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Montclair Diner Gives a Small Town Feel With Big Taste

by Samantha Impaglia
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The blue awning of the Montclair Diner located at 613 Valley Road in Upper Montclair is a signal that patrons are headed for a great meal. Whether it be breakfast, lunch, dinner, or something in between, the robust menu has something on the menu for each moment. The warm welcome and cozy vibes make this a great spot to fill the belly and soul. Read on to learn more about this Montclair gem. 

Montclair Diner

All About Montclair Diner

This quaint restaurant is nestled in between a Moroccan restaurant on one side and an Asian one on the other. Once visitors are able to navigate to the blue awning that reads “Montclair Diner” in all capital letters, they’re in the right place.

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The restaurant looks just like any other diner, but the warm welcomes of the staff instantly give it a home-like feel. It consists of mostly small red and blue booths, but for bigger groups, there is one table up front by the window with street views of the passing Montclair life. There is also a large bar where diners can grab a quick coffee or have a solo meal. It is a simple place, but authentic and comfortable.

The Food

As for the menu, guests will see the endless possibilities of diner food along with some Montclair Diner favorites and specials. For those looking for a light lunch with a salad or a grilled chicken and avocado wrap, or who are feeling bold and want to tackle the Hungry Man Sandwich with roast beef, sautéed onions, cheese, and brown gravy – the menu has everything covered.

The diner is good for blueberry pancakes and crispy bacon at breakfast, and it’s important to note that the Diner makes an especially good cup of coffee. 

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The Diner also offers a wide variety of hot and cold sandwiches, from specialty ones like an eggplant parmigiana panini or a Greek-style sandwich called the “Parthenon” with gyro meat, lettuce, onions, and tzatziki sauce. The portions are generous so patrons will most likely leave here with leftovers for a midnight snack or tomorrow’s lunch.

(Photo credit: @montclairdiner)

Breakfast, brunch, lunch, and dinner are all served at Montclair Diner, and all for a fair price. A meal here will not break the bank and it also gives Montclair State University students an incentive to come back with a 10% discount on every meal.

When neighbors are looking for a reliable place for a meal, this is always a good choice. Find Montclair Diner on Instagram here.

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