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Lori's Diner

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Union Square
American, Pizza, Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, Diner
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500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102
(415) 981-1950
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Dining options: Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Takeout

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Always a good experience!

My wife and I were on our 5th visit to San Francisco and we always make a visit to Lori's for breakfast or dinner. This time was dinner. It's a fun diner with good food and friendly efficient staff. Lots to look at and great value.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Devon
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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Devon
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57 reviews 57 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My wife and I were on our 5th visit to San Francisco and we always make a visit to Lori's for breakfast or dinner. This time was dinner. It's a fun diner with good food and friendly efficient staff. Lots to look at and great value.

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Manila, Philippines
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Yes! Lori's Diner at 500 Sutter St is not only a great place to grab some American comfort food but also a mecca for tourists snapping photos and selfies inside the diner to capture the 1950's iconic rock-n-roll memorabilia filling the walls and on the floor. I love the 50's era music bringing fond memories of my teen years!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Just one block from Union Square, Lori's Diner is a gem for a casual meal at a reasonable price. Was greeted and seated, quickly. Lots of menu opportunities. I found what I wanted for my late lunch, and came back for an early breakfast, before my conference started. Did I mention it's open 24 hours? Another plus!

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London, United Kingdom
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5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015 NEW

The diner was close to our hotel and looked fun, so why not? I loved the 1950s theme but the food tasted like it was cooked in 1950. The OH had a hotdog which was reheated and definitely over-priced. My diet cola tasted like it came from an out of date soda stream. My salad was okay though the tomatoes... More 

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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

I ordered eggs benedict which I have eaten all over the world. Lori's Diner is the worst eggs benedict ever by a massive margin. Sour, tasteless, salt ridden, inedible. Didn't even taste like food. If you still have taste buds don't eat there.

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North Yorkshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

A quirky, 1950s themed all American diner. A great experience with great food. We called in for a late breakfast and it was difficult to choose what to eat from the extensive menu. The food was freshly prepared, tasted good and coffee was non stop. Quick service from a friendly waitress. Would I eat here again? Yes, it was definitely... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Loved this diner! I was visiting San Francisco for business & stayed at a hotel right across from it (Marriott) yet on a following trip I actually kept going to Lori's despite not being that close. The food is really good! Perfect for those late nights or morning heavy breakfasts!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

Visited twice for breakfast. Great both times. Super massive menu so you’ll definitely get something you like

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Fort Walton Beach
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

A fun 50's atmosphere but the the employees bad attitude seem to detract from the experience. We were there for breakfast and my corn beef and my wife's bacon were cold. Your better off at Sears fine foods just down the street. They'll be happy to see you and everything we had was great.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

This is a very good place for breakfast. They have a little of everything. Try to avoid the rushes from all the crowds and you wont have to wait too long.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 500 Sutter St, San Francisco, CA 94102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Francisco>  > Union Square
  • Neighborhood: Union Square
  • Phone Number: (415) 981-1950

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Pizza, Coffee Shop, Hamburgers, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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