Eugene's Diner and Bar

4.5
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169 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Eugene’s Diner and Bar is a chef-driven restaurant serving a diner-inspired menu surrounded by nostalgic 1970’s basement décor. Eugene’s approaches diner cuisine with serious technique, playfulness and the intention of building a community through burgers, shakes, pancakes and caviar.
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.4
Service
4.5
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4.2
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LH
Richmond
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

Funky decor and interesting upscale twists on classic diner food. Great experience. Will return.

RH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I usually wait to review a restaurant after a few visits, but you can just tell this place has it. From the staff to the meal to the ambiance -- it was awesome. The fluffy pancakes are a can't miss (I say share them as a not-too-sweet dessert). Matzo soup on point (that bone broth tho... Amazing). And the hash browns are salted blocks of crispy perfection. Oh! And the salt and pepper eggs are like nothing I've ever tried before! So simple but so good. Mike (our server) was so knowledgeable and friendly. Chef Dave even came by for a hello. Can't wait to come back!

CZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A fun and casual vibe combined with an interesting take on diner/comfort food! Loved the 70s basement motif and the friendly service. Had the signature TV dinner of the day: meatloaf plus sides all on one tray, which was really good! Highly recommended; just don’t expect a super quiet environment.

OT
1 review
Dined on 11 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Date or friends or family place- ridiculous comfort food run by a culinary genius and his lovely wife!
Our waiter Mike was great and all of the others who stopped by our table to check in or simply clear a dish were awesome too!
Don't miss this place!!! Throw back to my childhood and a gastric indulgence worth every calorie!!!
We'll Be Back! Even if just fir dessert or apps and drinks on a whim!

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Deeeeeeeeelicious! Everything was excellent - from the house made pastrami to the kale salad to the peanut butter pie. Super casual. Very energetic and loud which works with the vibe. Can’t wait to go back.

P
5 reviews
Dined on 5 January 2020
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

Service is not consistent at all, music can be way too loud if you want to have a conversation.
But food is definitely great!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very good food and services

P
6 reviews
Dined on 1 January 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Food is great, owners amazing
Service really depends on the waiter you get, we had one bad experience and one amazing experience so far!

GB
New York Area
60 reviews
Dined on 31 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience4

This is a review for the New Year’s Eve 2019 DJ event which was excellent. As always the food was delicious with a broad range of passed items, some great food stations and SPECTACULAR selection of desserts. The bar was very efficient although there was a bit of waiting it was never for long. The DJ kept the tunes going all night with a good selection and the entire staff were wonderful, personable and professional! We were very glad to have been part of the celebration

S
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the retro themed decor and menu. Great menu, been here twice. Just an fyi if you order the pancakes, they are not served super hot. They are made in advance and heated on the griddle. Because they are so thick, the middle is never hot. However, they are delicious!! Can't wait to come back to try something new.

l
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I go often and am never disappointed. The food is amazing and the staff is very friendly and helpful.

BB
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall2Food3Service4Ambience3

Eugene’s is still a work in progress. Three out of four of us had to send our food back. This is despite the fact that they charge a 3% kitchen fee to give tips to the people who work in the kitchen. Well I applied that notion, it’s probably best that if you’re going to charge that type of a fee, the food needs to come out not burnt, or cold. When we spoke to the manager, she did adjust the check to make everything right, and we will be trying Eugene’s again.

JC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 21 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food. I had the daily fish special which was trout - amazing.

F
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 20 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Diner food prepared at a higher level. The Hungry Dude was great - my son said it was better than Denny's. Shakes and dessert were also excellent

CF
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on 15 December 2019
Overall4Food5Service3Ambience3

Great food, great vibe.

VM
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 14 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

At this point we are treated like family and love going there for our date nights of family nights. Chef Dave is always adding delicious, inventive foods and I still love all our favorites as well.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

I have been for lunch. Good. Decided to go back for dinner. Not as good. Food was just ok. Had the ribs special. Not special. Full slab of ribs. Dry. Nothing came with it.

M
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 December 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It's a really cool Diner with a 70s vibe. The service was excellent and the food delicious. A little pricey because the food does not come with sides you order those separately. The place has ambiance.

R
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on 7 December 2019
Overall2Food2Service5Ambience5

Service was ultra slow. My turkey leg was a piece of turkey meat covered in some sauce with a burnt patty of stuffing underneath with a dollop of cranberry sauce. The chicken platter is big with 2 large pieces with carrots & peas. This place is a wanna-be cool hip place. The interior is cute. I felt like I was in my Grandmother's basement. I would stop by for a drink, but that's about it. Dave DiBari can do better!

OT
New England
1 review
Dined on 29 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Overpriced for what you get. Food is mediocre at best. A pretty place with a nice staff. The pastrami was stringy and tough, the Belgian waffles arrived cold, and the meatloaf --- a signature dish -- was, well, ordinary. So, if you want a nothing special meal in a pretty place where the major aftertaste is from the bill, you've found your spot.,

AN
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 24 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Another great meal at Eugene's Diner! Took entire family and every had a great time. Fun and delicious food; great staff; cool nostalgic decor. Highly recommend.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Need a reservation for dinner, but for lunchtime. Very relaxing atmosphere and tasty quality food. Will definitely visit again!!

W
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 22 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We love the restaurant - the decor ,
Ambiance, service and the food is delicious. It’s a great menu -
Something for everyone. Staff is very friendly and helpful.

RD
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Awrsome and fun place. Diner vibe with way better than diner food.

S
New York Area
75 reviews
Dined on 21 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

Love the idea of a retro diner and menu. Meal was delicious, service excellent, music too loud. I will be back.

CC
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on 19 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

We had a fun time at Eugene's following a movie on Tues. Everyone had cheeseburgers, which were delish, though I am glad I didn't order extra fries. They didn't seem worth it and probably should just be included - or chips. Other than that it was great and funky!

b
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service3Ambience3

Excited to try this new place by David Dibari of The Cookery and The Parlor in Dobbs Ferry, both places we go to regularly, we'll probably wait a little bit longer until this place gets in our rotation. Certainly no value for the money as we went last day of Restaurant Week, $120 dinner (incl. one cocktail each) seems too much for room temperature tv dinner style meat loaf, matzo ball soup.

KC
1 review
Dined on 17 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service2Ambience3

The food was very good but the service was not great. The server seemed very rushed. We sat with just our menus for a little too long and same thing with when we wanted refills on our drinks. I think the place is pretty new and still needs to get into a groove. Willing to try it again.

k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall3Food4Service5Ambience3

It was fun and different, but the music was too loud and not appropriate for the theme of the restaurant. the menu had some interesting things but would like to see some healthier choices for sides.

OT
1 review
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience3

Meal was wrong waiter and staff error.

d
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The ambience and decor was kitschy! Totally retro. Loved the "tv dinner" meal. Went for lunch during restaurant week and the portions were perfect. Regular menu seems a bit pricey. But i will definitely be back

NY
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on 9 November 2019
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Eugene’s is an upscale, retro diner. We enjoyed their version of a TV dinner. We will definitely go back to try their other dishes.

NS
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall1Food1Service1Ambience3

Concept and vibe were great, but food was inedible. Gooey egg was served cold and congealed twice. Worst ham steak I have ever had. Brussels sprouts and drinks were fantastic. Service was barely passable.

OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Run, don’t walk to Eugene’s. Wonderful spot serving great food, with pleasant hospitality in a fun space.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

You don’t need a special occasion to eat here. Food is great and reasonably priced...

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Amazing food and cool atmosphere

m
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 7 November 2019
Overall2Food2Service1Ambience2

Let's put it the nicest way: Eugene's is a work in progress. For dinner on a Thursday night, I ordered a pastrami sanwich with French fries and a root beer. My wife ordered the chopped salad and a coffee. Mine first: what Eugene's calls "house mustard" had the consistency and color of Cheeze Whiz. I had to taste first to be sure I wasn't putting cheese on my pastrami. If you're not having a Reuben, deli mustard is a MUST. Next, the menu says sodas are $2.50. When I got home, I looked at the check and I was charged $6!
My wife's chopped salad was meager and small, what you'd expect from a side salad at a diner if you ordered an entree. Nothing on the menu says the "veg" that comes with the iceberg lettuce is only cucumber. Okay, not a biggie. Neither was the $11 portion, which was overpriced by double.
The coffee was fine. No one offered a refill. No one offered salt and/or pepper either. Like I said, work in progress.
Final thing: three different people came to the table asking, "How's everything?" One person a meal is plenty. The check with tip amounted to $50. $50! Yikes!
No, we won't be going back.

E
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on 5 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

5th time there....gets better each time! Food is amazing

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food4Service4Ambience4

Fun, throw-back diner with solid food choices. Ideal for families, gatherings or date night

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 2 November 2019
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Unbelivable atmosphere and food, great for a night out with family, friends or on a date.