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

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

4.2
4.2
321 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 8 times today

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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Menu

Meal

$11

  • Cheeseburger with Fries

    • Nuggets with Fries

      • Fried Chicken Burger with Fries

        • Vegan Burger with Fries

          Drinks

          • Bottled Water$3.50

            • Ginger Beer$6.00

              Soft Drink Can

              $5

              • Coke

                • Coke Zero

                  • Fanta

                    • Sprite

                      Last updated: 1 February 2022

                      What 321 people are saying

                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                      4.2
                      4.2 based on recent ratings
                      • 4.2Food
                      • 3.9Service
                      • 4.2Ambience
                      • 4Value

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                      1. AR

                        AlanR

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 2 days ago

                        overall4food4service4ambience4

                        Worth the wait and great for birthdays, as had my daughter's 16th at Sydney venue.

                      2. KC

                        KellyC

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        We had the best time, so bloody funny and the food was really nice! Thanks so much and the singing Happy Birthday to my son with the little toilet was hilarious

                      3. BB

                        BraeleyB

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        It’s called Karen’s diner for a reason so employees should be getting into character rather than not speaking at all. Only one employee on that night actually did her job of being a Karen the rest didn’t even look like they wanted to be at work let alone play a ‘Karen’, I booked for my birthday and will not recommend this place to anyone. I was expecting a lot more than not being spoken to.

                      4. C

                        Chloebreanne

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food3service5ambience5

                        Loved every minute of being there lived up to reputation

                      5. LR

                        LucyR

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall1food5service5ambience5

                        The venue, food & 'Karen' service was fantastic. Loved the interaction! However, there was a table of 20 young boys (10/11 years old) who were noisy and disruptive and ruined our evening. The parents were sat on another table and had no control over the children. To be honest, the venue isn't really suitable for a kids birthday party. We would have loved to stay for more drinks and dessert but couldn't stand the noise!

                      6. WD

                        WendyD

                        Sydney

                        3 reviews

                        5.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Loved it, so much fun, food was great service was terribly good. We’ll be back 👍

                      7. HB

                        HelenB

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience4

                        Great entertainment! Amazing staff. They put a lot of effort to make the place unique. Love it. It was better than expected.

                      8. JW

                        JeanelleW

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 3 days ago

                        overall4food5service5ambience4

                        So much fun for my teenage kids, takes a bit to get used to the “rude and poor” service but the food was delicious!! Recommend the wings ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

                      9. G

                        Gemma

                        London

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall2food1service2ambience4

                        Food was overpriced and felt like we needed to leave a tip.

                      10. B

                        Bree

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 4 days ago

                        overall5food5service1ambience5

                        It was a very fun environment. We went there for my little brother's birthday and they surprised him with some marshmallows and a song. Will definitely be back!!!

                      11. R

                        Ronnie

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall3food3service3ambience2

                        Had bone in my burger. Almost broke my tooth. And the whole idea of staff being rude could be done a bit better. Mostly just rude fingers and sarcasm but nothing big.

                      12. CB

                        CassandraB

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Service was terrible just as advertised but the food and experience was fantastic!

                      13. RL

                        RachelL

                        Sydney

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined 6 days ago

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Excellent venue, totally loved it. The wait staff work so hard, they are entertaining and very funny. Loved this place!! I have told all my friends and I will be back with a bigger crowd!! On top of this the food was great, my bugger tasted yummy and I loved the birthday surprise . Thank you so much xxx

                      14. MF

                        MariaF

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 8 May 2022

                        overall5food5service1ambience5

                        Poor service just how we like it!! Was left waiting 15min, abused and insulted before sitting to dine. The waitress hit the menu over my child’s head and she was told to sit down and shut up. We attended on Mother’s Day which was such a perfect occasion. Food was outstanding. Definitely recommend for a laugh and good food. Bring your best banter and sense of humour. Also to suit parents of unruly children- they WILL be put in their place. And it such a relief to not worry about being judged for your child when dining out.

                      15. J

                        John

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 8 May 2022

                        overall4food3service1ambience3

                        It was very funny the games were so fun and food was a bit oily but over all me and my family had a great time Karen’s went all out

                      16. CJ

                        CassandraJ

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 8 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Exactly what I expected it to be! Poor customer service ON PURPOSE! Loved it, they were so fun and engaging. I loved the games and booing of Karen's and vegans. Had such a great night.

                      17. MM

                        MMag

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 7 May 2022

                        overall5food4service4ambience5

                        Exactly what we paid for , unexpected, entertaining , rude , served in an appropriate time frame . Food was fresh, and priced the Same as most other specialised burger places . Ticked off the “to do list “ . Enjoyable evening . Thanks for the abuse !!

                      18. M

                        Mickuzoh

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 7 May 2022

                        overall4food3service3ambience4

                        It was my first visit and worth it for a laugh but unlikely to return. It’s definitely a one time thing! Our waitress was a hoot and we laughed through our order for a good 15 minutes!! The food choices were really limited and it was disappointing to feel like they were focused on turning around tables that were really crammed in. While the fun is based on bad service, we didn’t get an order we wanted and when followed up, it was treated as we were joking so nothing came of it. The bill was corrected but we really wanted that dish! There were no second round drinks offered either. Sorry but maybe you need a manager that checks in to see if everything is OK with your meals ….and takes that seriously. The games that were run by staff were good fun. It was my wife’s birthday and even though I mentioned it when I booked, nothing came of it. Other tables seemed to have gotten a better reception for their birthdays though. Bad service but hey, I should have expected it!

                      19. C

                        Chantell

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 7 May 2022

                        overall2food2service3ambience2

                        Not worth the hype. Burgers small and dry. Only good thing was the cocktails

                      20. MM

                        MariaM

                        Sydney

                        3 reviews

                        2.0

                        3 reviews

                        Dined on 6 May 2022

                        overall2food2service3ambience2

                        A little disappointing tbh - it wasn’t as big of a deal that it’s made out to be … burgers great, the rest overcooked. Karen service was staff fighting their own conscience to be rude (actually felt sorry for them). As for the overall premises, it personally felt like a dingy dirty place you would normally avoid but that may have been the vibe they’re trying to create. Well it’s ticked off the list, won’t be recommending and won’t be going back.

                      21. PK

                        PaulaK

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 6 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Our male Karen waiter was fantastic, stayed in character and was very professional with handling our boisterous table of 10 who gave as good as we got. 10/10 it was everything my son hoped it would be for his 18th birthday dinner. Service was a little on the slow side with our initial female Karen waitress so we had to do a Karen and demand new wait staff. Service rolled quickly when our male waiter took over. Food was divine, for a burger joint it was nicer than some up market restaurants.

                      22. H

                        Hayleyd

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 6 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Honestly such a hilarious experience cannot recommend it enough. If you are English and a Vegan, please expect to be targeted haha!

                      23. JS

                        JodieS

                        Sydney

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 5 May 2022

                        overall5food5service1ambience5

                        Fantastic fun and will be back for another round .

                      24. JJ

                        JayJay

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 5 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        I loved the theme and had a great time! Highly recommend!

                      25. LD

                        LisaD

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 4 May 2022

                        overall5food5service1ambience5

                        Exactly what I expected plus more. Service was appalling, but food was amazing. Thanks

                      26. TE

                        TaraE

                        Hong Kong

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                        overall3food3service3ambience2

                        Could be so much funnier

                      27. RL

                        RichL

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                        overall3food4service2ambience3

                        A differing but unique experience. Loved it. Food was great. I would go again

                      28. SS

                        ShannonS

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Really fun experience, would go back. Food was really good

                      29. RT

                        RachaelT

                        Sydney

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 1 May 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        My kids and I loved our experience at Karen’s Diner. Can’t wait to go back!

                      30. TR

                        TaniaR

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 30 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Was amazing really enjoyed was everything we expected it to be and more was a fantastic experience

                      31. NG

                        NathanG

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 30 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Beyond the premise of the cafe (rude service), the service is actually pretty good. Cocktails and burgers are tasty and arrive in a timely manner.

                      32. RS

                        RubyS

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 29 April 2022

                        overall1food3service5ambience5

                        All good Funny experience But very dirty Tables

                      33. M

                        Mary

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 29 April 2022

                        overall3food4service3ambience3

                        Our first time at the Karens Sydney Diner it was ok. Melbourne's Karen was so much better. The staffs sense of humor was very rude but made us laugh. The Sydney one was different, even though we did have fun there was alot of swearing and the birdie. Apart from forgetting our correct order for drinks it took them three times to get it right in two hours Not sure if it was due to staffing. I wont be returning as the place was very dirty. Toilets were putrid. When we sat at our table there was food and serviettes all over the floor, sticky table etc. Furniture was very dirty and i really dont think that they ever mop the floor.

                      34. b

                        blahheisks

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 29 April 2022

                        overall1food1service3ambience1

                        Dirty environment. Overrated as a whole. Not even funny.

                      35. E

                        Eshypeshy

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 27 April 2022

                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                        Great tasting food at reasonable prices. Very entertaining meal with very rude staff as part of the 'Karen' theme. Had a lot of fun and tons of laughs.

                      36. H

                        Hlp92

                        London

                        1 review

                        2.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 27 April 2022

                        overall2food3service1ambience4

                        I went for the experience and got what I expected, which was fine and I quite enjoyed that side of it. I wasn't expecting them to be unhygienic and also ruin my meal. The burgers, drinks and chips that we had were good (until the waitress made part of the meal inedible), but the onion rings were really bad.

                      37. CB

                        CassB

                        1 review

                        4.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 24 April 2022

                        overall4food4service4ambience3

                        The male Karen held character well, to the point we aren’t sure he was even acting!

                      38. TS

                        ThomasS

                        1 review

                        1.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 24 April 2022

                        overall1food1service1ambience1

                        The food was extremely overpriced, the food was terrible. Barely any sauce on the burger. Burger bun was burnt to a crisp and that’s only the start of it. The milkshake was $10 for the worst thing I’ve ever drunk. The staff broke a rule and made a joke about my friend being a Muslim so that’s great. The staff were boring they only said swear words and nothing else. 0/10 would never recommend to anyone

                      39. j

                        jaga

                        1 review

                        5.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 24 April 2022

                        overall5food5service1ambience5

                        The waiter taught my kids how to flip the bird…!!!

                      40. K

                        Kirst

                        1 review

                        3.0

                        1 review

                        Dined on 23 April 2022

                        overall3food4service1ambience2

                        Two errors in our food order and we weren’t brave enough to complain 😬 . Really needed napkins and they weren’t provided. . Food flavour was excellent. . The whole premise of the bad service was very funny but not my idea of a relaxing dinner. Only went for my daughter because she wanted it for her birthday.

                      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 321 OpenTable diners.

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

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                      Booked 8 times today
                      Google Map for Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

                      644 George St Level 1 Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

                      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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