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College Diner

American, Diner
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500 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561-1607
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New Paltz, New York
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50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

From the outside, this looks like your average NY state diner... And it appears that way on the inside as well. Perk #1. Booths have old-fashioned, individualized juke boxes. Perk #2. Their bottomless cup of coffee is really good- not your typical diner watery coffee. Perk #3. If you ask, home fries can be deep-fried. OMG. This is a must.

Thank joyousmedicine
Niskayuna, New York, United States
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We stopped in for diner on a Friday night and were seated right away. My kids got the same thing: a BLTwith fries and a milkshake. They said that the milkshake was the best. I got a turkey burger special. It had fancy toppings like red onion, avocado and a special sauce. The toppings were great, the turkey burger itself... More 

Thank Susanenw
Windsor, Connecticut, United States
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45 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016 via mobile

Frankly after reading some of the not so great reviews, we were skeptical. We arrived and we're promptly seated. The decor may be dated but we received our food very quickly. The service was good, waitress attentive. The food was what I would've expected, plenty and good.

Thank WellsM0m
Huntington, New York
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243 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2016 via mobile

Rustic or retro decor is fine, fun even. This is just tired and in need of a serious facelift. It seemed dark/dim throughout, carpets are FILTHY, and there was the smell. Sort of a musty, dank, in need of a good airing out kind of thing. We stayed because we were starving. Plus side: our server (Shannon ?) was very... More 

Thank ChubbaHill
Buffalo, New York, United States
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2016

I just went there with my family for dinner-not sure if it's under new management, but there were some good changes. It was always a good diner, but it seems like there is anew menu with some upgraded food. My husband ordered a burger on a brioche bun, bacon, chipotle mayo and a friend egg..it was delicious! My chicken souvlaki... More 

Thank Racheal C
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366 reviews
323 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015 via mobile

Pretty standard Diner. Friendly. Lots of space. Ok, but not outstanding (for a diner) food. Convenient stop on a 'road trip'.

Thank burnsinny
West Islip, New York
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

Great to eat after a show or concert. Open late, not that crowded. Staff is okay, depends on who is on

Thank Kim A
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2015

Food is awful. Ravioli with red sauce had a brownish sauce. Vegetables old. Has not been updated in a few decades. Not very clean. So sad to see a diner in an excellent location like this that has lousy food, weak service, and messy interior. I don't think they realize how bad the place really is? We were meeting relatives... More 

Thank P8497SVmarkm
New York
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015 via mobile

My friends and I stopped off at College Diner to get a quick bite late at night. We had tried going there several other times, pulling in after seeing the huge lit up "open 24 hours" sign but it was closed EVERY TIME. It was finally open this time and we were so excited! For one, the place creeped us... More 

Thank jennaaula
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015 via mobile

If you value your life in the least, please do not eat at this diner. I'm not sure if this place doesn't care or if they simply know they can get away with the operation as is.....but this is by far the worst restaurant I have ever eaten at. I have seen plenty of diners with outdated decor so I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Diner
Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Main St, New Paltz, NY 12561-1607
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New Paltz
  • Phone Number: 845-255-5040

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