The Vincentown Diner was one of the very first diners; I went to when we moved to the state. It was also one of the first I reviewed. Now nearly 2 years and 85 diners later, I decided to review it once more. I’ve been to the Vincentown Diner over 30 times and tried many food menu items. In the past few years, I’ve gotten to remember some of the staff and hosts.
The atmosphere of Vincentown is modern and upscale. It has more of a restaurant vibe than a diner. It’s clean and polished. The restaurant consists of a bar, multiple booths and a dimly lit second room which I assume is for larger parties.
There are a couple of issues with the Vincentown Diner. One is with service. The servers always seem rude, standoffish or belittling. If it was a one-time case, it wouldn’t be a big deal but I’ve been over 30 times and have found several occasions to be this way. Last time, the waitresses were standing awkwardly behind us gossiping about who was dating who.
The coffee is always piping hot because they use an expresso machine. I like the coffee a lot, and it comes in a fairly large cup. Interestingly enough, the Vincentown a Diner charges 75 cents for adding whipped cream. It’s the only diner I’ve come across that does this. The funny thing, the whipped cream they use is the off brand in a canister. I’m pretty sure two refills pays for their entire can. It’s an extra expense but they bring out an off brand canister and add it.
The big positive is, I’ve never had a bad meal at Vincentown. The food is fresh and local, and I can appreciate that. Their menu is smaller than most diners and also features a seasonal menu. Some of my favorite items have been on the seasonal menu. While the food is good, the portions are normally smaller.
The last item I tried was the bacon wrapped tenderloin. It came over mashed potatoes with corn and black beans. It was really good, and I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I’ve had most things on their menu from salads, to pancakes, to eggs and their dinners. My favorite tend to be the dinners and their seasonal specials.
Similar to the menu, the Vincentown Diner is constantly changing their dessert menu. This can be a problem, however, because many of my favorite desserts are only served for a month out of the year. My favorite dessert is the red velvet cake. The Vincentown red velvet cake has a hint of raspberry which makes it make unique from any red velvet cake I’ve had.
This is the most expensive diner I’ve been too thus far. The food is local and fresh, but I do believe it’s overpriced. Most menu items cost upwards of $20. Most times I go to Vincentown, it costs upward of $30.
Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
I’ve been back several times, but I do wish their employees were more polite. I do believe if their cost wasn’t so steep and the employees were more friendly, they might have won the best diner in NJ because the food is very good. I don’t go nearly as often anymore (possibly once a month month) because of the lack of employee friendliness.
Questions for you:
Do you have a favorite restaurant?
Has the employee friendliness ever stopped you from going to a restaurant?