While traveling through Charlotte, my husband and I chose to stop at the Landmark Diner. It’s been on a Diners, Drive Ins and Dives so we figured it must be good. We got there around 7 pm, and the hostess told us there was a 25-minute wait. We were surprised but thought it must be good.
As we were waiting, the hostess rudely told multiple customers they needed to wait outside. Then she couldn’t remember or find the people she was looking for. For the 25 minutes we waited, we noticed multiple tables that weren’t being used and were perfectly clean. Needless to say, we started off on the wrong foot.
The atmosphere of the Landmark Diner is outdated. They could use a makeover.
The outside has plenty of lighting and is easily spotted from the highway.
I will preface this by saying our waitress was extremely friendly. She clearly had too many tables, but she took great care of us.
I can’t overlook how rude the hostess was. She threw our menus on the table, told guests they needed to wait outside and couldn’t care any less. Unforatetely, the hostess, is the first person we saw, and we watched her for close to half an hour.
The food in the kitchen also took almost an hour to come out. We saw multiple larger parties receive their food much quicker. By the time we received our food, we had been in the Landmark Diner for nearly 90 minutes. With the exception of our actual waitress, it was by far one of the worst experiences I’ve had while dining out.
The coffee at the Landmark Diner was good. There was nothing unusual about it, but it was often refilled and always warm. It took a while to come out, but once it arrived, it was good.
After waiting about an hour for our food, I had no idea what to expect. The Landmark Diner has every stereotypical diner option you could imagine. I wanted to order the roasted leg of lamb, but they were out. I decided to go with their land and sea special. It came with 10 ounces of steak and shrimp.
The steak was good for a diner and seasoned well. Sometimes diner steak can be hit and miss. The side of shrimp side was just as good. It was well seasoned with just a touch of old bay seasoning.
I liked the main entree but left the fries.
While waiting to be seated, we had stared at the dessert for 30 minutes beforehand, and I knew I wanted the red velvet cake. We ordered the red velvet cake with vanilla ice cream. Like the mean, the main component (red velvet cake) was delicious. There was plenty of frosting, and the cake itself was moist. The ice cream, however, had freezer burn.
For the coffee, meal, cake and ice cream the cost was $28.
Overall thoughts/Would I come back?
The food was decent but I was so turned off by the hostess attitude as well as the lengthy wait, I probably won’t be back.
Questions for you:
Have you ever had a rude hostess or be asked to wait outside?
What’s the longest you’ve waited at a restaurant?