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Hartford and the Connecticut River Valley Restaurants

O'Rourke's Diner

  • 728 Main St. Map It
  • $$
  • American

Updated 12/23/2013

Fodor's Review

Featured on the Food Network's Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, this glass-and-steel classic is the place to go for top-notch diner fare, including creative specialties like the omelet stuffed with roasted portobello mushrooms, Brie, and asparagus. The steamed cheeseburgers are another favorite. Arrive early for lunch, as the lines are often out the door.

Restaurant Information

Address:

728 Main St., Middletown, Connecticut, 06457, USA

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Phone:

860-346–6101

Restaurant Details:

  • Credit cards accepted
  • No dinner

Updated 12/23/2013

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Feb 22, 2009

TERRIBLE service

I went with my wife and 2 little boys (3 and 8) after seeing this diner on the food network. It was pouring outside when we arrived, and when we walked in, we were greeted with a very surly waitress who said "There are people already waiting for a table ahead of you".I was taken aback by this greeting, but replied with "that's OK, we're happy to wait". Her response? "You can't wait inside the diner, you're blocking the exit for my customers who are

inside already. You'll have to wait outside". I told her that we weren't willing to stand in the rain with 2 little kids, and her reply? "OK..." So we left. I'm a veteran of the restaurant business, having worked and owned several over the course of 22 years. I've never been treated as such an "inconvenience" before. It reminds me of an old manager of mine..."Damn those pesky customers, this would be such an easy job without them..."

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Dec 7, 2008

The Best Diner

O'Rourkes is the best diner around by far. You can get basic diner fare as well as items you just cant find anywhere else. The food is the best and so unique. ORourkes has been recognized in Gourmet magazine, has won best diner in the state multiple times, and was recently featured on Diners drive ins, and dives. ORourkes is known as one of the best diners in the country. Dinner is available Friday and Saturday which is extraordinary as well.

Lines can be long, but we don't mind. The food is that special!

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Jul 16, 2004

Don't let the exterior stop you

Although outside it looks as if it hasn't been cleaned since the 60's, go in or you'll miss one of the better dining experiences in the state. Try one of Brian's extraordinary omelettes, even better and different on weekends.

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