City Diner South Grand

★★★★☆
  • 3139 S Grand Blvd

    St Louis, MO 63118

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  • 314-772-6100

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We've been eating here for years. It's great before a Blues or Cards game, or after a night on the town, as they are open 24 hours on the weekends. Lately, however, we've noticed a significant slip in the food. About a month ago, a

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★★★★★

We've been eating here for years. It's great before a Blues or Cards game, or after a night on the town, as they are open 24 hours on the weekends. Lately, however, we've noticed a significant slip in the food. About a month ago, a

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I only give city one star because zero is not an option. Granted our waiter may have been new, however our manager was not. Our table was a party of 7, 2 couples and 5 singles. We did not order our food with special instructions. On four

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I only give city one star because zero is not an option. Granted our waiter may have been new, however our manager was not. Our table was a party of 7, 2 couples and 5 singles. We did not order our food with special instructions. On four

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I've been surfing Grand Street for about a year. I end up down there for meetings or just to have fun with friends and always end up in Tower Grove for Saturday soccer. Anyway, I discovered City Diner about 8 months ago and go about twice

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I've been surfing Grand Street for about a year. I end up down there for meetings or just to have fun with friends and always end up in Tower Grove for Saturday soccer. Anyway, I discovered City Diner about 8 months ago and go about twice

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June 11, 2011 \r
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FYI - The young lady with the long red hair (the hostess) has a big issue with African Americans entering the restaurant. We were very disappointed with her. She needs to take a diversity class to clearly understand

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June 11, 2011 \r
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FYI - The young lady with the long red hair (the hostess) has a big issue with African Americans entering the restaurant. We were very disappointed with her. She needs to take a diversity class to clearly understand

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well it is great because it is 24 hours on the weekends, which is nice. it is a relaxed casual environment where i think anyone would feel welcome. maybe it was my shoes, but the floor was so greasy i felt like i was walking on ice! the booth was really small and crowded even with only two people in it. the service left a little to be desired but not horrible. the food was ok. about denny's quality. the atmosphere was cooler than dennys though :)

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★★★☆☆

well it is great because it is 24 hours on the weekends, which is nice. it is a relaxed casual environment where i think anyone would feel welcome. maybe it was my shoes, but the floor was so greasy i felt like i was walking on ice! the booth was really small and crowded even with only two people in it. the service left a little to be desired but not horrible. the food was ok. about denny's quality. the atmosphere was cooler than dennys though :)

Pros: calm, cool environment

Cons: service and cleanliness left a little to be desired

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The meatloaf omelet is everything a favorite diner's specialty dish should be - great comfort food at diner prices. Very good veggie sandwich with pesto. Also has blue plate specials,

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★★★★☆

The meatloaf omelet is everything a favorite diner's specialty dish should be - great comfort food at diner prices. Very good veggie sandwich with pesto. Also has blue plate specials,

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The food is nothing special. Might as well go to IHOP or Denny's.
The wait staff consists of "people with attitude" so all you get is crappy service with a crappy attitude.
The only reason to go here is for the fancy decorations.

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★☆☆☆☆

The food is nothing special. Might as well go to IHOP or Denny's.
The wait staff consists of "people with attitude" so all you get is crappy service with a crappy attitude.
The only reason to go here is for the fancy decorations.

Pros: It's open 24 hours on weekends and late during the week.

Cons: Everything else!

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I have been a loyal customer for many years, but my last 2 visits have made me very unhappy. Both the service and the food are really suffering. For example, it took 30 minutes to get our meatloaf sandwiches. They were cold and dry, the mashed potatoes were so-so and the gravy was slopped all over the plate like a toddler did it. Our food was dropped off by someone other than our waitress. We asked this person for some silverware and she said OK--never returned. We then asked a waiter servicing the table next to us if he could give us silverware. Without even looking at us he said "I wish I could help you" and walked away. We sat for at least 5 more minutes with no silverware and our crappy lunch getting crappier. I got up and got us silverware out of a bin next to the cash register. We never got refills on our drinks, the waitress only came back to drop off the bill, and when she took the bill with our credit card it took forever for her to come back! I really regret going there.

Save your money or go to Denny's if you want mediocre food and yucky waiters.

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★☆☆☆☆

I have been a loyal customer for many years, but my last 2 visits have made me very unhappy. Both the service and the food are really suffering. For example, it took 30 minutes to get our meatloaf sandwiches. They were cold and dry, the mashed potatoes were so-so and the gravy was slopped all over the plate like a toddler did it. Our food was dropped off by someone other than our waitress. We asked this person for some silverware and she said OK--never returned. We then asked a waiter servicing the table next to us if he could give us silverware. Without even looking at us he said "I wish I could help you" and walked away. We sat for at least 5 more minutes with no silverware and our crappy lunch getting crappier. I got up and got us silverware out of a bin next to the cash register. We never got refills on our drinks, the waitress only came back to drop off the bill, and when she took the bill with our credit card it took forever for her to come back! I really regret going there.

Save your money or go to Denny's if you want mediocre food and yucky waiters.

Pros: Nice atmosphere, large menu to chose from, close to shopping

Cons: Jerky wait staff, slow service, mediocre food

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Many of my friends drag me to this place for late night food or Saturday/Sunday morning breakfast. In the 15+ times I have eaten here, I have only been happy with my order once. Yes, once. Now, I'm not a picky person and frankly have only returned food to a kitchen at two places 1) the Parkmoore which is no longer in business, and 2) City Diner.

Examples of how they have made me unhappy include (but are not limited to).
Cold chicken fried steak. Not cold as in sitting out too long, cold as it pulled from the freezer and not cooked through.
Cold coffee as if it had been sitting in a cup somewhere for 30 minutes prior to it reaching my table.
Eggs ordered over hard and received runny.
Potatoes not fully cooked, just browned.
Undercooked hamburger pink and runny.

Now I am not the only person I know who has had issues with their food, just the one of my group that has difficulty here ALL THE TIME. Seriously, it's become a running joke in my group to see what is going to be wrong with my order. Again, I've only sent food back a few times in my life, and even though I always have problems here, I don't always send the food back for correction (with the exception of undercooked meat, that always gets sent back).

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★☆☆☆☆

Many of my friends drag me to this place for late night food or Saturday/Sunday morning breakfast. In the 15+ times I have eaten here, I have only been happy with my order once. Yes, once. Now, I'm not a picky person and frankly have only returned food to a kitchen at two places 1) the Parkmoore which is no longer in business, and 2) City Diner.

Examples of how they have made me unhappy include (but are not limited to).
Cold chicken fried steak. Not cold as in sitting out too long, cold as it pulled from the freezer and not cooked through.
Cold coffee as if it had been sitting in a cup somewhere for 30 minutes prior to it reaching my table.
Eggs ordered over hard and received runny.
Potatoes not fully cooked, just browned.
Undercooked hamburger pink and runny.

Now I am not the only person I know who has had issues with their food, just the one of my group that has difficulty here ALL THE TIME. Seriously, it's become a running joke in my group to see what is going to be wrong with my order. Again, I've only sent food back a few times in my life, and even though I always have problems here, I don't always send the food back for correction (with the exception of undercooked meat, that always gets sent back).

Pros: Cool place, nice wait staff, full menu, can bring dogs on patio

Cons: Order is not always right, food can be undercooked.

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It was decent. The staff was average. The food was average.

I was completely expecting something more...Exciting.

The outdoor seats are very limited, they are right along the sidewalk and many people walk past you while you are eating, which is not very comfortable.

Grand is more notorious for it's other restaurants.

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★★★☆☆

It was decent. The staff was average. The food was average.

I was completely expecting something more...Exciting.

The outdoor seats are very limited, they are right along the sidewalk and many people walk past you while you are eating, which is not very comfortable.

Grand is more notorious for it's other restaurants.

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Service must have improved. We ate at City Diner at least four times a week in mid-2006. Service was above average every time except once. There is a wait for breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning; no wait other times. A metered parking lot is on the east side of Grand, half a block south.

One sign of quality is that they grind their own coffee beans and make salsa from scratch. The excellent mashed potatoes, hash browns and cottage fries seem made from scratch also. My favorite dish is the polenta appetizer, which comes with a delicious sun-dried tomato sauce. Other favorites are vegetarian eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes. They sell a lot of milkshakes. My wife likes the cole slaw because it has a vinegar dressing with no mayonnaise. The only things mediocre are side dishes they don't make from scratch.

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★★★★★

Service must have improved. We ate at City Diner at least four times a week in mid-2006. Service was above average every time except once. There is a wait for breakfast Saturday and Sunday morning; no wait other times. A metered parking lot is on the east side of Grand, half a block south.

One sign of quality is that they grind their own coffee beans and make salsa from scratch. The excellent mashed potatoes, hash browns and cottage fries seem made from scratch also. My favorite dish is the polenta appetizer, which comes with a delicious sun-dried tomato sauce. Other favorites are vegetarian eggs benedict and blueberry pancakes. They sell a lot of milkshakes. My wife likes the cole slaw because it has a vinegar dressing with no mayonnaise. The only things mediocre are side dishes they don't make from scratch.

Pros: Food, atmosphere, waitstaff hairstyles

Cons: none

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My husband and I go here twice a month for breakfast/lunch on Sundays. The menu has many different options and you are taken back to a different time. Cool place and great food. The breakfast potatos rock!

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★★★★★

My husband and I go here twice a month for breakfast/lunch on Sundays. The menu has many different options and you are taken back to a different time. Cool place and great food. The breakfast potatos rock!

Pros: good food

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On past 2 visits, found the service lacking. Server on first visit was amiable, server on second visit was barely average. In both instances a large group was crammed into a small setting. All orders were placed on one bill, instead of being asked (and even told) that seperate checks were needed. Portions on one order were small given cost of the meal, and portions on two other orders were cold, on the second visit. In both instances the wait for food was terrible! If you have plans to attend concert/theater, etc, expect an hour wait for food. I did like the ambience! and prices were good.

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★★☆☆☆

On past 2 visits, found the service lacking. Server on first visit was amiable, server on second visit was barely average. In both instances a large group was crammed into a small setting. All orders were placed on one bill, instead of being asked (and even told) that seperate checks were needed. Portions on one order were small given cost of the meal, and portions on two other orders were cold, on the second visit. In both instances the wait for food was terrible! If you have plans to attend concert/theater, etc, expect an hour wait for food. I did like the ambience! and prices were good.

Pros: Fair prices, Ambience, Location

Cons: , Service/waiter, Service of food

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The was a nondescript restaurant. Greasyspoon quality food. I was definitely not impressed.

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★★☆☆☆

The was a nondescript restaurant. Greasyspoon quality food. I was definitely not impressed.

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South City Diner = Mom's competition...The Diner has a variety of menu choices that allow the homesick to indulge in food of which Mom would approve. She would approve of the VALUE, also, as the entrees provide more than enough for the average person, at a price less than you'd expect. Try the meatloaf platter! As my stepmother used to say, "If you leave this table hungry, it's your own fault!"

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★★★★★

South City Diner = Mom's competition...The Diner has a variety of menu choices that allow the homesick to indulge in food of which Mom would approve. She would approve of the VALUE, also, as the entrees provide more than enough for the average person, at a price less than you'd expect. Try the meatloaf platter! As my stepmother used to say, "If you leave this table hungry, it's your own fault!"

Pros: 50's/60's themed

Cons: Parking (metered)

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SSD is inexpensive, clean, tasty and the ambience is great. The service is quick and pleasant and it's open 24 hours. Why go anywhere else???

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★★★★★

SSD is inexpensive, clean, tasty and the ambience is great. The service is quick and pleasant and it's open 24 hours. Why go anywhere else???

Pros: Inexpensive, Clean

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The Big Daddy Burger here is my favorite burger in Saint Louis. Make sure you bring your appetite, it is BIG. Burgers are part of the comfort food scene, and so iis anything else you buy here. Sure the wait is sometimes obnoxious, but watch the locals, and the staff. it's part of the experience. The beef is fresh and the fixin's are great. Try an side of breakfast potatoes instead of fries for a change. If you add a malt, you certainly will be ready for anything. South City Diner is Family and all the good Homes things I liek about this town.

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★★★★★

The Big Daddy Burger here is my favorite burger in Saint Louis. Make sure you bring your appetite, it is BIG. Burgers are part of the comfort food scene, and so iis anything else you buy here. Sure the wait is sometimes obnoxious, but watch the locals, and the staff. it's part of the experience. The beef is fresh and the fixin's are great. Try an side of breakfast potatoes instead of fries for a change. If you add a malt, you certainly will be ready for anything. South City Diner is Family and all the good Homes things I liek about this town.

Pros: Food, customize your choice, Family feel

Cons: service sometimes slo

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Locals love it for a reason. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is, well, South City. Who on earth would pick Bread Co. over this?!?

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★★★★★

Locals love it for a reason. The food is consistently good and the atmosphere is, well, South City. Who on earth would pick Bread Co. over this?!?

Pros: Goot eats, Bargain prices, Locale

Cons: Lack of parking

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It is a rare thing to have your breakfast omlette served with a margarita in the morining, but, if your just coming off that long night shift and want to unwind at a cozy place before you draw the curtains on the daylight world this is the place to do it. quick efficent service, an eclectic staff of friendly folks, and mixed drinks at 7am when they open. The morning parking is easy and the food is a great value. recomend the Greek Omlette with feta and spinich.

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★★★★★

It is a rare thing to have your breakfast omlette served with a margarita in the morining, but, if your just coming off that long night shift and want to unwind at a cozy place before you draw the curtains on the daylight world this is the place to do it. quick efficent service, an eclectic staff of friendly folks, and mixed drinks at 7am when they open. The morning parking is easy and the food is a great value. recomend the Greek Omlette with feta and spinich.

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I remember when this place used to be 'Pearl and Ray's Restaurant.' All the ambiance of a street-level counter/booth restaurant is retained, with a solid menu of comfort food favorites. Best of all, you can supplement your comfort food choices with any of the more contemporary offerings if you prefer.

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★★★★★

I remember when this place used to be 'Pearl and Ray's Restaurant.' All the ambiance of a street-level counter/booth restaurant is retained, with a solid menu of comfort food favorites. Best of all, you can supplement your comfort food choices with any of the more contemporary offerings if you prefer.

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On a hung over morning, it's right there, so we go. As soon as we get there we remember we said we'd never go there again. It's so hard to find a spot to park, no big deal. But damn, why won't he train his 'waitresses.' This is the only place I have walked out of because we sat there for 20 minutes and only got water. No service. And we were one of four tables full! It's a joke how bad it is. And the owner just walks around looking all proud. He needs a cattle prod. There is one good waitress there, if you're not in her section, you're screwed!

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★★★★☆

On a hung over morning, it's right there, so we go. As soon as we get there we remember we said we'd never go there again. It's so hard to find a spot to park, no big deal. But damn, why won't he train his 'waitresses.' This is the only place I have walked out of because we sat there for 20 minutes and only got water. No service. And we were one of four tables full! It's a joke how bad it is. And the owner just walks around looking all proud. He needs a cattle prod. There is one good waitress there, if you're not in her section, you're screwed!

Pros: good food, great location, great customers

Cons: HORRIBLE SERVICE, BAD PARKING, BAD BAD SERVICE!!

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South City Diner is a great blend of good, ol' fashioned diner with a little bit of gourmet cuisine. Best for breakfast -- don't miss the fried potatoes. The atmosphere is eclectic, as is the clientele.

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★★★★★

South City Diner is a great blend of good, ol' fashioned diner with a little bit of gourmet cuisine. Best for breakfast -- don't miss the fried potatoes. The atmosphere is eclectic, as is the clientele.

Pros: great food, fun atmosphere

Cons: sometimes crowded, spotty service

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Good service , good food reasonable prices and the best blueberry pancakes around!

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★★★★★

Good service , good food reasonable prices and the best blueberry pancakes around!

Pros: Price, Variety, Quality

Cons: Smoke, Smoke, Smoke

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This is a favorite place for me and my friends to hang out on the weekends, whether it's just to have a few cups of coffee, or start recovering from a hangover. The most outstanding thing about this place are the waiters/waitresses! They're always friendly, and they're all just so cute in their unique way!

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★★★★★

This is a favorite place for me and my friends to hang out on the weekends, whether it's just to have a few cups of coffee, or start recovering from a hangover. The most outstanding thing about this place are the waiters/waitresses! They're always friendly, and they're all just so cute in their unique way!

Pros: Staff, Location, Location!, Expanding soon!

Cons: Parking, Smoking allowed, French toast changed

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I've eaten there three times since moving to the city. Got three different waitresses, and none of them wrote down my order. Is it banned? Two of them got my order wrong. The third time I went, there were few people dining but it took a half hour to get an omelet. They ask you to wait to get seated and keep you waiting. And waiting. The food is above average but am getting tired of the poor service.

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★★☆☆☆

I've eaten there three times since moving to the city. Got three different waitresses, and none of them wrote down my order. Is it banned? Two of them got my order wrong. The third time I went, there were few people dining but it took a half hour to get an omelet. They ask you to wait to get seated and keep you waiting. And waiting. The food is above average but am getting tired of the poor service.

 

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