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Harlow's Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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1021 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3417
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Tempe, Arizona
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61 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great local diner- no frills, great home cooked food anyway you like it. Nicest waitresses around, opens at 7am sharp. Tons of omelet choices- mix it up if you want, some healthy items too but mostly you leave there as full as possible with the unhealthy stuff- biscuits and gravy!! - the foods so good. Enough hash browns for two... More 

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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016

Hubby and I have been coming to Harlow's on a regular basis since 1994, our pic is even on the wall! No matter what we order for breakfast or lunch, we know it will always be delicious and perfectly prepared, probably because the kitchen staff hasn't changed in ages. For years my go-to order was their chipped beef on toast,... More 

Thank Debbie G
Phoenix, Arizona
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114 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

This cafe is family owned.They dish out the great food as well as service. I sometimes drive a 45 min.just to eat here,Hard to find independent restaurants like this in the valley. This is the kind of diner you would find in NYC. On my now....

Thank Livetoravel
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We live in Tucson, not the Phoenix area, but when we are in town we always stop at Harlow's for breakfast or lunch. We have been eating here since 2010 whenever we are in town. The food is always good, prices are modest and the service is always top notch.

Thank Frank O
Denver, Colorado
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66 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

I found this little place courtesy of Google maps when I asked for breakfast places. The decor is eclectic, mostly of old movie posters and paraphernalia (and that of the name sake) along with some sports items. The service was awesome and friendly. Now to the food. Everything is home made from scratch. I tried the corned beef hash and... More 

Thank David D
Chino Hills, California
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265 reviews
210 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Ordered a traditional breakfast, sausage and eggs, and got a blueberry muffin. The food was very good as well as the service. Enjoyed my breakfast while working on my laptop. The only negative is that they do not have wi-fi.

Thank Dan G
Phoenix, Arizona
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103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 7, 2016

Harlow’s Café is a nice alternative to a chain restaurant for breakfast or lunch. One of us stopped by for breakfast at about 11:30 a.m., on a Sunday, and was seated quickly. The menu of American style food is quite large. The service was very friendly and helpful. The Café has booths, tables and a counter facing the cooks. The... More 

Thank IllyCoffeeDrinkers
Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, Mexico
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 1, 2016

Love to come on sundays.This is the first place my husband took me for breakfast the very first time I came to Tempe (10 years ago) and still love it! It is always full but wait to be seated worth it! the services is great, they cook very fast, all the staff is always attentive, good coffe, and nice atmosphere.

Thank Nohemi M
Phoenix, Arizona
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 27, 2016

I've been going here for a few months and I every item on the menu I've tried was great. I'm pretty sure anything you try on the menu will be great.

Thank JlyleB
Tempe, Arizona, United States
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 2, 2016

Harlow's has been a Tempe staple for many years. The breakfasts are legendary. The service is consistently good and the food is as well, it's just a bit on the pricey side. Try any of the omelettes, and the chorizo is excellent.

Thank Kevin B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1021 W University Dr, Tempe, AZ 85281-3417
  • Location: United States  >  Arizona (AZ)  >  Central Arizona  >  Tempe
  • Phone Number: 480-829-9444

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