Karen's Diner, a new dining experience in Toronto, offers a unique twist on the restaurant concept by embracing the term "Karen" in its approach to customer service. This pop-up restaurant, which has over 14 locations across Australia, the U.K., and the U.S., is known for its impolite staff and ill-mannered service, aimed at giving "Karens"—a slang term for difficult customers—a taste of their own medicine.
This unconventional dining concept is designed to offend its customers. From taking orders to ushering patrons to their seats, guests can expect to encounter blunt staff who couldn't care less about negative reviews.
While this approach may not be for everyone, it is one of the first of its kind to lean into the "Karen" stereotype.
The Toronto branch of Karen's Diner hosts dining events at Trecce, located at 1792 Danforth Avenue.
Tickets are available for several days and include a burger, an order of fries, and a soda, reflecting the restaurant's American diner-style menu. Despite the guaranteed poor customer service, Karen's Diner promises delicious food, living up to its motto of "great burgers and rude service".
Whether it's the unconventional dining experience, the humor, or the food that draws you in, Karen's Diner offers a dining experience unlike any other in Toronto.
Karen's Diner Menu and Prices
Here is a selection of items from the menu at Karen's Diner in Toronto, along with their prices:
- Deep Fried Karen Burger with coleslaw: $25.30, with sweet potato fries (upgrade): $28.05
- Karen Ceases The Day Burger with fries or coleslaw: $26.95 with sweet potato fries (upgrade)
- Oktoberfest Karen Burger (Vegan) with fries or coleslaw: $29.15 with sweet potato fries (upgrade)
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- Karen's Hot Dog with fries or coleslaw: $20.90, with sweet potato fries (upgrade): $23.65
- Karen's Chicken Bingo Wings (10 pieces): $22.00, (5 pieces): $13.20
- Various sauces including Garlic Aioli, Herb Mayonnaise, Honey BBQ, Peri Peri Mayonnaise, Ranch, Sweet Chilli Mayonnaise, Vegan Garlic Aioli, Blue Cheese, Buffalo, Ketchup, Relish, and Truffle Mayonnaise: $1.65 each
- Thick Shake (Choice of Vanilla, Chocolate, Salted Caramel, Strawberry, Oreo): $13.20
- Soft Drink (Choice of Coke, Coke Zero, Fanta, Sprite, Creaming Soda): $5.50
- Red Bull: $6.60
- Karen's Churro Surprise (Five churros topped with salted caramel sauce, ice cream, whipped cream of Karen's chocolate and fairy floss): $23.10
- Karen's Ice Cream Trio (One scoop each of chocolate, vanilla and strawberry ice cream topped with whipped cream and chocolate syrup): $15.40
Additions and Sides
- Bacon: $4.40
- Jalapeno Poppers: $4.40
- Side Coleslaw: $4.40
- Patty: $6.60
- Gluten Free Bun: $1.65
- Fries (Regular): $11.00
- Sweet Potato Fries: $12.10.
Please note that these prices are subject to change, and it's always a good idea to check the latest prices on the restaurant's official website or contact them directly.