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Studio Diner

#364 of 3,773 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Diner, Seafood
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4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123-1611
+1 858-715-6400
05:30 - 00:00
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Sun - Thu 05:30 - 00:00
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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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309 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 75 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 79 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
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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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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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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
El Cajon, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

Went mid day & the wait was about 25 minutes on a Friday. Fun atmosphere & authentic crab cakes. The chunky tartar sauce added just the right tang. My friend had the pastrami sandwich & said it was better than another local New York style deli/diner & less fatty. Definitely plan to go again.

Thank Vickie I
Apple Valley, California
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290 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

We were in San Diego for the weekend and looking for a place to eat near our hotel. We chanced upon the Studio Diner and decided to give it a try. First off, I didn't expect to find a real diner in California, but the Studio Diner is the real deal. Built to match the diners of the East coast,... More 

Thank Kenneth D

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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, Seafood
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Groups, Kids
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 92123-1611
  • 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?