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Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD, Sydney, AU-NSW

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

4.2
4.2
712 Reviews
$40 and under
American
Karen's Diner is a place of terrible service but great food. Come experience a burger joint and a dining experience like never before...

U16s Must be accompanied by a Parent or Guardian. Any U16s booked without will be turned away at the door.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 62 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    0431 036 431

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  • Sydney

    Most Booked

  • Sydney City

    Good for Groups

  • Sydney City

    Most Booked

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  1. K

    Karen

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    We went there to experience the hype. The service was great for what we were expecting. However our group of 6 people were sat at a lounge and had to eat our meals off a small coffee table. One of us was served bourbon instead of scotch. We had an extra meal delivered with our order that wasn’t ours yet we were charged for it. The food was very average and we were only given 1 can of soft drink instead of 4 that we ordered. Can’t say we will be going back there.
  2. TG

    TaylahG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very entertaining and the food all tasted great! Highly recommend to friends and family
  3. CA

    CarlyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The cocktails were delicious and the Karen’s kept us laughing
  4. AH

    AishaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Was hilarious. Will come back again but in the Melbourne one
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Food was very plain, no seasoning, even the chips were not okay. The service was fun but nothing more than what videos on insta show you, so don't expect any "extras"
  6. N

    Notimpressed

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience3
    Charged a 15% surcharge for a Sunday which was not stated online when I booked nor was I advised at the door. Found out when I paid the bill and queried the price. Wouldn't go back as the food was average, and overpriced
  7. A

    Amyk

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    A group of us experienced karyns diner on the weekend. The food was incredible, the service was horid. A great laugh not for the faint of hearts. Be prepared to get the worst service of your life 🤣 was definitely an experience.
  8. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food3service3ambience3
    The food was good but overpriced
  9. MK

    MazenK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had a great time there.The food is amazing and the staff are so funny.They give the funniest response when you talk to them.
  10. KA

    KASEYW

    Sydney

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved it!!!! Yummy burger’s and a very funny atmosphere.
  11. CA

    CourtneyA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    - Food was decent - When I booked my reservation, I only had outdoor seating available, which was ok with my group and I, however, we didn't expect to not hear what was going on inside - We think a speaker should be outside for those who sit outside or to have the outdoor area as one big area inside so these customers get the experience too
  12. K

    Karenssux

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Not at all funny just an excuse for loss for services and rudeness . Really bad food
  13. CM

    ClareM

    Sydney

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This was my second visit to Karen’s, the first time was 3 months ago. This time it was so tame, and at times boring, such a shame the first time I went we laughed all dinner non stop, not sure what’s happened but they were very toned down. We were also sat near the front door and not as part of the restaurant were the action was taking place, which was a shame since I booked five weeks in advance.
  14. CJ

    CatherineJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Hilarious! Food was excellent. Service was intentionally terrible as promised. Highly recommended!
  15. T

    Timtama1

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an experience! Laughed the whole time and wow was the food great. Well worth the 4 hours travel to go there
  16. KC

    KateC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They were rude but not too much for children I felt they read my kids well
  17. SH

    SophieH

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 27, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed the games. More trivia type questions would be great! Laughs were had!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Perth

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    A good fun experience. Food was good. Good size serving. The halloumi fries were my favourite and their own canned beer was good too. Staff were suitably rude with lots of laughs had
  19. EH

    EmilyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastically horrible! We all had great fun. The only issue was 2 items on the menu we requested we were told weren’t available. Other than that it was great!
  20. CH

    CathieH

    Melbourne

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great fun place to grab a burger and be abused all in fun
  21. JG

    JanelleG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was fantastic, great food, so fun, the staff was fantastic
  22. AS

    AmyS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience2
    Bit overpriced for burgers, $160 for 4 burgers and 4 drinks. I think they rely on the whole gimmick of rude service a little too much! It was funny, my kids loved it but I wouldn’t rush back. Felt very packed in.
  23. BW

    BridgetW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    An amazingly rude experience!🤪 Made for a great 15th Bday party for our daughter! Staff rock what they do! I definitely think my daughter should work at Karen's 😁
  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    Was ok. Entertaining for sure but the place was filthy and food average. Just good for some laughs and that’s it
  25. KM

    KarenM

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this place 3rd visit just love the free cocktails love the atmosphere and having a great laughing you have a sense of humour and love laughing at yourself this is your place if not don't visit lol
  26. RA

    RachelleA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our waitress was called Ravioli and she was fabulous. Trivia was fun. Great onion rings and wings
  27. C

    Chloeg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience2
    really funny great service kept us laughing the whole time
  28. JT

    JennyT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Service was terribly funny. All staff attentive but gave us the verbal service we were there for. The food was a little dry. Burgers needed more sauce and more seasoning in the meat Patty. Chips unfortunately cold by the time we got them We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the banter between the staff and us. The experience was great!!
  29. A

    Ayse

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Service was better than the food, burger very dry and bun burnt.
  30. KB

    KarenB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Expect rude/fun service and you will enjoy the experience
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Greeted on arrival in true Karen fashion, told to go back outside and wait to be called as table not ready. Had been booked in front section. Waited 15mins, went back in Our table had been filled by another party waited whilst waiter (very cute btw) was actually quite nice and got us a tall table with stools in main section, we were happy to sit here as it seems this was where all the action was. Waitress took food and drinks order along with some funny banter nothing to over the top. It seems a couple vegans was seated they got all the grief. Beverages came out quickly. Margaritas was outstanding, followed soon after was our meals. Very tasty large burgers, well put together, easy to eat, not greasy, chips crunchy. Perfect portion sizes. Had a great experience.
  32. JB

    JeremyB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Funny concept. Waitresses don't give a damn and that's what people come here for.
  33. TJ

    TeresaJ

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Interesting night, food great, alcohol expensive Service pretty good considering what you know you’re up for
  34. S

    Steve

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    Food - a mixed bag. My two friends both had burgers and said they were very good. I had a 'New York Karen' which read on the menu like a classic American-style hot dog with toppings, but instead was the thinnest, measliest supermarket sausage I'd ever seen, stuck in a stale bun with a couple of slices of cheese and not much else, and all for the princely sum of $18. Wish I hadn't bothered. Was still hungry so ordered some chicken wings, they were OK, nothing special. Service - people go there for the poor service but really all it was initially was the waitress snarling and slamming glasses and plates down on the table. In time, we started to play along and interact more by purposefully asking for things or complaining, which allowed the staff to play their roles more. If you just sit there and expect them to do all the Karen-ing, it won't be as enjoyable, so fire up and get involved. Would I go there again? Yes, but I would only order the burgers.
  35. DS

    DarrenS

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    It was as expected. The staff were suitably snarky, and the food was good.
  36. MH

    MeganH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had fab evening ! Was great having so many Karens around lol!
  37. RP

    RoyP

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Worth the experience. Food was very tasty. Service was very poor, which was good.
  38. JT

    JudyT

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall2food4service3ambience2
    Found the place not very clean. Didn’t drink the water on the table because the glasses didn’t look clean at all. Ordered soft drinks. They weren’t cold and tasted very flat. Worse drink I’ve had.
  39. SH

    SallyH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Karen’s is exactly what I was expecting and more my guests and I had the most fun time ever!!! So keep up the good work
  40. CS

    CathyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had so much fun at Karen’s Diner, the wait staff while in full “Karen” character still actually looked after us really well. Food was excellent and the experience was exactly what was promised.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at 0431 036 431.

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD is rated 4.2 stars by 712 OpenTable diners.

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD does offer gift cards which you can purchase here.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

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2 people

10:00 PM


Booked 62 times today
Google Map for Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

644 George St Level 1, Sydney, AU-NSW 2000

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Sydney CBD

  • Hours of operation

    Mon–Wed 5:00 pm–10:00 pm Thu–Sun 11:30 am–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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