Shirley's Family Diner

5600 Baltimore National Pike
Catonsville, MD 21228
Phone: (410) 788-9270
Fax: (410) 788-7321
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
  • Reservation Information Not Accepted
  • 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 137reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5 by The food is great and the service extremely pleasant Apr 8, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Young man who was our waiter was terrific; recommended alternative way to order what we wanted to sample and every item was exceptionally delicious. Mar 30, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Waiter forgot one of our orders, and when she did remember it came one item at a time which was cold. We sent the order back. Mar 17, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by delicious food! fast service Mar 15, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Food is great! Feb 13, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by The waiter named Charles was great, he suggested meals for our taste, great waiter, experience too. Jan 22, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Although tuna melts are listed on the menu, this was the second time I was served a tuna sandwich instead. The manager had to give the chef specific instructions on how to bake it for me. Jan 22, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5 by Service was incredibly slow. While I server was friendly, he ended up getting us the wrong check, and when we brought it to his attention it was another 15 minutes and me standing at the cash register to get a new one. And then that one was wrong too! I was overcharged by nearly $15. I was so ticked off that I figured my stupid gift certificate would cover the difference so I just paid for the mediocre meal we ate. Will not be going back, ever. Jan 11, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Great homestyle food. Fast and courteous servive Jan 5, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by good food, quiet atmosphere Jan 2, 2014
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