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Quaint and relaxed, the Kenilworth Diner & Restaurant is dedicated to being your home away from home. Fresh, homestyle cooking paired with friendly and attentive service this is what we do best. Think: first-class dining on a first-name basis, where new patrons often become our most-beloved regulars. Whether it’s a lunch meeting, quick breakfast before work, or a quiet dinner with your family, we’re dedicated to giving you the most outstanding dining experience. Sit back and relax while you enjoy our fresh soups, hearty entrees, and world-famous cheesecake. With over 40 years of service, we’ve had the pleasure of growing with our community. Now with an expanded catering menu, and award-winning
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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American, Diner
FEATURES
Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout, Seating, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed October 9, 2022

We went to dinner here while staying down the street for the night. The Kenilworth Hotel recommended we go here for dinner. We were glad we went. The food and service were both good. Beware they do charge a fee if you use a credit...card.More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed May 15, 2022

Came for a lunch/dinner (I only eat 2 low-carb meals a day). There was a 15 min wait for a table/booth at 11am on a Saturday. I reviewed their big menu online beforehand and was planning on a burger. However, when I saw they had...a prime rib special for $22, I could not resist. The prime rib was excellent - tender, cooked right and delicious and with little visible fat. It was huge (a 16 oz portion). The vegetables were fresh and cooked well, but too many carrots (3 times as much as the broccoli and cauliflower). The side salad was also good. The service was excellent getting 3 refills on my coffee. There is little doubt, I will be returning and explore their menu more.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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Reviewed May 13, 2022

Before the pandemic, we had eaten at the Kenilworth Diner and experienced great luncheons and dinners. May 2022 was not the same. A Jersey Mike’s sub in a tub would have been more plentiful and certainly tastier than our Greek salad selection.. Unfortunately we will...not return.More

Date of visit: May 2022
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded May 15, 2022

Sorry you didn’t like the Greek salad hard to believe but it’s our best seller but not everyone has the same taste. Glad you made it thru the “pandemic”. Enjoy those ….sub in a tub.

Reviewed January 10, 2022

I stopped here for breakfast while on my way to a meeting, and really enjoyed the food! The banana nut pancakes were fluffy and warm, the fresh fruit salad wasn't too soggy, and the coffee woke me up at once. Service was warm and welcoming,...and the entire vibe of this place was cozy and non-fussy.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed July 22, 2021

Our daughter was attending orientation at a nearby university so my wife and I went here for lunch. It was so good, we took her back there for dinner later that day. The french dip and grilled cheese were very good, but the star of...each meal was the creamiest cheesecake I ever had to pleasure to devour! If you are in the area, I highly recommend stopping here for a meal or at least the cheesecake.More

Date of visit: July 2021
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded July 24, 2021

Thanks guys, good luck to your daughter in school

Reviewed June 24, 2021 via mobile

The food in this diner was delicious. The service was excellent. The omelette and coffee was so good that I kept thinking how good it was while I was eating.

Date of visit: June 2021
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded June 26, 2021

Thank you

Reviewed March 5, 2020

Have eaten late lunch here a couple of times. My wife and I have eaten scrambled eggs and omelettes and I have sampled the burger. It's probably less than a mile west of the Garden State Parkway. They have a small parking lot and there...are spots on the street in front of the diner. The diner is small but the food is prepared well and it is very inexpensive. There are a few booths in the front with a counter opposite. In the back there is a small dining room with tables. Waitresses are friendly and efficient.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2020

Thank you!!

Reviewed March 5, 2020 via mobile

Always a great night with great food at the Kenilworth Diner!!! The food is fantastic with large portions. The waitresses are always extremely friendly and enjoy conversations with customers! Service is quick and accurate! You can’t go wrong with anything on their menu! Before you...leave, usually with leftover for lunch the next day, make sure you take home a cream puff, cheese cake or lemon meringue pie!!! We will be back next week😊More

Date of visit: March 2020
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded March 6, 2020

Thank you Colleen

Reviewed February 24, 2020

it has been many, many years since the last visit, but while in the area had to go back..same great food, friendly attentive service, nice sized portions at a reasonable price....blg and decor have changed over the years but not the quality of food.

Date of visit: February 2020
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2020

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Reviewed February 22, 2020

My friend and I stop at this Diner for dinner once a month on your way to a club meeting. We always order something different every time and are never disappointed with the quality and freshness of the food and the service.

Date of visit: February 2020
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded February 23, 2020

Thank you Barry. See you next month

Reviewed February 9, 2020

I get take out about twice a month. The food is always very good. Fresh vegetables, real mashed potatoes, not instant with very generous portions. I know what homemade soup is because I make my own, the soup here is homemade and very good. The...owners are very nice. A pleasure to eat in or take out. Try it, you won't be sorry.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2020

Thank you Gloria

Reviewed January 23, 2020 via mobile

Diners are abundant in Jersey, but it's hard to find a good one. My fiancé and I were running errands in the area on MLK Jr. Day, so we were looking for a lunch spot. A quick Yelp search presented me with Kenilworth Diner with...pretty good reviews. We got there at around 12:30 and we were in and out in less than an hour (thanks to the great service). I ordered a patty melt, which comes with fries and a small thing of cole slaw. It was my first patty melt in life, and I really enjoyed it! I ordered it medium rare and that was exactly how it came out. I was going to swap the rye bread it came on for white but I'm glad I didn't because the rye was a great complement. My only complaint was that the bread had way too much butter on it, but that was my fault for not telling them to ease up on it beforehand. The sandwich was really filling, so I was only able to finish half. Fiancé had the crispy buffalo chicken wrap. He had the lunch special so this also came with fries, a bigger thing of cole slaw, and a French onion soup for a $1.50 upgrade. This might be the best $1.50 we've ever spent because the French onion soup was excellent. The cheese on top was nice and gooey and melty, and the soup itself had a great flavor and wasn't overly salty, like most French onion soups tend to be. I'm not a huge fan of buffalo chicken but he liked the wrap. He was also only able to finish half, so we had lunch for the next day. The diner does smell a bit musty in the back section where we were sitting, so try to sit in the front if you can. Not a deal breaker though so I definitely want to come back and try some of their other food.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded January 24, 2020

Hi Melanie thank you for this wonderful and detailed review. We always enjoy our customer’s feed back. Your review was a pleasant notification and a joy for the staff to read. Thank you again and look forward to you next visit

Reviewed January 12, 2020

Had lunch ordered in while here for work, and the sandwich I had was delicious. I would recommend this diner to anyone visiting the area

Date of visit: January 2020
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded January 13, 2020

Thank you Mark

Reviewed December 27, 2019

When we are in this area we usually stop for lunch at the Kenilworth Diner. My egg platter was cooked as requested and promptly served hot. The Turkey Club is made with roasted turkey and not the salty type deli turkey. Good solid food and...personable service.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded December 28, 2019

Thank you see you again on your next visit

Reviewed December 21, 2019

I was in town for 36 hours & actually went to the diner twice in that span. Very extensive menu, generous portions, and a marvelous dessert section. Good value for the price and would definitely recommend.

Date of visit: December 2019
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TheKenilworthDiner, Owner at Kenilworth Diner, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2019

Thanks Ryan!!

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  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4