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Shirleys Kitchen

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7118 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
(619) 466-9295
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Friendly neighborhood cafe

This is a great neighborhood café for breakfast or lunch. It has some fantastic specials, their fish taco Fridays is a great lunch item. Staff is friendly, food is good, and the coffee is hot...what more do you need.

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 16, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is a great neighborhood café for breakfast or lunch. It has some fantastic specials, their fish taco Fridays is a great lunch item. Staff is friendly, food is good, and the coffee is hot...what more do you need.

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Thank K T
Houston, Texas
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113 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

I understand why everyone gives Shirley's good reviews. The staff are very nice and they keep any eye on you. Your coffee will not run low. I had the ham steak and eggs. Yum. Eggs cooked perfectly. Hash browns nice and crispy. Ham was thick and juicy. Price is good. The place is not fancy, more like an old diner

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Thank michaelluna
Spring Valley, California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

This is your classic home cooking with great portions, great prices and food with FLAVOR! For example I love potato salad but everywhere I have been it is always "safe" which means bland in my opinion. This is the first potato salad I have eaten in memory that had flavor. My honey' pot pie puts Marie Calendars to shame. Great... More 

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1 Thank rjm2090
San Diego
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36 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013

Went based on other reviews. Loved this place-very local. Mix of classic American and Mexican dishes. Awesome 'real' service, the kind you get from long tome servers/ owners--not min wage, just passing through, types. Why would anyone go to the chains (Denny's, CoCos)? We called to see how busy they were on Mother's Day and they said they would hold... More 

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Yuma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

04/15/13 N 32 45.300 W 117 02.742 On our way back to Yuma,Az. We stopped in La Mesa,Ca. At Shirleys Kitchen for breakfest. What a find. Its a little neighbor cafe where they know the names of most of the people that come in. It is nice and clean, the price is right and the service is GOOD. The food... More 

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Thank Emry L
San Diego, California
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67 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2013

I had another comfort food attack this morning. I was driving around doing a bunch of errands before we set off on a major 27 day cruise from San Diego to England. By chance I drove down a bit of a sketchy stretch of University Avenue in East San Diego just beyond 70th when I spied Shirley’s Kitchen. I had... More 

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Thank Ron J
Pine Mountain, Georgia
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43 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2012

Shirley's is a homestyle diner with some of the best food we had during in a week's visit to San Diego. It has an enthusiastic local following, and now we know why. We came in for breakfast on a weekday, and were immediately greeted and seated by a friendly waiter as if we were family. The menu is diverse -... More 

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Columbia, MO USA
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39 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2012

Good prices, great service and the food was excellent.

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Thank Gailmo
north georgia
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43 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2012

I was told about this restaurant by several different people and went there for breakfast. Food was very good.

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Thank gigi000
Boulder, CO
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2012

I just did a little takeout, but the food being served looked delicious and the place was full.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 7118 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: (619) 466-9295
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?