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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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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 9:00 pm

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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
little book store with Awesome coffee

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
CARON B
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015 NEW

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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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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
20 helpful votes 20 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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Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 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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Sugar Land, Texas
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76 reviews 76 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
223 helpful votes 223 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

It is very eccentric inside the Upstart Crow and that is what makes it a perfect place to get away from corporate meetings and such. Lots of little nooks and crannies filled with things nobody needs but maybe something you want.

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Tel Aviv
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19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2014

Good coffee,rich pie ans a good atmosphere to sit ,read,drink or pick something to remember. You can have your coffee on the porch or inside ,pick a book from the shelf to read while you drink .

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Not like Barnes & Noble or any chain. A fascinating selection not only of books. Feels right at home.

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San Diego, California
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

This has been one of my favorite books shops for years, it has a little bit of everything in an adorable two story setting. From kitschy gifts, journals, and even costume jewelry, to magazines and bestsellers, I always have a some fun in here. The loft children's section was a hit with my two year old son, and it's a... 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 0 - 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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