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Tops Diner

500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
+1 973-481-0490
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good23%
  • Average4%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
500 Passaic Ave, East Newark, NJ 07029-2816
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Whenever I'm in Newark just know my first stop is Tops Diner to fill my belly. Try to beat the lunch rush if possible as it can get crowded and you may have a bit of a wait. This time around I had the cobb...More

Thank Lazina F
Reviewed 3 days ago

With New Jersey being famous for their great diners, we researched and found Tops Diner in Newark. We drove by a couple of times and saw that the parking lot was always full. Finally we stopped in, and to our surprise, they were not busy....More

Thank Sandra W
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had great experience here: Chris was our server- what a friendly nice guy! Ordered the famous James meatloaf and the lunch special: chicken and broccoli over spaghettini. Both items were relish! Come eat here- you won't be disappointed---great flavors and incredible portions topped by...More

Thank susanleewoo
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 3 days ago

Susan, I'm thrilled to learn that Chris rocked it with the service -- I'll be sure to share your compliments with him. It terrific that you went with the James Meatloaf and the lunch special which are some perfect first-time choices. I do hope that...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Even if you have to wait it is worth it...for the great selection of food, service, and atmosphere, cocktails, and desserts.

Thank George A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The food and service st Tops is great. I love there shrimp taco! The shrimp quesadilla and turkey burger are also very good. I have even called in and did a pick up and they were very efficient! I would recommend it very highly! It...More

Thank Murray2427
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Murray, it's great that you went with mostly things shrimp! I'm glad you were able to fill yourself up and leave with a smile. Thanks so much for the awesome recommendation. Best, Jimmy G, Partner

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Outstanding diner. Went for breakfast and everything was freshly and expertly prepared. Presentations were top notch too; something that's often overlooked at many diners! The Nutella waffle was excellent!More

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

Jason, thanks so much for noticing all the detail that we put into our food and diner! I'm thrilled the Nutella Waffle hit the spot for you, and I'll be sure to share your compliments with the team. Hopefully, you'll stop by again sometime soon....More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I'm not a "diner" person, well at least I wasn't until visiting Tops 2 days ago. For a Monday after 5 when we arrived it was almost full. An hour later leaving, a line was forming. I could see why, not a bread lo st....More

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

Vivian, I'm thrilled that your visit won you over and was a delectable experience! It's great that the flavors and your server were both a hit and part of the reason you are now a "diner" fan. I hope you'll come back and see us...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went to TOPS for the first time on the 4th of July. We only waited about 20 minutes to be shown to our table. We were both very favorably impressed by everything about TOPS. It's very clean. The parking is very...More

Thank JFM46
Jimmy G, Owner at Tops Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

It's great that you stopped by on the 4th and barely had to wait! I know the team was hard at work making sure things moved quickly -- that's what they do every day. Also, it's awesome that the Dublin Pot Roast and grilled chicken...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

After spending a very disappointing week in NYC, I can honestly say this was the best meal I've eaten since I left home. The portions are gigantic, reasonably priced, especially for the portion size. I had the lobster carbonara. It had large pieces of lobster...More

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

Shara, I'm glad we could cheer you and your son up with a tasty meal! It sounds like Lobster Carbonara and the Chicken Parmesan really left the both of you full and happy. I hope you both will stop by again the next time you're...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been here quite a few times but really enjoyed my last visit. Server, Carla was great. Despite always being busy, servers really treat you well. Food is very good and pricing, while a bit higher than other diners - is still good value.

Thank truetray
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
06:00 - 01:00
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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