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“Nothing could be finer than being a diner at the starliner” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Starliner Diner

Starliner Diner
5240 Cemetery Rd, Hilliard, OH 43026-1501
614-529-1198
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Ranked #2 of 119 Restaurants in Hilliard
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: Diner, Cuban, Latin
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
columbus
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15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
“Nothing could be finer than being a diner at the starliner”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014

Cuban toast. It really is different. Nicely prepared tasty omelettes that rate 4 on a 5 scale. Service is consistently good with real local flavor. Be prepared to wait on a popular weekend. Interior decor, if that's what it can be called, consists of a garage sale clock collection with few if any working timepieces. A mural that may have inspired medical marijuana spans the space. Not sure if there are real Cubans here but there is real good food for a good price.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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  • English first
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English first
Columbus, Ohio, United States
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13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Glad I finally tried this jewel of a restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

I've seen reviews about this place and have wanted to try it for sometime now. I'm glad I did! We went on Sunday morning so naturally it was busy (about 1/2 hour wait). Once seated wait staff was very attentive. Food excellent and fresh. Traditional and Cuban offerings. I had a steak burrito, one of the best I've had in a long time. We'll likely become regulars at this wonderful jewel of a restaurant we've found. Definitely worth the drive to Hilliard and the short wait for good food.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mentor, Ohio
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136 reviews 136 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 49 cities Reviews in 49 cities
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
“Good cuban food in an eclectic atmosphere.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2014

Vera Cruz salad is fresh with no bitter pieces of romaine, tomatoes, tomatillos, cilantro, perfectly ripe avocado, and lime salt and oil dressing. Tangy.
Pizza Cubano is a nice change with a crispy, thin, near cracker crust, mozzarella, a chili powder based tomato sauce, pickled onion (I preferred when they used carmelized onions before), chicken, and black beans.
Fried plantains are one of the best things on the menu. Perfectly ripe and slightly crispy on the edges. It now comes with a slightly spicey, tangy sauce.
The Cuban chicken with rice, black beans, cuban bread, and plantains makes a very cozy and generous meal.
And the regular cheese pizza also on a cracker type crust comes with regular tomato sauce and mozzarella and tastes a bit sweet.
The atmosphere is eclectic.
Like grandmas house if she were Cuban and loved eclectic art and painting on the walls.
The staff were all very pleasant and well trained. And we were there at the very end of the evening before closing, when people tend to get a little tired and grumpy. But they were all very nice. Definitely plan to return. A nice way to end the day. Cozy.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Columbus, OH
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121 reviews 121 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 66 cities Reviews in 66 cities
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
“Great Cuban Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

I had heard about this place for years and finally made it. The food was excellent--large portions too. Service was good. The décor is eclectic and fun to look at. Nothing fancy here, just good food.
A little disappointed by the fact that they could not make a Mojito. Really? At a Cuban restaurant?

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Hilliard, Ohio
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33 reviews 33 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“NEEDS CLEANUP, AND NEW LOCATION”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2014

I'm not a fan of Cuban food, but the worst thing about the restaurant is it's in an old, dirty building, very out of date, and not consistently clean. I think they are moving soon, and most of the people that eat there seem to enjoy the food, but I can't get by how old and run down the location is. I might try again after they move, hopefully into a clean, new building.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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