Pancakes topped with drizzles of syrup, hearty beef burgers that melt in your mouth, and refreshing chocolate milkshakes doused in freshly whipped cream – what is more satisfying than the all-American dining experience?
From retro franchises across the state to hidden gems on Los Angeles’ boulevards, treat yourself to an old-school vibe and classic American meal at these top 10 best diners in California.
Swingers diner – located in Los Angeles and Santa Monica – is credited as one of the best diners in California because of its retro feel, quality food, and late hours.
Since 1993, this All-American diner has been treating its regulars like family and welcoming every customer to its famed establishment with a fun and friendly greeting.
A favourite of regulars to this California diner is the tuna melt, while Swingers also offers up various other classic eats for its passing patrons.
9. The Apple Pan
The Apple Pan makes the list of best diners because, since 2012, National Geographic credited this spot as having the best burger in California.
In 2017 the diner celebrated its 70th birthday and, with its lively, old-school atmosphere and excellent quality food and drinks, it will no doubt be around for much longer.
You can find this classic spot in downtown Los Angeles, and if you’re there you have to try the Steak or Hickory Burger.
8. Harry’s Coffee Shop
With its all day breakfast menu and no-frills ambiance, Harry’s Coffee Shop in La Jolla serves up classic American diner with a mix of Southern California and Mexican style in its cooking.
Not only has this traditional spot been voted as one of the best diners in America, it tops the list of best diners in San Diego.
Whether for breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon pick-me-up, Harry’s varied menu and generous portions will leave you feeling scrumptiously satisfied.
7. Cafe 50’s
If it has “50’s” in its name, you must know that this place is going to give you an authentic vintage feeling.
Cafe 50’s is a quintessential all-American diner that transports you to the 1950s with its reasonably priced and liberal offerings of pancakes, burgers, milkshakes and more.
Slightly kitschy but truly nostalgic, this California diner welcomes you through their doors with an offer of “a generous slice of Americana”.
Squeezed onto Santa Monica Boulevard, a trip to Café 50 is a trip to one of the best diners in Los Angeles.
6. 101 Coffee Shop
Seen in the likes of Gilmore Girls and Entourage, 101 Coffee Shop underwent an early 2000s renovation to take it all the way back to the 60’s – a style it maintains today.
The retro diner is frequented by Hollywood clientele and late-night hipsters as its 20-hour dining experience offers the best of American coffee-shop eats.
All-day breakfast buttermilk waffles and generous sandwich options top the list of what to indulge in at 101 Coffee Shop.