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Studio Diner

$$ - $$$American,
4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123
+1 858-715-6400 ext. 2
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good32%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
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American, Diner
$$ - $$$
4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Huge Triple D fan here. Came out to visit our daughter at SDSU. Our first day here she had class all morning, so we decided to hit a Triple D joint for early lunch. Food was great, service was great and the environment was too!...More

Thank Scolake
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Excellent sandwiches, service, smiles and onion rings! I had the Reuben and my friend the Pulled Pork with Randy Jones BBQ sauce. I'm glad we arrived before 11:30 because the line was way out the door when we left at 12:15.

Thank db7477
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We try to hit at least one "Diners Drive ins and Dives" everywhere we go. While in San Diego with the kids, we ate at Studio Diner. There were so many things to look at while we were waiting and the kids each got something...More

Thank dms750
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We tried this place out mostly because the other couple had a coupon. When we first walked in, we were impressed by the great diner vibe and also when we read a little about the history of the place on the menu cover. The server...More

Thank Phoenixroby
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Do the time warp down Ruffin Road and feast on the neon-lighted Studio Diner. It's a authentic trip back to the 40's, in the middle of the Kearny Mesa Business District. Decorated with movie memorabilia serving comfort food with a upscale vibe.

Thank Stacheck
Reviewed 11 September 2017

The food quality, preparation, menu choices etc.. are all very generic diner fare. In fact, some would even be 'iffy' diner quality - such as the eggs benedict (egg on muffin, on slab of ham). That said, prices are fair and the setting is pleasant,...More

Thank LondonUnveiled
ElJimbo, General Manager at Studio Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

Welcome to America! Everyone is entitled to their opinion! Take care of yourself.

Reviewed 11 September 2017

Well, it took a while to be seated which is unusual. People walking past and ignoring us and the people waiting behind us. Stood there for a good 2 minutes even though there were allot tables available. Finally got seated and after that it was...More

Thank Peggy G
ElJimbo, General Manager at Studio Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 5 weeks ago

"“What is an acceptable pour amount for wine ordered by the glass? Is there such a thing as a ‘standard pour’ in the Bay Area? If so, why is it so frequently ignored? Since my wife and I usually order by the glass when in...More

Reviewed 4 September 2017 via mobile

Stopped here after walking out of another place. Sat at the counter. Diner atmosphere but clean. Service quick and friendly. Large food portions and reasonable prices. What we expected, no complaints.

Thank Kona93
Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Another visit back to Studio Diner after a year or more......love the diner atmosphere.....however on this occasion myself and another member of our group were very disappointed with our menu choice Fish and Chips.....huge portion of tasteless white fish with a strange tasting batter. Other...More

Thank Wally R
Reviewed 25 August 2017

I am spoiled living in NJ, the diner capital of the world. While traveling, we have been shaken our heads of what other parts of the country consider diners. However, Studio Diner lived up to it's name! After a full day, we decided to give...More

Thank corkyc988
ElJimbo, General Manager at Studio Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2017

Ahhh Thank you CorkyC!!, Always makes us happy when someone from New Jersey likes us!! :) Hope to serve you again!!

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23 August 2015|
Response from ElJimbo | Property representative |
Certified "Service Dogs" are obviously welcome anytime, inside or out. Well behaved dogs on leashes are permitted on our patio from 6am-9pm daily provided we do not have "Special events". Managers on duty will use their... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Television
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
5:30 AM - 11:59 PM
5:30 AM - 11:59 PM
5:30 AM - 11:59 PM
5:30 AM - 11:59 PM
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 ext. 2
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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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