Studio Diner

Studio Diner (San Diego, California)

During our vacation to San Diego, we visited two diners.  The first, the Studio Diner, is located just north of the downtown.

Studio diner

We arrived during lunch time on Sunday, which is usually the busiest time of the week.  Despite having 4-5 parties in front of us, we were sat within 15 minutes.  I was impressed because it was a relatively small diner.

Atmosphere: A

The Studio Diner was featured on the Food Network.   As the name indicates, the theme is being at the studio or “on set”.  One thing I love is how every detail matches the theme of “the studio”.  The interior is decorated as if you’re on set!  It was probably the closest I’ll be to becoming an actress.  The Studio Diner is small, but there is still plenty of space to sit comfortably down.

Coffee: A
The coffee was good.  I can only imagine it needs to be for how long producers and cast work.  I’m kidding of course, but I found it unique they added two straws to keep the whipped cream from falling into the coffee.

studio diner coffee

Service: A
Despite the Studio Diner being full, there was a minimal wait and the waitress was very attentive.  She gave us plenty of refills, and our food was brought out quickly.

Food: A
The Studio Diner has all of the traditional diner staples from breakfast to lunch items like sandwiches and salads.  I had seen someone’s pancakes while sitting down and I thought they looked fantastic, so I ordered pancakes, sausage, eggs and toast.  My eyes were a little bit bigger than my stomach.

studio diner pancakes

As a pancake snob, I can say these were some of the best pancakes I’ve ever had.  They were massive, and they had the imprinted design of a studio reel.  The pancakes alone made this diner worth it.  The toast and sausage were excellent as well.  The Studio Diner one of the best diner breakfasts I’ve had!

studio diner toast

Cost: $$
For the coffee, toast, sausage, eggs and pancakes it was $15.

Overall thoughts/ Would I come back?
If I’m back in the San Diego area, I’ll be back.  There was nothing I didn’t love about the diner.  I wanted to come back while we were delayed but we never made it.  If only our flight were delayed longer…

Atmosphere: A
Coffee: A
Service: A
Food: A
Cost: $8-15
Overall: A

Questions for you:
What are your favorite pancakes? (or breakfast)
Have you ever done any acting?


7 responses

  1. Sound like a great place to eat.
    I like the prase “I’ll be back”
    I’m old fashion I love buttermilk pancakes but can’t find a diner here in south jersey that makes good pancakes with extra butter of course.
    I don’t act. kinda nervous on stage.
    Happy running

  2. Hi Hollie! Omgosh I love pancakes. Love love love. My favorite are from Stack’s in Campbell, CA. Blueberry wheat germ. They are huge, sweet and somewhat crunchy. MMM. I tried to make them at home once but they didn’t turn out like I was hoping.

    No acting for me. 🙂

  3. WOW! I though Jersey had the best diners, but this place looks great! The straw trick makes complete sense and those pancakes are stunning. I want to fly out to California just for this diner.

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