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“Great value in fun atmosphere”

Clinton Station Diner
Ranked #3 of 55 Restaurants in Clinton
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Large groups, Kids, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
new jersey
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72 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Great value in fun atmosphere”
Reviewed September 5, 2013

Fabulous place for a fun dinner. You can even dine in a restored railroad car. There is an extensive menu going from all day breakfasts up to steak and seafood entrees. The early-bird dinner specials before 6PM are an absolute steal. Our waitress was very attentive and explained the menu in depth. Mixed drinks, wine and beer are available and the bakery counter is amazing...they do their own baking on premises.

  • Visited September 2013
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Thank barbetNewJersey
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English first
South Florida, Florida
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423 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 391 helpful votes
“A Real Find”
Reviewed August 30, 2013

We were zipping down the highway trying to stay alive in the mad New Jersey traffic and decided it was time to stop and have lunch. A diner sounded just like the right thing. It was far more than we expected. The only "diner" aspect of this oasis of a restaurant is the menu - classic diner offerings with a myriad of choices. However, the big surprise is the restaurant itself - not exactly a diner but a very nice restaurant with almost a men's club steak house atmosphere. The place is huge and bustling with extensive local traffic. We would be regulars too if we lived in this area. I chose the stuffed pepper - the Monday special, and my wife had the broiled scrod - hard to find these days even in New England. Half way through our meal we just looked at each other in disbelief. We were experiencing something pretty close to fine dining in this so-called diner. We didn't have room for dessert, but I want to say that the dessert case was filled with an incredible array of temptations - including some yummy-looking strudel. If you are anywhere close to CSD, come on in and be prepared to be mega-surprised.

  • Visited August 2013
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Branchburg, New Jersey
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
“very concerned..”
Reviewed August 28, 2013

for our health! This place was awful! The food was either cold or terribly under cooked. Our waitress was inattentive (to say the least). I agree with the other reviewers when it came to the fries. Not sure what's going on there. They were burnt,cold,and uncooked on the inside. We had a chicken that was still bleeding,a burger that was so under cooked and when I brought it to the waitress' attention she told me it was medium rare. You know when you buy ground beef and there are those bits of light pink that look like a bit of connective tissue...well that was present in my burger...

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank MeLow4
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Piscataway, New Jersey
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167 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
“Quaint Train Car Dining But Average Food”
Reviewed August 19, 2013 via mobile

I give the diner kudos for the unique option of being able to dine in a Blue Comet train car & the prices are really reasonable. However on our most recent visit the food was just average. The fries that came with my daughters chicken fingers were just big overdone chunks of potato, and my omelet was a little blah. Desert was the best part of the meal & even with that I have to admit the presentation was better than the taste. The staff was relatively attentive, yet we found some unidentifable specks (hopefully just crumbs) floating in our lemonade and spotted some specks in the salt shaker which made us a little queasy. Our average visit is once every other year so we will probably give the diner another shot down the road, hopefully they improve by then.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank MaryMcG_11
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“Nasty”
Reviewed August 17, 2013

How do you screw up chicken fingers??? Really yuck... Gross undercooked inside and burnt outside of fries...nasty

  • Visited July 2013
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Thank MissBizznazz
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