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American, Diner
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Vegetarian Friendly
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Reviewed July 7, 2022

Cute place, excellent service and wide range of food at reasonable prices. You can buy a t-shirt and every time you go back you can get 10% off your bill.

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed April 9, 2022

Just witnessed a manager tell a customer who happened to be a mother with her son, that if they don't like the customer service they didn't need to eat here. First problem was the guy looked like a kitchen worker versus a manager. Second, if...you're supposed to be a manager then why escalate the situation versus deescalate? I could talk about the food but the troubling thing was the tone and him doing so in front of a young child. I will never eat here again. I can deal with bad food, but bad management is intolerable.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed April 2, 2022

Fun decor, professional staff, great food at reasonable price. The portions are huge! There is seating indoor & outside.

Date of visit: April 2022
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Reviewed March 17, 2022

Just came back from eating there and got the sausage gravy plus. The gravy was completely expired and tasted sour. The only good thing that came from eating here was the refund we got once we left.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed January 11, 2022

I had and recommend the crab cake and eggs. Plenty of both and with grits, it made a wonderful meal. The service was excellent, the restaurant clean and furnishings looked clean, warm and welcoming. Haven't been to this restaurant in at least 15 years so...going on memory, I'd say they lost nothing and that's not always easy. This makes a good stop for breakfast anytime.More

Date of visit: January 2022
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Reviewed July 5, 2021

Staying in the area and stopped in for a late breakfast. Jukebox-themed diner with large booths and music playing from the 50's and 60's.

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 18, 2021

It was a beautiful day and we were on the south-side at noon. We sat outside to enjoy the weather and both of us chose items off of the breakfast menu. It was our first time to eat at the River City Diner and our...food was very good. Their menu had numerous other items that looked great and we plan to return to try some of them. The service prompt and very good. Thank you River City Diner for one of the most enjoyable meals we have had for some time.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 22, 2020 via mobile

I went to lunch with 2 girlfriends and we all enjoyed our meal very much! I had a delicious burger and cup of roasted red pepper crab soup! One of my friends had a bowl of the crab soup and the other loved her chili!...Can't wait to come back. We ate outside and felt very safe...service was fantastic!More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed August 16, 2020

Waitress was good food very good, had enough for two meals! decor fun, looking forward to going back! good for families and customers of all ages.

Date of visit: August 2020
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Reviewed April 19, 2020

We CAME here to order,pick up and EAT in our cars. What fun for a double date in two cars, ALL had been here before except ME my first time. had those amazing sweet potato fries, a chocolate shake and reuban sandwich.............GREAT DINER food for...sure..........the server was amaznig running in and out to serve the cars KEEP it up RCD..................will be back............someday I will see INSIDE!!!More

Date of visit: April 2020
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Reviewed March 9, 2020

We had friends from out of town visiting us, and they had their 6 year old son with them. We wanted to go somewhere that was kid friendly, and had a variety of menu options. The diner was a hit with the whole group! Even...on a busy Sunday at noon, we only had a short wait to be seated. The menu is huge! Breakfast (served all day), appetizers, burgers, seafood, a variety of hot dogs.... there is literally something for everyone. A server waited on us immediately, and took our orders. The food came out hot and delicious, and very quick! I ordered the crab cakes, and was not disappointed! If you ordered fries, they came in abundance; the hush puppies were very tasty; and they only thing that was "sub-par" was the mac-and-cheese. We were very full from our meal, but could not resist the hand-mixed shakes... oh man, they were delicious! I will definitely be back, and this is now my favorite place to bring out-of-town guests!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 4, 2020

Fun time, met old friends. We all got burgers. Mine was perfect, delicious. Sunday lunchtime, very busy. But moved along, wasn't a long wait. Good service, good food. I'll go back.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed September 3, 2019

Stopped in for breakfast and ordered the corned beef hash. When it came out and was served to me it look like pure vomit on my plate. I went to eat it and took one bite of it and almost puked on my self. It...was totally disgusting. I looked around and others were barely eating as well. I believe this retro diner is now serving petrified food. I do not recommend this place for anything .More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed September 3, 2019 via mobile

Met a friend for lunch. She had a hamburger that looked delicious. I had a salad....pretty lackluster... No dark greens, just romaine. It was palatable but not to the point I would return. Server was very nice and interior was interesting.

Date of visit: August 2019
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Reviewed August 21, 2019

Want a place to gather with friends on a Friday night that doesn't involve a 45 minute or longer wait to get a table; this is the place to be. River City Diner is a step back in time with a life size Elvis inside....The staff was friendly and as our friends gathered for dinner we were able to have easy conversation as the noise level was very low due to the lack of crowd. The food portions are large, but lack flavor. The fries on the plate could serve a family of 4. Breakfast is served at all times and the waffle is huge. The cocktails come in a large glass, but we felt like we were drinking straight lemonade (did they forget the Lynchburg part?)More

Date of visit: August 2019
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River City Diner Southside is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4