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Chef's Diner

American, Diner
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Watkins Montour Rd, Montour Falls, NY 14865
+1 607-535-9975
06:00 - 23:00
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Charlotte, North Carolina, United States
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19 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

I think this originally opened in 1949. It's not fancy, but the service and the food have been good every single time I've been there. They have a very large menu to pick from and serve breakfast all day I think. Be prepared and have cash though. They don't take debit / credit cards. They do have an ATM, but... More 

1 Thank Karen M
Syracuse, New York
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 September 2016

I have been going to races at Watkins Glen since 1970 and Chefs was frequently our first choice for breakfast. A couple years ago it became average so I stopped going. I tried it again this past weekend, September 11, 2016 and it wasn't good. The water and coffee were awful. There is a problem there somewhere. I got a... More 

Thank mnovakowski
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 August 2016

As a tradition we always have breakfast here after the race Monday morning. As noted good food but slow service.

Thank Masterchiun
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109 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2016

This place is a blast from the past- prices are very reasonable and the service great. Nothing fancy but good food. Had their homemade soup and chili both very tasty and a meal with fried cod- love the rice pudding they give u with the meal if ur 60 or older. It's slightly out of town but not far from... More 

Thank Debra T
Columbus, Ohio
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77 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

We sat ourselves and were provided with quick service. The breakfast menu was standard and the food was cooked to order, and done right. The only problem was the water. It had an odd taste, perhaps well water and maybe treated because it's near Seneca Lake? So the coffee also had an odd taste.

Thank kmcruland
Dundee, New York
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016

Been going there for years and it is excellent staff with great specials! There menu will remind you of that old fashioned cooking. Great place to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner, or if you just want to stop for a cup of coffee and visit!

Thank teluda
Trumansburg, New York
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51 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2015

We have gone to this restaurant several times over the last few years and were never really impressed. However, they got a new chef about a year or so ago, and the food is truly unbelievably good! We go for the all day breakfast and the eggs are perfection, excellent hash browns - everything we have ordered has been great.... More 

1 Thank w0lfw0man2k
Ashtabula, Ohio
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

What can I say, it's homecooked food at reasonable prices. They have a great hashbrown casserole....it's good. I got mine with eggs and bacon. Just like mama made. Great place for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Portions are big. It's a throw back to the 60's definately!

1 Thank Patti L
New York City, New York
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159 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2015

Chef's Diner came recommended by friends who had lived in the area for a great classic diner breakfast. And that is exactly what you get. Inexpensive excellent diner breakfast with friendly servers

Thank honeypup
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92 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2015

A quick stop for breakfast and it was OK, nothing to write home about and the service was lackluster and rather slow. I had to ask for a refill on my coffee.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
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 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Watkins Montour Rd, Montour Falls, NY 14865
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  Finger Lakes  >  Montour Falls
  • Phone Number: +1 607-535-9975

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