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Studio Diner

#259 of 3,845 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
American, Diner
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4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123
+1 858-715-6400 ext. 2
05:30 - 23:59
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San Diego
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52 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you're looking for big portions and less-than-healthy options, this is your spot. We sat right at the bar and watched the food come out over the counter. Monte Cristos, hamburgers, onion rings, tuna melts, plus shakes and more... This place is a fun spot for lunch with an old diner vibe.

Thank OurEdventures
Stuart, FL
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239 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Chili dog and fries was great. Also got a real ice cream strawberry milkshake!! My wife had the Eggs Benedict and they were served on a large slab of ham. All very good.

Rockwood, Canada
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92 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We saw Guy Fieri's TV show on Diners and Dives, and decided to follow up on his recommendations here in San Diego. IT was well worth the trip. We thought it might have been a "dump", but it is quaint, clean, and truly a unique diner, with excellent food. The line ups to get in are indicative of the fact... More 

Thank dukeofargy
ElJimbo, General Manager at Studio Diner, responded to this review

Thank you Duke. It was a pleasure for our staff to serve you! Hope to see you again. More 

Sarre-Union, France
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59 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This wonderful diner is just around the corner from where I was recently working, so very useful for a business lunch. The food is great, some good typical American food, from sandwiches through to full meals. The half sandwich combo taken with their clam chowder is especially recommended. Sometimes during the peak hours you have to wait for a table,... More 

Thank Peter W
Singapore, Singapore
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22 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Was here for a quick work lunch. Love the building! Food was good. My lobster pot pie had big chunks of lobster in it! Friendly service with a smile. Worth a visit.

Thank Poh Soh L
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Good diner, with a lil studio setup, decent food and good ambience. Service is excellent. Not much to tell about the food. Good food with great names, see the pics.

Thank Shruti t
1 review
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have never had a bad meal here and we hold business mtgs here regularly. Love their Mac and Cheese, their shakes are old fashioned delicious, the peach cobbler with cinnamon and alamode is divine. Everything has that homemade comfort food taste with supreme service.

Thank RacineHorsinaround
Westminster, Colorado
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267 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Steve and I where there on a Sunday morning at 6am. It was not busy. It was very foggy driving to Studio Diner. I had the spinach omelet with fruit and english muffin. Breakfast was yummy. Thank you from Rita Bennett and Steve Nordstrom from Westminster Colorado

Thank ilovetotravvel2
2 reviews
Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Fun place. Big menu. Just had to have the Monte Cristo. Could not finish it. Big servings. Would go again but order differently. Great waiter.

Thank Jean B
Naperville, Illinois
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133 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 March 2017 via mobile

This hip, fun and busy diner was our choice for Sunday brunch with our granddaughter who lives within walking distance. One order of Monte Cristo sandwich, one of 1,2,3 and a special gave us plenty of tasty food. The special was corned beef Benedict which we got with a ham slice instead of the Irish version was served with oven... More 

Thank Jim-Wilmywood

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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
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, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Groups, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
05:30 - 23:59
05:30 - 23:59
05:30 - 23:59
05:30 - 23:59
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
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?