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Studio Diner

#242 of 3,875 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, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 1 week ago

I have had breakfast, lunch and dinner here a number of times and have never had a bad experience yet. The staff is always upbeat, comfort food is the norm and the ambiance of this Silver Steam trailer is awesome. If you are up for a fun, casual experience then this out of the way place in an industrial park... More 

Thank Raz E
Haughton, Louisiana
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48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Service was great, food was great. Tried eggs and gravy for the first time-delicious! Never thought I would ever put those two things together. Awesome menu

Thank cmac1177
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42 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

That's it. Nice place and good food. It's good place to go with family and/or friends. They have a good menu and I had a San Diegan burger. Very good flavor and crispy fries. Recommended!

Thank Gustavo T
North Hills
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602 reviews
491 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 303 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

During our annual business trip to San Diego, our crew has breakfast every morning at the Studio Diner. This I enjoyed my corned beef hash and eggs, hash browns, tomatoes and coffee. Effie's service was great as usual. We'll be there again tomorrow before we move on to another city on Friday.

Thank Robert L
San Diego
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67 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2017 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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247 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 April 2017 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 11 April 2017

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 10 April 2017

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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23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 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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49 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2017 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

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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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, Outdoor Seating, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids, Groups
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?