Shirley's Family Diner

5600 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 788-9270
Cuisine: American
Price: $$

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  • Hours
    Monday: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Tuesday: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Wednesday: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Thursday: 7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
    Friday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Saturday: 12:00 AM - 12:00 AM
    Sunday: 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    Fri & Sat - 24 Hours
  • Meal Times Served Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, 24 Hours
  • Parking Availability Street, Parking on Site
  • Attire Casual
  • Atmosphere Family / Children
  • Special Needs Early Bird Specials, Senior Discount, Non Smoking Area, Booster/High Chairs, Wheelchair Access, Child Menu
  • Payment Methods Discover Mastercard Visa


Ms. Shirley began her 40 year career in the restaurant/hospitality business in this very location in 1967. Her daughter, Karen, joined her in 1991. Mother and daughter worked side by side for many years. When the former restaurant chain decided not to renew their lease on this facility in April 2006, Karen assumed responsibility as the new owner and manager. Karen named the restaurant Shirley's Family Diner in honor of her mother, who unfortunately passed away from cancer in 2005. However, the strong family tradition continues in all aspects of the restaurant -- personnel, the family-friendly menu, and of course, the customers. Karen's son and husband assist in cooking and (literally!) whatever needs to be done. Every single one of the chain employees chose to stay with Karen, despite being offered other opportunities within the chain. We truly are a family here at Shirley's Family Diner, and hope you will enjoy your dining experience--be it breakfast, lunch or dinner served all day.

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Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 156reviewers.
Rated 4 out of 5 by Great breakfast food Aug 16, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by New waitress and holiday crowd bad mix Jul 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Excellent waiter and service. Food was fantastic. Jun 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by food was great May 29, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food was excellent. I loved the egg white veggie omelette May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food was excellent. I loved the egg white veggie omelette May 27, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by I would consider this a quaint family restaurant. Family friendly and clean. Pleasant staff. Relatively quick service. May 24, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by not well maintained. booth seats were lumpy. had to sit in the middle where there was wood to hold up the seat. seats are cracked. restaurant smelled of old grease. May 17, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by my waitress was very slow in coming to the table bringing the food back it was cold May 13, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by The cashier was very professional and informational. I was very surprised that he wasn't the manager. However, the food was terrible. I ordered the steak and crab cake platter with Mac & Cheese (which was Kraft mac & cheese with the powder sauce pack), baked potato (which was microwaved), they gave me a steak that was froze, unseasoned and old. They also gave me a slice of Texas toast all for $25.00. I will never eat a Shirley's again! I rather cook for myself at least I will bake my potato in the oven and I don't even buy Kraft Mac & Cheese in my own home so why would I pay for it at a restaurant! Apr 17, 2014
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