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Corvette Diner is the Best Family Restaurant in San Diego

The corvette at Corvette Diner, San Diego

Corvette Diner in San Diego sounds like a car lovers spot or maybe even a 50’s joint with a retro feel, but what I found there was so much more. We walked in to the restaurant and we’re greeted by 50’s waitresses in poodle skirts and bouffant hair-dos. Behind them, a shiny blue corvette and retro booths for dining. There was classic music, dancing, singing, balloon making, hair styling, birthday parties, and a games room. The place was alive with excitement and joy. I immediately felt happy and so did Athena.

Hawaii 5-0 Burger at Corvette Diner

Our waiter, Alvin, was at the table in seconds and he was smiling and dancing. There were tons of choices so it took us a few minutes to decide but he brought our drinks right away. I ordered the Hawaii 5-0, which was grilled chicken with grilled slices of pineapple, caramelized onion, lettuce, tomato, teriyaki sauce and wasabi mayo. It was finger-lickin’ delicious and the portions were huge. I had to take half of the burger back to the hotel. (Maybe that was because I also ordered a chocolate Malt, but I did share it with Athena.)
Balloon Making at Corvette Diner

While we ate, we were entertained by a balloon-maker. I’ve seen dogs, monkeys, horses, and even people made out of balloons before but I’d never seen anything like this. The man made a cupid with wings and a bow and arrow out of balloon. I wouldn’t have believed he made it if I didn’t watch him with my own eyes. As if that wasn’t entertaining enough, there were employees dancing and making creative hair styles for the guests.

Dancing at Corvette Diner

Part of the time, this guy was our waiter and part of the time he was dancing with the rest of the staff. It was dinner and a show. That doesn’t mean that the service lagged either. My drink was always full and the food arrived quickly.
Hair styling at Corvette Diner

This all may sound impressive but when Alvin came over to the table and fixed Athena’s hair with straws, I was blown away.
Hair styling at Corvette DinerWithin seconds, she had a cool up-do and was ready to dance with the staff. Although I won’t be using straws in her hair for regular outings, I learned an easy way to create a funky hair style that could be adapted for everyday use. Athena was beaming with joy. She felt like a modern-day Leia of Star Wars.

Ok. It’s impossible that you’re not impressed at this point but wait until you see the dessert.
Dessert at Corvette DinerWhen they brought out a plate of cotton candy, Athena put her hands on her face and said, “This is better than my birthday.” She asked me twice if she could eat a piece. I guess she thought it was too good to be true.

Games room at Corvette Diner

We burned off some of the calories by spending the next hour playing games in the games room. There were plenty of options for all ages, including me. I played basketball four times while trying to beat my personal record each time.

In all of my travels, I’ve never experienced a restaurant like the Corvette Diner. I would have gone just for the delicious food, but the service and entertainment made it the best family restaurant in San Diego.

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41 thoughts on “Corvette Diner is the Best Family Restaurant in San Diego

  1. Eileen says:

    Athena looks so happy when that cotton candy was on the table. I can imagine all kids must love this place.

    1. Lesley says:

      I loved this place. 😉

      It was so much fun and the food was delicious. The service was exceptional as well.

  2. Eileen says:

    Athena looks so happy when that cotton candy was on the table. I can imagine all kids must love this place.

    1. Lesley says:

      I loved this place. 😉

      It was so much fun and the food was delicious. The service was exceptional as well.

  3. John says:

    Very cool, impressive indeed!!! We would visit but it’s a bit of a drive. Your little lady is growing so fast!!

    1. Lesley says:

      It’s a little less of a drive for us and we visit San Diego regularly. I can’t wait to return. So much fun.

  4. John says:

    Very cool, impressive indeed!!! We would visit but it’s a bit of a drive. Your little lady is growing so fast!!

    1. Lesley says:

      It’s a little less of a drive for us and we visit San Diego regularly. I can’t wait to return. So much fun.

  5. Jennifer says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place. We visit San Diego at least one a month and I’ve never taken the kids here. We will be back in March and this will be our first stop.

    Jen

    1. Lesley says:

      I hadn’t heard of it either but we’ll be back again soon.

  6. Jennifer says:

    I can’t believe I’ve never heard of this place. We visit San Diego at least one a month and I’ve never taken the kids here. We will be back in March and this will be our first stop.

    Jen

    1. Lesley says:

      I hadn’t heard of it either but we’ll be back again soon.

  7. Barbie Biik says:

    Beautiful little girl! Unfortunately, haven’t been to San Diego. Will ask my friends in the area to try it out for me!

  8. Barbie Biik says:

    Beautiful little girl! Unfortunately, haven’t been to San Diego. Will ask my friends in the area to try it out for me!

  9. noel says:

    What a fun family friend place this is, I loved the star hair design, really cool place to eat and have a great time.

  10. noel says:

    What a fun family friend place this is, I loved the star hair design, really cool place to eat and have a great time.

  11. mark says:

    Looks like an amazing themed restaurant. I love the straws in your kids hair my kids would love that bur i would love the burger it looks fantastic

  12. mark says:

    Looks like an amazing themed restaurant. I love the straws in your kids hair my kids would love that bur i would love the burger it looks fantastic

  13. Bob says:

    Looks like a fun place. It’s always fun when you can eat out with an experience instead of just ordering a burger eating and leaving.

  14. Bob says:

    Looks like a fun place. It’s always fun when you can eat out with an experience instead of just ordering a burger eating and leaving.

  15. Kim-ling says:

    This place looks awesome! My husband and I love these old fashioned retro diners as they always do great burgers and shakes, but this place looks like something special. That plate of cotton candy is out of this world!

  16. Kim-ling says:

    This place looks awesome! My husband and I love these old fashioned retro diners as they always do great burgers and shakes, but this place looks like something special. That plate of cotton candy is out of this world!

  17. Melanie says:

    This look like such a fun family friendly restaurant. Wish I would have been there as a kid 😉 I especially love the dancing options after dinner. Keeps you fit and is fun.

  18. Meg Jerrard says:

    Loving the straw up do! And OMG that cotton candy is the stuff of my child hood dreams!! Haha I can see why she thought it was better than her birthday! So glad that you had a fab time, I would love to head to one of these diners when we hit the States … it’s on the list!

  19. Meg Jerrard says:

    Loving the straw up do! And OMG that cotton candy is the stuff of my child hood dreams!! Haha I can see why she thought it was better than her birthday! So glad that you had a fab time, I would love to head to one of these diners when we hit the States … it’s on the list!

  20. It’s great when the food is good, but what really makes a place memorable is the service. This diner obviously knows what they’re doing! And omg, Athena’s face when she’s looking at the cotton candy… priceless!

  21. It’s great when the food is good, but what really makes a place memorable is the service. This diner obviously knows what they’re doing! And omg, Athena’s face when she’s looking at the cotton candy… priceless!

  22. Is there a playground for kids, too? Little girl seemed to have enjoyed eating there! I’ll definitely try this when I go to SD. Hope single peeps are allowed. HAHAHA! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Amy says:

    we got to go here with our family when we went to california for thanksgiving, it was a awesome place my son goes here quite often.

  24. Amy says:

    we got to go here with our family when we went to california for thanksgiving, it was a awesome place my son goes here quite often.

  25. Dawn says:

    That’s my boy.
    I am so glad you all had a great time. ” Alvin” loves his job very much and it always shows in how he treats his customers. Even on his bad day you’ll have a great day he is never upset at Corvette. For you that have not been there, I do hope you get a chance, Corvette is a fun experience and has a great staff.

    1. Lesley says:

      Is Alvin your son, Dawn? He was the highlight of our night. Wonderful personality. Another reason to return to San Diego. We can’t get enough.

  26. Dawn says:

    That’s my boy.
    I am so glad you all had a great time. ” Alvin” loves his job very much and it always shows in how he treats his customers. Even on his bad day you’ll have a great day he is never upset at Corvette. For you that have not been there, I do hope you get a chance, Corvette is a fun experience and has a great staff.

    1. Lesley says:

      Is Alvin your son, Dawn? He was the highlight of our night. Wonderful personality. Another reason to return to San Diego. We can’t get enough.

  27. Rodney Gottier says:

    Corvette Diner has so much fun in it. I remember a few places doing birthday parties giving away free things. I love playing basketball & eating lots of food & having as much sugar also. Wow! What a place!

  28. Rodney Gottier says:

    Corvette Diner has so much fun in it. I remember a few places doing birthday parties giving away free things. I love playing basketball & eating lots of food & having as much sugar also. Wow! What a place!

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