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Classic Chef's

Diner, American
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2250 Route 14, Montour Falls, NY
+1 607-535-9500
06:00 - 23:00
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Manhattan Beach, California
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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 September 2015

We were staying in Watkins Glen and wanted to find a place where the locals go for breakfast, which usually means the food is good. We were referred to Classic Chef and we were so impressed that we ate breakfast here every morning of our stay. The eggs, pancakes, home fries, coffee, toast - everything was done to perfection! This... More 

Thank Lee A
Absecon, New Jersey
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18 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2015

If Guy Fiery still actually visited Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives on his show, this should be on it. Cheap--big portions--and all around great diner atmosphere. Cash-only so be prepared. 3 adults and 2 kids at breakfast for $40 including tip!

Thank GreenheadKey
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73 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2015

Classic Chef's has been around since 1949 and that should tell you that is has stood the test of time. We stopped here for lunch on our way to Watkins Glen and were glad that we did! This is a classic diner and the menu offers an excellent array of choice for every palate. They boast on the menu that... More 

Thank Jackie M
2 reviews
Reviewed 10 October 2014 via mobile

My wife and i live in watkins glen and have tried breakfast everywhere. We have reached a point where this is the only place we eat breakfast. (My personal favorite meal to eat out). It is a true American small diner with diner stile and service and a truly amazing breakfast experience! !!!

Thank jpeckhan
Level Contributor
30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 October 2013

If you are ever in this area- this place is a gold mine!!!! Huge portions and low prices- people were standing out the door trying to get into this place!!! On our list of restaurants we will definitely be coming back to!

Thank Sheila L
Beaver Dams, New York
2 reviews
Reviewed 13 May 2013

I have loved Chefs since I was a kid. Worked there, dined there often, and my grandkids love going there with me. This review is based on the last THREE visits I have made, and none are good. Cold food with congealed gravy. The waitress had her fingers in my food, and when I commented, she gave me a nasty... More 

Thank Cindy W
Dover, Delaware
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2012

When we think of Seneca Lake, the first thing out of my husband's and my own mouth is... Chef's! Yummm! Chef's is a place we do not miss when we visit the lakes, and when we visit, usually two or three visits to Classic Chef's are made. Breakfast there is excellent- the food is delicious, inexpensive, and the staff there... More 

Thank Zorchie63
Woodbury, New Jersey
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103 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2012

This little diner, off Route 14 is a JEWEL. Breakfasts are hearty, plentiful and CHEAP. I would recommend the skillet breakfasts or the smothered omelet (sausage and cheddar cheese omelet with sawmill gravy over it). Four of us had breakfast there every day during a wine weekend and the bill was never over $30.00 with tip.

Thank DebPressCos
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233 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 161 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2012

Crummy place, tepid food, scary clientele, not very clean either

Thank elbojbb
Canandaigua, New York
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84 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 October 2011

BEWARE of this place! Locals go here only to fill up on CHEAP tasteless food. Yes, it is a "classic" old style diner, but not one that has been kept up or even has any pride left! The building itself is leaning to the rear of the property and probably will slide off the lot or just fall down. I... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Diner, American
Restaurant features
Open Hours
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
06:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2250 Route 14, Montour Falls, NY
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Montour Falls
  • Phone Number: +1 607-535-9500

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?