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Shady Glen Dairy Stores

Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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360 Middle Tpke W, Manchester, CT 06040-3824
(860) 643-0511
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Sun 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Mon - Thu 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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East Hartford, Connecticut, United States
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59 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped at Shady Glen on independent day. As usual, pretty good crowd there. There aren't too many places left that serve sandwiches and a wide variety of ice cream. The Glen has a bit of old dairy bar atmosphere and is world famous (well world famous in CT) for fried cheese burgers and fried cheese hot dogs, not to.mention... More 

Thank josephbK8896UN
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We make a point of stopping at Shady Glen every time we travel to Manchester. The fried cheese on the burgers is amazing- and you can order a side of fried cheese if you are craving extra deliciousness. The ice cream is tasty- a hot fudge sundae is the best! Plus, if you order soda it is old style syrup... More 

Thank Amanda C
Tiffin, Ohio
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10 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2016

Whenever I am in the area, I never fail to stop at Shady Glen for a cheeseburger. Their unique way of grilling the cheese makes for a delicious burger. Staff are very friendly. Ice cream is the best around. This simple, casual family restaurant has a hometown feel to it which I love.

Thank Florecita_S
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6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016 via mobile

Love Shady Glen! Of course the ice cream is wonderful, but you haven't lived until you eat a cheeseburger. Breakfast is great also.

Thank Becky S
Southbury, Connecticut
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57 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Went to Shady Glen after hearing about their famous cheeseburgers with the puffed up cheese. We were asked if we wanted lettuce & tomato so we said sure and we passed on the buns. The burger was $6.50 and the lettuce and tomato another $1.20! It was disappointingly small . And I mean SMALL . Cheese was over cooked .... More 

Thank Fran T
Meriden, Connecticut
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24 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2016

If you want an old dairy bar experience, look no further. The place is famous for their cheeseburgers - grilled with four yummy, salty pieces of cheese hanging over to fry them to crispy perfection. The fries are just fries, but if you like onion rings, I'd ordered those instead. A meal at Shady Glen is not complete without a... More 

Thank lbagley77
Newington, Connecticut
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2016

After living in Connecticut for 28 years (my entire life), it was about time I got to try this hidden gem. There is some BIG TALK about their cheeseburger, as well as their ice cream, as it has been around for well over 60 years. My curiosity started by trying an exclusive flavor of ice cream called "Irish Stout", which... More 

Thank robromansvoice
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2016

Best cheeseburgers and best peanut butter chocolate ice cream. We have been back many times. and are always pleased with service and food.

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Southington, Connecticut
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244 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This is a must stop at if you are in the area. They have great burgers - cheeseburgers especially and fries. Their coleslaw is wonderful and even took some home. The waitresses are all in standard uniforms that bring you back to the 50's and 60's. They are noted for their homemade ice cream and have seasonal favors that are... More 

Thank lkis229
South Windsor, CT
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

Shady Glen has been around since before I was born (early '60s). Their cheeseburgers are known the world over because of the way that they fry 4 pieces of cheese on the griddle creating a gooey, yet crispy topping for your burger. You can also order this as a side dish! The home made cole slaw is absolutely the best... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 360 Middle Tpke W, Manchester, CT 06040-3824
  • Location: United States  >  Connecticut (CT)  >  Manchester
  • Phone Number: (860) 643-0511

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?