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Upstart Crow

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835 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
619-232-4855
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  • 31
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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  • 0
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Something to crow about

A quiet place to read and purchase books. Friendly staff. Seaport Village can get busy during the summer and on weekends, but the Upstart Crow is always a calm respite from the restaurants, t -shirt shops and other touristy business places.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 26, 2015
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Clovis, CA
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Clovis, CA
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34 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

A quiet place to read and purchase books. Friendly staff. Seaport Village can get busy during the summer and on weekends, but the Upstart Crow is always a calm respite from the restaurants, t -shirt shops and other touristy business places.

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Alta Loma, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2015

First coffee and books venue I ever saw. here in Seaport Village since the 1980s its a great place to shop and nave a coffee and snack while shopping ...a favorite from the 1980s ! C&H

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San Diego, California
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43 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

If you just want to hang out with friends, read a good book and eat some of their local pastries, cakes, bagels etc and many varieties of tea and coffee... this is the place for you. You can also browse, buy or read a current or classic book from their shelves. It is kid friendly. Upstairs are books and toys... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

This little gem is hidden away on the waterfront. Interesting quirky books and novelty items...snacks and coffee and even a few chess tables.

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Louisville, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

If you love coffee, books, and unique gifts do yourself a favor and stop by the Upstart Crow! Tucked inside Seaport Village and amid many other wonderful shops it is small and unique. Great atmosphere and delicious coffee! Honestly, so sad that I had to leave a wonderful place behind! Very glad that I brought coffee home with me!

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Loughborough, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

Stopped by here having read trip advisor reviews and being sick of Starbucks (only took one visit). Coffee was very good and service was fine. Great atmosphere and felt like a really chilled out place. Will certainly be back during my stay

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 140 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This place is in the Seaport tourist area so there are a lot of people and parking can be a challenge at times. Once you're in the store it's a cool little place with lots of interesting books and more. The thing that I tried from the coffee shop was the Chai Latte and it was awesome. Very rich, creamy,... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

The Tomato quiche was delicious. I also tried the house "crow" coffee. It was a wonderful Carmel concoction. The staff was so friendly. The dining area is in the middle of a little book store wherever you can find a nook. Cozy and charming.

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Carlsbad, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

Loved the atmosphere - lots of things to look at, by the water, can sit inside or outside. They only had a pannini and quiche to choose from for food other than desserts and were out of both - aghh!!!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

I wouldn't take a stroller or even little kids in here just because there are a lot of things everywhere. But, if you are looking for a relaxing break and want a snack and some awesome coffee drinks, this is the place to go.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 835 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: 619-232-4855

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Cafe
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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