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Rudford's Restaurant

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American, Diner
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2900 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104-1205
+1 619-282-8423
00:00 - 23:59
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San Diego, California
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Rudford's is old school! that's what I love about it! they serve simple food! You know like eggs and sausage,hash browns and toast with a plain cup of Jo. Not a over priced experience! it's retro booths and seating at the bar. The menu is filled with options depends on what your belly wants. Parking on the street. affordable, staff... More 

Thank beahr
San Diego, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016

Went to Rudford's for lunch today and will never return or recommend it to my out of town guests. Food was so-so, and a much better burger can be had at any of he numerous In-& Out burger joints for a lot less money. The worst part was the SLOW service without any explanation or offers to refill your drinks.... More 

Thank Eurojet
Houston, Texas
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162 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016 via mobile

Food is so so. Chicken and waffles is not fried chicken! It's actually breaded chicken and it cost $13! Food took awhile to get. Classic diner experience so if that's what you like that's what you'll get. Parking is very difficult.

Thank 56003Richard
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2016

I love diners! and this place is awesome! big booths, big menu, fun yummy comfort food and great prices. Had Huevos Rancheros- was delicious. Ordered a mimosa and it came in a HUGE glass for $5. Felt very old school! the service was great too. If you love diners, go!

Thank Tiro841
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016

I remembered Rudford's as my mother's favorite diner for breakfast. So when looking for a place to breakfast I looked for Rudford's on El Cajon Blvd. It was still there so I was able to enjoy my breakfast there each day I was in San Diego. The food was good, the prices reasonable and the waitresses were efficient and friendly.

Thank Helen B
Santee, California
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

If you want good old fashined diner type experiecne Reudford's is for you. Only drawback is lack of parking. Great serves, decent prices, quicj service but they do not push you to leave.

Thank ndf60
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2016 via mobile

Rudford's is the place in San Diego for late dinner. Classic 50's and I should know. Breakfast and daily specials. It's so authentic Jimmy Dean might sit next to you.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Halifax, United Kingdom
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348 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

We were very impressed with this diner. Quick friendly service, nice atmosphere and ambience. Food was good and tasty. Parking available round the back. The only thing that let the place down was having to pay 25cents to spend a penny. Seriously!!!!

Thank LiciaW
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2016 via mobile

Your typical 50's diner, but worth the trip. Fast friendly service at all hours of the day or nite. COME for the Sunday turkey dinner. The roast beef sandwich is my favorite. Yummy salsa if your a fan. Inexpensive.

Thank yadayada8673509
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 August 2016

This was my first visit to Rudford's. We went after watching a play at Balboa Park about 10:30pm on a Friday night. Parking was a problem, but we did find one up the street. I was surprised at how busy they were so late at night. After seating ourselves we were greeted promptly by our waitress, she was awesome. The... More 

Thank Joann T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
00:00 - 23:59
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2900 El Cajon Blvd, San Diego, CA 92104-1205
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-282-8423

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?