Gypsy's Shiny Diner

★★★★☆
  • 1550 Buck Jones Rd

    Cary, NC 27606

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  • 919-469-3663

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Fri-Sat: 7am-4am, Sun: 7am-10pm, Mon-Thu: 7am-11pm

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A friend told me that Gypsy's had a NEW menu, so we ventured in on 2/4/2010 and WOW, do they have a NEW menu..its AWESOME, FINALLY looks like a DINER menu..had the Philly Cheese Steak Omelette and I 110% recommend that indeed. I asked the server (who was fast, knowledgable & efficient) if it was a new owner, she said nope, same family since 1997, I said I am impressed! I must say Gypsy's has very much IMPROVED over my last visit & is VERY clean (big deal for me)..my only drawback (if it is one) is that the Diner is no longer OPEN 24 hrs..oh well, I need to get there before 2am on Fri or Sat nights :)

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★★★★★

A friend told me that Gypsy's had a NEW menu, so we ventured in on 2/4/2010 and WOW, do they have a NEW menu..its AWESOME, FINALLY looks like a DINER menu..had the Philly Cheese Steak Omelette and I 110% recommend that indeed. I asked the server (who was fast, knowledgable & efficient) if it was a new owner, she said nope, same family since 1997, I said I am impressed! I must say Gypsy's has very much IMPROVED over my last visit & is VERY clean (big deal for me)..my only drawback (if it is one) is that the Diner is no longer OPEN 24 hrs..oh well, I need to get there before 2am on Fri or Sat nights :)

Pros: Good Food, Clean, Price is Good

Cons: no longer OPEN 24 HRS on weekend

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Good food. But donlt put your quarters in the jukebox's on the table. They don't play music and you wonlt get a refund. That really aggrivated me.

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★★★☆☆

Good food. But donlt put your quarters in the jukebox's on the table. They don't play music and you wonlt get a refund. That really aggrivated me.

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I wasn't looking for this place - someone had told me to check out an Asian market in the neighborhood; but when I saw what looked to be a real live diner, I was very excitied.

The excitement didn't last long. It was Saturday morning around 10:00 and I had to wait for a table. I can't really ding them for that; after all, if there's a crowd it usually means the place is pretty good, right? But in this case, no one seemed to be bussing tables. In other words, I don't mind waiting if the place is full - but if there are tables with uncleared dirty dishes AND I'm waiting - that's a problem.

I finally got a seat at the bar. Menu is pretty much straight up diner fare, with prices on the high side. $9 for Eggs Benedict? Unfortunately that's what I was hungry for. Turns out it didn't matter anyway; they were out of english muffins. Hello? You're a diner on a Saturday - there's just no excuse for that.

So I ordered a Rueben. Didn't really go with the OJ I had already ordered in anticipation of breakfast, but the waitress didn't think to ask. I saw 3 waitresses working front of the house, I think they could have really used 4 because there was very little attention paid to me. No one did a mid-meal check, see if everything was OK.

The Rueben was pretty good, but the pickle they served me with it was this pathtic little runt that looked like it had already been chewed on. If I had seen my waitress I would have asked her if she thought it looked good enough to serve, but by the time she got back to me I just wanted to get out.

I'm wresting with giving the place 2 stars (below) or 3 (average). I'm going with 2 because I expected more, and I don't think it was too much to ask. If you're a diner, you just don't run out of english muffins. Hire another waitress and a high school kid to bus tables.

Also - Pepsi products, ewww. You're a diner - spring for Coke.

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★★☆☆☆

I wasn't looking for this place - someone had told me to check out an Asian market in the neighborhood; but when I saw what looked to be a real live diner, I was very excitied.

The excitement didn't last long. It was Saturday morning around 10:00 and I had to wait for a table. I can't really ding them for that; after all, if there's a crowd it usually means the place is pretty good, right? But in this case, no one seemed to be bussing tables. In other words, I don't mind waiting if the place is full - but if there are tables with uncleared dirty dishes AND I'm waiting - that's a problem.

I finally got a seat at the bar. Menu is pretty much straight up diner fare, with prices on the high side. $9 for Eggs Benedict? Unfortunately that's what I was hungry for. Turns out it didn't matter anyway; they were out of english muffins. Hello? You're a diner on a Saturday - there's just no excuse for that.

So I ordered a Rueben. Didn't really go with the OJ I had already ordered in anticipation of breakfast, but the waitress didn't think to ask. I saw 3 waitresses working front of the house, I think they could have really used 4 because there was very little attention paid to me. No one did a mid-meal check, see if everything was OK.

The Rueben was pretty good, but the pickle they served me with it was this pathtic little runt that looked like it had already been chewed on. If I had seen my waitress I would have asked her if she thought it looked good enough to serve, but by the time she got back to me I just wanted to get out.

I'm wresting with giving the place 2 stars (below) or 3 (average). I'm going with 2 because I expected more, and I don't think it was too much to ask. If you're a diner, you just don't run out of english muffins. Hire another waitress and a high school kid to bus tables.

Also - Pepsi products, ewww. You're a diner - spring for Coke.

Pros: Has the look of a real diner, fast.

Cons: Service isn't stellar, on the expensive side

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Went to Gypsy's on Sunday for breakfast..great service, indeed as other wrote a nice loud jukebox (but not as loud as the other post had said, it was just top tapping right, we are older not DEAD..lighten up people ;)
Food was of great quality and the friendlly staff including the owner telling me "Thanks for you business, we appreciate it you coming to Gypsys"..The SHiny Diner has just received 6 new "regulars at all hours of the week

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★★★★★

Went to Gypsy's on Sunday for breakfast..great service, indeed as other wrote a nice loud jukebox (but not as loud as the other post had said, it was just top tapping right, we are older not DEAD..lighten up people ;)
Food was of great quality and the friendlly staff including the owner telling me "Thanks for you business, we appreciate it you coming to Gypsys"..The SHiny Diner has just received 6 new "regulars at all hours of the week

Pros: Gypsy's Jewel breakfast, HUGE Milkshakes, Coconut Cream pie

Cons: my waistline after Gypsy's ;)

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Very traditional diner which is hard to find. Food is good. Portions are more than ample. It is a fun place to kids to go. There is plenty nostalgia to look and to discuss.

We did have a long wait for the food but it was worth it.

4
★★★★☆

Very traditional diner which is hard to find. Food is good. Portions are more than ample. It is a fun place to kids to go. There is plenty nostalgia to look and to discuss.

We did have a long wait for the food but it was worth it.

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The food is okay and the service is improving. The music is so loud that it will make you want to leave if you are sitting under one of the sets of speakers. People almost scream at each other to talk at the same table. Will probably stop going there because when asked if they could cut volume down just a little was told it is against management policy to cut the music down. So much for customer satisfaction. There use to be 6 of us that went there regularly, which was reduced to 3 and now if I want to go I will go by myself. The 10 layer cake is great, but I'll just stop and get it to go in the future.

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★★★☆☆

The food is okay and the service is improving. The music is so loud that it will make you want to leave if you are sitting under one of the sets of speakers. People almost scream at each other to talk at the same table. Will probably stop going there because when asked if they could cut volume down just a little was told it is against management policy to cut the music down. So much for customer satisfaction. There use to be 6 of us that went there regularly, which was reduced to 3 and now if I want to go I will go by myself. The 10 layer cake is great, but I'll just stop and get it to go in the future.

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I've had good experiences and the Shiny Diner and bad experiences there hence the average rating. This is the place I take people from out of town to for breakfast and I'd say I probably eat here 3 times a month. If you enjoy diner food then this is really the only place I have found in the Triangle that closely resembles what you'll find in NY or Jersey. It is a greasy spoon diner. If you go then I highly recommend going during the "sweet spot". The "sweet spot" is the time between 8:30 and 10:30 on Saturdays and Sundays when most people down here are in Church. If you get there after 10:30 then most likely you'll have to wait - and wait, and wait some more. The staff isn't exactly the most friendly which is somewhat expected because of the fast pace of a diner in the morning however they aren't nearly as efficient as they should be so when your catching a bad attitude after inefficient service it rubs the wrong way. The food is good but definitely overpriced for a diner. I recommend the gypsy jewel for breakfast and the granny chicken sandwich for lunch. They also need to learn how to refill coffee, at a good diner I never see the bottom of my coffee cup. Also a somewhat annoying feature of the diner is the 50's and 60's music that blares throughout the place. You shouldn't have to sell a diner based on a retro theme. I don't remember any great diners that I've been to back home that play 50's music but maybe they need to do that down here to get people in the door who are used to eating at chain restaurants like IHOP, Perkins or Waffle House. Parking can also be tough during busy times as there have been a few times where I needed to park across the street at the Border's Book Store. Overall for some of its negatives this will be the place I continue to eat breakfast at until I find something better in the Triangle to replace it with.

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★★★☆☆

I've had good experiences and the Shiny Diner and bad experiences there hence the average rating. This is the place I take people from out of town to for breakfast and I'd say I probably eat here 3 times a month. If you enjoy diner food then this is really the only place I have found in the Triangle that closely resembles what you'll find in NY or Jersey. It is a greasy spoon diner. If you go then I highly recommend going during the "sweet spot". The "sweet spot" is the time between 8:30 and 10:30 on Saturdays and Sundays when most people down here are in Church. If you get there after 10:30 then most likely you'll have to wait - and wait, and wait some more. The staff isn't exactly the most friendly which is somewhat expected because of the fast pace of a diner in the morning however they aren't nearly as efficient as they should be so when your catching a bad attitude after inefficient service it rubs the wrong way. The food is good but definitely overpriced for a diner. I recommend the gypsy jewel for breakfast and the granny chicken sandwich for lunch. They also need to learn how to refill coffee, at a good diner I never see the bottom of my coffee cup. Also a somewhat annoying feature of the diner is the 50's and 60's music that blares throughout the place. You shouldn't have to sell a diner based on a retro theme. I don't remember any great diners that I've been to back home that play 50's music but maybe they need to do that down here to get people in the door who are used to eating at chain restaurants like IHOP, Perkins or Waffle House. Parking can also be tough during busy times as there have been a few times where I needed to park across the street at the Border's Book Store. Overall for some of its negatives this will be the place I continue to eat breakfast at until I find something better in the Triangle to replace it with.

Pros: Greasy spoon diner, Better than chains like IHOP

Cons: Cramped Parking, Long waits, Inefficient service, Overpriced, Annoying music

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Nostalgic and fun. Good food served quickly. The city almost didn't let this restaurant stay because it is just so shiny and stood out like a sore thumb. Turns out that it's a hit.

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★★★★☆

Nostalgic and fun. Good food served quickly. The city almost didn't let this restaurant stay because it is just so shiny and stood out like a sore thumb. Turns out that it's a hit.

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My niece and I went here for dinner- it was so disappointing- never again! The owner, cook & wait staff need to take lessons from the folks up north- even in Durham @ Elmo's. Huge disappointment. The staff was not friendly at all. Management needs to take a look at revamping this place- starting with the employees! Never AGAIN will I dine here!

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★☆☆☆☆

My niece and I went here for dinner- it was so disappointing- never again! The owner, cook & wait staff need to take lessons from the folks up north- even in Durham @ Elmo's. Huge disappointment. The staff was not friendly at all. Management needs to take a look at revamping this place- starting with the employees! Never AGAIN will I dine here!

Pros: Location

Cons: Food, staff, environment & prices

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Our overall experience at Gypsy's was good. We didn't have to wait for a table and our server was reasonably friendly. The only downsides I can think of are the prices ($7-8 for an omelette with hash-browns) and cleanliness. At least a little of the money they make should go towards repairing and cleaning the place. Bench seats were torn, the laminated menus were peeling apart, and anywhere dirt and grime could collect (even in plain site) it did. My fiance said the coffee was good - better than similar restaurants. We may have spent $2-3 dollars more than we would have at Cracker Barrel, so really, it wasn't too bad. We were both completely satisfied with the meals and plan to return and give the burgers a try. Oh, and the bacon was way too salty.

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★★★★☆

Our overall experience at Gypsy's was good. We didn't have to wait for a table and our server was reasonably friendly. The only downsides I can think of are the prices ($7-8 for an omelette with hash-browns) and cleanliness. At least a little of the money they make should go towards repairing and cleaning the place. Bench seats were torn, the laminated menus were peeling apart, and anywhere dirt and grime could collect (even in plain site) it did. My fiance said the coffee was good - better than similar restaurants. We may have spent $2-3 dollars more than we would have at Cracker Barrel, so really, it wasn't too bad. We were both completely satisfied with the meals and plan to return and give the burgers a try. Oh, and the bacon was way too salty.

Pros: The food

Cons: Too small for large groups, could use a few repairs

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I will never go to this restaurant again. No one at my table received a refill at all and we ate our food with no drink. I tried to see if they could take the drinks off my bill and was attacked with expletives by not only the server but the manager as well. Two ladies said that since we came in as a group we should have expected to get sorry service. She then explained I had to pay for my drinks whether the service was bad or good. The service here is horrible and totally unethical. Especially bad if you are under 30 and with a group.

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★☆☆☆☆

I will never go to this restaurant again. No one at my table received a refill at all and we ate our food with no drink. I tried to see if they could take the drinks off my bill and was attacked with expletives by not only the server but the manager as well. Two ladies said that since we came in as a group we should have expected to get sorry service. She then explained I had to pay for my drinks whether the service was bad or good. The service here is horrible and totally unethical. Especially bad if you are under 30 and with a group.

Pros: Food

Cons: Expensive, Horrible Service, Unfriendly

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This was a great restaurant. The classic 1950s diner feel made it a very unique, pleasant, quaint place. The food was wonderful, and the service was good. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants the classic 1950s jukebox style place. It is a small diner, though, and sometimes gets full, but if you do have to wait for a table or place at the counter, your wait will be worth it!

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★★★★★

This was a great restaurant. The classic 1950s diner feel made it a very unique, pleasant, quaint place. The food was wonderful, and the service was good. I definitely recommend this to anyone who wants the classic 1950s jukebox style place. It is a small diner, though, and sometimes gets full, but if you do have to wait for a table or place at the counter, your wait will be worth it!

Pros: Great food, Great service, Goood decor

Cons: Small, Lots of customers

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I'm a sucker for old timey style places. The food is good here. I especially love their specials. The open faced roast beef is great. Moderately priced but its a nice place to eat.

PROS: Great food, good atmosphere
CONS: None really.

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★★★★☆

I'm a sucker for old timey style places. The food is good here. I especially love their specials. The open faced roast beef is great. Moderately priced but its a nice place to eat.

PROS: Great food, good atmosphere
CONS: None really.

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Gypsy's Shiny Diner is just as described. It's a little diner tucked away inside a shiny silver trailer-like setting. Gives you sort of a 50's feel. The food is good; there are jukeboxes on each booth; the staff is friendly. Prices are pretty good, too.

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★★★★☆

Gypsy's Shiny Diner is just as described. It's a little diner tucked away inside a shiny silver trailer-like setting. Gives you sort of a 50's feel. The food is good; there are jukeboxes on each booth; the staff is friendly. Prices are pretty good, too.

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Gypsy's Shiny Diner is just what it is - a diner. It's food is not great, it is greasy spoon diner food. And as for value, get a foot long hot dog and a milkshake, and get ready to spend $10. As for the milkshakes, you are better off going down the road to Cook Out - Absolutely Awesome Shakes that only cost $2 not $5!!!

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★★☆☆☆

Gypsy's Shiny Diner is just what it is - a diner. It's food is not great, it is greasy spoon diner food. And as for value, get a foot long hot dog and a milkshake, and get ready to spend $10. As for the milkshakes, you are better off going down the road to Cook Out - Absolutely Awesome Shakes that only cost $2 not $5!!!

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Went to Gypsy's last night (hello 130 am) and was totally take off guard. I stopped going there because it had LOST ITS SHINE..Not anymore..People it's back..the food,service & those MILKSHAKES to die for. Gypsy's has a friendly,fun staff & there food is back to being "GREAT DINER QUALITY" that we have all come to love and expect. If you had stopped going to Gypsy's because of the way it was..GO BACK..you will be SURPRISED..WELCOME BACK GYPSY'S SHINY DINER..we missed you..

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★★★★★

Went to Gypsy's last night (hello 130 am) and was totally take off guard. I stopped going there because it had LOST ITS SHINE..Not anymore..People it's back..the food,service & those MILKSHAKES to die for. Gypsy's has a friendly,fun staff & there food is back to being "GREAT DINER QUALITY" that we have all come to love and expect. If you had stopped going to Gypsy's because of the way it was..GO BACK..you will be SURPRISED..WELCOME BACK GYPSY'S SHINY DINER..we missed you..

Pros: Great Service& Staff, Great Food, Credit Cards taken

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All of their sandwiches are superb... I've been there lots of times and tried their hot dog for the first time this past week and it was like I was at the ball park. The crushed ice is the main reason we go there. Ice cream is great... it's a fun atmosphere and great staff.

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★★★★★

All of their sandwiches are superb... I've been there lots of times and tried their hot dog for the first time this past week and it was like I was at the ball park. The crushed ice is the main reason we go there. Ice cream is great... it's a fun atmosphere and great staff.

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If you stopped going here because of the service, you can start back. Gyspy has improved! -- and don't forget the 10-layer Chocolate cake...

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★★★★☆

If you stopped going here because of the service, you can start back. Gyspy has improved! -- and don't forget the 10-layer Chocolate cake...

Pros: 10-layer Choc Cake

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This is one of the most unique diner's I've been to. The food is great comfort food. Don't go here expecting gormet...this is home cookin'. Their milkshakes are great, too!

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★★★★☆

This is one of the most unique diner's I've been to. The food is great comfort food. Don't go here expecting gormet...this is home cookin'. Their milkshakes are great, too!

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Absolute best food. Open very late and the atmosphere is just amazing. LOOOOVE this restaurant. (Especially all the Christmas lights...hence the SHINY :))

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★★★★★

Absolute best food. Open very late and the atmosphere is just amazing. LOOOOVE this restaurant. (Especially all the Christmas lights...hence the SHINY :))

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Jump in the long line to get a seat with everyone else, or pass the time by surrendering your quarters to the jukebox just inside the door. The fare is a cut above your typical greasy spoon. You can order fresh tuna fish…

 

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