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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%
  • Average3%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“cheesecake” (18 reviews)
“meatloaf” (10 reviews)
“burgers” (23 reviews)
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The reviews we read were all so great, we and another couple gave it a try on a Sunday afternoon. Got concerned about parking but there was a big lot in back, so no problem. Then we got in and lot's of folks waiting, a...More

Thank Terry S
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Hey there, Terry, we're glad you decided to give us a try! It sounds like your meal was pretty tasty, but came with some feedback for your server as well -- we'll pass this along to the team for sure. With that said, we hope...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

My HANDICAPPED friend travel from Colonia NJ to East Newark so we can have lunch at TOPS and talk some business. We give our names and wait on the line about an hour for a table... finally a table .. money and fame = last...More

Thank George A
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

George, we are so very sorry that your dishes on your first visit left you with this impression. It very important that you feel accommodated well, and if something is not to your liking, that the team gets it fixed right away. We hope you'll...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I took a business associate there for lunch. It was excellent for him. He really enjoyed the Santa Fe egg white omelete and the I had the Bronx Tale. It showed my class of a nice joint and my discriminating great taste in food. Thanks...More

Thank SerenaWood
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Serena, we're very happy that your time with us was tasty! It would be great if you come back sometime to try more of what our menu has to offer. Thanks for taking the time to share your experience. Till next time, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the reasons for staying in the Newark area when visiting NYC was to go to TOPS after reading the reviews. 10 minute walk from our hotel. It was so worthwhile coming here and by far the best food I have tasted for many...More

Thank Superhoop68
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

We're thrilled our food lived up to your high expectations! It's awesome our service was top notch during your visit, too. We're thrilled you made it in while you were in NJ and we hope you'll remember us next time you're in town. There're always...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were only staying one night in Newark, so we did some research and Tops Diner seemed to be the place to go. We were not disappointed! The food was amazing and the staff is top notch. Highly recommend but be ready for a wait!

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

Joy, it's wonderful that you stopped by during your only night in Newark! I am so glad you had an amazingly tasty visit. Thanks for the recommendation and it would be great to have you in again sometime. Best, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here for a quick lunch 🍴 and like always this place stay packed. We didn't want for a table... we sat at the bar counter instead. I had the crab cakes avocado salad and my hubby had the chicken Parmesan dish. Both of...More

Thank LoveLife72
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

I'm glad you stopped by for a quick lunch and had some tasty treats off our menu! It's great the Crabcakes Avacado Salad and the Chicken Parm dish really hit the spot for both of you. I hope you two will come see us again...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I was traveling by myself on business and the hotel staff recommended I check out Tops for dinner. I'm so glad they did! Ample parking, attentive waitstaff, and delicious food made Tops a total win. I had the meatloaf and would absolutely recommend it. It's...More

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

I am glad you stopped in and gave our meatloaf a try! It sounds like your taste buds were impressed. I appreciate you taking the time to share about your first visit. See you next time, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Very good food as always, menu has changed again though. It seems they do that yearly now. There is always a wait but today there was a soccer game so it was crowded but everyone sat quickly.More

Thank Pscozz702
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

It's great that you enjoyed the food on your recent visit! I am glad you were seated quickly even though we were quite busy that day -- that's what the team has been working hard at making efficient. It's true that our menu has changed...More

Reviewed 11 August 2017

On July 27, 2017, my family had just driven up from Atlanta, GA for a vacation to the NYC area. Looking for something to eat after such a long drive, I remembered going to Top's from a previous business trip. We had to wait about...More

Thank cdjohnson68
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

It's really neat that you remembered us on your drive into town! I am very happy that your server Robert took wonderful care of you and brought you the delectable meals in no time. Thanks for letting us know our food filled you and left...More

Reviewed 8 August 2017 via mobile

After a crazy shift at work overnights are complete with food from here. Pancakes are amaze! I change up the menu option to suit my cravings. They are always nice to fix it up! Love their coffee mugs. Big bulky kinda what I have at...More

Thank Britain B
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 11 August 2017

Britain, it's terrific that Tops is a great place for you to come after a hard night's work! I'm glad that everything from the staff to the pancakes has really won you over. Thanks so much for taking a few moments to share. Till next...More

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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
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
06:00 - 01:00
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06:00 - 02:00
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
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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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