State Line Diner (Mahwah)

The State Line Diner (Mahwah)

After a friend recommended the State Line Diner (Mahwah) a few months ago, I added it to my “diner to do list.” I wanted to try the diner for a while so when we were driving back from Syracuse it seemed like the perfect opportunity.

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State Line Diner Atmosphere: A

The State Line Diner is a picture perfect diner. The outside signs are retro. The inside is clean, modern and neat. You enter the State Line Diner directly in front of the bakery. The diner has a few main rooms with plenty of booths, tables and even a bar area.  The diner itself was crowded, but we quickly found a seat.  That is the thing about diners, is that the parking lot can be full but there is somehow never a long wait for a table.

State Line Diner Service: A

The waitress at the State Line Diner was extremely friendly, straight to the point and on her game. She gave us great food recommendations and refilled our beverages quickly.  She had several tables, but we watched as she gave each table personal recommendations and was very friendly. She took her time and made everyone feel right.  She is one of the best waitresses I’ve come across.

State Line Diner Coffee: A

The coffee at the State Line Diner was perfect. It was refilled a lot, and the whipped cream was clearly homemade. It was hot every single time, and I never had a bad cup.

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State Line Diner Food: A

The State Line Diner has a 10-page menu.  They have everything from breakfast to pizza and, of course, staple diner options and salads too.

I ordered the egg salad sandwich and French fries. I have been in an egg salad mood lately, and this sandwich was large and in charge. I had run the Festival of Races earlier in the day, and I was hungry. The French fries were cooked perfectly and not soggy or burnt. Everything was good and cooked well.  I enjoyed how big the sandwich was, and it needed toothpicks to keep it together!

state line diner egg salad

State Line Diner Dessert: A

Several people had advised me try the Rainbow Cake at the state Line Diner. When we asked our waitress for dessert recommendations, she also said it was the best dessert they had. I’m normally a chocolate cake person, but I must admit the Rainbow cake was incredible. I also had ice cream because cake and ice cream is a staple.  The Rainbow cake was a vanilla tie dyed flavor cake with chocolate frosting and a chocolate layer in between.

state line diner rainbow cake
I’m not saying this cake is what dreams are made of…but it is…

state line diner ice cream

State Line Diner Price: $$$

For my meal, coffee, ice cream and cake the cost was $30.

Overall Thoughts/Would I Come Back to the State Line Diner (Mahwah):

I’m very glad I don’t live close by because I would be at the State Line Diner (Mahwah) very frequently. The food, the dessert, service and coffee is all perfect.

Atmosphere: A
Service: A
Coffee: A
Food: A
Cost: $10-30

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Questions for you:
Have you ever had Rainbow Cake?
How do you like your French fries?
Steak fries, waffle fries, stringy, burnt, soggy?


  1. Hmmm … we always stay in Jersey City visiting our son at NYU and therefore take 280 to 80 to 81 to 17 heading back to Corning … but if we took 287 to 17 this would be right there … option for next time 🙂 Great review!

  2. Looks delicious! I sometimes make rainbow cake. In fact, for a housewarming party a couple years ago I made one, I should see if I have the picture somewhere….

    I like my french fries thin and crispy. not burnt, but my favorite french fries are the ones that are basically just the fried part, the inside is practically gone and its got that crunch to it. hahaha also sweet potato french fries. The french fries in your picture are probably my least favorite, i dont want that much potato! (dont tell my ancestors I said that, I’m 100% irish…)

  3. I’ve had rainbow cake cookies and they are insanely delicious. Hoping the cake version is just a larger cookie? Now I’m curious and hungry!
    If you like egg salad and are ever up north…you have to go the Millburn Deli in Millburn. Best egg salad anywhere around. And I’m not biased because I hate eggs! But it’s seriously amazing.

  4. The rainbow cake sounds like a party! Strangely, I’m not familiar with this diner. Heading to Google now …

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