

I live out of state and took my mother for early dinner tonight. On previous visits breakfast and lunch were good. We seated ourselves, then had to ask for specials that included Wed lunch specials of ham & beans and chicken & noodles....didn't want "sit in the pot all day" leftovers.. .heard "fried chicken with 2 sides" and visions of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL
  • Location: United States  >  Illinois (IL)  >  Mattoon

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 8:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?