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Upstart Crow

835 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA (Downtown)
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Ranked #212 of 4,058 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: Coffee Shop
Neighborhood: Downtown
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Neighborhood: Downtown
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29 reviews from our community

93% Recommend
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  • English first
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English first
San Diego, California
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51 reviews 51 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

An excellent spot in Seaport Village to stop for a coffee or tea, peruse the books, and purchase a stash of greeting cards. As independent bookstores become more difficult to find, this is like finding a treasure.

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San Diego, California
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55 reviews 55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014

We love to have an expresso and goody here when we are walking around Seaport Village. They have a great selection of books and are one of the few Indie bookstores left. We heard live music here one evening. Free and enjoyable. There greeting cards are numerous and fun. A great place to stop in to get an afternoon or... More

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San Marcos, Texas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

After walking around Seaport Village, we found this unique coffee shop. The coffee was great. (The wifi was super, too!) Besides coffee, the shop had many unusual gifts, books, and, a great place to relax and enjoy life! The manager was super nice.

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Edison, New Jersey
15 reviews 15 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

A stroll around the Seaport Village found me at "Upstart Crow" a shoppe which had unique gifts and tourist-oriented items. The cafe has a variety of coffees and teas available, with several kind of "home baked" good for snacking outside at the cafe's tables. The staff is cordial and warm & friendly. I found myself back there several mornings.

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West Yorkshire
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151 reviews 151 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
71 helpful votes 71 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

Bought a couple of lovely things from the shop but didn't feel over welcome at the cafe and the panini took an age to arrive and was nothing special when it did. I did find a nice secluded place outside to sit and read. Maybe I caught them on a bad day but the staff didn't seem that friendly or... More

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Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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43 reviews 43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

I enjoyed my coffee and there were lots of gifts to purchase. Not much of a book store but it did have about 50 books for each genre. Cool atmosphere and great location as it was steps from the harbor.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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73 reviews 73 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

I've been going to Upstart Crow for years, I always make a point to stop in when I'm in San Diego. I love to browse around and then order a piece of chocolate cake to enjoy by the window. Never gets old!

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Los Angeles, California
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64 reviews 64 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
83 helpful votes 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2014

A great combo coffee shop/ bookstore. Has been at Seaport Village forever, one of the original tenants. It has survived the Starbucks & Amazon competition. We happened to be there on a weekend where they had a very dynamic jazzy/soul singer "Stacey & the Stimulators" which made the experience all that more unique! Great coffee, lots of books & good... More

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We love this place....get good coffee, read or buy a book and browse hundreds of unique items throughout the store...also have free WiFi...just ask then for the password of the day.

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El Paso, Texas
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2013

We visited Sea Port Village last October. It was a cold and rainy day. After visiting Coronado we decided to stop and have a hot drink. The place was perfect! The staff was helpful with the drink selections. We ended up staying 2 hours just enjoying the environment.

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