If you’re looking to experience a blast from the past, check out the modern version of a 1950’s diner in Liberty Station: the Corvette Diner.
Walking into the main entrance, you’ll be greeted with a vintage Corvette just inside the door, along with a ton of neon signs and 1950’s kitschy memorabilia pretty much splattered on the walls throughout the restaurant. Yes, it’s a contemporary interpretation of a 1950’s diner, but it’s a fun one.
The restaurant is segmented into different seating and entertaining areas. There’s a seating area with black walls and black lights providing the illumination which may make it difficult for some to read menus. Adjacent to it, there’s a seating area made to resemble a railroad coach-turned diner with scenes from classic 1950s televison shows and movies playing in the “windows.” The main seating area is in front of the soda fountain and the DJ stand, and toe-tapping music is playing throughout (perhaps a tad too loudly to carry on a decent conversation). Every now and then, the servers put on a little dance performance to entertain the guests.
Away from the dining rooms, there’s an arcade filled with video games and things like air hockey to enjoy before or after your meal.
The menu has a variety of appetizers, burgers, sandwiches, salads, platters, and lots and lots of fountain concoctions. There’s also a kids’ menu. Prices across the board are moderate, with a burger, drink, and tip running in the $18-$20 range. I opted for the flavorful Kookie burger with grilled onions, sauteed mushrooms, and Swiss cheese, and swapped out my fries for a Caesar’s salad (no charge). Portions are large and about half of my dining party took something home in a “to-go” box.
If you want to enjoy a burger while listening to some great music and have some fun playing arcade games after your meal, explore the Corvette Diner in Liberty Station.
What You Need To Know
Location: 2965 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
Sunday: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
Mon.–Thurs.: 11:30 a.m.–9 p.m.
Friday: 11:30 a.m.–11 p.m.
Saturday: 11 a.m.–11 p.m.
Phone: (619) 542-1476
Tips: There were 12 of us who met there at 3 p.m. on a Sunday afternoon, and there was plenty of seating. Still, the host asked us to wait until the entire party was there before he seated us. We found that to be a bit odd. We could have been ordering beverages while waiting for our party to arrive (a missed revenue opportunity for the restaurant). Reservations are accepted. There is free parking adjacent to the restaurant on the Liberty Station grounds.
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Visited: 27 November 2016