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Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD, Sydney, AU-NSW

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

4.2
4.2
427 Reviews
$40 and under
American

Karen's Diner is a place of terrible service but great food. Come experience a burger joint and a dining experience like never before...

U16s Must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. Any U16s booked without will be turned away at the door.

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Booked 12 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0431 036 431

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 427 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.2Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4.1Value

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  • Sydney

    Most Booked

  • Sydney City

    Hot Spot

  • Sydney City

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  1. BB

    BiancaB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food and drinks were amazing. The staff were bloody rude and the atmosphere was incredible! Had the best night! Thanks for having us ☺️

  2. LB

    LeeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    💕🥰 Great time! Good food!

  3. P

    Pv123

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience4

    Had a lovely time at Karen's. Service was absolutely hilarious, loved all the mic moments from the waiters! However the wait-time on food was fairly long and we didn't enjoy the beef brisket.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service4ambience5

    A drinks order was missed and we waited too long for food. Beef brisket was tough.

  5. LL

    LornaL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food2service3ambience3

    Obviously within theme the service was terrible, but its the reason we came, Unfortunately the burger meat was just a huge lump of fat and gristle Obviously not game to complain but I left it in plain sight that it was inedible but no one questioned it but atmosphere was great.

  6. C

    C2022

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    The food isn’t anything amazing (burgers are a bit dry). The staff and experience though is fantastic! My family (wife, two girls and myself) loved it - couldn’t stop laughing. The waitstaff certainly hold character!

  7. LR

    LauR

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience2

    Fun night out - went too quickly - we were in and out in 40 minutes. Staff were on point. One recommendation is to give us ideas of what we could hackle, how the customer should be. So many rules that it was difficult to think about what to do. Also more full audience participation would be fun. And finally, when I booked I said it was my daughter's birthday - and we repeated it when we were seated. But the staff did nothing. Would have been nice for them to have made fun of her or something.

  8. K

    Kelz

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    Really fun and the staff are great (or awful depending on how you view it!). The food was disappointing - super dry burgers which nobody loved. Maybe the chef was having an off night.

  9. K

    Karen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food1service3ambience2

    It was funny but the food wasn’t that good :( :( :(

  10. A

    Andrew

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service2ambience4

    It was a fun experience, however when I asked for a drink, after 15 mins it didn't arrive by which time we had finished our meal, we found out when we went to pay the server forgot to add the drink !

  11. c

    chokxy

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Waitress in our section was really funny and energetic :) Really enjoyed our time there! Our waitress was “your dads sex worker” hahahah

  12. YM

    YoMumah

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    Fun experience for our teens. Food wasn’t as bad as we were expecting for a gimmick restaurant. Our waiter didn’t put the much effort into being a jerk. Just rolled eyes, but the other staff made up for it. Perhaps too much , when singing happy birthday to our 14 year old - um, wishing it’s his last birthday was a tad too far.

  13. SI

    SiobhanI

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food5service3ambience5

    Food was good, staff were fun & price was reasonable. Just disappointed at the end when we went up to the staff members 3 times to ask for the desert menus and they joked and we never got them. We were told we didn’t have time to get dessert as they needed the table for the next customers. It was a real shame as we went there for my Son’s Birthday and we wanted the churros but had to get it take away. Overall a good experience apart from the end.

  14. JH

    JacobH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service5ambience4

    We were seated in the front of the restaurant which made us feel excluded from the main section, we didn’t get the full experience we hoped for. The music was also very loud and we could not hear anything even when asking seriously if they could turn it down they were obviously doing there job but didn’t take us seriously at all. Apart from that everything was amazing the food was absolutely 100%

  15. LB

    LindaB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience2

    Food was great although they didn’t put our order through however we were discounted. I didn’t find the waiter’s entertaining at all quite lame

  16. T

    Tashi

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This was amazing, absolutely loved going and was able to enjoy my food and not be worried about my 3yr olds potty mouth LOL 🤣 highly recommend for others with challenging children 🤐🥳

  17. E

    Elise

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience1

    Entertaining yes, but got annoying. Just wanted to eat after the novelty of the harassment wore off. Food serving sizes were generous. Drinks expensive.

  18. TM

    TrinaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely loved it - never have laughed so hard! Still talking about it! Thank you….

  19. LB

    LukeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5

    The menu is quite small but they do a good job of what they do. Very fun Karen experience.

  20. J

    Jonni

    Melbourne

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience4

    I was prepared for the bad service and it was entertaining, but the food was terrible!! So not sure I'd want to go back and be verbally abused AND eat terrible food..

  21. LS

    LouiseS

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5

    Food was ok, service was brilliantly terrible! Loved it and would go again.

  22. MO

    MaryO

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food4service1ambience5

    The language and insults are a bit confronting but all the wait staff are very in-character. Such a unique experience!

  23. KS

    KyleeS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food , horrible service…. Just the way it should be. Highly recommend if you have a great sense of humour and can laugh at yourself.

  24. D

    Dani

    New South Wales

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was an experience - food and drinks were great and good value

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Had an awesome time. Laughed a lot. Food was amazing and affordable.

  26. DK

    DebbieK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    It was a fun night.& food was great American style diner food with a big dose of attitude thrown in.

  27. A

    Amanda

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience5

    It took 45 minutes just too get served and that’s not me being dramatic. Had 8 o’clock booking and we didn’t get served till 8:45.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great night with the kids who didn’t hold back 😜 love the sass and wittiness of the staff.

  29. AC

    AleksandraC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our server Adele was amazing(-ly rude) haha. Karens diner is a fun place to have dinner, with great food and be a little uncomfortable. Super fun and different dining experience. Adele was awesome, she played her role super well, but still made sure we were looked after and had fun :)

  30. P

    Phil

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Very bad waitress rude and obnoxious, Birthday singing terrible. The waitres was very accommodating to our needs even though she was rude. I would return.

  31. S

    Siena

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food was so yummy and it’s such a great experience

  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really loved the food, and the entertainment was exceptional 🍻

  33. CR

    CarleyR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    It was amazing !! Food was exceptional service was bad!! I will defiantly be back

  34. ZT

    ZaacT

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Staff were snippy, unkind and rude - it was perfect. Loved the vegan-shaming and flippant attitude toward any requests. I can’t wait to go back again.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    From the moment we walked in we were having fun. Such a great experience. Staff were rude and insulting. Exactly what we wanted. Highly recommend.

  36. MS

    MelissaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best terrible service ever. Great night loved the concept. Can’t wait to do it again.

  37. MG

    MichelleG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Great fun, tasty food and fabulous cocktails! The staff where really entertaining and hilarious.

  38. MB

    MarkB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    So much fun, the kids loved it (Very Naughty) :) For a better experience, try to keep it as a surprise for your guests.

  39. AH

    AshleighH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Food was spot on, atmosphere was good/intimidating (but in an intended way), loved the experience as a interactive comedy/acting thing.

  40. KB

    KylieB

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 June 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a great experience at Karen’s Diner the food was delish and the atmosphere was fantastic! I highly recommend it!!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0431 036 431.

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD is rated 4.2 stars by 427 OpenTable diners.

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

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2 people

June 2022
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Booked 12 times today
Google Map for Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

644 George St Level 1 Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of Operation

    Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress Code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking Details

    Public Parking

  • Payment Options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeaway, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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