364 East Avenue, Pawtucket
(401) 726-8390

The Modern Diner, a 1941 Sterling Streamliner (#4140), was the first diner to be placed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Modern has perhaps the most imaginative weekend brunch menu of any diner in Rhode Island. Items like lobster Benedict, cream cheese-and-blueberry stuffed French toast, kielbasa-and-cheddar omelets, and pumpkin-walnut pancakes keep the place hopping, often with a line out the door.

Originally located in downtown Pawtucket, where its flat end was snugged up against a building, the Modern was moved to its present location in 1985. The 1970s had not been kind to the diner, and the business had been closed and boarded up for several years. But along with the move came a thorough restoration. The eatery acquired some much-needed extra space with the addition of the Depot Room in 1989, but most people still prefer the original art-deco inspired dining room.

The Modern Diner is open for breakfast and lunch Monday-Saturday 6am-3pm, and Sunday 7am-2pm.


Rhode Island Monthly Best of Rhode Island: Best Diner, Best Diner Breakfast, Best Meatloaf, Best Breakfast Place (1989-2001).
Rhode Island Monthly's Readers' Poll: Best Place for Breakfast (1991), Best Diner in Providence County (1994), Best Diner in the Blackstone Valley (1995, 2001-2004), Best Breakfast Place in the Blackstone Valley (2005).

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Posted by rowdy1 on March 24, 2010
Member since March 2010
Worth it for the historical/nostalgic value alone if you like that sort of thing. A 'more modern?' dining area in back, but we like the old one in front. While clean, the old diner car shows its age, but we appreciate the originality and authenticity that it would lose in a restoration. Get there early, a line forms quick for this gem in the rough that has good service, good food, reasonable prices. I get the linguica that isn't served in CT. Wife likes the different egg specials

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