We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

South Street Diner

$$
Downtown
American, Dessert, Diner
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
617-350-0028
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun - Sat 5:00 pm - 5:00 am

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 96 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 27
    Excellent
  • 42
    Very good
  • 16
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Downtown Boston's only all-night diner

Old-fashioned, straight-ahead diners and luncheonettes are scarce in Boston...and places open 24/7 make for a yet more rare breed. For these reasons the South Street Diner is a treasure. A short walk from South Station at the tip of the city's up-and-coming Leather District neighborhood, this... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 12, 2015
John R
,
Yarmouthport, MA
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
Add Photo Write a Review

96 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Yarmouthport, MA
Senior Contributor
45 reviews 45 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Old-fashioned, straight-ahead diners and luncheonettes are scarce in Boston...and places open 24/7 make for a yet more rare breed. For these reasons the South Street Diner is a treasure. A short walk from South Station at the tip of the city's up-and-coming Leather District neighborhood, this iconic spot has the same giant coffee cup on its roof that it featured... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

They're lucky they're the only diner around the financial district / downtown. Still, quality diner food, exactly what you go to a diner for.

Was this review helpful? Yes
boston, ma
Top Contributor
64 reviews 64 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This diner is open 24 hours, for that it gets 5 stars in my books. The food is always great. Do you always get the friendliest service? No. But it's open 24 hrs so no complaining here. The eggs are always cooked to perfection every time and the coffee is always fresh and on point. You can't ask for more... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

I went to the South Street Diner for breakfast today, and after hearing good reviews I was looking forward to eating there. Sadly, the experience was horrific. I was meeting a friend, who had not arrived yet, and so I asked the greeter if I could just sit and wait until he arrived. This request was refused. The place was... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Amherst, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

On a recent visit to Boston I decided to meet an old friend for lunch. She suggested South Street Diner. I had never been there before. Upon entering I was warmly greeted by the waitresses and quickly seated. My friend showed up and we ordered. I ordered breakfast items (eggs, homefries, and sausage) and my friend ordered lunch (Grilled Ham... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
139 reviews 139 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2014

There weren't any diners near our hotel The Courtyard Marriott on Tremont so we asked the Front Desk where we could find one, they recommended the South Street Diner. What an experience! I had eggs over easy with rye toast, asked them to butter it for me and they obliged. My friend had an omelet and it was excellent. Most... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Arlington, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

Boston's South Street Diner is tucked into a corner just a block from the South Station bus terminal and two or three blocks from the South Station platforms for Amtrak, commuter rail, and the T's Red Line subway. Inside, you'll find an authentic diner experience: hearty comfort food on the breakfast and dinner menus, service available around the clock, and... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Karachi, Pakistan
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

I reached Boston from DC about 8am and was looking online for places to eat. This is your real american diner. Great service, hot food and lots of calories. Breakfast is pretty varied and I think the coffee is free, or at least top ups are. Its obviously popular with locals. Its a 3-5 min walk from the side entrance... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Toulouse, France
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014

1st morning Milner Hotel Breakfast appalling ,so second morning a 10 minute walk in a straight line from street behind charles street, so worth while Coffee as much as you could drink food wounderful place bright and clean staff restore belief in the way of a bright and good world

Was this review helpful? Yes
Boston, Massachusetts
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

The environment is certainly funky. check out the salt/pepper shakers. ours was of cactus or perhaps a sunflower. The tea pot was a "yard sale special" menu pricy, The phone booth is for storage. stools and a counter: what a diner should be. however, home fries were potato squares (probably frozen and came from a bag) formerly the blue diner,... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed South Street Diner also viewed

 

Been to South Street Diner? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 617-350-0028

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 1 - 20
  • Cuisine: American, Dessert, Diner
Open Hours
Sunday
5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Monday
5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Thursday
5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Friday
5:00 pm - 5:00 am
Saturday
5:00 pm - 5:00 am

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from South Street Diner staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?