Austin Diner

★★★☆☆
  • 5408 Burnet Rd

    Austin, TX 78756

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  • 512-467-9552

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Sure wish I had read reviews before wasting $8.65 on food that I wouldn't have paid a dollar for had I known how unbelievably bad it was. Canned green beans with no seasoning. I'm not exaggerating. The "chicken pot pie" was made with

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★★★★★

Sure wish I had read reviews before wasting $8.65 on food that I wouldn't have paid a dollar for had I known how unbelievably bad it was. Canned green beans with no seasoning. I'm not exaggerating. The "chicken pot pie" was made with

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Terrible! I joined this site just so I could complain about this cheap place. I don't mean cheap menu items, you might as well cook at home from the 99 cent store...it would still be better. You can tell they cut all corners they can in their food quality & purchasing. My boyfriend lives walking distance from here. I would gladly walk out of the way entirely, just to avoid this place. I hope they go out of business & open a better joint up.

Beverages aren't great so stick to water. My boyfriend ordered a diet coke that was flat. My ice tea was just rank. No amount of sugar or ice could fix it.

As far as decor went, they were going for vintage but it looked like a filthy thrift store. You can tell by the menu they are aiming for that 50's american diner touch, but there is a mexican menu as well. I figured they didn't have the american thing down after my first failed order which tasted like crap. So i played it safe the next time & got chicken nachos. It looked like a child made them. Self serve glops of sour cream & guac...looked like turds on my nachos. Black, yet refried beans stuck to the plate with a mound of cheeseless nachos. But don't worry-plenty of onions. And strips of microwave chicken....yuck.

Their waffle was good. Bacon looked microwaved.

Hit & miss. But mostly miss.

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★☆☆☆☆

Terrible! I joined this site just so I could complain about this cheap place. I don't mean cheap menu items, you might as well cook at home from the 99 cent store...it would still be better. You can tell they cut all corners they can in their food quality & purchasing. My boyfriend lives walking distance from here. I would gladly walk out of the way entirely, just to avoid this place. I hope they go out of business & open a better joint up.

Beverages aren't great so stick to water. My boyfriend ordered a diet coke that was flat. My ice tea was just rank. No amount of sugar or ice could fix it.

As far as decor went, they were going for vintage but it looked like a filthy thrift store. You can tell by the menu they are aiming for that 50's american diner touch, but there is a mexican menu as well. I figured they didn't have the american thing down after my first failed order which tasted like crap. So i played it safe the next time & got chicken nachos. It looked like a child made them. Self serve glops of sour cream & guac...looked like turds on my nachos. Black, yet refried beans stuck to the plate with a mound of cheeseless nachos. But don't worry-plenty of onions. And strips of microwave chicken....yuck.

Their waffle was good. Bacon looked microwaved.

Hit & miss. But mostly miss.

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I am not form Austin and love Mexican food, this is the closest to authentic, had huge breakfast tacos with salsa that was Excellent, not hot, but full of flavor. I actuall keep asking my sister who lives in Austin to go back. I want to buy some of the Hot Sauce. This stuff could be bottled and sold!
Atmosphere comfy diner type. I even told my sister that tthe coffee was some of the best I had. I can't believe these negative reviews about the smell or the bad coffee. Very clean, excellent service, coffee, food! Can't wait to go back!!

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★★★★☆

I am not form Austin and love Mexican food, this is the closest to authentic, had huge breakfast tacos with salsa that was Excellent, not hot, but full of flavor. I actuall keep asking my sister who lives in Austin to go back. I want to buy some of the Hot Sauce. This stuff could be bottled and sold!
Atmosphere comfy diner type. I even told my sister that tthe coffee was some of the best I had. I can't believe these negative reviews about the smell or the bad coffee. Very clean, excellent service, coffee, food! Can't wait to go back!!

Pros: Coffee was delicious, hot sauce Amazing, comfy n cute

Cons: Cramer in skall siver containers moved frm table to table

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The food was adequate. I had the gingered pancakes which were actually very good, but my hubby's coffee was rancid. We changed it out twice to no avail. I wouldn't necessarily go back, this was just ok for me.

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★★★☆☆

The food was adequate. I had the gingered pancakes which were actually very good, but my hubby's coffee was rancid. We changed it out twice to no avail. I wouldn't necessarily go back, this was just ok for me.

Pros: fun decor

Cons: really bad coffee

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This needs negative stars. Smells like death. Decorated like a Goodwill store, including the dust. Coffee that tastes like it came from an abandoned cabin. Maybe its the overiding stench of the place joining with the flavor. Meat generally tastes old, eggs: tasteless. Pancakes, dough-like. Prices: High. Freakin' ridiculous. Needs a Health Dept. visit and possibly a close down.

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★☆☆☆☆

This needs negative stars. Smells like death. Decorated like a Goodwill store, including the dust. Coffee that tastes like it came from an abandoned cabin. Maybe its the overiding stench of the place joining with the flavor. Meat generally tastes old, eggs: tasteless. Pancakes, dough-like. Prices: High. Freakin' ridiculous. Needs a Health Dept. visit and possibly a close down.

Pros: Maybe I'll be able to get the smell out of my clothes

Cons: Yes, I do feel con'd.

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They were small, maybe a millimeter. There was maybe 3 or 4 floating at the top, squiggling around.

This is NOT GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Where is HEALTH INSPECTION when you need them!?!?

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★☆☆☆☆

They were small, maybe a millimeter. There was maybe 3 or 4 floating at the top, squiggling around.

This is NOT GOOD FOR BUSINESS. Where is HEALTH INSPECTION when you need them!?!?

Pros: Brunch was half decent

Cons: There were a handful of fly maggots in our apple juice.

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My daughter and I went to the diner on Monday, the 5th of January at around 10am. Our server, Elisabeth was great. That was the only great part. The window sill of the booth we were sitting in was full of dead flies and dust. The entry to the bathroom was filthy. I ordered huevos rancheros. I have NEVER sent a plate of food back but the ranchero sauce was so salty I could not eat more that two bites. Elizabeth took it back a brought be migas which were good, but different than they used to be.

New cook? New management? I like the old better.

I hope our next visit is more successful or it will be our last.

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★★★☆☆

My daughter and I went to the diner on Monday, the 5th of January at around 10am. Our server, Elisabeth was great. That was the only great part. The window sill of the booth we were sitting in was full of dead flies and dust. The entry to the bathroom was filthy. I ordered huevos rancheros. I have NEVER sent a plate of food back but the ranchero sauce was so salty I could not eat more that two bites. Elizabeth took it back a brought be migas which were good, but different than they used to be.

New cook? New management? I like the old better.

I hope our next visit is more successful or it will be our last.

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I went here for lunch on a week day - they were not super crowded, but it still took our server a long time to get to us. I had the special of the day - meat loaf... it was pretty boring and semi-tasteless. My friend had a salad and was not impressed - it didn't seem fresh. We were not impressed and won't be going back.

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★★☆☆☆

I went here for lunch on a week day - they were not super crowded, but it still took our server a long time to get to us. I had the special of the day - meat loaf... it was pretty boring and semi-tasteless. My friend had a salad and was not impressed - it didn't seem fresh. We were not impressed and won't be going back.

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PEOPLE FREINDLY. THE ENVIROMENT WAS NEATLY SET UP LIKE AN OLE' FASHON KITCHEN. IT WAS A UNIQUE IDEA ...THEY ALSO HAVE WIFI NICE TOUCH .. BREAKFAST WAS GREAT!!!

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★★★★☆

PEOPLE FREINDLY. THE ENVIROMENT WAS NEATLY SET UP LIKE AN OLE' FASHON KITCHEN. IT WAS A UNIQUE IDEA ...THEY ALSO HAVE WIFI NICE TOUCH .. BREAKFAST WAS GREAT!!!

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This, is one of my favorites places in Austin.
Good omelets, delicious pancakes, excelent hamburguers, fresh coffe...
You gotta go go there.
1 coffe cup.
1 Oscar's Taco
Less than $5! (includes tips)
Cheap, Deliciuos and fresh!

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★★★★★

This, is one of my favorites places in Austin.
Good omelets, delicious pancakes, excelent hamburguers, fresh coffe...
You gotta go go there.
1 coffe cup.
1 Oscar's Taco
Less than $5! (includes tips)
Cheap, Deliciuos and fresh!

Pros: Ambience.

Cons: Seats!

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This is the best American breakfast place in town, that's why you only find locals there. The service is adequate. Usually pretty friendly. But this is Austin, and most places have terrible service. So, I'm gonna go ahead and say they have awesome service considering the league they are playing. Besides, it's the weekend and you've just lost the plot if you're in a rush. Go back to Threadgills or Dallas if you can't just kick back and relax at the Austin Diner.
This is one of the only places left in town that is truly keeping Austin weird without even trying. The owner is a hard-working man who can always be seen at the Diner. The staff are young and hip and would probably rather be doing anything else than serving your ugly mug on a beautiful Sunday but they do the best "waiter" impressions they can come up with, but the cooks, on the other hand, are rockin' it out! If you go there for lunch, get the BLT. You're welcome. You can't go wrong with breakfast. Everything is good, even the pancakes (they're not all dry and cakey like Kerbey and Magnolia).

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★★★★★

This is the best American breakfast place in town, that's why you only find locals there. The service is adequate. Usually pretty friendly. But this is Austin, and most places have terrible service. So, I'm gonna go ahead and say they have awesome service considering the league they are playing. Besides, it's the weekend and you've just lost the plot if you're in a rush. Go back to Threadgills or Dallas if you can't just kick back and relax at the Austin Diner.
This is one of the only places left in town that is truly keeping Austin weird without even trying. The owner is a hard-working man who can always be seen at the Diner. The staff are young and hip and would probably rather be doing anything else than serving your ugly mug on a beautiful Sunday but they do the best "waiter" impressions they can come up with, but the cooks, on the other hand, are rockin' it out! If you go there for lunch, get the BLT. You're welcome. You can't go wrong with breakfast. Everything is good, even the pancakes (they're not all dry and cakey like Kerbey and Magnolia).

Pros: great food. no tourists.

Cons: tourists will find it eventually.

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A question: have you ever wanted - NEEDED, really - a Denver Omlette? You know exactly what I am talking about: that delicious and seductive blend of salt, eggs, butter, mushrooms, green onions, black pepper and green bell peppers. That sweet ham. Made only better because it is topped off with the love and dedication that only a real "line cook" can bring. Then, you absolutely MUST trek down Burnet to this Den of Coloradoian Goodness at the Austin Diner and order a Denver Omlette. Or two! Now! When I relocated to Austin from Boulder, CO, I'll admit, I was skepitcal: "This isn't Denver. Heck, this isn't even Colorado. This is Texas, Diana (that's my wife, Diana)! Our days with the Denver Omlette are over." Boy was I ever wrong! ....also, their iced tea is good.

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★★★★★

A question: have you ever wanted - NEEDED, really - a Denver Omlette? You know exactly what I am talking about: that delicious and seductive blend of salt, eggs, butter, mushrooms, green onions, black pepper and green bell peppers. That sweet ham. Made only better because it is topped off with the love and dedication that only a real "line cook" can bring. Then, you absolutely MUST trek down Burnet to this Den of Coloradoian Goodness at the Austin Diner and order a Denver Omlette. Or two! Now! When I relocated to Austin from Boulder, CO, I'll admit, I was skepitcal: "This isn't Denver. Heck, this isn't even Colorado. This is Texas, Diana (that's my wife, Diana)! Our days with the Denver Omlette are over." Boy was I ever wrong! ....also, their iced tea is good.

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I've been to the Austin Diner 25 times over the past couple of years. Probably more. The service has been largely uninspired, drinks have gone un-refilled, the decor is strangely unsettling. Yet I have never had anything other than a wonderful meal. Sometimes an inspired one. I've had their sandwiches and soups and specials and breakfasts and so forth. Honestly, it is just consistently great food at a reasonable price. Half the time I get their tuna salad sandwich on toasted sourdough with swiss cheese. Unbelievable.

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★★★★☆

I've been to the Austin Diner 25 times over the past couple of years. Probably more. The service has been largely uninspired, drinks have gone un-refilled, the decor is strangely unsettling. Yet I have never had anything other than a wonderful meal. Sometimes an inspired one. I've had their sandwiches and soups and specials and breakfasts and so forth. Honestly, it is just consistently great food at a reasonable price. Half the time I get their tuna salad sandwich on toasted sourdough with swiss cheese. Unbelievable.

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The food is quite good (not outstanding or anything). But what I really like is the decor. It is most definitely one of the most interesting restaurants I've been to.

It has, and showcases, vintage Coffee pots / makers, Toasters, Mixers etc. They always have fresh flowers on the table too.

On the negative side - parking can be a problem. Also, it's not a cheap place. An omellette w/Potatoes and toast with OJ or Coffee will come out to $10+.

- manzoor

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★★★☆☆

The food is quite good (not outstanding or anything). But what I really like is the decor. It is most definitely one of the most interesting restaurants I've been to.

It has, and showcases, vintage Coffee pots / makers, Toasters, Mixers etc. They always have fresh flowers on the table too.

On the negative side - parking can be a problem. Also, it's not a cheap place. An omellette w/Potatoes and toast with OJ or Coffee will come out to $10+.

- manzoor

Pros: Decor, Service, Experience

Cons: Price, Parking

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Seriously.

Just go there.

I'm not sure what disturbance was in the force when some of these previous reviewers visited Austin Diner, but this is one of my favorite places to eat (especially breakfast) in all of Austin. No, it's not fine dining. If you want a fresh tablecloth and a native english speaking server, then you should go somewhere else. But if you appreciate the laid back friendly culture of Austin, then it's for you.

I haven't even mentioned the food!

It's all wonderful. That's all there is to it.
The only variable I can think of is the pancakes. At their worst, they're very good...like Kerbey Lane on a GOOD day. At their best, they're the best damn pancakes I've ever put in my mouth.

My advice? Get yer ass out there this saturday morning and find out for yourself.
Or don't. I'll get served quicker that way.

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★★★★★

Seriously.

Just go there.

I'm not sure what disturbance was in the force when some of these previous reviewers visited Austin Diner, but this is one of my favorite places to eat (especially breakfast) in all of Austin. No, it's not fine dining. If you want a fresh tablecloth and a native english speaking server, then you should go somewhere else. But if you appreciate the laid back friendly culture of Austin, then it's for you.

I haven't even mentioned the food!

It's all wonderful. That's all there is to it.
The only variable I can think of is the pancakes. At their worst, they're very good...like Kerbey Lane on a GOOD day. At their best, they're the best damn pancakes I've ever put in my mouth.

My advice? Get yer ass out there this saturday morning and find out for yourself.
Or don't. I'll get served quicker that way.

Pros: Friendly Service , Excellent Food, Reasonably Priced

Cons: what cons???

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We heard nothing but great things about Austin Diner and were a little lit down. The pancakes were below average, four ice cubes in a huge tea glass and there was a bit of a language barrier with the waitstaff. The prices were not as cheap as were described in other reviews. However, the omlettes were more than good and the food was prompt and served hot. We will go back, but with lower expectations.

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★★★★☆

We heard nothing but great things about Austin Diner and were a little lit down. The pancakes were below average, four ice cubes in a huge tea glass and there was a bit of a language barrier with the waitstaff. The prices were not as cheap as were described in other reviews. However, the omlettes were more than good and the food was prompt and served hot. We will go back, but with lower expectations.

Pros: Omelettes, Hot Food, Fresh Ingrediants

Cons: Waitstaff

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Living only a couple of blocks away, we eat breakfast here regularly, and enjoy it considerably. The food is good, portions immense, your coffee cup will never be empty, and the ambience and servers have personality. For best value, get a breakfast taco, or two if really hungry, and ask for some salsa. Its gets busy on weekends, but we've never had to wait, unlike some trendier spots...

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★★★★★

Living only a couple of blocks away, we eat breakfast here regularly, and enjoy it considerably. The food is good, portions immense, your coffee cup will never be empty, and the ambience and servers have personality. For best value, get a breakfast taco, or two if really hungry, and ask for some salsa. Its gets busy on weekends, but we've never had to wait, unlike some trendier spots...

Pros: inexpensive, breakfast tacos, pancakes

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After waiting for 10 minutes b/c you can't seat yourself even though there are available tables, we finally sat down. We got the same awful waiter as last time. It took over an hour to get our scrambled eggs and when we got them, they were COLD. Don't even think about ordering onion rings b/c they will only give you 5 in a basket. Then we saw the hostess stand on top of the kitchen counter in her combat boots to wipe an item off the chalk menu--how sanitary is that?? What a waste of time, money & stomach space. I do NOT recommend the Austin diner.

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★☆☆☆☆

After waiting for 10 minutes b/c you can't seat yourself even though there are available tables, we finally sat down. We got the same awful waiter as last time. It took over an hour to get our scrambled eggs and when we got them, they were COLD. Don't even think about ordering onion rings b/c they will only give you 5 in a basket. Then we saw the hostess stand on top of the kitchen counter in her combat boots to wipe an item off the chalk menu--how sanitary is that?? What a waste of time, money & stomach space. I do NOT recommend the Austin diner.

Pros: inexpensive

Cons: bad parking, waiters

 

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