Good portions, horrible tables and booths, feels unclean. This place serves big portions; however, the food is bland and nothing exceptional. I do like the fact that they offer breakfast all day. The tables and chairs feel old, dirty, and unstable. Some of the servers I've had were slow and inattentive. However, this is a great place to people watch because of the different groups of people who come to eat here. I went here once on a Friday and there was a band, so that was fun. I say try this place once, but once is also enough.
it is what it is.... Much like Figlios, I think the updown diner has become one of those places that no one really raves about, and yet everyone will find themselves in at some point. It's clunky, has horrible decore, mediocre food (although with huge portions) outrageous prices, and yet... it's open all night on weekends, and when your really need that late night (or late afternoon) eggs benedict, well, there you are. Thankfully, you can split an order of just about anything (with a two dollar service charge, mind you) and still end up with two very full people. Even so, it can add up to a pricey breakfast. However, despite all that you will find yourself sitting at one of it's tables some day, some time, and really, really dang enjoying that disgusting hollandaise sauce. You can also comfort yourself by looking at your fellow diners and whispering to you companions "do you SEE that guy over there? WHAT is she wearing? Can you BELIEVE those shoes? That HAIR?" This will help quell the pangs of guilt after having spent 30 bucks on a single plate breakfast that you know contains your fat intake for the month.
Best place to people watch!!!. Every weekend after the bars, we head down to the Uptown Diner. It is great place to get huge portions when you have had too much fun on the town. It helps the cause. The servers are fun, and the food is great. The weekends seem to be at a fast pace. During the weekdays it is much slower and it is a great place to grab a cup of coffee and read a paper. The thing I like the most is that it has parking. It seems hard to find a place to park in Uptown these days.
Disrespectful Business Practice. Flavorless meal and poor service make this joint a "zero" in the restaurant world. Uptown Diner is not the place to go if you wish to have conversation over a meal. After being seated and served a below-average meal, our server told us her manager pressures her to turn tables and asked us to leave. We weren't even there an hour! Shocked by this request, I asked the manager if this was his business practice...to my surprise, he admitted this is the direction he gives servers. This is not only bad business, but also disrespectful to paying customers. Cross this place off your list!
Still the best breakfast. We've been going regularly over the many changes in location, and find them to be just as good as always. The food is great, the portions are huge, and the service is as laconic as always. It's a nice remake of the space to be more compatible with the uptown environment also. And it's nice to have convenient parking. Too bad the lines are still out the door.
They never should have moved.
Just to get parking spots they sacrificed their good name.
The prices went up, the portions went down, the service went away.
We kept hoping we were going in on a bad day, and kept trying again. After 4-5 times, we finally gave up and have written it off. Too bad, we used to love going there when they were in the little building on Hennepen, and even when they moved to the bigger place (now an Indian restaurant), but we just can't see any reason to return since they moved into the old Burger King.
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