In its latest study, Upgraded Points analyzed Yelp ratings to uncover which U.S. cities boast the highest-rated diners on average. The results also showcase each state’s most beloved diner, ultimately revealing where locals and travelers can find the best experiences of this classic American eatery.

“Diners are far more than just places to eat – they’re iconic slices of Americana that offer comfort, familiarity, and a sense of community for travelers,” said Keri Stooksbury, editor-in-chief at Upgraded Points. “Whether you’re grabbing a quick breakfast before hitting the road, stopping for a bite after a flight, or savoring a late-night milkshake, diners are the heart and soul of many road trips and travel experiences.”

Study Methodology

To identify the cities with the best diners, Upgraded Points analyzed thousands of Yelp listings from the 100 largest metro areas in the U.S., averaging their star ratings out of 5. Only establishments where “diner” was the featured function on Yelp were included. The study also determined which cities have the most diners per capita and identified the highest-rated diner in each city, requiring at least 10 reviews. In cases of tied scores, the diner with the most reviews was awarded the “highest-rated” title.

Fast and Delicious: Top-Rated Cities Across the U.S.

From coast to coast, high-quality diners thrive in all pockets of the U.S., with the average Yelp star rating for diners being 3.55 out of 5.  But the cities that stand out most for top-rated diners include:

  • Sin City Sizzles: Las Vegas – 4.29/5.00
    Known for its late nights and early mornings, Las Vegas reigns supreme with an impressive average star rating of 4.29.
  • Des Moines Delight: Des Moines, Iowa – 4.15/5.00
    Des Moines boasts an average rating of 4.15, making it a standout destination for classic American fare.
  • Dining Duo: Indianapolis and Orlando, Florida – 4.08/5.00
    Tied for third, both Indianapolis and Orlando offer an exceptional eating experience with an average rating of 4.08.
  • Southern Comforts: Charleston, South Carolina and Tampa, Florida – 4.07/5.00
    Charleston and Tampa both shine with an average rating of 4.07, solidifying their place as top diner destinations.
  • Wholesome Treats: Worcester, Massachusetts – 4.06/5.00
    Worcester rounds out the list with a strong average rating of 4.06.

Standout Cities with Unique Features

  • More Than Just Wings: Buffalo, New York – 4.01/5.00
    Buffalo not only makes the top 10 list with a rating of 4.01 but also boasts one of the highest ratio of diner options to residents, with about 3.44 diners per 100,000 residents.
  • Sunny Side Up: Orlando – 4.08/5.00; Tampa – 4.07/5.00
    As the only state with multiple cities in the top 10, Florida shines by making early mornings a delight in the Sunshine State.

Other Iconic Diners Across America

  • Beantown’s Best Sub: Boston – Billy’s Sub Shop
    Rating: 4.6
  • Windy City’s Winner: Chicago – Nick’s Hi-Ho Cafe
    Rating: 4.5
  • A Lone Star Shines: Houston – Nate’s Diner
    Rating: 4.7
  • Big Apple’s Best Bite: New York – Florence Prime Diner
    Rating: 4.8
  • Capital Comfort: Washington, D.C. – Sweet Sweet Kitchen
    Rating: 4.4

If you’re hungry for more, please visit the full study online to find the complete list of the top cities and best diners in each state.

About Upgraded Points LLC 

Headquartered in Austin, Texas, Upgraded Points is a travel company that helps to demystify the complex world of travel and credit cards. Launched in 2016 by Alex Miller, Upgraded Points uses targeted research efforts and in-depth studies to help travelers maximize their travel, points, and experiences. Learn more at: