The Original Steves Diner

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Locations StevesMySon.gifVasili, Steve's father and promoter
1694 Penfield Rd, Rochester NY, 14625 [Directions]
3240 Chili Avenue, Chili NY 14624 in Chili Paul Plaza
1100 Jefferson Road, Rochester, NY 14623 in Henrietta Plaza
407 Commerce Drive, Suite 400 Rochester, NY 14564 in Victor Crossing
Hours (as of July 2020 per website)
Monday - Sunday: 7:00AM to 2:00PM
585 248 9996 - Penfield
585 889 8540 - Chili
585 471-5129 - Henrietta

The Original Steve's Diner, formerly known as Steve's Place, is a popular diner located in Penfield, southeast of Panorama Plaza. Steve started it as Steve's Place, sold it to another owner named Steve and came back in December of 2008 hence the name, The Original Steve's diner.

A second location opened in Fairport at Whitney Town Center on November 12, 2018 but changed their name to Great American Diner on April 1, 2023. A third location opened on July 8 2020 in the former Acropolis Restaurant in Chili Paul Plaza. Their 4th location opened on November 29, 2021 in Henrietta Plaza.

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2009-01-23 07:40:10   A nice place to meet friends for breakfast or lunch. Steve makes great Cin. French Toast or Blueberry Pancakes. I'm glad he reopened. It's always fun to sit and relax and kid around with Vasili. I love it!! —DavidSloman

2009-01-24 13:43:43   My husband Dick and I have been BIG fans of this restaurant since Steve and Vasili opened a few years ago. I especially love the Greek omelet and Dick's favorites are the Green Grecian for breakfast and the baked fish on Friday's for lunch. The coffee is really good, too. If you are looking for good food and a friendly fun-loving atmosphere, The Original Steve's Diner is the place for you!—SusanHorwitz —SusanHorwitz

2010-04-25 13:52:12   Two words: Sausage Pancakes!! :-D —NoBS

2010-05-02 17:09:46   I went here with my kids around Noon, on a Sunday morning. The place was completely packed. A table cleared out pretty quickly, and we were seated promptly. The hostess and waitress were excellent - extremely friendly, quick and professional. I had the "Green Grecian" - an omelet with feta cheese, tomatoes, and spinach. My son had chocolate-chip pancakes, and my daughter had a grilled cheese. I was very pleased with my meal, as were the kids. ( Note: The pancakes are HUGE ).

We will absolutely be going back. I highly recommend the place. —RichMulvey

2011-03-20 14:18:45   My friend Dave is a regular at Original Steve's. We particularly like the "MacDaddy" and "Green Grecian" breakfasts, but if you're feeling lucky, ask Steve to make the "Chicken Parm Wrap" for lunch. It's great, but no matter what you order, you know it's going to have the Steve Touch and it will bring you back!! —MotherTheresa

2011-10-16 13:35:08   As a follow-up to my earlier positive comments - you can't go wrong in a place where the waitress responds to "Do you serve real hash?" with "Do you mean in the ontological sense?"

We have always had awesome waitresses here. —RichMulvey

2013-08-29 21:25:08   Original Steve's has been sold again. The new owners have given the place a light facelift, but bought all the old recipes and name and are keeping things as similar to the original as possible. I've gone a couple of times and the food is definitely still good. Anyone know what Steve and Jill's next venture is? —Joslin

2013-08-29 21:30:38   Finally, after 3 tries, we managed to get seated on a day that there wasn't a dozen people waiting. Considering how busy this place is, and the reviews that wax poetic, I was prepared for a really, REALLY good breakfast. Instead, we just got an average-to-mediocre breakfast. In fact, the food was pretty much the same as in any of a dozen Greek-owned diners I've been to locally.

We both had Greek omelets which were, to be honest, lacking in flavor. The potatoes were likewise average, the coffee was mediocre, and the toast came with the same cheap-@$$ 'mixed fruit' jelly from Sysco that you would get at your average thruway rest stop or grade school cafeteria. You'd think that they could at least spring for Smucker's jam? Food here is just plain old 'food service company' stuff, absolutely nothing special.

The seats are particularly agonizing to sit in, being far too upright, the lack of a double-door means that you'll catch a cold breeze any time the door gets opened, and prices are about the same as any other diner in town. In fact, between this place and George's down the street, I'd have to say George's in Panorama plaza was better overall.

The service was quite good, and I can see that there are a lot of regulars there, but unless you are a regular, it's not worth your time (or the pain to your lower back...). Go to George's, get a comfortable seat well away from the cold outside air, and have a more enjoyable experience. I can't see any reason to ever return here, unless perhaps when Panorama plaza next floods...

2013-10-03 11:44:00   We're long-time customers, and have gone a few times since the new ownership took over. The food hasn't changed much ( And they do use Smucker's, not sure where Alex's comment came from ) with a couple of interesting additions. The atmosphere however isn't nearly as great. Most of the regular servers seem to have left. Their replacements are certainly competent, but nowhere nearly as cheerful and friendly as the original crew. And they're definitely understaffed now - the last time we went was on a Sunday morning, which is usually packed. They had only two servers and a hostess out on the floor and while they were clearly working hard, it took far longer for tables to be cleared than it ever did under the previous owners. Hopefully things will get back up to speed and they'll hit their stride soon. —richmulvey

2022-03-13 14:26:26   Have been to the new Jefferson Rd location a few times for Sunday Brunch and weekday lunch. Impressive serving sizes. Staff is really nice —peteb