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This game received 246 approved Pinsider ratings and currently rates 7.747 /10


Top 100 ranking

This game ranks #113 in the Pinside Pinball Top 100.

Score breakdown

Score breakdown in the 4 main categories:

Game Design: 7.741

Artwork: 8.075

Sounds/Music: 7.004

Other Aspects: 7.907

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14 days ago
Overall a fun game. I really appreciate it nowadays since everything is rock and roll theme it's nice to have something cute and fun like this. If I found one for sale I would scoop it up in a heartbeat because it's not your typical run-of-the-mill pinball anymore
62 days ago
Above average pin, and unique theme. Kind of like Taxi, but with food. I tend to gravitate towards other System 11 machines like Taxi, Pinbot, and Whirlwind that flow better for me, but this is fun for something different. It's more challenging than Taxi as I struggle with just serving one customer. The playfield toys and artwork tie the diner theme together nicely. In the political correct world we live in, this could never be remade without alterations to the customers.
3 months ago
Diner is a classic Williams pin that has a lot of fans. I think the game is fun, with collecting the diner guests and going for the multiball jackpots. It's not my favorite from the time, but it's solid and the art and sounds are nice. It's a solid pin for the time.
3 months ago
How can this not be rated higher? Maybe not top 20 but on the outside looking in in the top 100 is crazy…

Game is super approachable with easy to understand rules. The play field is bright and fun with some easy flowing and satisfying shots. Cabinet is pretty basic but what do you except, it’s a Diner.

Not a complex or deep rule set like today’s games but an enjoyable game for all ages when looking for a quick feel good play.
7 months ago
Diner is one of my favorite pins in my collection. It is less intense than Taxi which is good or bad depending on your mood. The callouts are amazing and my family quotes them all the time in our daily lives. The art/theme is one of the best in any pinball machine and the little diner-related touches hidden throughout the art are incredible. This is my favorite System11 pin as well.
8 months ago
This is a really fun game. Never thought serving customers food could be so much fun.
11 months ago
Diner is a great game, and probably the best system 11. It’s a theme that almost everyone can relate to and just a fabulous overall design and integration. From the music to game rules, to playfield layout it’s just fun and challenging all the way around.
11 months ago
I put Diner and Taxi in the same category and always play them both when I'm at my pinball club. I like the theme and hitting the cup is a fun sequence. I put Taxi a little ahead of Diner simply due to the repetitive drop target shots to serve the customers.
1 year ago
Ok I have owned both TAXI & DINER. I prefer DINER over the 2 as I find it more difficult and the game is a absolute feast for the eyes. Just a great theme that is super fun and will certainly outlast most of the competition in desirability. That being said TAXI is great 2 I just prefer DINER.
1 year ago
The gameplay is standard.

The call-outs are extremely repetitive in this game. Biggest flaw of the game.

The artwork & theme is fantastic.
1 year ago
Will always be one of the greats!
1 year ago
A real looker. For system 11 games this is a nice addition.
Strange I enjoy Rollergames more?
2nd tie buying Diner and I'm guessing I won't have it for to many years.
Shots are easy and callouts are fun yet repetitive.
If the playfield didn't look so darn nice I wouldn't have this in my collection.
1 year ago
I owned this game. It has decent flow, and good left ramp shot. Right spinner can be brutal if you miss right. Cup shot is rewarding. Call outs are a bit dated.
2 years ago
I admit that I am a little biased since I have wanted this one for my basement for years. I still tried to be fair. I love the commentary from the characters in Diner.
2 years ago
This game could not be made today, due to some politically incorrect characters/customers. Hitting a great coffee cup shot when Diner is lit is one of the most satisfying experiences in pinball. Ball can get out of control in a hurry. I’m always craving root beer after a game.
2 years ago
Diner has a lot of nostalgia for me. It is such a unique theme...i love it. It is one of the best system 11 games.
2 years ago
This game serves up a dish of excitement!! Has a fun rule set with a great theme. Everyone in Jersey loves a great Diner!!! Makes you hunger for another game!!
2 years ago
Diner is a completely under-rated game.
Shots are challenging, theme is engaging and approachable.

People just live to play it!

It's just plain fun!
2 years ago
Great starter machine for any beginner because the rules are so simple - Five customers are waiting to be served, and you collect one at a time by knocking down six playfield targets. Along the way, you hit the ramps that boost the Dine Time value and initiate multiball for double scoring. Aside from random awards, and a coffee cup skill shot, that's about it. Great machine to have in the house, as it's family friendly and is fun for guests at parties.

Very similar in theme and rule set to another Williams game from Mark Ritchie, Taxi. I've loved both for years.
2 years ago
Call outs bug me and the theme is not very exciting. I like system 11's and wanted to like this game. Annoying game.
2 years ago
Added this one to the collection a couple of months ago, and for as highly rated rated as it is I guess I was expecting a lot. Sad to say, I'm a bit underwhelmed. It's not that I hate the game, it's just doesn't have any attributes that I really, really like. For starters, the theme doesn't grab me at all. When compared to the themes of Whirlwind, Earthshaker, and F-14, it's just not that cool. The major toy, the coffee cup is ok, but I dislike that you have to avoid that shot to improve your chance at getting multiball more than once. And speaking of multiball... only 2? Yawn! Then there's the callouts. Sure they are cheesy and non-PC (good traits, IMO), but after two games they get repetitive and annoying. Some people say this is a better version of Taxi. I disagree. Bottom line is I don't think this one is a keeper for me.
3 years 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.
3 years 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.
3 years 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.
4 years 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...
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