2965 Historic Decatur Road
San Diego, California 92106
Kids love the helium balloons
The Corvette Diner, located in historic Liberty Station, transports the whole family into an enthralling 50s/60s time warp upon entrance. The atmosphere, music, servers, and food itself are homage to this era. My family fell happily under its charm when we came in for lunch one summer day.
The Corvette at the front entrance, the in-character waitresses in poodle skirts with bouffant hairdos, the live DJ playing 50s and 60s songs upon request, and a soda fountain, create waves of nostalgia for grandparents and parents, or at least it did for me. My kids simply needed a little filling in on the context of period and then they went with it and had a fantastic time.
On our visit, the servers enthusiastically worked to make it fun for my kids, seeming a bit more like performers than servers. The waitresses were on the spot and attentive, but more notably, they acted as if they truly were in a 50s diner, especially when they broke out into a dance in the middle of our meal. My kids were fascinated by the scene.
All of this plus the great food makes for an ideal kid-stop.My kids loved having shakes and slushies before and with their meal, which are usually desserts. We all enjoyed the “Slap me some skins” appetizer of baked potatoes with generous helpings of cheese, bacon, green onions and sour cream. My kids were very happy with the Ginormous Chicken Fingers plate, the Brenda burger (with bacon and Swiss cheese) and the cheeseburger, Dee Dee. My burger-eating kids had a hard time selecting from the burgers because there were so many interesting choices, including the Rory which has peanut butter on it. One of my kids requested a plain pasta plate--good to know that they cater to the very picky eaters. My husband devoured his Sloppy Joe’s plate and I was impressed with my Santa Fe Salad, which had tender and flavorful warm chicken, black beans, Pico de Gallo, cheddar cheese, avocado, and ranch dressing. I wondered how the salad would work out in a restaurant that seems to focus on comfort foods, yet it was top-quality. The menu had a solid selection of salads, including Gidget’s Greek salad, Popeye Spinach, the Corvette Cobb, Woodstock salad (broccoli, mandarin oranges, cranberries, pecans), and Caesar salad.
There were many platter offerings we will try on another visit, including: the Sammy Davis shrimp platter, meat loaf, truckstop turkey, chicken polka pasta, diner chicken fried steak, Sophia Loren spaghetti and meatballs, and chicken parmesan. The Garbage Plate was a notable appetizer of onion rings, potato skins, fried zucchini sticks, chips and salsa with various dipping sauces.
The Corvette Diner is divided into several themed rooms, and even has an arcade for the kids to play in when they finish eating. The main room is the Regal room, which encompasses the soda fountain and the authentic-looking Corvette. The Groovy Room has heat-sensitive tables which allow kids to draw glow-in-the-dark designs on the table which last for a few seconds before fading. One wing of the building is designed as a vintage dining car with window-shaped TVs built into the walls beside individual tables. Shows and movies are played here from the era, including “I Love Lucy” and “Easy Rider.” The restaurant has two party rooms, including the Corvette Clubhouse, a bright cheerful room available for use for their party package options. The arcade is on a card-swipe system, rather than tokens with an eclectic selection of games, including modern varieties as well as older ones such as a Gilligan’s Island pinball game. Kids turn in their card totals for little toys from the arcade counter at the end. Though I wasn’t there to see them, in the evenings, the restaurant also provides balloon artists and magicians for the kids’ amusement as well.
It is understandable that the Corvette Diner would be an ideal place for kids to throw a party, and several party packages are available, including Arcade mania, “Shake it up Baby,” Magic in the Air, and even a Limo Party.
Our visit was concluded by the waitresses handing my kids helium balloons as they left. After lunch and arcade games, with balloons in tow, my family enjoyed the bay walk right outside the restaurant. Parking is easy in this beautiful bay front Liberty Station location. This is more than simply a meal, but a complete and memorable experience for the kids. This restaurant suits all ages from toddlers to college-aged as well as the parents and grandparents who want to relive this era.