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South Side, Southside Flats

Tom's Diner Southside

American Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Restaurants
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Cuisine: American


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Blah, yuck and everything in between

I don’t normally write reviews, but my Tom’s Diner experience recently was so appalling, I feel compelled to write one.
I have read bad reviews about Tom’s in the past, but I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt. After my experience I’m really wishing I hadn’t.
First of all, the service is absolutely abysmal. When we asked the waitress for a few extra minutes to decide what we wanted she literally stood us. What is that about?
Then of course the waiting game begins. It was a long, long wait to utter disappointment. My waffle was disgustingly soggy and cold. The waitress at this point was of course completely MIA. When she finally returned I said something about the waffles and she said “well we can stick it in the microwave for you” ... as if that’s going to make them less soggy. And of course even though I didn't eat them, she charged me for them any ways.
My bf had an omelet which was runny and cold, and pancakes, which were tough and dense as hell. How can you F up pancakes?
In any case my experience was over all less then sub par, and I will definitely not be returning. I implore you to listen to the negative reviews, this place is a waste of time, and a waste of money. Overall very, very disappointing.


Provided by Citysearch - 

Tom's diner is amazinggggggggggg and great drunk OR hung over food


Provided by Citysearch - 
Great food

The food was out very quick. The servers were very nice. Best food on the south side at night by far. After the bar this s the place to be. I will be back again.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Absolutely awful place to spend any amount of money or time

Tom's diner is a 24 hour eating establishment which already clues you in to not expect quality cuisine. So just as you would imagine for a 24 hour diner the food is mediocre and incredibly overpriced with the bonus chance of making you feel sick for days. Their service is unacceptably slow and they refuse to split a check. They claim their system is incapable of splitting a check which is at least within the realm of possibility. A sign or any for of indication would maybe make this somewhat acceptable. Although if you alert them before your meal that you would like your orders to be put in separately so that the check splitting will not be a problem they still refuse. So if you are going with a group of friends you better all sit at different tables because apparently they can't possibly consider each person at a table as separate customers. For a business in the South Side capitalizing completely on the bar hoping life style it is utterly unacceptable for them to not accommodate groups of people to come in and easily eat together. So if you are desperately in need of sustenance and no other place on earth is open and you and your buddies all have cash (remember if one of you has a credit card your completely screwed) and you have the time to upchuck poorly cooked eggs and meats all the following day then toms diner may be an option for you.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Gone way downhill

I can't stand it since it's moved next door. Much smaller. Long booths along one wall have you sitting about 6 inches from the next table. Walking space to the tables is about a foot wide with chairs on either side. All non-smoking. Definite change of crowd. Used to be my favorite place to go on a weekend morning for a good breakfast and maybe some recovery time after a night out. As soon as I sat down when I went most recently, I wanted to leave. I'll have to find a new diner now, a real diner. This place has really sold out.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Good breakfast, not the bomb-diggity.

We had breakfast here after reading the citysearch reviews, and I have to say when it comes to the ""taste"" of the food, it was perfect. The cinnamon French toast is fabulous! However, our waitress was very hurried/frantic, and this probably added to her less-than-personal service. It was a Sunday morning and this place was packed, I'll give her some slack for that. However, the food would have been much better if it had been hot. Eggs and potatoes lose their luster after reaching a certain temperature. For potatoes, opt for hash browns rather than home fries. Several in our party were disatisfied with the home fries due to being undercooked. Maybe going when it is less busy would result in a better experience. Overall, I was disappointed.


Provided by Citysearch - 

I had breakfast... it was decent. My boyfriend thought the same of his food. I would go back there and recommend it but I am not going to rave about it!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Top diner in Pittsburgh

What a find! My friends and I accidentally stumbled across this little gem one night after a night at the bars. We've been back numerous times since then. Open 24 hours, it's convenient any time of the day. Stop in for lunch, dinner, or a late-night snack. The prices are competitive and perhaps slightly more than your typical diner, but it's more than worth it. I'm not sure how they do it, but meals are on your table just minutes after the time you order. Food is served in hearty portions, and the servers will always keep your drinks refilled. I've never seen the place packed (which is surprising), so stretch your legs and bask in the roomy booths. This is also a great place to bring a large group of friends. Push a few tables together, and enjoy a great meal.


Provided by Citysearch - 
Tom's, legendary southside dining

There is nothing like sitting down to a hickory burger or a gigantic gyro with a side of Tom's fiery gyro fries on a saturday night after a tour of the nightlife on the southside.
So many Pittsburghers all sharing the same place to dine. The only part I miss is the legendary graffitti that used to lovingly adorn the walls. Were there famous stars sitting in the same booth you now are in? one could only wonder...I'd recommend any part of the menu to anyone who comes across this establishment of local culinary delight!!!


Provided by Citysearch - 
Jim's Judgement

The best breakfast in the southside, and an atmosphere that puts you in the mix between musicians, poets, aspiring writers, and the occasional crazy old man. I love the gyro omelette and the milkshakes. And the old fifties style seats and the window seat lets you watch the street for people you know or people to make fun of.

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