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Colonial Diner

$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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Route 18 east, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
+1 732-254-4858
06:00 - 23:00
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Sun - Fri 06:00 - 23:00
Sat 06:00 - 00:00
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New Jersey
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299 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for just eggs, sausage, and pancakes. What could go wrong? Service was attentive, food good. Spacious venue. Clean surroundings.

Thank worldtravelier
Yardley, Pennsylvania
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185 reviews
163 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First time here but coming on the recommendation of one of my students. Place is crowded but I found off street parking. Seated promptly by a beautiful blonde hostess. Waitress was prompt and friendly. Ordered chicken rice soup served promptly and it is hot and tasty. Has lots of carrots, onions and chicken good blend served in a crock. Great... More 

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Manalapan, New Jersey
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83 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Hadn't been in this place in a couple of years, but it looks like they haven't skipped a beat. Very attractively decorated establishment and quite spacious. Nice soup and salad bar with all entrees. Not the most extensive salad bar in the world, but adequate enough. Entrees were decent and the prices are moderate. Good service by a friendly and... More 

Thank 7David49
Milford, Pennsylvania
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95 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

Exceptionally clean, staff very friendly. It's everything a 'diner' should be. HUGE portions, so go very hungry. You could make a meal out of the salad bar!

Thank Madeline B
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45 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016

I really love it here. People here are so nice and the food is great no matter what time of day. Morning or evening this is a place you should try.

Thank Matan O
Mastic Beach, New York
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016 via mobile

Went to this diner after reading reviews! Food n service was great! Top notch diner!!! It's very conveniently located n has a wide range of selections! N prices r very reasonable!

Thank Cinderbug18
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1,357 reviews
574 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 428 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

always get great service. I've been to this dinner and the home fries are tasty, the eggs are COOKED to perfection, the toast was cold (that's why you get a 4 star). HUGE part of my meal is the butter melting and the jelly combo! The coffee was tasty (4 cups later).

Thank Richard C
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 July 2016

Great salad bar that includes two kinds of soup. Lunch specials a fresh, delicious, and huge. My favorite is the chopped steak. Nice omlettes and good burgers, too. A Jersey diner at its best.

Thank Maureen M
New Jersey
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

This is an average diner, with many great selections for Brunch. Service was good. As I have said in many restaurant reviews...managers, owners, waitresses...wake up! Even though you pull your hair back...when you put the tray on your shoulder, it lays on the food! We were lucky enough to have a waiter/male, but once again I saw a waitress with... More 

Thank Audrey S
Butler, Tennessee
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56 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

The Colonial has been slipping in the past few years, but we were sad to see just how far it has fallen more recently. The prices have been jacked 'way up (this ain't fine dining, folks), the wait staff is somewhat lackadaisical, and the food, all "diner specials," is very ordinary. All except, that is, the rice pudding. This Jersey... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
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 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Route 18 east, East Brunswick, NJ 08816
  • Location: United States  >  New Jersey (NJ)  >  East Brunswick
  • Phone Number: +1 732-254-4858

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