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Charlie's Diner

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297 S Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843-2631
+1 978-687-9678
06:00 - 14:00
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Sun 07:00 - 13:00
Mon - Sat 06:00 - 14:00
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San Diego, California
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274 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 July 2016

Everyone knew everyone else. From the Cop on the beat to the dishwasher looking for a weekend house cleaning gig from a patron for extra cash. If for nothing else it was a great spot for people watching. The food was fresh and served hot. It had to be as the grill was only 10 feet away in this tiny... More 

Thank Mr_Firestone
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52 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016 via mobile

Where the locals go for yummy food. The wait staff was very friendly. My husband had the chocolate chip pancakes which were delightful. I had the scrambled eggs that were light and fluffy. Nice find!

Thank MRW22
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213 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 January 2016

Living in the area I never had a chance to try it out. Took my youngest teen who loves Diners. Found out the original owner passed and the family kept it going. Not a huge place by any means, but we had breakfast and it was very good! Everything was cooked right in front of us on the grill while... More 

Thank Eagle-Eye24
Pepperell, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015 via mobile

Fantastic home fries and bagel sandwiches...coffee was very good...clean, comfortable and excellent service. We'll be back soon!

Thank Rebecca S
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 September 2015

This restaurant isn't much to look at on the outside, but on the inside, it still has that 50's diner look and feel. The staff are extremely friendly and the service is excellent. It may take a few minutes to get your food or a seat because the place is packed, but the food is well worth the wait. We... More 

Thank Joe I
Wallingford, Connecticut
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 July 2015

I travel between Connecticut and Portland ME often during the summer,and I needed a place - other than a fast food franchise - to stop and eat. I had heard that Lawrence MA had an interesting diner, and went on Trip Advisor. Charlie's Diner popped up, and I am so glad it did. What an interesting place! The menu is... More 

Thank SteveCathy2248
Methuen, Massachusetts
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134 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

OK....you may ask how does a diner get five stars? It's not exactly elegant cuisine. You're right, it isn't, but if you have a passion for diners, this is one of the best. Charlie's opened in 1934. In over 80 years they have had only 3 owners. I'm pretty sure they haven't changed the decor in all that time. The... More 

Thank pandccoppola
Newburyport, Massachusetts
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 March 2015

We drove past Charlie's about 2 weeks ago and I knew then that we were going to eat there. So, when a trip to Lawrence took us by the diner I yelled, LUNCH! He spun the car around (OK, around the block) and before I knew it we were there. Charlie's nearly typifies the classic American greasy spoon diner, only... More 

Thank Tom M
north andover
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79 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 August 2013

Breakfast menu is quite extensive with good choices. The mark of a good diner should be their corned beef hash. Unfortunately this does not make it since it is served out of a can. I will probably try it again when I will rate their meatloaf which should signify how good the lunch is. Service was good.

1 Thank bill n
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Service is great, food is amazing, cooked in front of you, highly recommend. The atmosphere is not like other places in Lawrence, it's a great family owned restaurant.

1 Thank cledee

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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Breakfast, Lunch
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Waitstaff, Seating
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 297 S Broadway, Lawrence, MA 01843-2631
  • Location: United States  >  Massachusetts (MA)  >  Lawrence
  • Phone Number: +1 978-687-9678

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