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“Old Fashioned Diner” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Pete's Diner

Pete's Diner
212 2nd Street SE, Washington DC, DC 20003 (National Mall)
202-544-7335
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Ranked #849 of 2,700 Restaurants in Washington DC
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American, Diner, Vietnamese
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Neighborhood: National Mall
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
“Old Fashioned Diner”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2013

I lived next to Pete's for three years and I can't tell you how many times I ate in the place. It's not fancy, it's not "upscale" but Pete's is a really good place for breakfast and lunch. The food is cheap and good. No, you aren't going to find gourmet fare here, but you will find food like your mother made, if she was a decent cook. There is usually a lunch special every day - fish and chips, chicken teriyaki, or some other homy dish. Breakfast fare is just what you'd expect from a real diner - eggs, bacon, sausage, pancakes, grits, toast and coffee. Located across the street from the Library of Congress, Pete's can get very buys at lunchtime with tons of government workers but it's worth the wait. Oh, and one of the best things about the place, is the women who work there. They are all quirky and wonderful!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Rio Frio, Texas
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Food was great!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The coffee is fresh and hot, the food tasty and filling, the pricing is very reasonable, and the service was great. What more can you ask for?

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“A great drop in diner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Stopped in for breakfast and again for lunch at this neighborhood diner on the SE side of Washington, D.C. Good, prompt service, reasonably priced food that is also pretty good! Never had a long wait even though it was Inauguration day when we ate here both times.

Visited January 2013
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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
“Great value and food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

For a diner this place ticked all the boxes: Value, quality and service. Can't ask for much more than an $18 breakfast for two that comes out fresh, tasty and quick. The pancakes were like mom used to make.

It doesn't look all that impressive but don't walk past it for something "better" and more expensive.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Louisville, Kentucky
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
“Small and a tight fit but a good place to eat”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2013

I like this place. When I am in town I always eat breakfast here because the food is good and the service is quick. The cost is typical Washington DC but not too bad. The place is small and it is a tight fit. This is a place to eat quick and move on.

Visited December 2012
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