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Studio Diner

4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123-1611
+1 858-715-6400 ext. 2
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  • Excellent49%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible3%
Travelers talk about
“monte cristo” (24 reviews)
“sandwich” (24 reviews)
“pot roast” (6 reviews)
Open Now
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
American, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₱₱ - ₱₱₱
4701 Ruffin Rd, San Diego, CA 92123-1611
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
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1. Classic American Diner
"priced just right. I call this my American comfort food"
Irene F
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2. Breakfast served all day!
"Fantastic diner food! HUGE portions"
Cee D
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3. The hidden spot
"If you’re in San Diego this is a must stop. The food is excellent"
Agripina J
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Reviewed 13 October 2018

Our family decided to return for breakfast since our last experience was so good. We arrived around 11:30 am on a Sunday and only had to wait for about 15 minutes to be seated. The waiter was attentive, serving us our drinks and distributing the...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Robert G
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

What a treat coming here for breakfast! I ordered the 1-2-3...one huge plate sized pancake that was amazing, a couple of eggs and bacon that was thick & crispy! Excellent coffee & great attentive service!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Sid k
Reviewed 27 September 2018 via mobile

Having searched San Diego's top 10 diners, this one kept popping up. Called in around 5pm pretty empty. Our server Andrew was polite but not engaging, not cracked a smile. Food was good but not outstanding in any way and imo at the top end...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank wazza99
Reviewed 18 September 2018

Almost every time I visit San Diego (which is several times each year), I stop by the Studio Diner for breakfast. I just love the corned beef hash and eggs. The food and service is very good and the prices are fair. I have been...More

Date of visit: September 2018
1  Thank Robert L
Reviewed 16 September 2018

Situated on a former tv production lot, this diner offers fantastic blueberry pancakes and bacon, as well as eggs benedict, nice coffee, and many other meals. I also bought a souvenir mug. Cannot wait to return!

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank caltravelgal
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

We sat and had breakfast for about an hour the whole time we were here we got one cup of coffee the chicken-fried steak is Frozen and tastes that way.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank FellowTraveler726413
ElJimbo, General Manager at Studio Diner, responded to this reviewResponded 22 August 2018

When you asked for a Manager to notify him of your displeasure, what course of action did he take?

Reviewed 14 August 2018 via mobile

Classic dinner with great menu reflecting what you’d expect. Biscuits and gravy were spot on, best I’ve had since leaving Texas. Quick friendly service. The real deal.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Randy46236
Reviewed 2 August 2018

We were all able to get what we wanted with our any problem what so ever. Parking at this time of day was a bit hard had to drive around till some one pulled out as all parking lots in area were full from business....More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank 13521FZ
Reviewed 24 July 2018

I took advantage of the "breakfast all day" option at lunch, and ordered corned beef hash, topped by 2 over easy eggs and hash browns. The meal was delivered very promptly and super hot, direct from the kitchen. I had requested that both the corned...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank mshbnyehud
Reviewed 10 July 2018

We were in the San Diego area and wanted to find a fun diner. This place was great. It is the best variety diner menu I have ever experienced. We chose 4 different meals and all were unique and delicious. There is some cool movie...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Jon G
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Questions & Answers
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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Free Wifi, Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups
Open Hours
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
6:00 AM - 10:00 PM
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 ext. 2
  • E-mail
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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