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Tops Diner

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500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
+1 973-481-0490
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06:00 - 01:00
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Houston, Texas
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very nice diner with authentic diner food. Had breakfast for lunch! good service. Nice atmosphere. No trouble parking here either.

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Thank Lori P
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25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My family was passing through the Newark area and needed to stop for food. I recalled stopping at a fantastic diner in the area about 6 months ago, and I was finally able to come up with the name (not the easiest thing to do when you're in diner country, NJ!). It was a Sunday afternoon, and Tops was bustling.... More 

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Thank Deirdre M
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Deirdre, it's so great to read that you stopped in a few months ago! I'm definitely glad you remember our name and some of the tasty dishes that you tried on your visit. Hopefully, you'll make your way back over sometime. Thanks a bunch, Jimmy G, Partner More 

San Antonio, Texas
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46 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Calling Tops a deli is an understatement. The menu is huge and the meals really well-prepared. We've never had a bad meal there.

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Thank Cusenbary
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Cusenbary, I'm glad our selection has brought you many tasty meals! Thanks for letting me know that you're a fan and all your visits have been great. I hope you'll come back and see us soon. Best, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Wallingford, Pennsylvania
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

What a tremendous meal, and a great time. Diner had come highly recommended, and was a perfect spot for us to kill some time with a family member who had a five hour layover at Newark Airport. Twenty or so minute wait on a Saturday morning, nothing too bad. Carla was our server and she was a dream. Food quality... More 

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Thank Ian S
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Ian, it's fantastic to hear that your meal was tremendous! I'm glad that Carla was so delightful and helped make the experience great meal. Thanks so much for sharing your support and recommendation. Best, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Flew into Newark and went straight to Tops Diner for breakfast. The staff was amazing, reminded me exactly of a good old time diner. Everyone was quick and professional, they knew their menu items without asking the chef, and had the balance of being there when needed. I had perfect plain pancakes and although not adventuresome, they were good. Of... More 

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Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Sonia, I'm so glad that you thought of us right away as you landed in Newark! It's great that from the start that everything was quick, professional, and tasty. Also, I know the menu is big, but that should be an excuse to come see us again soon. Thanks so much, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Parkville
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great nostalgic kinda place. There is a waiting line...trust me. I enjoyed the food as I observed the staff go beyond and beyond to make everyone's experience super great. Dinner was good but the desert was euphoric. Let me tell you about the Apple Pie Ala-Mode. Well it was the best I've ever tasted. The portion was huge. I had... More 

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Thank Anita P
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Anita, I'm that you find some nostalgia and tasty food at our place! And from the looks of it, the Apple Pie ala mode was the big winner. I really appreciate you taking the time to share your favorites and experience. Thanks so much, Jimmy G, Partner More 

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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After arriving in New York and trekking the 1.5 hour train ride to Jersey my sister picked me up and took me to her favorite place, Tops Diner. A bit of a wait but it was lunch time on a Friday so to be expected. The decor is what you would expect from a diner from, its very modern and... More 

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Thank Lazina F
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

Lazina, I'm glad after a long journey that you came in to feed your hunger! It's fantastic that we're your sister's favorite place and she decided to take you here. I hope you'll send my thanks her way, and I definitely appreciate you sharing this experience. 'Til next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Austin, Texas
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered the Philly Cheeseteak Eggrolls, the corned beef hash, fontina crispy red potatoes, a slice of the pineapple upside cheesecake and a slice of the lemon coconut cake. Overall, everything was pretty delicious. The eggrolls were amazing. Must order those. The corned beef hash comes with two eggs of your choice and two pancakes! I would recommend getting the... More 

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Thank gibby-henri
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

It's fantastic that you tried the Philly Cheesesteak Eggrolls, Corn Beef Hash, and the tasty Pineapple Cheesecake! I do appreciate the feedback as well -- I'll be sure to pass it along to the kitchen. Thanks a bunch for sharing this great experience. 'Til next time, Jimmy G, Partner More 

Northern New Jersey
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33 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't get me wrong I LOVE TOPS...go there all the time but lately the menu had begun to be something less than it always was. All the favorites I had are no longer on the menu and the things that are on the menu are almost too expensive to bother with. A crab cake there was a time you could... More 

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Thank Gemini27
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

It's disappointing to read that you feel somethings have changed. I can assure you that our menu is very large and does have many things we've been cooking for years. With that said, your feedback is much appreciated because it helps us be the same great restaurant you've enjoyed for years. Thanks for taking the time to share this. Best,... More 

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444 reviews
268 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 February 2017 via mobile

We arrived on a late flight and were looking for dinner at midnight. Hotel reccomended this spot. What an interesting place. Lots going on at midnight. Full bar with top shelf liquior. Hugh menu! Lots of wait staff. Unfortunately, are food was just ok. Waiter reccomended seafood pasta which was one of the most expensive items on the menu and... More 

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Thank Go2FunFood
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this review

It's fantastic that you thought of us for a late night snack! I'm glad that you noticed that we were still pretty hopping so late. Also, it's unfortunate that your shrimp was a little overdone, but I can assure you that your next meal will be cooked to perfection. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience and feedback.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Diner, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Cheap Eats, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 01:00
Monday
06:00 - 01:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 01:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 01:00
Thursday
06:00 - 01:00
Friday
06:00 - 02:00
Saturday
06:00 - 02:00
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
Description
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?