Trade Street Diner

4.4
80 reviews
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$30 and under
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Southern
Chef John Tharp creates entrees that offer a lot of the same familiar flavors of Southern diner fare, but with a creative twist.
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Columbus
15 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great! The menu is interesting in a very good way. Great wine/drink list. Service was excellent.a cozy spot in Trade Street.

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OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful spot

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FS
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service, as said was very good. Drinks were good . Date got the special of the day and I got the salmon. We both felt that our dishes were too salty. We could not distinguish other tastes due to the saltiness. BUT the fish was cooked well apart from that.

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Charleston
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had dinner here with another couple for Valentine's Day first time we've ever been here. I would highly recommended, food mouth-watering, service impeccable. You must try!!!

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k
Western NC
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was excellent, everyone was more than happy with their choices. Service could have been a little better, our waiter disappeared for an extended period. Food came out quickly once ordered. The vegan soup was wonderful and I all but licked my plate from the Salmon with spinach.

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Charleston
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Our server was helpful and so engaging! Food was amazing!!

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SS
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Our first time at Trade Street Diner. Our lunch was delicious! We will come back.

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OT
New Orleans
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We went with 2 other couples and enjoyed our experience very much. The food was delicious...we had the special of Morracan lamb shanks which were prepared perfectly and delicious. The wait staff did a wonderful job, even with a busy restaurant. The young man was pleasant, very attentive and did a great job! We will definitely return to try some other entrees!

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R
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Trade Street is a good value. We went there for Sunday brunch. I had a brunch item - goat cheese and vegetable omelette that came with hash browns and fresh fruit. My omelette was too salty but the veggies and cheese were very good. The other two people in my party had burgers which they said were just ok; nothing special. We had to wait longer than expected given that they weren't that crowded for someone to take our order and then to bring the food out. However, our server was helpful. We won't rush back but it was OK.

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JF
Greensboro
7 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful meal. Great variety. Large servings. We had never been for dinner, only lunch and we were not disappointed.

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FT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent catfish, great collards and dirty rice. Here for the Big Eats. Huge portion of coconut pie for dessert.

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SK
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Previously one of our favorites but our dinner was not up to par. Oysters in oyster salad were too heavy, over cooked & greasy. Tuna tartar lacked any taste but did improve with added lime & an Asian sauce. My lamp shank was served with cubed roasted potatoes & brussel sprouts but the sauce was mixed all over them. On the good side, the Crab Cakes are delicious.
The s’mores cheese cake had no taste. I hope things improve because it’s a neat place. Our waitress was good.

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DH
Greensboro
9 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

This was our 3rd time dining at Trade Street Diner. Every meal has been excellent, our New Years Eve meal was exceptional. The price point is perfect for regular visits. We love this restaurant and highly recommend it.

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LD
Greensboro
4 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

I love Trade Street Diner. For the first time I had a mediocre meal (spinach salad with fried oysters - the dressing was tasteless). And the service was bad. Perhaps it was the server's first time. We will return though because usually the food is fabulous.

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JT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

I've always enjoyed the Trade Street Diner, but on this night, the food was only fair. We were a group of seven and most of us felt the same way. Salads were heavy on lettuce/spinach and light on the featured ingredients. Mine was under-dressed. Service was good.
The reason to go back - the HUSHPUPPIES. I'd go just for those. They are amazing!

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DC
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious Sunday brunch with outstanding service. Great downtown location near Mast General Store. I look forward to trying lunch or dinner, but we will definitely return for brunch.

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S
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at the diner and we were very pleased with the quality of our food (crispy salmon, fried catfish and an appetizer plate of a very yummy crab macaroni and cheese dish!) and the service was excellent!! Will definitely go back!

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OT
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Trade Street Diner! The service is excellent with delicious food and an attentive staff. All of our experiences there have been good, and we will definitely be regulars as we live downtown.

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JI
Charleston
202 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Trade Street Diner is not a diner but a full fledged very good restaurant. We were there in November and I cant recall what we had but it was very good. Service was excellent and friendly. The chocolate dessert was creamy and wonderful. Just right. The steak frittes were very good and prepared just right. Near the convention center with shopping and other activities.


Sorry. I usually write reviews sooner. The restaurant is very good!

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G
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and great service. Definitely will return.

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PF
Chicago
6 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

We had brunch. The waffles were cold and the bacon was burned...not a good experience

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CF
Raleigh
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

A pleasure to walk in to a familiar face (manager) as he greeted us and took us to our table. Our waitress Kat was very nice but didn’t seem too attentive to our needs. We waited and watched patiently for 20 min. for 2 drink orders. Luckily the manager made them. The chef corrected my in-law’s order with no problem. Kat did not make any entree/brunch suggestions nor seemed excited to be there nor to help us. This is not our first time dining at Trade street diner and would like to visit again just wanted a friendlier person to wait on us. Customer service is key and it doesn’t hurt to put a smile on your face.

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C
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 2

Highly disappointed.
We found a fly in our appetizer. The waitress at first did not want to take the app back but did and brought us a new app without asking if we still wanted it or offering other alternatives. She never offered to comp the app either.
Service was slow, and food was good for a true diner. However TradeSt does not advertise as a diner.
Food was very bland and we were not impressed or offered desserts.
The highlights of this visit was talking to the hostess and the gentleman who brought our food to the table.
More than likely I will not recommend this to any nor will I return.

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JS
Raleigh
5 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

After the reviews on Yelp, we chose this restaurant to dine at while in town for a concert. The hostess was fantastic and very friendly. However, our waitress was not. I’d say the complete opposite. My husband really enjoyed his meal (Diver Scallops w/ Orzo). Unfortunately, my Roasted chicken was very dry and lacking flavor. Serving sizes were not large which is fine since we aren’t gluttons but for the price, six scallops, in my opinion, doesn’t warrant the $24 price tag. The location was great. There was a Pride festival going on so we enjoyed the people watching regardless.

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CM
Birmingham
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was our 1st time at Trade Street. We went with work friends for dinner and really enjoyed it. Great menu with not too many choices so they few were done well. Great cocktail selection also. We will definitely be back.

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RD
Raleigh
9 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

First of all, the menu on the website is out of date, so beware.  While the ambiance was more or less perfect and the service was acceptable, the food was disappointing.  Pimento cheese very good (not enough pita to go with), tuna tartar good (pig skins hit/miss), bacon jam burger pitiful:  Pattie dwarfed by bun, fried onion rings alleged to be on burger minimal/functionally missing. Bacon jam also MIA, but gobs of cream cheese (?!).  Not good. Served with limp fries that I personally would have been embarrassed to death to serve. I would have sent it back but we were there for a light occasion and I didn't want to derail it.

Elsewhere at out table the portions we're smallish but reportedly tasty.

I found the orange cream chocolate mousse offensive.

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OT
Greensboro
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Dana our server was great. The ambiance is very cool and the food was delicious and fresh. Been twice in a week and will be back!

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DE
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great creative food selections. Every meal we have had here has be wonderful.

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LA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dropping our daughter off at school— great place and wonderful dinner. We all had delicious meals, service was wonderful, friendly and helpful.

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S
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rich Southern food with an updated twist. Mostly delicious, especially fabulous pecan pie. Enthusiastic staff, excellent bar. Friendly ambience.

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DA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this place!! This is always my go to place for great food anytime of the day!

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CT
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent drinks, food and service. Thank you, Brooks, for your recommendations!

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BD
Greensboro
6 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

This was our 2nd time at Trade Street Diner. The first time we really enjoyed it, but last night was lacking. My husband had previously gotten the chopped steak, loved it and he planned to reorder it. It was still on the menu, but we were told it was unavailable. I ordered the"Roasted Chicken, Whipped Potatoes, Local Vegetables & Chicken Jus" and it was disappointing. The chicken was some slices of chicken breast.....the flavor was just OK, nothing special and I am guessing it may have started out as a 4 oz. breast...or less. The side dishes were a joke ~ the whipped potatoes would maybe fill a 1/2 cup....they were thin enough that they just disintegrated into the Chicken Jus. The "Local Vegetables" that were served with it were I am guessing, yellow squash and zuchinni squash that had been julienned. The julienned strips were maybe 2 inches in length and if I had diced them up I may have been able to fill 2 Tablespoons. Do not know what was going on last night, but it was a totally different experience than our first time there. I would have complained and returned the meal if I had had time.... but we also had plans to go to listen to a band play with friends. I will say that my husband ordered the fried catfish and he received good sized portions and enjoyed the flavor. We'll wait awhile before we go back so hopefully they can correct whatever was going on last night.

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very enjoyable meal, our first visit , Beer was cold, I will go again

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W
New York Area
117 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

At the outset, I had a real problem with the quality of the food. But with the new chef, we decided to give it a second chance or fourth chance and had a delightful meal. Congratulations on continuing to try to get it right and doing so.

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AR
Greensboro
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Great service and good selection! Highly recommend going! Went for a light dinner and had lots to choose from!

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ZE
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had the Lamb shank with the brussel sprouts and potatoes. It was amazing!

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Enjoyable but service was a bit off as the bartender was covering tables, including ours, away from the bar. Hope they are better staffed on our next visit.

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CE
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 3

We were very disappointed with our waiter. The food was OK. I was visiting town and I would not go back.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

It took a very long time to get average food. Biscuits, English muffins and eggs over cooked and hard.

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