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3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3328
951-784-0800
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7:00 am - 11:00 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
Dining options: Seating

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  • 11
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  • 12
    Very good
  • 1
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  • 2
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Huge, comfortable, quirky coffee shop

Really lovely huge room with comfy chairs, sofas and largely dark wood furnishings. Huge wall-to-floor bookshelves. My coffee was fine. Cakes looked home-made and very tasty indeed. Wish this was my local coffee shop at home. Service fast and friendly enough.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 3, 2015
Mark L
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Brighton
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Brighton
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94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

Really lovely huge room with comfy chairs, sofas and largely dark wood furnishings. Huge wall-to-floor bookshelves. My coffee was fine. Cakes looked home-made and very tasty indeed. Wish this was my local coffee shop at home. Service fast and friendly enough.

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Thank Mark L
Riverside, California
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Came here to study because I wanted to explore the city (moved here for school). It was really amazing. Great drinks. I got a latte and a blackberry italian soda with cream. They were both incredibly tasty, and served in a "for here" mug with a smile. The first guy that I got my drink from was a lot nicer... More 

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Thank Hayden J
Riverside, California
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141 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

This is more than a coffee house it's an art gallery, meeting place, and eatery with Vegetarian selections. Great hangout especially on the first Thursday of the month which is 'Art Walk.'

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Thank cariL44
Hyderabad, India
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163 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2015

I've been coming here since I was in College. Love their coffee. Love their couches n seating arrangement inside. Def a place to check out.

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Thank Italian80
Camarillo, California
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132 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015 via mobile

Cool little college town coffee shop. Live music in the basement, people playing chess, comfy couches, and tasty drinks. Be sure to bring cash, they don't accept cards.

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Thank USCfan30
West Hollywood, California
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316 reviews
229 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 122 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2015 via mobile

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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Thank Holly K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014 via mobile

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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Thank Sarah G
Rancho Cucamonga, Ca
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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Thank WorldTrippn
HERMITAGE
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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Thank JANEEN M
Long Beach, California
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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Thank Sonia S

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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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