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Downtown Diner

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Broadway Avenue, Mattoon, IL
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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, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 4
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  • 4
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  • 1
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 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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Madison, Indiana
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153 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is your typical small town USA diner which is a great thing to see around. This is definitely a locals eating and socializing spot. Friendly and prompt service, but the food is just average. There is a wide range on the menu and a salad bar during the week.

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Thank Jeep1977
Chicago, Illinois
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88 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015

The server was very nice and friendly. Not a good place for older people with a walker, wheel chair, crutches, etc. Just too tight to get around safely in my opinion. We went on a Sunday and the buffet and salad bar was not stocked well and items we were interested in were gone. The food quality is average. The... More 

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1 Thank CasualTravelSR
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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1 Thank keljo22
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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2 Thank Danielle R
Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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34 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 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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1 Thank Todd M
Chicago
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50 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 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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1 Thank lmgfitness
Mattoon, Illinois
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Thank Sandman61938
Mattoon, Illinois, United States
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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Thank Chrissy E
Thornton, Colorado
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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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Thank PHoenes
Mattoon, Illinois
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85 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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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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