City Diner

South San Jose

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In a Nutshell

More than 25 years after opening, diner still evokes fun 1950s-era eating-out experience with classic milk shakes & retro décor

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Promotional value expires Jan 15, 2012. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table, 2 per table of 5 or more. Must purchase a food item. Not valid on Saturday or Sunday before 3PM. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

The 1950s were a simpler time, when teenagers gathered to enjoy malted milk shakes and poodles were free to traipse around town in full skirts. Go retro with today’s Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of casual American fare at City Diner.

With more than 25 years of service in San Jose, City Diner continues to deliver a1950s diner experience with friendly service, a full menu made from local ingredients, and bread delivered fresh every morning. For breakfast, customers can try a short stack of fluffy pancakes ($5.99), which chefs can dot with sliced banana or chocolate chips to form intricate pancake portraits of James Dean ($6.99). Cooks seal the savory union of ingredients in the barbecue-bacon cheeseburger with a crispy onion ring set on top of a certified Angus beef patty ($8.99). City Diner also whips together 66 flavors of 1950s-style milk shakes, with flavors ranging from traditional vanilla, chocolate, and strawberry ($3.99) to decadent butterscotch chocolate chip, peanut-butter Oreo malt, and pineapple chocolate strawberry ($4.99). Four-top tables and spacious booths keep vigil over the diner’s checkered floors, and pictures and movie memorabilia deck its white walls in old-time nostalgia, coming alive at night to dance the hand jive.

Customer Reviews

Informal 50s diner atmosphere...great funky band plays first Friday of the month. We hit the right day. Sadly, I knew all the words to the really, really, REALLY old songs!!! That place makes me smile! Kids would love the decor
Terrie H. · June 3, 2012
Delicious food, large portions, friendly, fast service, amusing and interesting decor.
Deborah F. · January 22, 2012
Great atmosphere. Breakfast served all day! Crazy list of milk shakes!
Tony W. · January 19, 2012

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