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“Warning- Change of Ownership and Staff” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Spinning Wheel Diner

Spinning Wheel Diner
Route 22 East, Lebanon, NJ 08833
(908) 534-2577
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Ranked #14 of 23 Restaurants in Lebanon
Cuisines: American
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Lebanon, NJ
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141 reviews 141 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 77 cities Reviews in 77 cities
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“Warning- Change of Ownership and Staff”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2013

This WAS one of the finest diners in Hunterdon County and probably all of New Jersey. Went there at least once every week or two with friends or family for about 30 years. Unfortunately, they recently changed ownership (very suddenly) and all of the staff seems to have resigned. Had dinner there with my family last night and was very disappointed in both the service and the food. New, inexperienced waiters/waitresses with very little supervision or assistance. Soup was served cold, several dishes incorrect/not as ordered. Food can only be described as average. I rarely write harsh reviews but this diner is not what it used to be. Hopefully the new owners will learn how to train their staff and operate a food business, but I am not going to be back here for quite some time. They have a long, long way to go.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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New York City, New York
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93 reviews 93 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
“It's all about quantity and no quality”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

Large helpings of greasy food. Terrible desserts, especially the chocolate cake which the waitress was raving about. On the way out we overhead her telling her colleague how she suckered us int getting one. Friendly owner, but that is negated by the pathetic wait staff and greasy food.

Visited July 2013
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New Jersey
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9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 21 cities Reviews in 21 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
“Changes for the worst...too slow.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

We were weekly patrons here for 20+years but now only go if we have unlimited time. Basic foods (soups, eggs, burgers, etc) still decent quality and the place is still well kept but...soup which used to arrive in 5 min, now comes in 15, eggs used to be 10 min. now take 30. Add that to the fact that it now takes a good 10 min just to get a waitress. Each week I see fewer customers so you would think they could serve quicker but new owners, new waitresses all seemed to have failed Diner 101.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Horrible”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2013 via mobile

I grew up in the area & came back. It used to be good, but since they opened the diner in Flemington. The food has suffered immensely. I ordered the Salmon off the special menu, it was raw underneath. I was so grossed out. The bacon on the BLT was old & reheated. We left to never return. The Flemington diner is any better.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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Bridgewater, New Jersey
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Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Great diner, quick food.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2013

The wait is never long, even for a busy weekend morning, and the staff is pretty friendly. The food comes out at about normal time for a diner. The food is what you'd expect, nothing fancy, but still pretty tasty. Best joint for breakfast!

Visited May 2013
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