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Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile

1020 Barrett Lake Road, Dulzura, CA 91917
+1 619-468-3416
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Ranked #1 of 1 restaurants in Dulzura
Price range: $1 - $22
Cuisines: Barbecue, Hamburgers, Fish & Chips, Family Fare
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Buffet
Description: Take a trip back in time to Old California when you visit Barrett Junction Cafe and Mercantile. This historic building has been a local hot spot for 100 years.Barrett Junction Cafe serves its Famous ALL YOU CAN EAT Country Breakfast Buffet and Family Style Fish Fry.Enjoy our family style dining room. Room enough for 200 people (now that’s a BIG family!) and our outdoor patio comfortably seats 300.Book your next family reunion or club event with us. Big groups are always welcome.
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7 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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English first
San Diego, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

This place is a good bike rest in a long and windy road. The best I can say about it is that the beers are cold and the chairs don't rattle. The food? Just like stopping by Costco's deli...

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
67 reviews 67 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2013 via mobile

Great service, Bill has been there for 22 years. Small diner feel. The BBQ ribs were amazing. Drinks were cheap. The ride up there is great on a motorcycle.

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Campo, CA
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

The food is ok. My hubby really likes the ribs but the place is GROSS. ALWAYS check you glasses and eating utensils BEFORE you use them. EVERY time we have gone (yes, more than once;-P) my glass has had lipstick on it or gunk in it. Yuck! The merchantile is the biggest rip off in history. DO NOT buy anything... More

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BarrettJunctionCafe, Public Relations Manager at Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile, responded to this review

SnapDragonfly, I am so sorry that you had such a bad experience visiting our cafe the last time you were there. I would like you to know that in the past year and half, efforts have been made to clean up and improve the conditions. The staff has changed and we are always striving to improve. Thank you for sharing... More

San Diego
Top Contributor
100 reviews 100 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The Barrett Junction Cafe is basically out in the middle of nowhere, however it is a great place to not only have a good meal, but to also enjoy the scenic ride there and back. It is 19 miles from the 94 intersection at Jamacha Rd (where the Edward's theaters are) and from there takes about 30 minutes to get... More

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San Diego
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2012

Barrett Junction is about 25 miles from San Diego and is a beautiful drive out Highway 94 to Dulzura, through golden pastures and rocky hillsides . Everything in the restaurant is like it was 40 years ago--the Alaskan cod is lightly breaded with tartar sauce or vinnegar on the side, the hush puppies are served with honey, and there are... More

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San Diego, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2012

A big old howdy in the back country of San Diego. We stoped in for a early buffet breakfast here on a Sunday morning. Coffee , juice, eggs, bacon & much more. Enjoy the ride !

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Oceanside, California
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120 reviews 120 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2011

Barrett Junction Cafe is one of those great places out in the middle of nowhere that will have you coming back again and again. We frequently ride our motorcycles out in this beautiful back country. The cafe is on Rt 94 and this road has some incredible scenery. The cafe building is very interesting and is a large building. There... More

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