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This game received 216 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.750 /10


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This game ranks #87 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

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Game design: 7.743

Artwork: 8.095

Sounds/Music: 6.889

Other Aspects: 7.898

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15 days ago
Diner is one of my favorite pins of the early 90s. I find it challenging but fun. Bad shots can often lead to drains and this pin is a good example of that, yet I still remain eager to play it every time I come across it.
78 days ago
Diner is a really, really fun game! The theme just works really well with the aspect of fulfilling the customers orders (Similar to picking up the passengers in Taxi). The art is fantastic and there are a good amount of shots and ramps in this game. There is a 2 ball multiball that is totally unforgiving - Reminds me of Pinbot where sometimes you get multiball and drain one (or both) almost instantly.

The ruleset isn't too deep, but there is enough going on that it holds your interest for a while. I love system 11 pins, and this is definitely one of my favorites.
6 months ago
Such a fun system 11 game with easy to follow rules. Great art and unique theme. Crazy funny call outs in this gem.
10 months ago
One of my favorite sys 11 games. Some people might say "why would I want a pinball machine about a diner?" and I was the same way at first. Then I saw it. Williams did a really excellent job with the theme. It was definitely very well thought out. I personally am a fan of the sound effects on the sys 11 games like taxi and others, so I think the sound effects are pretty good. Same with the music. Definitely pretty catchy in my opinion. The callouts could get repetitive and annoying after a while. The game art is beautiful. The game design is well thought out too. Love the clock and springy heads in the backglass/translite. If you find one, go for it! It's a fun game with a great theme.
11 months ago
Simple, linear approachable system 11 fun. It flows really well and this game is a hit during our parties. The rules and simplicity, while off putting to some die-hards, is a reason why it is so popular in our house. My wife loves it, my friends just want to constantly beat their last score, and I enjoy it as a nice quick change of pace occasionally. I don't know that I would recommend it as your only pin, but as part of a multigame collection, it is a gem. As all system 11's, multiball is unforgiving as there is no ball save, ever. Sounds are great, but can get a little repetitive. We have a chuckle during the call-outs as it sounds like a bunch of white guys trying to attempt ethnic sounding accents. Great fun though and highly recommended.
11 months ago
I absolutely love this table. I played one at an arcade auction and it was in near mint condition. It went for more money than I budgeted so it’s still on my wishlist. The art is simply beautiful and really well thought out. From the red and white checkered paint to the spring suspended characters on the back box. I also like the simple instructions of get this food to person x. It’s really engaging and the shots (though clear) are challenging. I also have four little boys that like to play pinball at the house and this is a completely safe themed machine without any worries of half dressed female artwork. Great game all around.
1 year ago
Hard as they come from the era, but also one of the funnest. Love the ramp setup in this game and wish more games were made with this sorta layout. Gives me joyous flashbacks of games like APB and Toobin when it comes to sounds and music and that is a huge plus in my book. Overall a hard to find game that is worth searching for...
1 year ago
another classic game. So many compare it to taxi and think taxi is better. Taxi is great playing game but ugly. This one is as good as taxi but a better looking game
1 year ago
A great theme & the machine certainly has presence not the least that the theme is in tune with the pinball heydays. A great player & certainly a keeper for me.
1 year ago
Diner is the first pin I bought. I'll admit, it wasn't on my short list but it came up in my area at a good price in great condition so I went for it. It quickly grew on me though - the music is a little goofy but still catchy, fun, and true to the theme. The two ramp shots are satisfying and reward accuracy. I find the right a bit harder to hit consistently than the left. Also, the way the ramp shots cross over each other is unique and neat to see.

My only gripes would be the multiball and the cup shot. I wish there was more than 1 MB or an option to make it 3 ball. On the cup, it's an awesome and rewarding shot to make with good sounds and lights. But, once I realized I could pass on the cup to light lock again without spelling DINER, I don't go for the cup as much.

All in all, its a great game with some neat quirks. I'm a fairly new player so it took me several months to get through everything in the game. Still, it is not an easy game - balls can be brutal coming out of the pop bumpers, off the drops, or on a missed ramp shot. It definitely improved my accuracy and technique. I know I won't have this game in my collection forever but I would still recommend it to any level player and it will hold a special place for me as my first pin.
1 year ago
Love this game!

In my opinion probably the most beautiful pin out there. Simple but also stretches out a little to give you extra goals and shots. Really fun and a nice break from the more serious pins.
1 year ago
I once owned a Diner, and I regret having parted with it, because it was a great, albeit simple by current standards, original theme game. There's a schtick that's sort of like a series of modes, where you serve up different customers (although there are a few moderately un-PC snippets, to modern ears) and a simple multiball. Ramp shots and a cup of coffee, with a clock on the backglass (which if working adds a lot to the appeal). One of the fine machines in a very good Williams era.
1 year ago
Things I like best about the game are the well integrated theme, the backglass art and the stir the cup shot, which is a fun one! Oh and tip bonus is very cool. Things i like least about the game are the hard to see upper playfield, the skill shot (too easy), and the callouts get annoying. I like the rest of the sound package.

As for the great Diner vs Taxi debate, I definitely like Taxi better. The skill shot is better, the characters are more fun, the jackpot and million shots are more challenging and the Flashing Taxi sign and bell ringing are just awesome. Taxi just gets my blood pumping more too.

Overall, a fun game with a decent amount of appeal, but not quite exciting, charming or challenging enough to be a long term keeper for me. I'll give it more time to see if it grows on me though!
1 year ago
For me, Diner has always been “the game”. My fave. Why, well, aside from the theme (the greatest theme in pinball – and dining for that matter) this game has a lot going on. Serving the customers to go for dine time, hitting the left ramp repeatedly to activate extra ball and increasing the dine time bonus, hitting the right ramp to activate the ball lock (the left ramp rises to expose the ball lock) and, and, and the CUP SHOT – watching the ball spin around at high speed and the cup bonus going up over 2.5 Mio. – well, as some have said, maybe the most satisfying shot in pinball. Now some folks say you should avoid the cup shot and keep going for multiball over and over – it’s a valid point as multiball can be very lucrative – but it is pretty hard to hit the spinner and the sink hole, then start nailing the ramps – so risk vs. reward – players choice. Diner has the pop bumpers in front of the lanes and a lot of space around them so there is a lot of ball action. The skill shot on Diner is rather easy, once you figure out how to time your plunge you can get the max almost every time – but hey, I don’t mind the points.
Diner has some nifty accessories and sounds to make you feel like you’re in there working hard – the cash register showing your progression on the left ramp, the juke box for the skill shot, the sizzling of the griddle, the irate customers if they don’t get served fast enough. And what an iconic back box ! - with the diner from the outside, the moon, the clock and the customers on springs moving around when you nudge.
1 year ago
Diner is a beautiful System 11 masterpiece. The animated backglass is perfect. The skill shot into the jukebox is a joy. The left bank of drop targets are challenging and must be hit to progress the game. The gobble hole is a nice one in a tight spot. The goals are very clear. The play is exciting and speedy. The multiball lock is ingenious. Only two ball multiball, but that's all it needs. And finally, the "stir the cup" shot is magnificent, definitely a top 10 shot in all of pinball history. My only gripe is I wish there was more music and the callouts can get annoying. However, the sound roms were limited in 1990, so I can't gripe much about that. The sound that is there fits and still has some classic early SS sound to it as well which makes it feel even more like a classic. As it says on the backglass, it's "A Classic Williams Pinball".
1 year ago
A system 11 Mark Ritchie classic! Cool theme tied in well with the gameplay. Art is great, and gameplay is fun and challenging. Nice all around package and one of the best designs of the system 11 era.
1 year ago
Dine has some fun shots and neat rules. The playfield is populated with a good variety of targets, ramps, gobble holes, etc., but it doesn't feel too crowded. The layout is expertly done and the rules keep the player involved, but they aren't particularly deep. A slightly above average, family-friendly machine all around.

Worth playing and adding to the middle of a ranked want list.
1 year ago
A good system 11 game with a beautiful art package and pretty good sound. The gameplay is fun but it doesn't hold its appeal that long.
2 years ago
I consider this one of the best System 11 games, along with Taxi and Whirlwind. It's got great flow and the cash register shot just feels so good. It's nice that you can build up your jackpot and decide when to take it. ORDER UP!!
2 years ago
A good game, with obvious look and feel and rules similarities to Taxi. I much prefer Taxi myself. I like how the right loop snakes up to a saucer, it reminds me of Embryon.

Serve customers, get multiball, shoot rush, loop the left ramp over and over, cash in your cup bonus (or don't... and DINER stays lit for multiball which is kind of neat). It's fun, but nothing mind blowing.
2 years ago
Great classic Williams pin. Simple, surprisingly addictive, and reflective of the best of the system 11 classics. This seems to be a pin everyone remembers, and loves to play. A great addition to any line up.
2 years ago
Diner is one of those games where a designer decided to replicate a prior game and add to it, such as AFM to MM. Taxi is a great classic game, and some say they prefer that to Diner, but I believe for many reasons Diner is the better machine.

For one, it’s more difficult to complete each person. This needs to be, as they carry over in Diner, where in Taxi, they do not, unless you can light the carry over feature. While I think the wide and crossing ramps of Taxi are some of the most memorable ramps in pinball, the Diner ones cross as well, and both have diverters for a second shot essentially for each. In Diner, the ramps feed back to the same flipper that made the shot, allowing for repetitive stacking of shot after shot, which has a lot of meaning in this game. Some might think it’s boring to shoot the same shot over and over, but it’s nicely done in Diner, for both ramps, and there is something to be said for a game that has this, as it’s not done much, and it’s harder than you think to keep making the same shot over and over.

One of the nicest art packages in pinball, just stunning all in all, and the transllite, with the 3d jiggling characters, and the clock, make this quite possibly the best BG in pinball. Very well done! Taxi has bland PF art, and a goofy BG at best.

People talk about the unbalanced scoring in Diner, but I just don’t see it. You can either go at that left ramp all day, and get a lot of points from that if you are consistent (especially in MB!), you load up the Dinetime JP, and run through the characters, with a lot of points there. You can keep loading up “diner” and cashing out the coffee cup. IMO, all of those methods can get you to the same level of points, depending on the length of your game, and combing them allows for a nice variance in play.

My only grub with the game, is the art of the customers and their callouts. This was by design though, they are supposed to sound and look ugly, but it grinds a little on you.

All in all a fantastic game. It adds to the great game Taxi is, and makes a better version.
2 years ago
played it in the early 90's ,havnt play one since...its just o.k.. if u have a cafe it would b sweet to have, i dnt like the clutter up on the playfield cant see the ball good, not that fun to me i will pass on playing it,not a keeper
3 years ago
Good game but not great
3 years ago
I'm a big fan of Taxi and Diner is very similar. It's definitly a great looking machine that will attract anyone, young and old. It's true the upper playfield is crowded and I wish I could see more the E-A-T lane but the display right above is a neat idea to solve the problem.

It can be punishing when playing fast as you know that you are leaving tons of points on the field. This is the mark of a great pinball coming back to it. Not super deep but still a few things to do and a cool ball locking mecanism and multi-ball get can though imo. The skill shot is repetitive and not super rewarding as in Taxi or other games.
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