Starliner Diner

4.6
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$30 and under
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Cuban
Since beginning its operation in 1995, Starliner Diner has been a local favorite to consumers in the Hilliard community and beyond. With its eclectic menu and kitschy decor, Starliner offers customers an alternative to the cookie cutter, big chain restaurants by providing them with a unique and fun dining experience. The Cuban inspired menu also includes American and Southwestern influences and features popular dishes such as Creole Macaroni and Huevos Rancheros. This one of a kind restaurant is most often celebrated for its breakfast, and has won several awards including Best Breakfast in Columbus, Best Hangover Breakfast in Columbus, and Best Diner in Columbus as voted on by the readers of Columbus Monthly. Columbus Alive, and 614 Columbus. Be Sure to visit this Hilliard area staple and see what everyone is talking about!

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PiaE
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great, service was spectacular, reservation was readily available. They did proper sanitation after every table and overall was a great first time here!

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JoeA
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first era of covid visit to Starliner. They have taken every precaution to keep staff and customers safe while still delivering a great meal. We were so excited to be back we over ordered and had to take more home than we were able to eat. Oh darn, we had to extend the joy into the next day.
Can not wait to go back again.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this place and frequent it often

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vipBjs12
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great waitress good food all 5 of us were happy.

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AaronH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience at Starliner Diner. The food was outstanding! The chile lime wings are the best wings I've had in a long time. The booths had plexiglass between them, and we didn't feel crowded with the other diners in the building.

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DonaldB
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food was tasty and the waitresses were efficient and friendly.

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JMils
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on July 16, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Very efficient social distancing

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Eryxx
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We're so glad to see the Starliner back in operation! We probably only dine here perhaps once a month, but we've never had anything that wasn't truly delicious, highly recommended.

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RebeccaR
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience4

We had never been here and wanted to try something new for breakfast after not eating out for months due to quarantine. There were lots of high ratings online and we are always looking to support local small businesses so we thought this place would be awesome to try. Unfortunately, all of the food was mediocre and overpriced. We ordered 1 pancake, a scrambled egg, an order of bacon (4 strips), toast, and their breakfast burrito. It cost $20.80. We won’t be going back. Maybe their lunch and dinner items are better?

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ElaineN
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Their food was great!

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SICcbusOH
Columbus
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was impeccable! Can't wait to go there again 👍

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CasondraM
1 review
Dined on June 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service!**

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sed1238
Columbus
7 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food is always delicious. The plantains and white salsa are a MUST at any meal, even breakfast.

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vipCindyB
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tables were social distanced. Food was delicious. Service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Father’s Day brunch

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Lili
Cincinnati
5 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We really enjoyed the food and the whole experience.

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DanW
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always enjoy dining at Starliner. Now, I only go to restaurants with patio dining. Great time

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vipBWinOhio
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at the downtown location, had been to the old spot many times. As always, excellent and now in very quaint and walkable downtown Hilliard with a nice outdoor terrace.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their breakfast is awesome. I have bee for lunch and dinner which is fine. I am a breakfast person they never disappoint.

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Julie
1 review
Dined on June 16, 2020
Overall5food5service3ambience4

We are never disappointed when we go to Starliner Diner. It’s one of our favorite places to eat.

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KimJ
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was my first visit to Starliner Diner. It was a great experience. We ate outside. Social distancing was practiced. Wait staff was wearing masks. Service was great and the food was delicious. I will be back.

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MichelleM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was my family's first time to Starliner Diner. We enjoyed trying new foods that tasted really good. Since it's during the time of COVID, the atmosphere was positive but subdued. During normal times I can see it being very festive. I will definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

It was just okay. They were out of what we were going to order, we overheard our server telling another table. The service was in the weeds, so slow and nonexistent at times as usual there. (Not his fault, he was a nice young man.)
Food was pretty good! We got to dine on the patio, so that was nice... it was a beautiful evening.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service and food as always.

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vipJorgan10s
Columbus
16 reviews
Dined on May 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s one of my favorite places and we usually bring a large tennis group on Saturday mornings and have Ron making us delicious margaritas. It’s always good food, great service and a fun atmosphere.

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KerriB
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must go to destination. The kitchen staff prepared food items not listed on the menu because friends in my party were celebrating birthday. Service and food is amazing every visit. What a great way to spend the day!

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Timmy
Columbus
1 review
Dined on May 23, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I am sorry to have to give a review like this, especially because at least a couple of the employees seemed to have some degree of general intelligence and understanding of how a restaurant should be run.

Our server was outwardly somewhat nice, but seriously struggled with the basics of her job like bringing out the food when it was hot and ready and willingly serving a Pacifico without a rotten dried out lime in it.

The food was just as uninspired as our server. In fact, it was pretty bad. I had some kind of pork dish with salsa verde on it. It looked disgusting but remarkably tasted like nothing. My son had a fish sandwich with some type of green mayonnaise that they seemed to be proud of. The sandwich was brought out cold, appeared to be some type of oversized fish stick, and the mayonnaise was terrible!

At one point during the meal, our server asked us how everything was. In truth, it was quite awful. I pretended that it was fine and so did my son, but I could tell that all three of us were doing the typical Ohio thing—marching into battle and unquestionably following orders. She was pretending to care and we were pretending to be satisfied.

I am honestly getting tired of pretending to be satisfied. This was in no way an even adequate dining experience, but I put up with it in order to not feel guilty about hurting the feelings of people who obviously didn’t care.

If sub-mediocre food and even less inspiring service are something you’re willing to put up with, go ahead and give up five hours worth of work and two hours of free time to eat here.

I predict Starliner Diner cannot survive another year unless the restaurant is being used to launder money.

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RondaM
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Starliner Diner has great food and wonderful service. One of our favorite restaurants!

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kbee
Columbus
2 reviews
Dined on May 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First day of back to dine in. Great experience!

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MEND
Columbus
48 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food. Get the plantains. Wonderful texture, tasete and sauce! Loved the chicken pot pie with corn bread topping. Amazing!

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Cruiser1
Columbus
4 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Have dined here several times recently. Had occasion to dine with 7 friends on this trip. Several experienced eating here for the first time. Everyone was in agreement that their food was very good. The decor was fun. And our server was totally amazing! We will all be back again to dine in this extraordinary diner!

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vipSpeakman
Columbus
34 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

May have been an off night at one of our local favorites, but jalapeño soup was cold and food did not arrive well coordinated. Black bean nachos sat at counter for 10 minutes before being served. Server was polite, but not on par with our usual experience. Will certainly try again. I’m hopeful the quality and great flavor returns.

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OpenTable Diner
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly staff, cool ambience and great food!

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CharlesM
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

This is the first time we’ve been to their new location. It is every bit as wonderful as their last.

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OpenTable Diner
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff was very pleasant and courteous. The Valentine's day special was a perfect meal and deal for us as our first time here.

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Rosiered
Columbus
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Noise was too loud. There was a vent that cycled between too cold and no air at all. The women’s bathroom was like a sauna. The food was delicious however.

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JMils
Columbus
3 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Unique delicious food. Yummy plantains with a delicious creamy salsa sauce

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KumarM
Columbus
18 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience3

It was mostly good; the veggie selections are ok. But we go for a change in scene and casual atmosphere.

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vipPeggyR
Columbus
13 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food is excellent with a wide variety on the menu. Good service and yummy flan with expressive sauce for dessert. Easy access from Avery Road and Main Street Hilliard.

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KathyG
Orlando
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Who doesn't love the Starliner? Casual, local, and great food. If you don't know what to order, look at the handwritten daily specials or ask your server. You can't go wrong. Thank you for a fun night out, as always.

FAQs

Starliner Diner offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (614) 529-1198.

Starliner Diner is rated 4.6 stars by 43 OpenTable diners.

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