Forget everything you thought you knew about Charlie’s Diner! The Brighton Metro has had an AMAZING renovation and Charlie’s Diner is back, better than ever! The decor, the food, the service, the kids room, the cinema, the deals – Charlie’s has really stepped it up a notch and it’s the ultimate family dining destination.

As we walked in, I audibly gasped “oh my god, wow!”. I spent A LOT of time dining at Charlie’s Diner in the early 2000’s and boy has it changed! You wouldn’t even know it’s the same place. The fresh new decor includes pops of aqua blue, stunning lighting and a bit of a Hamptons meets NYC vibe. What it’s called, it works.

The kids get cups for bottomless soft drink or juice and the adults can order and pay for drinks direct from the QR code on the table – or if that’s not your thing, you are still welcome to head up to the bar.

Let’s get to what you all want to hear about though – the food! The new buffet area is fantastic and split into sections of Deli, Asian, Carvery, Kids and Pizza, International and of course Sweet. The kids went straight for hot chips, potato tots, calamari and pizza, while we adults tried to pace ourselves with everything else on offer. And pace yourself you must – there are TONS of options. Also, if you’re someone who is a bit nervous about buffets and germs, especially in the last couple of years, don’t be! All the food is tucked safely away behind shields, there are tongs galore, sanitiser everywhere and staff constantly refreshing the food.

I went for a selection of salads from the Deli section, roast and veg from the Carvery section and noodles, rice and STEAMED PORK BUNS from the Asian section. Our KiA Dad gorged himself silly on seafood and commented on how fresh the prawns were. In fact, everything was fresh and tasty. The ultimate battle at buffets – when something is delicious, do you go back for more of that or save room to try something else? Luckily the staff we so friendly, we didn’t feel rushed at all so we had time to do both!

Before we get onto dessert, let me tell you about the kids entertainment – there is a play room complete with Playstations, toys, colouring books and Lego for the kids – all behind a glass wall, so you can sit at your table and still keep an eye on them! Right next door is a cinema room. The kids loved lounging on the bean bags and cushions while they watched TV and let their meals digest before dessert.

Righto, DESSERT! I’m a huge sweet tooth, so it took all my willpower not to load every single thing from the Sweet sections onto my plate. Because it all looked amazing. The sticky date pudding was probably the yummiest I’ve ever had. Plus the ice-cream bar was stocked full of flavours with heaps of toppings to help yourself too AND I couldn’t help but grab some little mini tarts to finish off. It was all sooooo good.

The kids loved choosing their desserts too (duh) and went for a classic frog-in-a-pond and ice cream cone with a lot of lolly snakes. Safe to say they were in heaven and the car ride home was a one way ride on sugar highway!

Charlie’s Diner and Brighton Metro have some great deals that make dining there really affordable. Lunch starts from only $25.95 for adults (even cheaper for Seniors) and kids aged 12 or under are only $16.50 each. Bargain! To make it even better, kids eat free on Mondays and Tuesday or if you want a really great deal, head there on a Wednesday for their ‘Feed The Family’ deal which is $70 for 2 adults and 2 kids.

If you want to head there without kids, the Beer Garden has also had a complete refresh and is a lovely spot to spend a date night or lazy Sunday afternoon with friends. Catch up in small or large groups, enjoy drinks, share plates and meals from the ala carte menu, live sport and happy hours – including the ever popular 2 for $20 cocktail hour on Friday and Saturday nights! (8pm -9pm)

I’m SO glad we went to check out Charlie’s Diner, it’s definitely going to be a new favourite for family lunches or dinners. Just don’t eat for a few hours before you go and you will not need to eat for a long time afterwards!

For all of the opening hours and pricing check out www.brightonmetrohotel.com.au

Charlie’s Diner at Brighton Metro
466 Brighton Road, Brighton SA
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