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Studio Diner

#387 of 3,794 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner
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4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123
+1 858-715-6400
05:30 - 00:00
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san diego
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88 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Clam chowder was top notch. Tuna salad lacked favor - both the tuna and the blue cheese dressing. Place was packed and noisy for lunch

Thank halfretired
Lansing, Michigan
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28 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Not your typical diner! A Hollywood studio themed diner. Breakfast served all day; plenty of lunch selections to satisfy everyone in your party. Fast, attentive wait staff. Ample parking, and overflow spaces on the street. Open 24 hours on the weekend.

Thank Jim007LV
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 October 2016 via mobile

The coffee was excellent! I had the special, "The Eastwood Benny" it was cooked perfectly both eggs were poached to perfection! My family and I will be back.

2 Thank Amanda J
San Diego, California
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320 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 September 2016 via mobile

A bit far from tourist areas, but worth venturing out for a bite. This diner was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives for a reason - the food is delicious. Try this place after a day of hiking in Mission Trails or in the way back from Anza bott ego or Julian. You will not be disappointed.

Thank TheAnvil
Apple Valley, California
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290 reviews
165 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

Stopped by for breakfast while in San Diego. It was our second trip, and just as good as the first time. This time we had breakfast. It's very good, service is good. Only thing I would recommend, don't sit by the door to the patio, they open it way too often.

Thank Kenneth D
San Diego, California
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 September 2016

We went here because of an article in the UT about places to get good Lobster Rolls-we where not let down. I had the Lobster Roll and it was huge with so much meat, celery and the right amount of mayo on a New England frank roll--it was delicious and so worth the price. My husband had a San Diego... More 

Thank SanDiegoJudi
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 September 2016

Fantastic diner food! HUGE portions. dessert always looks good, but I am totally full every time from my dinner. Typical diner food, cool subway car decor. Plus it's on a real working studio!

Thank Cee D
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13 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016 via mobile

This is one of our favorite places. Hubby loves the malts. We often order the stuffed halapinos and their lobster bisque is great. Helpings are very generous and service is grand. Try it and you will go back again and again! During the week they have different speaial every day.

Thank Debra G
San Jose, California
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30 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

We recently ate at Studio Diner for dinner with family! Our foods choices were excellent, the service was top notch and we enjoyed eating out on their back patio! A wide variety of food choices can satisfy your entire party!

Thank margaretj2016
Thousand Oaks, United States
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47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016 via mobile

Our family of six went for a late dinner. We waited about five minutes for a table to be set up. The service was prompt and orders were taken. The menu consists of options for breakfast, lighter selections like salads plus dinner selections. Our food came in a reasonable time frame, all were hot as well as being large portions.... More 

Thank Robert G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
05:30 - 00:00
05:30 - 00:00
05:30 - 00:00
05:30 - 00:00
05:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-715-6400
Studio Diner is located in the Kearny Mesa business district in San Diego....Just off I-15 and Balboa Avenue. Known for it's Fish and Chips, Monte Cristo, and East Coast Specials. Outdoor seating. Delivery service to local area/pickup/takeout.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?