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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 - 22:00
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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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46 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I love shrimp and I eat sweet Georgia shrimp whenever and wherever I can! These were hands down the very best, most tender and sweet delicious shrimp EVER. I selected the "bigger" portion and it was perfect. I was stuffed but not uncomfortably so. My son had grilled grouper which was tender and tasty. My husband had catfish nuggets which... More 

Thank Cynthia C
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2017 via mobile

Food heated in microwave. Desert runny. Aweful. Old toilets in parking lot. Old carpet for parking lot paving. We went on a Thursday. Maybe better on week ends.

Thank Stephen S
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 January 2017

Dont go unless you like Dives. It is a great place with great food. We got the platter and Chef James took care of us. More food than anyone could eat in one sitting. I am not a fish person but I can say we ate it all.

Thank Reid F
Pooler, Georgia
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016 via mobile

We unknowingly arrived 90 minutes before opening, but were greeted with a warm welcome nonetheless. Chef Jerome asked us to give him about 30 minutes to get the kitchen ready and he would be happy to open for us. We browsed through hundreds of photos featuring previous "family" as Chef likes to refer to all customers. There were celebrities of... More 

Thank Jean M
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

We just popped in and while I was a little hesitant at first, I was so impressed with the service, the food and the atmosphere. Chef Jerome really treats you like family. The wheelchair special was great. You won't regret it and you won't walk away hungry.

Thank Kimberly L
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64 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Absolutely incredible, unusual, weird (in a good way), strange (in a good way), wonderful experience. From the carpeted parking lot to thousands of photos on the wall to the loving greeting and big hugs from Chef Jerome himself, this is a must visit kind of place!!!! And who knows?? You might just run into Ben Affleck....or Jennifer Lopez...or, better yet....Chef... More 

1 Thank hubjeanne
Bluefield, West Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016 via mobile

This was the best low country seafood dinner I have ever eaten excellent value excellent food. Never been treated like long lost family by Chef and owner like we were here . We ordered the wheelchair platter for two no other description on the menu ! Wheelchair platter for two , for three , For four etc. when we asked... More 

1 Thank Donald D
Lawrenceville, Georgia
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10 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016

The most unusual restaurant setting you will ever experience. From the carpet on the driveway to the pictures on the walls.this place is different. Let's discuss the food. Shrimp and fish was ok. Hush puppies were good. Some of the sides were disappointing. Gerome the chief chef is very nice and engaging.in summary if you want a great meal don't... More 

Thank David B
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 August 2016 via mobile

My husband and I spent the day at Harris Neck NWR and we were excited to see Chef Jerome's Old School Diner so close by. When we went in, we were a little confused by the carpeted parking lot and eclectic decor but the food put our minds at ease. You get what you pay for ($25/person) and the food... More 

Thank Katy M
Saint Simons Island, Georgia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 May 2016

"Trust your chef" is the motto at this 12-year-old restaurant that gained a certain level of fame when Ben Affleck frequented it in the days of "Benifer." He has been back since then, but the Old School Diner would stand out even without a celebrity endorsement. It's just down the road from Harris Neck wildlife refuge, a destination in and... 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, Romantic, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
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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