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Upstart Crow

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835 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
619-232-4855
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Coffee & Tea

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  • 29
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    Very good
  • 4
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great coffee shop

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2015
Steve F
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Loughborough, England, United Kingdom
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Loughborough, England, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

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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166 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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112 reviews 112 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
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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11 reviews 11 reviews
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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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San Francisco, California
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24 reviews 24 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

The Upstart Crow is a book shop, gift store and café combined. Everything on sale is a bit unusual and even quirky but the atmosphere is unique.... well worth a visit. The café has great coffee and lots of interesting bakery choices but the service was a little slow... but then when on holiday and strolling around Seaport Village, who's... More 

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East Wind
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

I stopped here for a break from the sun and fun at the Busker Festival. The shop is cute and quirky - lots of cool stuff to see along with a lot of books. Great if you're a book person! Got a cappuccino and a piece of red velvet cake - the cake was REALLY BIG and REALLY GOOD! The... More 

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Temecula, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I'm the kind of person who prefers cafe's rather than restaurants, and this place just hits the spectrum of a real cafe. This place is cute and relaxing and has a cozy ambiance. The coffee is really something! They have so much variety of coffee, and even their simple iced coffee is so so good. The bakery goods are fantastic... More 

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Penticton, Canada
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45 reviews 45 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

NIce little bookstore in Seaport Village. Also sells gifts and souvenirs, and has a nifty little coffee bistro inside with funky mismatched furniture. Loved it.

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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014 via mobile

Cozy, unique store, great for some down time, enjoying a book. Unfortunately, the staff doesn't compliment the location with any level of service. Our visit revealed baristas that thought they were comedians, but weren't good at either. Unable to answer basic queries about their products and unwilling to go beyond their preprogrammed java making skills, they made our arrival at... More 

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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: Coffee Shop
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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