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“Good, old-fashioned food”

Magee Country Diner
Ranked #2 of 38 Restaurants in Waterloo
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Ottawa, Canada
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Good, old-fashioned food”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

Wanting a break from the chain restaurants while in Waterloo/Syracuse, we decided to stop in at Magee's at the recommendation of a coworker. We were glad we did. There's nothing pretentious about this spot - a cow-theme carried on throughout, servers dressed comfortably in jeans and t-shirts - and that was refreshing. A true All-American diner setting. The food, too, is unpretentious. And while some of it's just "okay" - the chicken-fried steak and the french onion soup come to mind - some of it is fantastic (the cornbread and prime rib dinners were favourites). While I was disappointed that the strawberry shortcake didn't feature fresh strawberries, the abundance of whipped cream and a totally fantastic biscuit that I'm still thinking about made up for it. Excellent value for the portions and lots to choose from.

Service was a little slow, but apologetic and friendly and so was easily forgiven. I'd give the place 3.5 stars but seeing as TripAdvisor doesn't allow 1/2 stars I'll give Magee's the benefit of the doubt and kick them up to 4. We'll be back the next time we're in town.

P.S. I'd mention that the place was very cold, even in the heat of late August and that was a little off-putting. Bring a jacket.

  • Visited August 2012
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Ottawa
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150 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
“A real old style diner”
Reviewed May 22, 2012

We stopped there for lunch on our way to the Waterloo outlets. I had read some good reviews and wanted to go off the normal McD track. I have to say we really enjoyed our meal. The menu items were certainly different then what you normally see in your generic highway side restaurants. The "pig wings", deep fried spare ribs, were actually very good; an interesting twist on the regular chicken wings. All in all, a nice stop for a slice of americana and a meal to go with it!

  • Visited April 2012
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Geneva, NY
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105 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great Breakfast and Lunch”
Reviewed April 12, 2012

If you're spending the day shopping at the Waterloo Outlet Mall take an hour and treat yourself to lunch at Magee!

Visited October 2011
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Seneca Falls, New York
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Great Location”
Reviewed February 27, 2012

Great location just off the Thruway on the way to the outlet mall from the east. Cute cow collection fills the place.

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Asbury Park, New Jersey
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Nice little family restaurant”
Reviewed January 29, 2012

Had breakfast there twice. Place was always crowded. Service was good although a tad slow at times, but no wonder because it was packed. Seemed to be a favorite amongst locals. Good food.

  • Visited December 2011
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