Just like eating at mom's... only better.

If you’re ever hungry for a meal that’s homemade and brings back memories of Grandma’s kitchen, Ocean Diner is the spot.

Choices like Vanilla French Toast, Oatmeal Crème Brulee or Breakfast Enchiladas tempt hungry customers in the morning hours. A steaming cup of Java Man Coffee is the beverage guaranteed to make anyone’s day brighter. Homemade Macaroni and Cheese, Parmesan Tuna Melt, and a Tuscan Chopped Salad are popular lunchtime choices. Of course Breakfast and lunch are served all day to please those who crave Granola Banana Pancakes or a Turkey Bacon Club at anytime of the day.

Ocean Diner is also available for private parties and events.

Curbside pickup is available to our disabled patrons.

Our Story

Over 35 years ago, Rick Hankus bought a tiny little café called Grandma's Place in Hermosa Beach. He had a small dessert business selling to restaurants in the South Bay and wished to expand to offer meals as well to the public.

Business was so slow at first, Rick not only baked 7 days a week but also washed 3 days a week to save expenses.

Word slowly got out in the neighborhood that Grandma's was now Ocean Diner, a homey little place with incredible coffeecakes, muffins and homemade specialties like Mom's Meatloaf. The lines got longer and Ocean Diner became a happening spot, especially on weekends customers would line up on the sidewalk for a hearty and healthy meal.

Rick loved the 1940's era (after all, his parents influenced him in his taste for swing music as well as homemade desserts) so he decorated the walls with WW II newspapers, old toasters, waffle irons and anything else related to those swinging years.

In 2000, he bought the building and started the long process of plans, permits, etc. for an expansion and remodeling. 11 weeks of construction in 2002 produced an authentic 1940's diner, complete with more dining area, a new larger kitchen and separate bathrooms.

All items in the dessert case are made in-house, from scratch, and include old time favorites like Boston Creme Pie, Layer Cake, Streusel Coffeecake and an ever-changing lineup of other goodies.

Here we are!

959 Aviation Boulevard
Hermosa Beach, CA 90254