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Old School Diner

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1080 Jesse Grant Rd NE, Darien, GA 31331-9109
+1 912-832-2136
17:30 - 21:30
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Sun 11:30 - 18:00
Wed - Thu 17:30 - 21:30
Fri 17:30 - 22:00
Sat 11:30 - 22:00
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39 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2016 via mobile

We have visited Chef for the past 8 years. Watched his business expand from that tiny kitchen. Thanks Chef for all the great times. Be back soon.

Thank Quinn M
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38 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 January 2016 via mobile

My friend and I had reservations for 5:00 on Friday night. We were seated at 5:00 and were the only people there. When we left at 6:30, there was one other couple. This was not a good sign. I had expected a wait of about 30 minutes. My friend and I ordered the wheel chair platter. I had heard that... More 

Thank swinney
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 December 2015 via mobile

Upon driving up to the entrance my party wanted to immediately turn, no run away. The old saying of "Don't judge a book by it's cover" is all I have to say. Once seated the decor kept our interest and then Jerome, the principle owner and chef took center stage. Jerome's hospitality, infectious smile is pale in comparison to the... More 

Thank Exit17s
Pooler, Georgia
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 December 2015

Looks like a hole in the wall from the outside, but opens up to a funky, eclectic interior. Wonderful food with a Cajun flair. Chef Jerome goes out of his way to make everyone feel welcome. He starts you out with the best hush puppies I've ever had. The food takes a little longer to arrive since Chef Jerome is... More 

Thank Joel D
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015

You must go to the Old School Diner simply for the tour and to get your photo on the wall. We happened to be the only couple in this establishment, and we were treated grandly by the staff and by Jerome himself. What a story, and each room tells a small piece of this story. The fried shrimp was excellent,... More 

Thank Marybeth E
Springfield, Georgia
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 November 2015

Not only does Chef Gerome call you "family", he and his staff make you feel like family!. No one can cook fried fish, shrimp, and oysters like Chef. If you ask nicely, he will even give you a tour of his kitchen and take a picture with you.

Thank Lonnie P
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143 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2015

Read about this unique restaurant on Trip Advisor and decided to try it, the reviews were very good. Well, first it is out of the way and hard to find. Second, it looks worse on the outside than it did in the pictures . Inside is better, but it smells funny. The waitress was very attentive although the meal took... More 

Thank AnnCBowen
Savannah, Georgia
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2015 via mobile

Amazing food, service was great. We love chef Jerome, he is so friendly and willing to do whatever it takes to make a customer happy! Definitely would recommend

Thank AlexandriaF1
Allenhurst, United States
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28 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 September 2015

From the carpeting that lines the parking lot to the hundreds of pictures that give life to its interior walls, much can be said about the eclectic look of the Old School Diner. But it is more than just the ambiance that lures Coastal Georgia residents and tourists to the hidden gem. And while the perfectly cooked shrimp, saucy ribs... More 

Thank Patricia L
Richmond Hill, Georgia
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105 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2015

This place gets lots of rave reviews, so we had to try it. But, honestly, I don't know where they come from. I won't go back. The food was ordinary for southern seafood fare. They really push the "wheelchair platter" which is a two-person sampler of various seafoods that they will sort of customize to what you like and don't... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$15 - US$30
American, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 18:00
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 21:30
17:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1080 Jesse Grant Rd NE, Darien, GA 31331-9109
  • Location: United States  >  Georgia (GA)  >  Georgia Coast  >  Darien
  • Phone Number: +1 912-832-2136
Chef Jerome Brown, has 20 years in the seafood business. Our customers are our family members, we have over 10,000 photos on the walls of our restaurant! The Old School Diner, famous for the "Wheel Chair Platter!" - Come see why Ben Affleck says " Why ask, Trust your Chef" Carpeted parking lot? Yes we have that! A quick trip from Savannah and well worth the trip! A real Hidden Gem of the Southeast, that is a quote from Southern Living Magazine!

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