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South Street Diner

#130 of 2,377 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
+1 617-350-0028
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

This diner is awesome and if you are a Reacher fan you'll know exactly what's on the menu! Food was great and the atmosphere was also great!!

Thank Ace V
Cheshire, Connecticut
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18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

If you are a fan of old school diners it is worth a trip. Not everything is original to the building but still cool. Never had anything but breakfast and that is good. Nothing really creative or over the top. Good banana bread. Hash browns are the deep fried little squares, not the grilled diner type. Pancakes are good. The... More 

Thank redjeep14
Fountain Valley, California
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429 reviews
362 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ambience = interesting. Tables & Booths not stationary. Bottomless coffee for $2.50 but having it filled challenging. Had Banana French Toast ($10) which was overpriced and so-so. Diner has a dirty/greasy spoon feel to it.

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Hanson, Massachusetts
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119 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Classic old school diner, I've been driving past this place for 20 years and I finally had the occasion to stop in and eat breakfast. 7AM there was a cook, a waitress, and one gentleman sitting at a table. Our order was taken right away, they even out on a fresh pot of decaf for us. Coffee is good, much... More 

Thank willy101112
diner81, Owner at South Street Diner, responded to this review

Thank you for your review and coming to south street diner Bostons only 24/7 restaurant More 

Rochester, New Hampshire
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104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 14, 2017 via mobile

What a great time we had here for lunch. We were obviously from out of town, but from the minute we walked in, we were treated like one of their own. The food was freshly made and DELICIOUS!!! We had club sandwiches. The staff is by far the friendliest we have met. We are definitely going back!

Thank Kathy S
diner81, Owner at South Street Diner, responded to this review

Thankyou for coming and your review customers like make every day a special day at south street diner More 

Quincy, Massachusetts
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 12, 2017

I have enjoyed this diner for years (through all its name and ownership changes), and it has never disappointed. Classic breakfast, lunch, and supper americana menu is reasonably priced. Counter and booth service are both quick.

Thank Ray T
diner81, Owner at South Street Diner, responded to this review

Thanks you for the review and coming and joining south street diner More 

Bangkok, Thailand
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101 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

Surprisingly the food at Southside Diner was quite good, especially considering that the seats have sticky residue between their crevices and the waitresses there are quick to give you a mouthful of diatribe if you dare request for service. Still, if you can keep your hands off the seats and tables and just keep your mouth shut and head down... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

I'm not usually a fan of diner food, but our experience at South Street Diner changed my opinion. I'd passed by the diner many times and was happy to see that a bit of the old neighborhood hadn't been destroyed to create even more high-rise condos. The exterior is very shabby, but the inside contains a small, efficient restaurant. Even... More 

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Wabash, Indiana, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 6, 2017

South Street Diner was my last stop after a night out and a bar crawl with some friends I met while in Boston. They had a bouncer at the door and were serious about no feet on the seats. There is one row of seats and it truly is an old fashioned diner experience. The portions were huge, our waitress... More 

Thank Kara T
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We appreciate having you and hope to see you soon More 

Adelaide, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2017

If your not used to the "diner experience"then this is the place to go. Decor, music, lighting, wait staff were all very retro. We arrived mid evening New Years eve and had good service and with a relatively large menus selection, something for everyone.

Thank Jamie H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-350-0028

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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The largest area of the city, Downtown is rich with historical and iconic sites in Boston. Stroll through one of Boston’s most famous green spaces, the Boston Public Gardens, check out and make way for duckling statues, picnic under a beautiful tree overlooking the pond, and walk over the iconic footbridge where, during summer time, you will catch a swan boat toting children and eager tourists through the pond. Have your camera ready to capture its peaceful beauty in the middle of a bustling city. Continue on through the Gardens and take in some open green space at the Boston Common, where you can spend time throwing a frisbee, sitting on a park bench, or, in the winter time, skating on the frog pond. Head north from the end of the Common to see the golden dome of the State House, and travel through government center to Quincy Market and Faneuil Hall, both a historic and popular destination worth a quick visit for a first time to Boston. Head to Long Wharf to visit the Aquarium, or catch a boat to Charlestown or even Cape Cod.
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