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Ed's Easy Diner

Restaurants, Diners Soho
3 out of 5 stars
(16user reviews)
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Ed's Easy Diner

Time Out says

A branch of the American diner chain in Covent Garden. 




Address: 12 Moor Street
Transport: Tube: Leicester Square or Tottenham Court Road tube
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3 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

3.2 / 5

Rating Breakdown

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  • 2 star:3
  • 1 star:2
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A mixed review of this Ed's Diner. I've been to a couple of others before, but this didn't live up to the others. I'm fully taking into account the fact that it's location means it's a big draw with tourists and general London folk, but the staff should be well used to this by now.

Food is generally tasty, much to what you would expect from a diner style restaurant/cafe. Recommendation wise I would suggest the cheesy fries along with the Oreo milkshake. Think this chain was doing Oreo milkshakes waaaay before the big hype hit!

I would say go here for the novelty factor, but be prepared to pay slightly over the odds for what you get, and the wait for a table might could be over an hour.

Good environment, nice vibe to the Diner. We just popped in for a quick lunchtime bite and found the burgers good quality, service was fast and friendly. You get a fair plate of food and some of the desserts looked really good also.

Head here if you're passing and fancy a satisfying bite to eat.

Grabbed a quick lunch with a colleague. Had heard mixed reviews but wanted to try for the novelty factor.

Nice environment and welcoming service sitting on stools around the bar. Chilli Cheese fries were ok but not any wow factor. Burger on other hand was extremely good. 

Also noticed someone intersting looking pancakes and a breakfast menu I will go back and try.

For me, if I need a burger fix, this is on the list to go to.

I went to the new Ed's Easy Diner at Liverpool Street station. I really enjoyed it for an early morning breakfast before work. It's nothing fancy, but their American pancakes are super fluffy and delicious.

The coffee was average, but I don't think you would go there for the coffee... it's more about the BIG portions of food.

I'd say it's worth trying if you want a big American breakfast!


Londoners are likely to rush by Ed’s Easy Diner without blinking an eye, leaving this type of retro-themed joint for the tourists. I was certainly guilty of this, barely registering it as an option for eating out in Soho. However, I recently popped into the diner with a group and we checked our prejudices at the door- all too accustomed to gourmet burgers and foodie trends, we were open to the city’s original kooky burger offering. The flagship of the diner has been open since 1987, long before Patty & Bun and Bleecker Street were dishing out from streamliners.

Crossing the threshold, the ambiance is irresistibly kooky- proving increasingly contagious as the music catalogue rotates between Elvis to the Beatles. The corner location is tight, meaning that the majority of the seating is swivel chairs at the bar, but the windows make it a prime people-watching post and keep the space feeling open and light.  The staff lavished us with attention and some banter throughout the evening. They were enthusiastic and made us all feel very welcome. Food was prepared in front of us by a busy kitchen and served promptly, hot from the grill.

I can never fault good service and fresh food- Ed’s certainly delivers on both fronts. As for the dishes, we had the option of ordering from both the standard menu and a special Tabasco-inspired menu. Everyone opted for a thick milkshake to kick-start the meal as we mulled over both. 

Shakes were blended using either frozen yogurt or ice cream as a base. I went for the Nutella variation. It was creamy with the occasional (and not unpleasant) lump of Nutella sucked through the straw. The food menu is mostly focused on burgers and hotdogs, but chili, pulled pork and a chicken Caesar salad are also available. I settled on a fried chicken burger, upgrading to a full plate that included fries, onion rings and coleslaw for about a tenner.

My burger arrived as a hunk of fried battered chicken in a glossy brioche bun alongside a crisp leaf of lettuce, fresh tomato and a lashing of mayo. Substituting French fries for sweet potato fries wasn’t an issue- they came crispy on the outside and meltingly soft on the inside, dusted with a spice blend and generously portioned. The food was exactly what you’d expect from a retro-styled diner, keeping everything unfussed, unadulterated with trendy or fusion elements and entirely satisfying. Nothing was too greasy and all components looked appetising and freshly made.

To round off the meal, we read through the deserts, which made my teeth ache just perusing the descriptions- sweet waffles, cheesecakes and banoffee were bedecked with ingredients such as peanut butter, marshmallows, Nutella and maple syrup. Simple apple pie was also proffered, but I managed to tuck into a slice of banoffee pie. It was a crumbly, velvety rendition with oozing caramel and a layer of soft banana. 

The food at Ed’s was of a standard that, while good, will not impress a foodie or habitual visitor to the more extravagant gastronomical offerings on both the street food and pop-up scenes. However, we did have a fun and satisfying meal and it was nice to grab a casual burger that- as a North American expat- did make me wax nostalgic.


The only authentic diner in London. I can't say much about meat burgers as I'm vegetarian, but the quinoa & chickpeas smoked veggie burgers were fairly good. The place is tiny and most of the times packed, but it has its charm. Expect hear Elvis and his contemporaries from the speakers (there are music boxes fixed in front of every seat on the counter) and if your lucky, you can also see some retro dressed customers. When we were dining, they played one of the songs played during the diner scene in Back to Future 1, which added an extra layer to the experience. The have plenty of offers if you sign up to their club (including free welcome burger when you buy a drink). If you don't want to rub elbows with other diners, you can sit by the window and observe the colourful live of Soho.


It's good fun and all if you don't know where to find good diner food. It's always packed, no seats, ify service. It's in a good place and isn't inedible.


A very average diner. The seats are uncomfortable, and the venue is so small, there's often nowhere to sit. The food is fine, average, the same goes for all the other brances thatr I've eaten in. Overall I wasn't massively impressed!


Ed's is cheese on cheese on cheese.  I like it!  The shake's are good, the portions are big and you know you are getting a cheesy American style diner in the centre of London.  A lot of places are trying to be a cool, NY style diner. Ed's is old school, cheap and cheerful.  Great if you are with kids. Does what it says on the tin! 

Staff Writer

Ed's is a lovely place to have a burger. The décor is one you would expect in a classic American burger joint one. It feels like stepping into another world (so to speak), which sets the tone nicely as soon as you've come through the entrance door.
The food is very good, although I can't say it is unique. Milkshakes however a massive plus - the Oreo one is a personal favourite. It's worth giving Ed's a shot just to that!

Staff Writer

Worth going in for their shakes and because quite frankly you'll be able to get a table unlike any of the other diner themed restaurants in central London... The Americana fest in London has come a long way since Ed's last made any changes so they could do with a little re-vamp but I will still have a soft spot for teenage afternoons spent here and pop in for a shake to share with a pal every so often! 


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Brilliant. Food was great and milkshakes especially delicious, if you're looking for something different, this is perfect! Service was good and overall ambiance was enjoyable, I really felt like I was in America 50 years ago! The one potential downside is it's size, it is very small and there is not much seating, however we got there just as it opened so we were okay. There were people having to queue outside though, so if you do want to go, I would get there before it opens so you can get in as the doors open! Overall it was a unique a fun experience with cheery service and rock n roll music! Would definitely recommend to everyone wanting a unique experience!

I went here for the first time after reading rave reviews on this site. But I was not very impressed. I'd describe the food as average and for some reason, everything was so burning hot, I'm surprised it didn't come with a health warning especially the fact we had kids with us. The portions aren't generous either and it seems like over-priced burgers no better or worse than Burger King (but at lease BK is cheaper). Service was very good though!

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