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“An old fashioned Diner With a Culinary Secret” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lakeside Diner

Lakeside Diner
Ranked #55 of 447 Restaurants in Stamford
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
New Canaan, Connecticut
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23 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“An old fashioned Diner With a Culinary Secret”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

This is no recreation of an old diner. It's the real thing,shabby round seats by the counter, old tables close together, harried waitresses, who've been there forever. The view is of a pond (not a lake), attractive in all seasons. The place is usually full with repeat diners ordering the same things, hamburgers, soups, omelets AND ALWAYS the homemade doughnuts, the best ever. The doughnuts are only one kind, fried, crispy and sprinkled with regular, not confectioners sugar. You can't eat just one or leave without taking some home with you. Even my 6 year old grandson, whose mother takes him to Dunkin' Doughnuts, agrees that these are the best. There is no pretense at serving gourmet foods but whatever you order, coffee and a doughnut are a must.

Important -they close at 3 pm.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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STAMFORD
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282 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Hard to Find a Seat on Weekends”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

This tiny breakfast/lunch restaurant just off the Merritt Parkway is a local gem. Excellent food, but almost impossible to find a seat or service on weekends. Weekdays are crowded too, but with short waits. Still, it's worth a visit. Great view of the lake from the wall of windows by the dining room tables. Also has a counter where lots of folks grab seats when tables aren't available.

Visited December 2012
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Stamford, Connecticut
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58 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Best diner in Stamford”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2012

If you are looking for a great diner, Lakeside Diner is the place. They serve the best breakfast!! Their waffles and bacon,egg and cheese sandwich are amazing. The diner isn't that big and it gets pretty crowded, so go early. You can also call in your order and pick it up (still tastes great).

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Thank Christin F
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“Donuts for everyone!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

The breakfast was good, but the donuts were so good! This is how donuts are supposed to be made. We go to chain donut stores all the time for convenience, it takes a place like Lakeside to remind you how good a donut can be.

Besides the donut, I had a solid diner breakfast of eggs, bacon, homefries and toast for a very affordable price. The pancakes looked really good and I will try them the next time.

    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Pound Ridge, New York
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17 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Donuts!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Most things at this diner ore good, but not our of the ordinary, but their homemade donuts are to die for! Just be careful for they are addicting. Service is good and the place is always busy in the mornings

Visited August 2012
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