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 downtown San Diego.

Studio diner

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

Studio 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.

Studio Diner Coffee: A
The coffee at the Studio Diner 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

Studio Diner 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.

Studio Diner Food: A
The Studio Diner has all of the traditional diner staples from breakfast to lunch items like sandwiches and salads.  The American Diner has the lunch staples from poached eggs on toasted bread, eggs benedict, eggs on a toasted English muffin, pancakes, all served with hashbrowns and choice of toast. Then fun, unique lunch items like lobster rolls, clam roll, fish and chips, steak sandwich, to prime rib sandwich, salads, chicken pot pie, and so much more. The one thing I found funny was “the boob” sandwich: which came with chargrilled marinated chicken breast, bacon, avocado, lettuce, tomato, and jack cheese on grilled sourdough.

I saw 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

Studio Diner (San Diego) Cost: $$
For the coffee, toast, sausage, eggs, and pancakes, it was $15.

Overall thoughts/ Would I come back to the Studio Diner (San Diego)?
If I’m back in the San Diego area, I’ll be back.  There was nothing I didn’t love about the Studio Diner (San Diego).  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

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


  1. This totally put me in the mood for pancakes lol where is a good place in New Jersey?!

  2. 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

  3. 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. 🙂

      1. Right! 🙂 I just would love if they were open for breakfast/lunch/dinner.

  4. 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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