Do the time warp down Ruffin Road and feast your eyes on the neon-lighted Studio Diner. It’s an authentic trip back to the ’40s — in the middle of the Kearny Mesa Business District. Wrapped in chrome & Blue neon, the Diner is a welcome roadside stop.
Coincidentally, it’s set on the former lot of Stu Segall Productions, between 1991-2010 San Diego county’s largest working movie and TV studio, (Remember “Veronica Mars, Silk Stalkings, Pensacola: Wings of Gold, Renegade the 2010 crime series “Terriers” (filmed here in Ocean Beach that aired on F/X) and all six MyNetworkTV limited-run serials, including “Fashion House”, “Saints & Sinners” and “Watch Over me”
Feature films included “Flying By” with Billy Ray Cyrus, Heather Locklear and Patricia Neal, “Bring It On”, Burt Reynolds in “Raven”, Fast Money, Illegal in Blue, and Dead On. Television films include The Dark, Surrender Dorothy, See Arnold Run, Tiger Cruise, and I Married a Monster.
Decorated with “behind-the-scenes” movie-making equipment and serving comfort food with an upscale vibe, Studio Diner is fun for the senses. Try our Grip Burger, a half-pound cheeseburger you might have a hard time finishing. (Low-carb dieters will appreciate being able to order their burgers “protein style,” substituting buns for leaves of lettuce.) We feature from the east coast the Lobster Roll and whole belly Ipswich Clams.” We were featured on the Food Network’s “Diners, Drive Ins and Dives” in January 2008 and numerous local television news shows.
Hours of Operation:
Open Tuesday-Sunday: 7am to 9pm