627 Mount Auburn St, Watertown, MA | Directions 0247242.371046 -71.158057
Very disappointing – Horrible experience this morning trying to visit that miserable place. A very important-looking guy with a note pad and a pen standing at the entrance took down our names and said the wait time would be about 20-25 minutes. After a 50-minute wait in the wind and cold and about 3 inquiries later we were finally kindly led to... a couple of miserable bar stools, right at the entry door (yes, a lovely chance for some more wind and cold!). When we said we'd rather have a table, we were waved out by the important-looking-guy and found ourselves behind the diner doors once again. At that point, we chose to leave. It's a shame that people are treated like that, it's not difficult to give more realistic waiting times to your customers or inquire about their seating preferences. Get your act together, Town diner, this is brunch, not rocket science (even if you have a pen and a note pad).
Delicious – I will start by admitting that I am not a diner connoisseur. However, I honestly love this place. I go here for brunch with one of my close friends every Sunday around 11, and have never ordered anything that I did not like.
They may be on the expensive side compared to other diners nearby, but they make up for it with the portions and relative taste quality. They make excellent pancakes, and their eggs benedict are also good. My favorite thing on the menu though, is their blintzes. They are delicious, and up until recently, have always ordered at least one with whatever else I order.
My new project is to try all of their varieties of pancakes, but to make sure that I have something I like (not that I think I won't like them, but just to be safe), I order their Deluxe Colossal Hungry Person Special. It's somewhere around $11-12, but it comes with 2 pancakes (or French toast), 2 eggs any style, your choice of breakfast meat, homefries, toast, and unlimited coffee. If you are either very hungry, or want to try something but have a backup plan, I highly recommend this dish.
The only specific con is the wait for brunch. They don't take reservations, and the wait can back up, especially on holiday weekends. For Valentine's Day, we ended up waiting roughly an hour. Also, no matter what the wait actually ends up being, they tell me that the wait will be 20-25 minutes. The actual wait times have varied from ~15 minutes to 1 hour (only on Valentine's Day so far). It usually is about a 20 minute wait (at 11 am), but occasionally they are a bit off. It still is definitely worth the wait in my mind.
Our favorite diner, hands down – So many vegetarian options, and they are all good. I love the Florentine eggs for breakfast. The 1/2 roast chicken is a good dinner choice, as is the fish. All side vegetables have been decent or good. Wait staff is friendly. Another recommendation: chocolate chip pancakes (huge serving!), chocolate frappe, challah french toast.
Went from best to worst....what happened?? – This past weekend I promised my kids the best pancake breakfast ever!! Well, it didnt quite turn out that way. Half way through my pancake I found a slimy green thing on my plate. Seconds later my daughter found and even bigger, green slug like thing on her plate. We took a peek inside the maple syrup dispenser and found a jar full of slimy green mold growing. YUCK!!!! As we were sitting there gaging the owner came over to ask us if we were done eating. We showed him the problem and he took out playes away. At least five minutes went by before our waitress came over to ask us if we would like to order something else instead.... our answer was of course no thank you. The bill came and the waitress informed us that they did not charge us for the pancakes. They did however charge us for the side dishes and bevorages that we obviously had no stomach to continue eating.
The owner nor the watress never appologized for the mold and barely showed any sign that they cared. After paying our tab, I informed the ower that I was not happy with their service, the food (obviously) and thier lack of care for thier customers. He simply pointed to another women and suggested I finish it up with her. (his Mom) I guess explained that the mold came from the syrup and not the panckaes...?? I explained that regardless out breakfast was ruined and they should offered an apology os some sort and not have charged us for the side dishes we obviously could not eat either. Her comment.... "well there was nothing wrong with the side dishes, we offered new food and you did drink your soda". I simply thanked her for our moldy dishes and charging us for the sodas we washed it down with. Deluxe Diner went from a #10 in my book to a # "0". You lost my service for good Deluxe Diner!!!! And my kids will never eat pancakes again..
#1 breakfast spot in the area – This is my favorite breakfast place. The blue corn pancakes were my favorite before I tried the potato pancakes!! They are to die for. I just went there for lunch and got the falafel sandwich which was very good. A little soft for my taste but still better than anything else in the area. The owners and waitstaff or friendly and fast. The only down fall is that there is a wait on weekends for breakfast....but they will take your cell phone number so you can go wait in the car and they will call you when your table it ready!
cute familiar creatures anyone? – Menu is impressive! But I don't remember ordering a crunchy, familiar crawler with my meal. After spotting a flying ant on the window next to me, a crawling one on the floor, I should have ben weary. Then, our meal arrived. Not bad aside from the price and the cute familiar creepy crawler on my son's cup of milk. Instead of yelling and making a big deal about it, I kindly spoke to the waitress and scooped it up in a napkin for her. NOT ONE EMPLOYEE ASKED IF EVERYTHING ELSE WAS OK. We received bill fo $50 (3 adults...) and not even comp for the milk! The owners were there and after bringing it to there attention, not even an apology. I guess the DELUX TOWN DINER must be used to ceepy crawlers. Oh, and there is no wait to get in. Who would wait in line to pay $10 for an omlette? By the way, this site would not allow me to use the correct name for these pests.
My favorite diner to go to ! The corn meal pancakes and Johnny Cakes are amazing. Great diner atmosphere, fast service, huge menu.
Lots of Vegetarian Options! – I was amazed at the variety of vegetarian options. I've been several times and there's still things I haven't tried. Most everything I've ordered has tasted good, and it's all very reasonably priced. Atmosphere is relaxed and cozy, waitstaff is usually friendly and prompt.
A complete, if slightly ununsual, diner experience lures those with a late-night pancake craving to Watertown. – In Short
The Deluxe meshes old-school diner charm (Formica tables, hardened waitresses) with modern culinary touches (tofu stir-fry, polenta-jalapeno fries) to yield a unique dining experience. Breakfast, served day and night, includes offbeat items like sweet potato pancakes and veggie sausage. Burger aficionados come from all over to try the diner's acclaimed American Wagyu "Kobe beef" burger. The lengthy menu also includes fresh salads, club sandwiches and desserts straight from an old-fashioned soda fountain.
Cool lunch! – I've been here once with friends, and I had the chicken and vegetable pie that is made in a cooking container that isn't a pan (it won't let me type that word), which was incredible. The server was really friendly and attentive. It's hard to find a good diner around Boston.
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