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“Used to be our "go-to" spot; before price hikes”
Review of The Diner on Clifton - CLOSED

The Diner on Clifton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cleveland, Ohio
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46 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Used to be our "go-to" spot; before price hikes”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

The Diner on Clifton has been my families’ go-to spot for years when we meet out for dinner and for the occasional weekday breakfast. Unfortunately, the recent price increases caused us to seek out alternatives. With two other diners only blocks away, I can’t imagine what management was thinking: this is NOT a fancy restaurant, it’s a diner on a busy corner with decent food, bad parking and old basement bathrooms. So, an extra $1 or $2 a dish is enough to push something from "kinda pricey" to "expensive".

About the food…my favorite appetizer is the Artichoke Dill Bake, a small cast iron skillet filled with baked creamy cheeses, artichokes and dill served with fried pita chips seasoned with lemon pepper. The pita chips are excellent but often they don’t give you enough for the dip and an extra batch is $3, making this an $11 appetizer.

The soups are usually good, the portions are large and usually the dessert case is filled with a half-dozen or so Cheesecake Factory-sized treats. The house standard is Garden Vegetable Chowder, and occasionally they have a yummy Cheeseburger soup as well. The roasted turkey sandwich and chicken pita are excellent. I also recommend the chili dog with potato salad.

The salads are large, usually enough for two meals – but they should really offer half-sizes and at those prices, serve some bread on the side at least. A dinner salad, a side of fries and a drink cost about $15, and if my friend and I order a salad and a dinner to share, dinner is $30. My favorite dish is the penne pesto pasta, but again a half-size and a piece of garlic bread would be nice. Sitting outside is an option (in the summer) but it's a congested street corner so the noise and fumes make outside dining unpleasant.

I prefer to support non-chain restaurants whenever possible. But frankly, charging more without making some improvements is risky. Give people a piece of bread with their soup, salad and pasta, or at the very least, a clean bathroom. At this point with their remodeled interior and improved menu, My Friends Place up the street has become a better alternative.

  • Visited September 2012
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English first
Sandusky, Ohio
Level Contributor
16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Great option for the local or for someone wanting some local flavor.”
Reviewed September 25, 2012

Nice, cozy diner for anyone wanting a little local flavor.
Unique décor.
Prices are reasonable and the staff is always friendly.
Breakfast, lunch and dinner have good options (including healthy ones).

Space isn’t that large.
Outside dining area can be a bit noisy.
Restrooms are located in the basement which could be an issue for those who don’t handle
stairs well.

  • Visited June 2012
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Thank sidrat1963
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Los Angeles, CA
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great breakfast omeletes”
Reviewed September 16, 2012

Nice service, diner style food, with some extras, like a Greek omelet that was delicious. Good prices. Had breakfast there twice. The coffee was mediocre.

Visited September 2012
Thank ak33
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Cleveland, Ohio
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57 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed August 30, 2012

I guess it will do in a pinch, but the service is kind of rude and the food is unremarkable. The atmosphere is cute, I'll give it that.

Visited August 2012
Thank Laura M
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Cleveland, Ohio
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97 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Keep walking past it . .”
Reviewed August 16, 2012

It may look cute from the outside, but I certainly was not impressed with this cramped diner. It fits all of 15 people and not too comfortably. The service is lousy and when I went, they seemed to be out of many things on the menu. I live in the neighborhood and believe me, there are many other better spots to dine at than this one. Don't bother!

Visited March 2012
Thank Travs82
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