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South Street Diner

#140 of 2,349 Restaurants in Boston
Certificate of Excellence
American, Diner
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178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:01 am - 11:59 pm
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Salisbury, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Walking into this diner is like walking back in time. Red counter seats and booths and a neon clock say it all. Great breakfast menu. They served the best home fries we could find. Used by many locals and the waitresses knew them all. The fruit side was fresh and a joy to eat.

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

Ty for coming m, Ty for the review the diner is made by great customers More 

East Anglia
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172 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Was a little sceptical about going in. Looks a bit rough from the outside. But pleasantly surprised once inside. Place was buzzing. Really friendly staff. Great atmosphere. Mix of locals and visitors. Always wanted to try the American diner experience so that's one thing off my bucket list! Food was amazing. Try the banana pancakes. Won't need to eat for... More 

Thank hattiee
Wymondham, United Kingdom
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132 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Our first visit to a traditional American diner. Had breakfast here; friendly staff, great choice, huge portions and loads of atmosphere, with everything cooked right in front of you, and all at very fair prices. Fine dining it ain't, but if you want the Real Thing to set you up for a day's sightseeing in Boston look no further.

Thank rickenbacker_al
Tomball, Texas
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75 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Maybe it was where we were staying, but it seemed like there were Dunkin Donuts and coffee shops on every corner, but not much else in the way of breakfast. Concierge at our hotel recommended this place, and I'm glad we went. Close to the South Street station, it was easy to get to and the food was good. Place... More 

Thank Stephanie F
Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

What a great experience! My girlfriend and I walked the short walk from the W hotel based on a recommendation from the front desk. From the second we walked in, the quirky, loud, enthusiastic staff had us so glad that we did. I had the pancakes with bacon and Karen had the eggs Benedict. We both left feeling stuffed and... More 

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

Thank you for being part of south street diner great customers are what makes a diner community and Boston. Ty More 

Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Traditional diner breakfast food. Friendly and talkative staff. Omelette was wonderful. Worth the walk!

Thank dkap2016
Knutsford, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We are rather late to this place as it has been around since 1947. Still I am very pleased to make its acquaintance. Must be one of the warmest welcomes in Boston when entering. We arrived for breakfast relatively late, but it was still busy and no wonder. The menu had all that we required and the food, when it... More 

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

Thank you for review, your patronage and hope to see you again soon More 

Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

What an experience! From the moment we walked in and were greeted by the friendliest girl to the moment we left, we thoroughly enjoyed our visit. We were so impressed by the slick service, delicious food and above all the friendly atmosphere. There was a wonderful relationship between the boss and his staff. His manners to them and to us... More 

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

We appreciate having u at south street diner More 

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48 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a Supreme burger that included a thick juicy burger with American cheese, lettuce, tomato, bacon, grilled onions and mushrooms along with tasty french fries. Service was good; portions were large, and the diner had a fun vibe to it. They serve breakfast here all day. What a great time and terrific restaurant!

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

Thank you for joining south street diner hope to see you for customer appreciation sept 18 More 

Jackson, New Jersey
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was about a 10 minute walk from intercontinental hotel. Service was a little slow but friendly. Got the super omelette and it was very good. Coffee and toast good too. The place is small but looks better in the inside than outside. Plays modern music over speakers even though it's theme is 50s style diner which was fine with... More 

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

Ty for your review hope to see You again soon More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
American, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
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: 16173500028

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

Staying in Downtown

Neighborhood Profile
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.