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Reviewed October 28, 2020 via mobile

Waiting for car to be serviced, got very hungry. Diner was close by, and it was recommended by the service technician Good call. Eggs iver easy done right, hash browns classic, and good coffee, not always guaranteed at a diner. Lots of space, as we...were still on the endless virus lockdown rules. Restaurant clean, they took my temperature, utensils, salt and pepper all well packaged to keep germ contact down Butvwe were there for good food, and that s what we got. Happy to recommend the place, and I don t throw recs around lightly. Some really good restaurants have been suffocated to death byvthe lockdown so let s keep the good ones going, shall we?More

Date of visit: October 2020
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Reviewed July 19, 2020

This is my local diner and we have been trying to support local business. However, this is the last time I am going to order from here. They didn’t have onion rings and called to tell me that then after waiting for over an hour...and calling multiple times they told me that they driver just left the food outside my house “a long time ago” because they couldn’t get in contact with me. They have my correct information the whole time. Of course I had already tipped the driver on my CC when I placed the order. I can’t even begin to express what a lack of empathy this shows. Support your local business accordingly.More

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed April 14, 2020

I’m 5 months pregnant and called to verify which soup was available, the manager Annalise answered and I told her I was placing an order online for pickup. I proceeded to place the order with other items and received an error stating that my order...was cancelled and to call the restaurant to find out why. The website states that my Refund will be available back to the original method of payment within a few hours and to call the store to find out why. When I called the store, Annalise, the manager,, informed me that that kitchen was overwhelmed and for me to place my order in another 40 minutes. Pregnant and starving, I waited. I called back in 45 minutes and Annalise told me they are no longer accepting orders for the rest of the day. Of course I’m angry because I just spoke to you, TWICE, and was never informed of this. I asked her about my refund, and she stated that it will take 3 to 5 business days to return back my card. This is RIDICULOUS. I am pregnant and now out of $24.95 until god knows when, during a pandemic. I’m more upset that I actually did what the manager wanted me to do and still without food. Proceed with caution with this restaurant, they will take your money without even accepting the order. The manager Annalise, provides inaccurate information to the customers and their website does not provide the correct information as well. Placing an order with this restaurant would be considered a blind sale. Hopefully, I receive my refund. Fingers crossed.More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed December 1, 2019

I guess you can call me a "diner person". I love eating at different diners. I have my favorites, and I have those that I will forever stay away from. I hadn't been to the State Street Grill for quite awhile so I decided to...have my Thanksgiving dinner there. The restaurant itself is clean and welcoming, no problem there. It's just that my whole dining experience was very mediocre. It started with our waitress. By the time I gave my complete order, she had excused herself 3 times to cough or sneeze. I mean, one time is okay....but more than that, maybe you should be home nursing your cold. I had to joke-ily ask her not to get any germs in my food !! She must've taken that as a hint and, next thing you know, we had a new waitress (who turned out to be terrific). I wasn't really happy with my dinner rolls. They were cold and I didn't prefer that they were rye and pumpernickel. I ordered the classic turkey dinner. The turkey was on the cool side. I was very tempted to send it back to the kitchen to heat it up. The sweet potato was hard as a rock, the cranberry sauce and pumpkin pie for dessert was nothing to write home about. Just a pure mediocre meal. It made me think of how much I used to love this diner when it was called "Willies", and how much has changed since. There are too many diners in NJ to choose from, lots of competition out there. In the future I will not consider the State Street Grill in my dining plans.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed October 30, 2019 via mobile

I’ve been coming to this diner for a few years now. The food — at least the menu items I’ve ordered — are definitely above average for a diner. And when you’re seated at the restaurant it’s far easier to get halfway decent service. Ordering...food for takeout/delivery, however, is NOT a good idea. I cannot count the number of times I’ve placed an order for delivery either through the restaurant itself, UberEats or some other third-party delivery service only to have it arrive with items missing. The last two orders I placed were each missing both of the side dishes they were supposed to come with. If you order directly through the restaurant you can call and ask that they deliver the missing items, but that will take some time and your other food will likely get cold (assuming it’s hot to begin with) in the interim. If you order through UberEats or some other third party, however, things are a tad more complicated. Most of the time I just do without the missing items, as it’s taxing to get them to correct their mistake. However, the last time it happened I requested a refund. And when I next placed an order it was canceled by the restaurant (I have a sneaking suspicion that was intentional and punitive). All in all, it’s worth a visit if you’re nearby and looking for a decent meal. The food is pretty good and the portions are fairly generous. However, don’t expect great customer service as this place is seriously lacking in that department. And don’t bother placing an order for delivery. If you do and they happen to get it right, count your lucky stars!More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed July 15, 2019

We have ordered food from here for delivery a few times,and it's always good. We called yesterday and were told they no longer deliver to our part of Belleville-driver says it's "way too far" -Belleville is on Bloomfield's border! Really bummed out about this change-the...flyer they sent out says delivery to Belleville,NOT JUST CERTAIN PARTS OF BELLEVILLE!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 19, 2019 via mobile

Nasty service, cold barley soup that made me sick - am only writing more because Trip Adviser wants me to

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed June 9, 2019

Your experience can vary greatly by server, the offerings are varied and quantities plentiful. Love taking leftovers home for second meal. IVAN is the best waiter among the bunch. I recommend the Broadway omelette for breakfast. Calamari full meal deal for dinner. Parking in their...lot or nearby can be a problem at times.More

Date of visit: May 2019
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Reviewed June 7, 2019

I have been dining at the State Street Grill for many years, long before it was known by its present name and was the beloved Willy’s Diner. I have never been disappointed. Excellent, thoughtfully prepared food with very generous portions, excellent service and very modest...prices. Although not an expressly Italian dining venue, all of their pasta dishes are excellent and I especially recommend the chicken Francese and the chicken marsala. The salads are fantastic, and I especially relish the sliced steak salad. The meatloaf is wonderful, likecmama used to make and the wide selection of desserts, baked on the premises, are the stuff of which dreams are made. This is my “go to” place when I want good food, in quantity, and I don’t want to have to dress up. Very casual, very friendly atmosphere, with an excellent wait staff.More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed May 29, 2019

Waitress was very good & attentive. Service was quick. Food was very good. I would recommend this diner when you don't know what you want to eat.

Date of visit: May 2019
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Phil M, Owner at State Street Grill, responded to this reviewResponded May 30, 2019

Thanks for the awesome review, Global743266 We work hard to meet expectations like yours, and we’re happy to hear we hit the mark for you. Come back and see us soon. Cheers!

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State Street Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4