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Joe's Diner

85 Ctr St, Lee, MA 01238-1501
(413) 243-9756
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Ranked #13 of 40 Restaurants in Lee
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American
Most recent review
- Aug 25, 2014
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69% Recommend
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English first
Stella, Missouri
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

Over the course of our 3 day stay in the Berkshires, we ate at Joe's 3 or four times. We went originally for the novelty of sitting at the counter that was famous from Rockwell's illustration, but we came back because the breakfast was good. Nothing fancy, but priced fairly and hit the spot. PS Bring cash, they are old-school.

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North Adams, MA
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53 reviews 53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I dropped by for breakfast on a recommendation. A simple setting with tables and a counter which I like when dining alone. I need to watch my fat intake so I ordered oatmeal. I asked for fresh fruit but was told that they did not have fresh fruit. I asked if they had applesauce and they did so I asked... More

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61 reviews 61 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Any visit to Lee is not complete without a meal at Joe's, founded 1955. It's still a small-town diner, just like the one that Norman Rockwell painted in the famous picture with the runaway boy (wait! that IS the same diner where he painted the picture). The officer in the picture was Officer Obie from Arlo Guthrie's ALICE's RESTAURANT. Lots... More

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Ft. Lauderdale
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67 reviews 67 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Great food at great price. I was advised that this is where the locals go, and loved that it is the actual diner for the Norman Rockwell runaway painting. The atmosphere is the quintessential old fashioned diner. The food was tasty with good portions. There were 4 of us, and we all enjoyed our meals.

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136 reviews 136 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

Grabbed breakfast here on a Tues at 1030am. Not crowded and it was great. Friendly service, ample coffer and great breakfast (blueberry pancakes and sausages!). An awesome classic stop in Lee, MA.

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Boxford, Massachusetts
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60 reviews 60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We stopped at Joe's for a quick lunch and were pleased with the food, but not so much the lack of air conditioning. Menu is typical diner, with all day breakfast (a plus for me), burgers and sandwiches. My scoop of egg salad on a tossed salad was perfect, though not on the menu and my husbands burger special was... More

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Dorchester, Massachusetts, United States
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58 reviews 58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Great little down home cooking dinner, very funny waitress and the food was outstanding. I had the pancakes big and fluffy, fumy home fries. My partner had the veggie omelet he mentioned it was delish. Simple good food with a little bit of history stop here. Runaway by Norman Rockwell took place here.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Stopped here for breakfast on a weekday morning on our way back home from weekend in Lenox. We wanted to try the spot where the Norman Rockwell famous painting was set. Good eggs and crisp bacon, good cup of coffee in a well worn diner. Could use some maintenance, and a good scrub but that is its charm. Nothing fancy,... More

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Bellefontaine, Ohio, United States
15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Stopped with a group of friends for a quick lunch. What a great place. It is where the locals go. Great burgers and fries. Most don't know this diner is the site where Norman Rockwell painted his famous work of the policeman talking to the runaway boy. We didn't until we read one of the reviews. Wonderful food, great service,... More

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Boston, Massachusetts
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83 reviews 83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

Joe's Diner has decent food, and even better prices. The service was quick and we were back on the road as we passed through Lee. Joe's Diner is in the downtown Lee area, and it appears to be where all the locals hang out daily.

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