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“Small town average”
3 of 5 bubbles Review of Nelda's Diner

Nelda's Diner
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Bakersfield, California
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169 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
“Small town average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2012

We have had second home here for years, and finally decided to try this place. Unimpressive food. Nothing memorable. Denny's and IHop are better. Serving size is small. We have not been back.

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  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Tucson, AZ
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42 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
“Great small town diner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2012

For breakfast, we got fresh fruit on crisp lettuce, plus good biscuits. For dinner, a special gave me excellent smoked-meat barbecue (not just ordinary meat hidden under barbeque sauce) atop a bed of very tasty beans, plus a fine cornmeal muffin. They had Fat Tire on tap, too. The variety of milkshakes is indeed impressive. And it's hard to avoid dessert--most entrees include your choice of bread pudding, ice cream, and a couple of other options--so you get quite a good deal for your money.

  • Visited September 2012
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Irvine, California
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118 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Average”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2012

This place is ok, not great. The ac was not working properly so it was pretty hot inside. There were too many flies for my liking. The food was ok but again nothing great. It seemed like the service was slow.

Visited August 2012
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California
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13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Gotta stop in for a shake!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2012

Nelda's is known for their shakes! They have 108 different shakes on their menu. I had chocolate, banana and reese's pieces. Delicious! The service was terrific as was the food. We had a grilled cheese sandwich and bacon cheeseburger, both really good. The onion rings were really good too. Just an old diner, but you don't want to miss it.

  • Visited July 2012
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Onyx
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103 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Try Cheryl's Diner in Kernville, instead”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 28, 2012

I'm sorry to dismiss a local restaurant, but the staff here, especially the food prep staff just don't get it. Instead of fresh fruit with your breakfast, you're likely to get canned fruit. It just reminded me of breakfast in a military chow hall, instead of a quality breakfast made just for me. Both Nelda's and Cheryl's (in Kernville) are owned by different sisters, but there is a vast difference in the food quality and service, as Cheryl's definitely gets it right.

Visited March 2012
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