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The Early Bird Diner

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No.62 Zhongming South Road, West District, Taichung, Taiwan
Name/address in local language
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Mon - Sat 8:00 am - 12:00 am
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Taichung, Taiwan
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19 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Good food, good staff, but service can take longer when it gets busy. I would avoid Sunday brunch, though the wait is worth it. The sesame tofu wrap is awesome!

Thank ExpattyCake
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33 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

From Taco Tuesday to enjoying a tofu wrap, this place has it all. The staff speaks English, the food is affordable, and the owners are welcoming. Just be warned: Sunday brunch is crazy busy. I would say to go at night, when things calm down.

1 Thank KB C
Taichung, Taiwan
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82 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Early Bird is one of the great casual western diners with a good menu, excellent food and good service. On my last visit, the food was well prepared and the service was great. The owner is friendly and the staff will get to know you if you become a repeat customer. However, it doesn't matter - even first time guests... More 

Thank Todd B
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66 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2016 via mobile

Food is average. A bit pricey for the taste. Some foreigners they don't like the food there but they enjoy the atmosphere.

Thank kiechen
Ottawa, Canada
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015 via mobile

Early Bird is excellent. I've been living in Taichung for a year and eat here weekly. The staff is wonderful and friendly, very attentive. The food is delicious. I am a huge fan of the buffalo chicken burger and recommend it to everyone. Their wings and breakfast dishes are also delicious. Fabulous place to eat.

Thank abroad91
Taichung, Taiwan
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015

Hey, I've lived and worked in Taichung for 5 and a half years. I don't cook...at least not very well...so, the Early Bird Diner has become my 'home away from home'. "The Bird", as we regulars like to call it, has a large menu, great food and drinks, and really good, friendly service. I usually get their "Deuces Wild" breakfast... More 

Thank Warren S
Manchester UK
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340 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 353 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

The staff at the Early Bird have done a good job and after reading some of the reviews below I wasn't expecting much. I was particularly looking for the 'omelettes with funny names', but sadly couldn't find any..... just normal names now. Good selection of 'western' style breakfasts, burgers and drinks and quality and quantity of food very good. Service... More 

Thank Andrew H
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118 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

There's actually quite a bit to like about this place, especially if you're an American expatriate in Taichung looking to experience a traditional diner type atmosphere away from home. There's a nice atmosphere, and the staff is very friendly. Our waitress had quite good English. Service was quite good, and the menu selection is quite extensive. For most of us... More 

Thank Mark_only
Busan, South Korea
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168 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 231 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

I wanted to like this place. I've been there three times now, and every time I leave it feels like I'm wearing a lead suit. I really enjoy eating, but this is one of those places where you feel like you've settled for the best of all bad options. Like a school cafeteria lunch. Some people swear by this place,... More 

6 Thank Todd F
Taichung, Taiwan
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23 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

As with most expat-run establishments in Taichung, the Early Bird Diner is disappointing. The owners have obviously tried their best but from the get-go it is clear that they do not have experience running a restaurant. True, there are few, if any, places offering "American-style" breakfast in Taichung, so if you are in the mood for fried eggs/bacon/hashbrowns or omelettes... More 

3 Thank Jeff C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$6 - $10
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
8:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: No.62 Zhongming South Road, West District, Taichung, Taiwan
  • Location: Asia  >  Taiwan  >  Taichung
  • Phone Number: 04-23202608

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?