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Back To The Grind

3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3328
951-784-0800
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Ranked #26 of 609 restaurants in Riverside
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
Most recent review
- Apr 20, 2014
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English first
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014 NEW

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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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 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
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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141 reviews 141 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
113 helpful votes 113 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
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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
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 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
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50 reviews 50 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 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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Riverside, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2012

Who would have thought that a back east style coffee shop could exist in the a megatropolis, known for cooperate everything, but here it is; the last bastion of non-corporate coffee culture. It is perfect for hanging out, studying, and yes even reading. Go to here, ASAP!

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Riverside, California, United States
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28 reviews 28 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2012

place to just a cup of joe & chill i just love there desserts carrot cake is great.

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