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Upstart Crow

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835 West Harbor Dr., San Diego, CA
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9:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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Eclectic Cafe

How else can you describe a place where a mother duck brings her ducklings. The customers loved it. Fun atmosphere and excellent coffee.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
William B
Lynchburg, Virginia
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Lynchburg, Virginia
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184 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How else can you describe a place where a mother duck brings her ducklings. The customers loved it. Fun atmosphere and excellent coffee.

Thank William B
Parabiago, Italia
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207 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Let's start saying that lunch is not the most appropriate meal to have at this place. They have a vast assortment of cakes, cupcakes and sweet treats. I did not try them, but I'd bet they taste as yummy as they look. Lunch is also good-tasting, but the selecition of savoury items is quite limited. All of us (three people)... More 

Thank Vale23
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

I didn't know this little gem was in Seaport Village, until I searched book stores for a specific title I wanted. So I went to my favorite shopping area, checked the map, and headed over. I was delighted with the store. There are two floors, although I only shopped on the first floor. I got my book, then picked up... More 

Thank rhonda60103
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

I have loved Upstart Crow for as long as I can remember. In the heart of Seaport Village, this little coffee shop offers a cupful of wonderfulness! While living in SD, I would set time aside to regularly visit this cafe and bookstore. Everything about Upstart Crow is wonderful - they have great coffee, eclectic seating, and friendly staff. Their... More 

Thank boosebedeh
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.

Thank reddog27
Alta Loma, California
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210 reviews
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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

Thank ahdiii
San Diego, California
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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 

Thank Taknaydog
Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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.

Thank Sharlene2012
Louisville, Kentucky
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4 reviews
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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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21 reviews
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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

Thank Steve F

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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
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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