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“Traditional Diner” 3 of 5 stars
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summit diner
1 Union Pl, Summit, NJ 07901-3603
908-277-3256
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Ranked #8 of 58 Restaurants in Summit
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Takeout
Summit, New Jersey
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20 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 25 cities Reviews in 25 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Traditional Diner”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

So you want a bacon sandwich.. a really good bacon sandwich... a big fat good bacon sandwich? And you want to be sitting elbow to elbow with a blue collar worker on one side of you and a company president on the other? Greeks in the kitchen and behind the counter making it all work, mostly in their mother tongue. The prices are reasonable and the food is just good.. real breakfast food..Trans-fats and all. You can't beat it.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Madison, NJ
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Classic retro”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2012

No frills or portion control, grill in sight of customers, bordering on seedy, which is as it should be.

Visited September 2012
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Cortlandt Manor
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203 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 113 cities Reviews in 113 cities
127 helpful votes 127 helpful votes
“Summit Diner is a Great Find for Breakfast.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2012

Summit Diner is a great find for breakfast.

Eggs, sausage, home fries, rye toast and coffee: $6.90 plus tax and tip (pic uploaded).

Authentic good food with service quick enough to put McDonald's to shame.

Seating is tight. Dinginess is part of the appeal.

Tip: if you sit at the counter, you will also be entertained by the short order cook and staff as they communicate in diner lingo that will make you smile. Takes stamina to do any of their jobs. Don't think they make many order errors.

Tip II: Five minute drive from Short Hills Mall where a designer coffee there will cost you as much as an entire meal at Summit Diner…not exaggerating by much.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Waste of time and money”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

I'm not sure why this place has such great reviews on multiple review sites. I will be honest, I will never waste my time, effort, or money on this place again. I get that its a classic rail car style dinner and that has some charm, but the food isn't anything special. Infact, you can get the same or better diner food at every other diner in NJ. The service was terrible - our waitress spoke 3 words total to us, and never even offered coffee refills. You'd be better making yourself something to eat at home.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Springfield, New Jersey
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Very Good Breakfast”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2012

From the outside, the Summit diner looks like a hole in the wall. But you also notice that something is wrong with this picture. Why is there a line extending outside of this dingy diner? The answer is: it serves awesome simple breakfast food. So if the drab decor doesn't deter you, you will be in for a nice old fashioned good and greasy treat.

Visited June 2012
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