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South Street Diner

#138 of 2,354 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
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Neighborhood:
Downtown
American, Diner
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178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
16173500028
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12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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86 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Went here on recommendation from the front doorman at our hotel. It was well worth the 10 min walk. This little place only has a few tables and counter service. Our waitress Tracey 2as terrific. They have a whole list of different kinds of egg Benedict. I ended up having the lobster eggs benedict. For only $15, there were huge... More 

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Thank ShariS3
diner81, Owner at South Street Diner, responded to this review

Thankyou for your review and hope to see you again soo More 

Plainville, Connecticut
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

With all the overpriced, fancy omelette, breakfast places in Boston, this place was a great find. I wanted a basic old fashioned breakfast, and I was pleasantly surprised when I stumbled into this place. Open 24 hours too.

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

24/7 good food good friends ty for the review More 

Portland, Maine
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465 reviews
366 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 171 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

South Street Diner has been around since the 1950's, and its a bit like stepping back in time going in there. I'd been curious for some time to check it out, and had the opportunity to go recently when traveling through Boston while waiting to board the bus home. They're open 24 hours and serve standard diner fair. I went... More 

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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

No issues with the food or servers, but the 'host' working late morning shift was not particularly interested in hospitality. There were open booths which could seat up to 4 with similar booths of just seated couples. We were only two and placed at the counter. I stated we preferred the open booth, but were told they were just for... More 

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

Thank you for your review More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

From the outside, we were not convinced but once we went in we were very happy about our choice. The food is very good and fairly cheap. The place is small, cosy and the waitor was very friendly. The portions were also quite big. Very convenient and quick.

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

Thank you for your review hope to see you again soon More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This small and traditional diner is a great place to enjoy classic american food, from typical breakfast plates to thick and juicy burgers, at any hour of the day. Everything is very well done and served in a retro and lively setting, by a nice and friendly staff (our waitress, Aurora, was quite good, as well as the rest of... More 

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

Thank you for your review paul has been the manager for the last 6 months he is a great addition to our staff. More 

Lichfield
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here twice for breakfast and weren't disappointed. It is a small traditional diner with booths and stools at a counter. It always seems to be busy so we sat at the counter as they were the only seats available. Staff are friendly yet very efficient. Our order was taken and we watched our food cooked and it was... More 

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

Welcome to south street diner our staff and customers is what makes the diner home More 

Jupiter
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We end of going for breakfast early morning and late night dinner/breakfast again when visiting Boston. Close to hotel and good food

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

Thankyou for being part of the diner community More 

Merrimack, New Hampshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I came in at 6:30am and the staff was ready to go. My order was taken and the next thing I knew my order was on the grill (odd thing I wasn't asked how I wanted my eggs so she put them in as scrambled and I wanted sunny side up). Got my food in 5 minutes and I was... More 

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

Banana bread next time your in. Hope to see you soon More 

Barrie, Canada
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79 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting diner. Coffee was pretty good, reasonably priced. Very small, washrooms right beside a table. Food was cold when it got to me....busy busy place.

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

Thank you for review I will immediately work tempature of food evaluating time and date you were there to train my staff better in the future More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20
Cuisine
American, Diner
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Monday
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Tuesday
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Wednesday
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Thursday
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Friday
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
Saturday
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: 16173500028

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Downtown

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Downtown
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.