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“Long wait, Mediocre food”
Review of City Cafe Diner

City Cafe Diner
Ranked #15 of 841 Restaurants in Chattanooga
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $2 - $27
Cuisines: American, Diner
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Takeout
Description: 24/7 Anything anytime! City Cafe Diner in Chattanooga, Tennessee and Cleveland, Tennessee offers breakfast, lunch and dinner with a choice of 400 different menu items any time of day or night. We feature traditional American fare plus five different varieties of ethnic food, including Chinese, Mexican, Italian, Greek and Mediterranean cuisine. Choose from over 90 home made cakes, cheesecakes, and pies. Our downtown diner provides a full bar and live music. Our other locations provide beer and wine.
Reviewed July 28, 2013

The first thing you see when you walk in is the spinning carousel of cakes that look oh so tempting. But then, we were yelled at from across the restaurant by the hostess to follow her through an unmarked door to the "waiting area" which happened to be the connected motel's lobby! After a long wait, in which people that had arrived both before and after us were seated, we finally decided to leave (we were a party of 2). On the way out through the restaurant, we met the hostess, and we told her we were leaving and the reason. We find out that she had mistakenly marked through our name, and from her attitude, she reluctantly gave us the next available table and she did not apologize. Our waiter was adequate. Out food was mediocre for the most part, though the "home fries" were a big disappointment. Surprising for the that being the side that comes with most breakfast meals. I would not eat there again and would not recommend it.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

Nothing more to add - the choices are 300+ and portions are huge. Menu has everything from diner food such as burgers and grilled chicken, pasta dishes, breakfast stuff and even Greek food. The owner was present who happens to be from Chicago. He was very gracious. They plan on opening a namesake restaurant in Nashville over the Rock Bottom Brewery. They had a kid menu and the place is kid friendly. Service was a bit slow but accurate.

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Reviewed July 25, 2013

I was really excited to try this place based off some of the outstanding reviews. Unfortunately for me, I found this place to be just average in about every way possible. Yes, the portions are large, but I didn't come away feeling as though I had received some incredible value based on the final dollar amount of the check. The food was ok. My chicken parmesan came out smothered in onions despite asking for no onions. They were quick and kind about replacing it though. We also got some cake to go. While they have many to choose from and they all look delicious, I found the overall quality of the cake to be sub-par in comparison to alot of other bakeries we have been to. We probably would not eat dinner here again, but would maybe get cake to go and hope to have better luck with a different type.

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Thank MMandS
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Reviewed July 23, 2013 via mobile

Stopped here for a late lunch. Plenty to chose from on the menu, and as others have commented, big portion sizes are a selling point here. Food was OK - it's a diner, not a restaurant - and service was good once I'd been seated. Very good value for money, but overall a pretty average eating experience.

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Reviewed July 21, 2013

Yes, huge portions and tons of choices are what you will get at this restaurant. There were so many food choices, from breakfast items to seafood to steak to sandwiches, that we had a hard time making a decision. And oh my, the cakes and desserts are out of this world!! What the food lacks in quality is made up in quantity for sure. Our server was friendly and attentive; and once we placed our order, the food arrived rather quickly. We'd definitely go back!

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