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Tops Diner

500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
+1 973-481-0490
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  • Excellent71%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheesecake” (19 reviews)
“meatloaf” (11 reviews)
“burgers” (23 reviews)
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500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We came to Tops diner after reading all the positive reviews. After a brief 40 minute wait – made quicker with their cool app and good music, we were seated in a great booth with one of their old time waiters. The food was plentiful...More

Thank Sockster
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Living in NJ for 3 years, you learn where the best diners are supposed to be, so when I was moving out of North Jersey, I had to stop in at Tops Diner to try it before I left. I came here mid-week and I...More

Thank Kevin B
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Kevin, we appreciate you taking the time to share about your first experience with us. Please consider that our menu has lots to offer at all sorts of different prices -- we'd be happy to answer any questions you have about the menu. Hopefully, you'll...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

They have a wide variety of foods with reasonable prices. Staffs are friendly. During weekends, the waiting time gets a little high.

Thank Hillol D
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hillol, thanks for letting everyone know we're all about variety, friendly staff, and tasty food! We hope to see you again sometime. Best, Tops Diner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Parking - there is a lot of parking available! The lot seems small at first when pulling in but there is a ramp up to a higher level in the back of the diner that provides a lot more space. Seating - a lot of...More

Thank imskimmy
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

We're glad you like everything that our place has to offer! Thanks for taking the time to let newcomers know what an experience here is all about. Till next time, Tops Diner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

To be fair I go here weekly sometimes, I really think it's a must go to in Newark, it's a diner that's moderately priced, but the food is fantastic and the waiters have been there forever and treat us like family.

Thank NHKgmail
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

We are so happy to learn that you come in here often! It sounds like every experience has been wonderful for whatever food mood you are in. Thanks for taking a few moments to share. See you next time, Tops Diner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time here but it will definitely not be our last. Blueberry pancakes were the best ever and my husband's eggs, etc were amazing. Great portions and the service was exceptional.

Thank bpask
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

It's awesome that you made it in for the first time and went with the tasty blueberry pancakes. We definitely hope you make your way back again soon. Thanks for sharing, Tops Diner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great family place. Be ready to wait for good food, it's worth it. Staff was friendly. We will come back.

Thank Safetravels1080
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Safetravels1080, we're so glad you took the time to let all traveling families know we're the perfect place to stop! Hopefully, you'll stop by again soon on your next trip through town. Thanks so much, Tops Diner

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Top Diner is clearly popular with the locals so expect to wait for a table when dining. The best offerings include their selection of burgers and shakes. Portions are large and menu is overwhelming but you can’t go wrong with the diner classics. Friendly staff...More

Thank tmac0104
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Hey there! We are so glad that you came in to give our Tops experience a try. It's awesome that you're a fan of our shakes and burgers -- some of our most popular items. We hope you'll come back to see us again sometime...More

Reviewed 15 January 2018

You will wait-this place is always crowded for a good reason, it's a landmark. The food is plentiful, delicious and there's so much to chose from! The atmosphere is Diner chic and very hi[.

Thank 3Needs
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 17 January 2018

Thanks for all your wonderful patience and support. We're so happy you like the atmosphere and food. Our team definitely hopes to see you again soon. Till next time, Tops Diner

Reviewed 13 January 2018 via mobile

I would definitely eat here again .Didn’t have to wait too long but they are popular so on the weekends give a little extra time .My food didn’t take to long to come out and it was neat and appetizing.👍🏾👍🏾😋Tried the stuffed mushrooms with crab...More

Thank TashaB-utiful
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 16 January 2018

We're thrilled your time with us was tasty! It sounds like you didn't have to wait long to fill up. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and recommendations. Till next time, Tops Diner

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Answering my own question it was homemade
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 1:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
6:00 AM - 2:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  East Newark
  • Phone Number: +1 973-481-0490
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Tops Diner serves some of the freshest and most delicious food in East Newark, NJ! Come in for an amazing meal and some gracious hospitality!
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