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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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  • 4
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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
Quaint shop

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 3, 2015
Sharlene2012
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015 NEW

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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 134 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 65 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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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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 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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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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Additional Information about Upstart Crow

Address: 835 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
Phone Number: 619-232-4855
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
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
Average Prices: USD $10
Cuisine: Coffee Shop

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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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