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South Street Diner

178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
+1 617-350-0028
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good36%
  • Average11%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
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“pancakes” (31 reviews)
“home fries” (19 reviews)
Open Now
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM Hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
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Reviewed yesterday

Had the WORST experience here. I came here Saturday morning and the place was packed, which was to be expected. However, my wife and I were crammed onto bar stools and the servers kept bumping up against us the entire meal due to overcrowding. The...More

Thank Pat C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Amazing people and breakfast. They even have brunch so yeah. I would go again and go every day for life

Thank The_Missing_Traveler
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A huge choice of different dishes. Around 8-10 different eggs Benedict (including with crab). Omelets, burgers, sandwiches, pancakes... Everything is VERY tasty!!! And you feel like you are in movie “Men in black”. Kids were excited!!

Thank Yuliy_Apr
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had breakfast here, eggs, bacon, fruit, toast, omelette. Good size portions. Good service.But if you do not want meat with the breakfast package, there is no discount. Expect to pay $4 more if you want fruit instead of home fries. They do offer orders to...More

Thank Y0ungSter
diner81, Owner at South Street Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

May I suggest a side of eggs w a small fruit for the a budget friendly travelers, thank you

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Recent visit started poorly...we were a party of two.....although two booths were open the host/waiter told us we had to sit at the counter because the booths were for parties of four. Lo and behold two parties of two entered shortly after and immediately sat...More

Thank golfer79
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As diners go, this place is excellent! The staff is a hoot and the food is good. The portions are quite large and it is well prepared. Our server came buy, dropped a couple of menus on the table returned took our order and said,...More

Thank Douglas A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of six, including kids (20, 17, 14, and 11) was looking for dinner in the South station area on a weeknight. A local recommended this place for dinner. When we arrived at 7pm, the place was empty. The owner/operator went out of his...More

Thank SPuttnik
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Excellent diner experience. Friendly staff and great food. We would definitely recommend this place.

Thank Matt C
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We love a diner experience when in the states and this defiantly is all of that. The food is really good and served by really friendly staff. The atmosphere is really local but still visited by tourists. Can’t wait to go back later today.

Thank JandDatOCD
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had a delicious breakfast in the diner. The staff were really friendly, attentive and efficient. We will definitely visit again when we next visit Boston!

Thank Rickmo
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Response from atifsharif | Reviewed this property |
I didn’t find any safety issues. It’s a reasonably large city. Homeless population may be a bit intimidating for some. Uber is a safe bet to get around also. Yes it’s safe. I walked around most of the city because... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 5 - US$ 20
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
12:01 AM - 11:59 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 178 Kneeland St, Boston, MA 02111-2715
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Boston>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 617-350-0028
HISTORY OF THE DINER:South Street Diner (formerly the Blue Diner) was built in 1943 by the Worcester Dining Company to serve local factory workers. Located in Boston’s Leather District, the 24-hour Diner is currently owned and operated by local restaurateur, Sol Sidell. South Street Diner has become a local landmark, a constant in Boston's after-hours scene and a final evening destination for local residents, students and visitors. When the clubs close, the Diner is the place to grab something to eat, hang out with friends, celebrity watch, and keep the party going. No visit to Boston is complete without a stop to the South Street Diner. Over the years, the Diner has been called "The PLACE for college students to start their Spring Break Tour" by Rolling Stone Magazine. It was named Best of Boston by Boston Magazine, as well as named for The Best Late Night Food in the U.S.A. by Esquire. Thrillist Media Group named South Street Diner one of the best 24-Hour Diners in the country. Most recently, the Diner’s famous Boston Cream Pancakes were featured on the Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants - Best Late Night Eats.” The Diner has also been featured in numerous feature films, including: Hiding Out with John Cryer; Second Sight with John Laroquette; House Guest with Steve Martin; The Equalizer with Denzel Washington; “21;” The Blue Diner for PBS and recently featured in the DC Comic ‘BatGirl.’
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