10 of D.C.'s Best New and Old-School Diners

by Fernanda DeSouza

posted on October 31, 2017

Photo Courtesy: Ari's Diner

Who can say they don't love the classic greasy spoon that is the American diner? Nobody (at least nobody sane). With all-day breakfast platters offering more than enough eggs, hash, and sausage or milkshakes bigger than your face, there is always something for everybody to enjoy at these eateries. Not to mention, they're typically open all day, every day, just in case you need a stack of buttermilk pancakes at two in the morning. D.C. residents, get ready to eat your heart out in pancakes, burgers, and home fries by diving into our 10 favorites below. Leather jackets and poodle skirts are welcome.

Ari's Diner

Entering Ari's is like entering a 1950s dream. The retro diner is modeled after a GMC Streamliner, and after you appreciate the chrome interior, dive into a menu that features modern twists on the classics, like boozy milkshakes and organic burgers.

Checkout: Pancakes, Avocado toast, Boozy milkshake, Organic burger

Jimmy T's

If you’re in the mood for basic no-frills food, this greasy spoon diner has you covered. Serving American breakfast and lunch inside a Victorian house, it’s both charming and cozy. Fill your belly for as little as $5, but bring cash.

Checkout: Eggs, Bacon, Coffee

The Diner

This longtime, late-night hub dishes out comfort food classics to drunken revelers and brunch-goers in an airy, booth-filled space. Come for the hearty breakfasts like eggs Benedict, and top everything off with one of their noteworthy milkshakes.

Checkout: The Diner Royale, s'mores shake, sticky bun bread pudding

Tastee Diner

Since 1946, Tastee Diner has been serving classic diner fare in a railcar space, with booths featuring individual jukeboxes. You’ll find typical dishes on the menu like pancakes and milkshakes, as well as daily specials, including chicken marsala.

Checkout: Triple Play Eggs, Hot Cakes, Turkey Burger

29 Diner

This old-school 1940s diner not only serves comfort foods like classic cheeseburgers but also artisanal food served by a rotating cast of acclaimed chefs. Step inside this 24/7 landmarked blue vinyl spot for a trip down memory lane.

Checkout: Hot open faced roast beef sandwich, Mac 'n' cheese bacon burger, Mom's Meatlof, Homemade boneless fried chicken

Duplex Diner

Probably the friendliest diner in D.C., Duplex loves to make everyone feel welcome— with burgers, bar bites, and drag shows. Located between historic neighborhoods, this "gay Cheers" is the best pit stop for classic dishes and good times.

Checkout: Bottomless rosé, LGB-Tea, Grilled chicken tenders, Mac 'n' cheese

Bob & Edith's Diner

This classic diner serves up down home comforts with a touch of nostalgia. No matter the time of day, Bob and Edith's will serve you homemade corned beef hash, country-fried steak, and some of the best hot cakes in town.

Checkout: Corned beef hash, pancakes, waffles

Amphora Diner Deluxe

A staple of Northern Virginia, Amphora's Diner Deluxe features a menu with more than 350 items ranging from eggs Benedict to Greek food to an extensive bakery. Satisfy a late night craving with the famous Grecian grill filled with feta and Gyro meat.

Checkout: Grecian grill, Bananas Foster French toast, eggs Benedict


Silver is the big sister of the Northern Virginia chain, Silver Diner. Inspired by the art deco period, this American brasserie puts a new twist on traditional diner fare featuring farm-fresh ingredients and trendy dishes like Korean tacos.

Checkout: Ahi tuna, Cobb salad, Angus cheeseburger

Metro 29 Diner

Metro 29 is the result of two families coming together to bring a New York-style diner to Arlington, VA. 22 years later they’re still making generous-sized portions of burgers, waffles and more, all in a classic Americana setting.

Checkout: Silver dollar griddle pancakes, challah french toast, bacon omelette

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