About Us

Family Owned for Over 50 Years

Since 1965, Empress Diner has been a cornerstone in Fair Lawn, NJ. The Empress Diner is currently owned by a father and son team, Nick and John Melissas. Passed down from John's grandparents, Andrew and Katherine Mandas, the diner has been supporting the community by providing excellent food at reasonable prices for over five decades.

Empress Diner
Empress Diner

Our Staff

Our friendly staff strives to make every customer feel at home from the moment you walk through our doors. Our dedicated staff - from cooks, to waitresses, to management - have been a part of the Empress Family for years. Many of the current staff members have worked at the diner for well over 20 years. 

Our Family Recipes

Known for our famous cheesecake, this secret recipe has been passed down from generation to generation. We offer a large selection of daily specials and a select "early bird" menu. Our homemade soups are made daily from scratch. In traditional diner style, we offer
breakfast all day, every day.

Empress Diner

Comforts and Amenities

Empress Diner is perfect for Sunday morning breakfast with the family, a night out after a baseball game, or just to grab a cup of coffee with friends. We offer beer, mixed drinks, and restaurant exclusive wines. For your convenience, we have free wifi, on premises parking,
and handicap accessibility. With online ordering apps, delicious food from the Empress Diner is just a click away 24 hours a day.

Where to Find Us We are open 24/7!