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3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3328
951-784-0800
Today
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Fri 7:00 am - 12:00 am
Sat 9:00 am - 12:00 am

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Visitor rating
  • 11
    Excellent
  • 7
    Very good
  • 1
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delish Decaf

Wear layers because you will strip them all off! It is warm in there and no a/c. No wifi this day but last time they did - so spotty? Eclectic tables and chairs adds to the college-like atmosphere with the same eclectic music. Most were students with a few folks over 35. A large bar (looks like... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 7, 2015
Holly K
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West Hollywood, California
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West Hollywood, California
Top Contributor
249 reviews 249 reviews
195 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015

Wear layers because you will strip them all off! It is warm in there and no a/c. No wifi this day but last time they did - so spotty? Eclectic tables and chairs adds to the college-like atmosphere with the same eclectic music. Most were students with a few folks over 35. A large bar (looks like this place was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We always make a point of going to the grind whenever we are downtown. It's just good coffee and good service.

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Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

Back to the grind is unique in its character. It has big overstuffed sofas and chairs. The aroma of rich coffee and sweet pastries fills your nostrils and your soul. It is comfortable; like being in your own living room and is a great place to go with a friend or friends for socialization...or alone for quiet and relaxation.

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HERMITAGE
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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2013

We were in Riverside for synchronized swimming nationals. We went to Back to the Grind on days 2-5. The staff were super friendly and asked us for daily updates on the competition. They were personable and made a great place even better. The baked goods were fresh and decadent. We brought some of the swimmers with us for lunch and... More 

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Long Beach, California
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2013

The title says it all. I love finding coffee house with eclectic decor, a quiet atmosphere, and comfy furniture to sit and read in. Located just around the block from the Mission Inn. This is a great place to visit and have some quiet time.

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California
Top Contributor
144 reviews 144 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
140 helpful votes 140 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2013

In the peak of my coffee usage I have learned that we do not flock to the huge chain coffee houses due to a good cup of coffee, we flock there because of the convenience of them being literally at every corner. Try your local coffee shop (such as this one) for a few weeks then tell me if the... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

I happened to pass by Back to the Grind in the evening and made the wise decision of popping in. The food wasn't fancy but it was good, there was a nice variety and reasonably priced. At some point a group of seven young musicians launched into a vibrant and delightful jazz jam session which proved to be the highlight... More 

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Riverside, California
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Messy coffee hangout for the drifting young set or pseudo intellectuals. How do they pass the rating system? Hope there isn't a fire in the downstairs basement room used for aspiring musicians to show their talent.

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Riverside, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2012

This place is great for social meetings, group get togethers, study space and sometimes open mic events to listen to. Free Wi-Fi like Starbucks but with a very different atmosphere. In a good way though, you'll see what I mean when you get there =) Their Chai Tea Latte is amazing!

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California
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

I simply cannot say enough good things about Back to the Grind. It's Riverside's "Cheers" where "everyone knows your name". It's comfy, the coffee is goooood. Free WiFi makes it a great place to clear out the e-mails without distraction. In fact, I wrote about 1/3 of my first book there. If you want distractions, the staff: Darren ( the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3328
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: 951-784-0800

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 11:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
9:00 am - 12:00 am

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?