Corvette Diner (San Diego, CA)

Corvette Diner  (San Diego, CA)

The Corvette Diner was one of the first diners I went to when I was a young child.  I was born in San Diego and had memories of when we visit.  My parents would always take us to the Corvette Diner!  It’s been at least 15 years since I’ve been back.  On a side note, that sounds weird to say.  I wanted to know, would this diner live up to my childhood expectation?  I’ve been to at least 100 diners since then…

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We went to the Corvette Diner after the Carlsbad half marathon.  If you are anything like me, then everything tastes good after a hard race.  We arrived around 11 on a Sunday.  It felt like 2 pm to me and I was starving.

Corvette Diner Atmosphere: A

The Corvette Diner is as cool as I remember.  The inside is retro with an actual old Corvette inside.  They have done renovations since I was there over 15 years ago.  There is plenty more space and seating.  The atmosphere is exactly what you picture a retro diner to be.  Even the waitresses are dressed in hoop skirts and retro clothing.

Something I do remember from my childhood is that upon greeting you; the waitresses in poodle skirts throw a dozen straws on your table.

Corvette Diner straws

Corvette Diner Service: B

Even though it was 11 on a Sunday, the Corvette Diner wasn’t crowded at all.  There were just two birthday parties.  The waitress was friendly and refilled our drinks, but we were forgotten a couple of times.

Corvette Diner Coffee: B

When I came as a child, I didn’t try their coffee.  In fact, I didn’t like coffee at age 10.  (I know there was a time I didn’t drink coffee).  The coffee at the Corvette Diner was good, but there was nothing unique and special about it.

corvette diner coffee

Corvette Diner Food: A

There are plenty of options at the Corvette Diner.  It has a big menu from breakfast to lunch, but luckily the menu is not overwhelming.  The Corvette Diner has all sorts of french fries. Fro natural cut fries, to sweet potato fries, waffle fries, tater tots or onion rings. I don’t remember the last time I’ve seen that many fries for side options, plus you can upgrade to a premium side for 2.49 like a house salad or side caesar.

I was starving, and I ordered with my stomach.  I ended up getting a chunky monkey milkshake as well as a burger.

The burger at the Corvette Diner wasn’t greasy.  While I did take off the pickle, the onion ring, cheddar cheese, lettuce, and tomato were all good as well. The French fries were a nice medium between crispy and soft.  They weren’t soggy at all.  Even after running, I left feeling full.

Classic post race burger and fries
Classic post-race burger and fries

The chunky monkey milkshake had bananas, chocolate, and vanilla ice cream.  It was topped with whipped cream, chocolate chips, banana chips, and a cherry.  It’s hard to mess up a milkshake, and this was perfect.

Corvette Diner milkshake

Corvette Diner Cost:$$

For my burger, coffee, and milkshake, the cost was $20.

Overall thoughts/Would I come back to the Corvette Diner (San Diego)?

Everything was great, and if I were local, I would be back to the Corvette Diner (San Diego).

Summary of the Corvette Diner (San Diego):
Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: A
Cost: $10-20
Corvette Diner (San Diego) Overall: A

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Questions for you:
What’s your favorite type of car? 
What’s your favorite flavor of milkshake? Have you been to the Corvette Diner? 


  1. The last malt I had was chocolate/coffee flavored; just so so. I really don’t have a favorite because I enjoy trying them all!

  2. This place looks awesome! Corvettes are one of my favorite cars..Dan and I are both fans and I can even tell what year a model is when I see it on the road. He taught me well 😉 I bet he would love this place! Great review Hollie!

  3. Looks like a fun place!! I don’t have a favorite type of car as I’m not really a car person– but if money didn’t matter, I’d probably get a Tesla! Happy Sunday!

  4. This is awesome. My favorite car is a mustang… future goals. My favorite milkshake would either be chocolate or strawberry – but not the two combined haha!

  5. How neat that you got to go back to a diner that you visited when you were younger! Why do the waitresses throw straws on the table?! That’s so interesting. Also, that milk shake sounds so good!

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