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Jefferson Diner

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5 Bowling Green Pkwy # 12, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
+1 973-663-0233
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6:00 am - 1:00 am
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Fri - Sat 6:00 am - 3:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Jefferson Diner is the place where friends and family come together. Our...
Jefferson Diner is the place where friends and family come together. Our menu is quite diverse. Everything at Jefferson Diner is a favorite, from the Moussaka and Spanakopita to the Lobster Bisque and our daily specials, you cannot go wrong. You can also pair your delicious meal with a glass of wine, beer or cocktail from our full bar.Jefferson Diner has been on the Food Network's "Diners-Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri, The Food Network's "Unwrapped", with Marc Summers, TLC "Making Over America", with Trinny and Susannah, The Today Show, Fox 5 News, and has been voted #1 Diner in Morris County for 7 years. Jefferson Diner has also been named a Top 5 Diner in New Jersey by The Star Ledger, Munchmobile.By bringing our creativity and passion onto our plates, we strive to satisfy each and every customer that comes through our doors. We have a quiet, comfortable and clean environment in our restaurant as well as staff that is attentive to your needs. At Jefferson Diner, we eagerly await to serve you.
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  • 35
    Very good
  • 29
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  • 11
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Mediocre food at a high price

This diner is all about the atmosphere. We ate there on July 1st and the food is just OK. I had bacon & eggs with bland hash brown potatoes. Hubby had the Swiss cheese steak which he said was dry, and needed more cheese and onions. For the prices they charge we expected better.

3 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2015
leftygirl
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Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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English first
New Jersey
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

The food is great, the portions are generous, the staff is helpful and friendly, the prices are reasonable. What more could you ask for?

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Pocono Mountains Region, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

Any time I pass through this way, which is frequent, my family and I stop. In dozens of visits, have been let down exactly once. The decor and seating are spacious and the menu selection is expansive...almost to the point that you cannot pick! Desserts are fughdeaboutit! Every kind of sweet treat you can imagine, though I am a huge... More 

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hi Christopher, Thank you so much! We are so glad you enjoy our cookies. To be honest they are one of our favorite menu items too :)! We hope to see you again soon! Sincerely, Jimmy, Nick and Donna Owners More 

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45 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 176 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

We have been coming here for years and frequently. The last few times service has been terrible. This past week was the worst. We came on July 5 at 6 PM however the restaurant was 60% empty. Waiters were standing around. We were seated by the hostess and given menus and then the wait began. No waitress, no busboy with... More 

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hi hotel-hopper, We are so upset to hear about your experience at the Jefferson Diner. We assure you that is not how we like to do business and profusely apologize for the lack of service during your visit. If you could find it in your heart to give us one more chance to prove we can do so much better... More 

Fair Lawn, New Jersey
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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2015

This diner is all about the atmosphere. We ate there on July 1st and the food is just OK. I had bacon & eggs with bland hash brown potatoes. Hubby had the Swiss cheese steak which he said was dry, and needed more cheese and onions. For the prices they charge we expected better.

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hello, We are so sorry you weren't 100% satisfied with your meal. We do try to make everything as fresh and favorable as possible and are sorry it didn't taste as good as you had hoped. We do hope you'll give us another chance to make it up to you. Sincerely, Jimmy, Nick and Donna- Owners More 

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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Ok food, the restaurant ambiance is fun! The desserts look really good, but we were to full to try them :) We are traveling from Bonita Springs, Fl The staff was not very pleasant or friendly, but did the job just fine.

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for visiting us all the way from Florida! We really wish you had a chance to try our desserts but hopefully next time you're in town you will be able to. We're also so sorry you felt the staff wasn't that friendly. We do try to make a very friendly and homey atmosphere and hope... More 

Hillside, New Jersey
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117 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

My wife and I passed this diner many times and finally stopped here for lunch. Should have stopped a long time ago. We were seated right away. A wait staff came to us immediately and took drink orders. The menu was extensive. Lunch was very good and the service was great. We will be back again.

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for giving the Diner a chance. We're so happy you and your wife were able to join us and enjoyed your lunch. We really hope to see you again soon! Best Wishes, Jimmy, Nick and Donna More 

Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

This isn't your typical quaint box-car old-school Jersey Diner, although their roots may be. It's a pretty big place now, but it is run like a clock. They are extremely efficient about seating guests even during their busiest times (and they do get very busy on weekends!). The menu has a huge selection of different types of food, especially diner... More 

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hello, Thank you so much for the positive review. We try really hard to run the diner efficiently while still making it a warm family atmosphere. We really appreciate the recognition and hope to see you again soon! Best Wishes, Jimmy, Nick and Donna- Owners More 

Lake Hopatcong, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

We eat at Jefferson Diner once a week. Usually it was a Sunday morning treat of Eggs Benedict for my husband and I but now that they deliver we include our friends when they come over on the weekends. Our favorites include the Parmesan dinners (Eggplant, Veal or Chicken) their Salads and the Fish (Lemon Pepper Scrod or my fave... More 

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hi Sandy, Thank you for being one of our most valued customer and for taking the time to leave us a review. We're so thankful for customer's like you and appreciate you sharing the Jefferson Diner experience with your friends. We hope you'll be in soon to enjoy some more lobster bisque! Sincerely, Jimmy, Nick and Donna More 

sparta, nj
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267 reviews
209 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Had the 3-egg breakfast special (listed on menu as $5.19 - was charged $5.29). This was 3 eggs (menu says cage free, farm raised - that's great), hash browns, 2 slices toast (I got multi grain which was very good), a mini corn muffin, a slice of cantaloupe, and coffee. Wow - that is a breakfast. Waitress stopped by frequently... More 

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Hello, We are so happy you were able to stop by for breakfast and took advantage of our 3 egg special. It is one of our favorite menu items and we are so thankful you took the time to leave us a review. We hope to see you again soon! Best Wishes, Jimmy, Nick and Donna More 

New Jersey
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64 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2015

This throw back diner reminds me of the diners of my youth. With chrome mirrors and bright lights it's a fun place to eat. The food is plentiful and very good. The wait staff is very attentive and friendly. They even have outdoor seating in the summer.

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food7, Owner at Jefferson Diner, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to leave us such a great review. We are so happy you enjoyed your diner experience and hope to see you again soon! Best Wishes, Jimmy, Nick and Donna More 

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Additional Information about Jefferson Diner

Address: 5 Bowling Green Pkwy # 12, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
Phone Number: +1 973-663-0233
Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lake Hopatcong
Open Hours:
Sunday 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday 6:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday 6:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday 6:00 am - 3:00 am
Average Prices: USD 9 - 12
Cuisine: American, Diner

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 5 Bowling Green Pkwy # 12, Lake Hopatcong, NJ 07849
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  Lake Hopatcong
  • Phone Number: +1 973-663-0233

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 12
  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Description

Jefferson Diner is the place where friends and family come together. Our menu is quite diverse. Everything at Jefferson Diner is a favorite, from the Moussaka and Spanakopita to the Lobster Bisque and our daily specials, you cannot go wrong. You can also pair your delicious meal with a glass of wine, beer or cocktail from our full bar.Jefferson Diner has been on the Food Network's "Diners-Drive-Ins and Dives" with Guy Fieri, The Food Network's "Unwrapped", with Marc Summers, TLC "Making Over America", with Trinny and Susannah, The Today Show, Fox 5 News, and has been voted #1 Diner in Morris County for 7 years. Jefferson Diner has also been named a Top 5 Diner in New Jersey by The Star Ledger, Munchmobile.By bringing our creativity and passion onto our plates, we strive to satisfy each and every customer that comes through our doors. We have a quiet, comfortable and clean environment in our restaurant as well as staff that is attentive to your needs. At Jefferson Diner, we eagerly await to serve you.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Monday
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Tuesday
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Wednesday
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Thursday
6:00 am - 1:00 am
Friday
6:00 am - 3:00 am
Saturday
6:00 am - 3:00 am

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