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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: Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • 35
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 5
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great bookstore with a great cafe

The bookstore/cafe never seems to change. It offers an assortment of books and gifts to suit visitors. The cafe brews excellent beverages and sells tasty treats; plus the seating area is comfortable and colorful. The store is a must on each of our trips to San Diego. This time, we had hot... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
tapbelle
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California
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California
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110 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The bookstore/cafe never seems to change. It offers an assortment of books and gifts to suit visitors. The cafe brews excellent beverages and sells tasty treats; plus the seating area is comfortable and colorful. The store is a must on each of our trips to San Diego. This time, we had hot cocoas and and nosh.

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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2015

This is one of my favorite places in San Diego, great coffee and pastries selection, cheap and cheerful way to spend some time browsing funny cards, interesting books and sipping the best latte!

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Thank Normacha
Katy, Texas
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77 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2015

The only bookstore in Seaport Village. The Upstart Crow tries to mix a coffee bar with a books store and a gift shop. For me, it was a case of not doing anything particularly well. The books were few and scattered about the building. The coffee bar was in the back, though I can't comment on the food or service... More 

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Thank Rob H
Lynchburg, Virginia
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193 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015 via mobile

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

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Thank William B
Parabiago, Italia
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212 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 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 

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Thank Vale23
San Diego, California
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52 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 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 

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Thank rhonda60103
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137 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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 

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Thank boosebedeh
Clovis, CA
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
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.

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Thank reddog27
Alta Loma, California
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230 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
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

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San Diego, California
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59 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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 

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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
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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