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

Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

4.1
4.1
812 reviews
$A40 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

19:00


Booked 29 times today

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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

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What 812 people are saying

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4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.1Ambience
  • 3.9Value

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  1. BF

    BenF

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food4service1ambience2
    A bit overrated to be honest but the kids had fun
  2. RE

    RyanE

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Really poor service and the burgers are better at Hungry Jacks
  3. CJ

    CassandraJ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic Karen experience. Perfectly humiliating and entertaining. Only issue was dirty water glasses but assume that may have been part of the experience. Well done to Karen’s staff. You were all perfectly unpleasant!
  4. MF

    MatthewF

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    We were first to order then took 1 hour to get food. The hosts were not funny and we expected more
  5. L

    Lina

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Exactly as advertised! This place was great! Food was good and service was in line with expectations!
  6. C

    Chloe

    Brisbane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was great !! Food was absolutely delicious! Very quick service! Great atmosphere
  7. e

    erikv

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    what a dive. The house rules really kill any excitement and also the concept itself which sounded great but terribly executed. Food is mediocre, subpar to macdonalds.
  8. DW

    DaynaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Funny experience, would not recommend taking kids though
  9. KT

    KateT

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 29 November 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Great place to take ur teenager if u want some payback for there hormonal outbursts food was ok they do charge $5 for a can of coke witch is pretty crazy but I think ur paying for the experience and that is really good it’s something u will never forget
  10. Y

    Youngjj

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    Great concept, fun vibe and good to experience once. Overpriced average burgers. Thanks for the experience.
  11. PO

    PopOnArrival

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 27 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Karen's Diner is a gimmicked restaurant that lives up to what it advertises to be, but with surprisingly tasty Americana style burgers. Very very good.
  12. SM

    StephenM

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Front of house were doing a good job, while kitchen were unable to figure out allergens. Had to wait for one meal then told that meal couldn't be done with allergen inclusion. Changed meal option and waited, meal was then served with allergens present. Finally left and luckily weren't charged for the inedible meal. Experience very much spoiled by the one thing that should have been right the first time.
  13. G

    Givemesomefood

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 26 November 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    We get this is a themed restaurant and fully understand the concept. But they could at least serve you food and drinks. We had a table of 7 and sat for 20 minutes without getting anything. When we asked for some drinks, we were made fun of. Ended up walking out and going across the road to Bavarian. Had a great meal and great service. Karens missed out on a $650 bill.
  14. JM

    JulieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 25 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous vibe and everything taken in good humour. Will visit the one in the UK that has just opened up with friends and share the experience. Definitely recommended
  15. SG

    StephanieG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Meh, it was ok. Kinda expensive. Wasn't really worth it
  16. TC

    ToriC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    While it was a fam and different experience, there we’re pretty-teens there who were sworn at using the f-word which felt inappropriate. Perhaps it should be marked as unsuitable for children of the staff can’t use their discernment
  17. K

    Kitey

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 24 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    considering what was expected of the diner, i was extremely pleased with the outcome. would definitely go again and recommend to others
  18. C

    Connie

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience4
    Would expect more insult and fun. Would be better if the staff actually used more time at the table and give bad service for the experience than just hang around the counter. Food was good.
  19. B

    Beverley

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 22 November 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Not as fun the second time round. Really enjoyed the first time as the staff were really into having fun with'bad service' This time felt like it really was bad service, no real interest in keeping things fun by the staff, seemed almost disinterested. Disappointing, especially since it was my son's birthday.
  20. BM

    BettinaM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great lunch with my kids (8 and 10) who've been pestering to go to Karen's Diner for months. The waitresses didn't disappoint - started with insults when we first went in and kept calling hubby grandpa to the delight of my girls. He was arguing back, and funny when his salad arrived with a very spicy dressing - assuming this was their payback Was pretty expensive for two serves of burgers, 2 of chicken nugget and 4 drinks for about $130, but I figure it includes the 'show' as well so if you see it that way it was good value for a fun afternoon. Lots of swearing (which again, my kids loved).
  21. CN

    ChathuriN

    Sydney

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 20 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    They do live up to the name and was a great experience...
  22. K

    Keta

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Food was a range of average to below average. Drinks were weak and more for aesthetics than substance. The rude wait staff thing got old quickly. Their humour is pretty cutting, low brow. Poorly maintained restaurant. Chips on the floor, sticky tables... I guess it's part of the 'bad service ' schtick?
  23. SJ

    SammiJ

    Gold Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 19 November 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
    We clearly paid for the experience and not the food. You could floss your teeth with the briskett and the chicken was dry. Also our waitress was too busy trying her hardest to be rude she actually wouldn't listen to questions about food options. Overall the experience was good and the $25 chips were average.
  24. AW

    AndreaW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Received much abuse. Great job. We walked away with no confidence left as expected.
  25. m

    mamato5

    E. Tennessee

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on 18 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The girls were hilarious and offended us full Karen. It was like dinner and a show!
  26. JG

    JaqG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 17 November 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Hilarious. Great atmosphere and food was wonderful. Do not expect good service as you won't get it from a Karen!
  27. JK

    JamK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 16 November 2022

    overall4food4service1ambience5
    Terrible service (obviously) but a very fun and hilarious experience
  28. K

    Karen

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on 15 November 2022

    overall1food1service2ambience1
    I was expecting more from the waiters to be more interacting with everyone.
  29. DP

    DeePee

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    At first when my order was mixed up, i thought it was part of the act, i was hesitant to call staff but eventually i did anyways and when staff realized the burger flip up, they became 'not Karen' anymore, actually apologized which really surprised me and replaced my entire meal at no extra cost. They may be rude and use a lot of profanity as part of the act but deep down they are very good people that somewhat offer outstanding service.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Taking out My team as a treat
  31. J

    Juju

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 13 November 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    The Karen’s are fantastic. They made it so fun for my 14 year old and her friends to be able to act up and we loved the Karen catwalk. Food was good and well presented and it was a nice touch for them to bring my daughter a sparkler while they sang Happy Birthday in true Karen style.
  32. T

    Trish

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    I was expecting it to be a lot more funnier and out there like you see on tik Tok or videos but there was barely anything really except for swearing which your mates do. And the burgers weren’t any better or wowing like your general takeaway shop except they charge double the price, I would actually prefer to A cook my own or B buy from the takeaway. Actually the whole experience was pretty disappointing I think this feedback sounds more like a Karen’s type of thing to say then what I actually experienced at Karen’s. I’m not a Karen but I’m being better at being one then they were and I’m not trying to. Just saying the truth.
  33. FM

    FamilyM

    Sydney

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    Loved the service, wouldn't have minded a bit more complaining. The burger buns were a bit on the crumbly side but that could have been attributed to the fillings being a but too much!!
  34. MM

    MeganM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience3
    Loved the food and Karen service. Just found the establishment needs an update.
  35. CK

    CarleeK

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3
    The concept is funny for a little but then it just feels uncomfortable in there. Food wasn’t great. Burger buns felt almost stale.
  36. AK

    AzaniaK

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 12 November 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The concept of Karen's dinner is fabulous if you want to pay for the waiting staff to insult and verbally abuse you - it's brilliant !!!!! The waiters played their roles to the T. I was not too impressed with the food though - overly priced and basic.
  37. JM

    JoMc

    Sydney

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on 11 November 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience2
    This is a novalty and one off experience. Not worthy of our returned custom.
  38. AM

    AMHaw

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on 10 November 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Good to experience, food not great. Enjoyed the experience
  39. MB

    MatthewB

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 November 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    I love how the Karen waiters and waitresses don’t hold back and be brutal. It was the worst experience ever. And that is a compliment.
  40. CM

    CristianoM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on 8 November 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Nice experience. Its a place to have fun while enjoying a good hamburger.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitising

    • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitiser 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 4.1 stars by 812 OpenTable diners.

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

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2 people

19:00


Booked 29 times today
Google Map for Karen’s Diner - Sydney CBD

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

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Area

    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

    Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan

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