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Crest Cafe

#121 of 3,728 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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American, Diner
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425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
+1 619-295-2510
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7:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Dinner
Description: Family owned and operated since 1982, Crest Cafe is a San Diego favorite...
Family owned and operated since 1982, Crest Cafe is a San Diego favorite known for delicious, hearty, healthy comfort food!
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  • 68
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 9
    Average
  • 2
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  • 7
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great Selection and Excellent Quality

Saw this on Diners, Drive In's and Dives a while back so thought we'd check it out whilst in San Diego. Fantastic! Menu selection is superb. Such a wide choice to suit any taste and even fussy eaters like my daughter. I had a huge pastrami sandwich with salad which had the most amazing... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 26, 2015
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Essex
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Saw this on Diners, Drive In's and Dives a while back so thought we'd check it out whilst in San Diego. Fantastic! Menu selection is superb. Such a wide choice to suit any taste and even fussy eaters like my daughter. I had a huge pastrami sandwich with salad which had the most amazing homemade dressing. It was just so... More 

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for making it a point to come see us in SD after you caught our segment. Fussy eaters are no problem -- we definitely try to have something for everyone! Great to hear that everything from your sandwiches to the Mac was just right and the service matched. Have a safe trip back to the UK! All the best,... More 

Minnetonka, Minnesota
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015

The restaurant itself is dated, but seems clean and the wait staff was good. They had good food for both breakfast and dinner.

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Rose, thanks for letting us take care of some of the cooking while you were in town from Minnesota! Come back and see us next time you're in SD. All the best, Crest Cafe More 

San Diego, California
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

My wife and I are fanatics of Diners, Drive-in's and dives and we saw this place featured so we decided to give it a shot. We bought 3 things, the butter burger, creme brulee french toast and grilled veggie pesto sandwich. The french toast was outrageously good, we will in no doubt return for breakfast, it was very sweet and... More 

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Gordie, can't wait to have you guys back for breakfast again! I wish the Butter Burger had lived up to its reputation, though -- it's clear how much you were looking forward to finally trying it. We want it to be awesome every time we make it, so we'll make sure your feedback gets to the right place. Let us... More 

San Diego, California
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35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

I am a regular customer at this place. Absolutely love their food. Great selection and reasonable prices. Very good service as well. Amazing choice for breakfast!

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

We love getting to see you on a regular basis! Thanks for letting us take care of breakfast. Hope to see you a bunch more times this summer! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

Phoenix, Arizona
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2015 via mobile

Here's a place that makes nothing ordinary. I went for breakfast and seriously couldn't decide what to get...it all sounded so good. The various types of gourmet french toast choices made it difficult. I got the Creme Broulet french toast. Fantastic.

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Ordinary -- never heard that word before. ;) You couldn't decide what to get, so you'll just have to come back and try the other things that caught your eye! Really glad the Creme Brulee French Toast got us off to a great start. Thanks for sitting down with us! See you on your next trip, Crest Cafe More 

San Diego, California
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47 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

New to San Diego living, we've been pickiing a part of town to explore on foot every month adding lunch to the fun of the task. Hillcrest was our pick in June. We parked, walked and window shopped; we delighted in the residential architecture and house-front gardens that had some time ago adopted water-wise plantings. And we looked for a... More 

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Andi, first off, we gotta say we are so inspired by your neighborhood exploring adventures -- so glad Hillcrest was your next pick! Happy to hear you felt so relaxed and at ease eating with us -- that's what we're all about. Excellent choice getting the tuna melt. It never disappoints! We know you probably have plenty more exploring to... More 

CA
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Ate there this weekend we had the butter burger. It was absolutely perfect!! It is buttery and juicy I had to cut it in half to eat it. It is served with red onions,if I went back I would not put them in because they over power the flavor of the burger. Without the onion it is perfect. My daughter... More 

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Great choice with that butter burger -- it's definitely a classic around here, so we're glad you enjoyed it. Can't wait to welcome you back soon! Best, Crest Cafe More 

Saint Louis, Missouri
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015

We stumbled upon this place because Snooze had an hour and half wait. So glad we decided to eat here. It's fairly reasonably priced and the food was delicious. Two of us had the Creme Brûlée French Toast. Another had the Apple, Bacon Bundt French Toast and another had Apple Cinnamon French Toast. They all loved their dishes and we... More 

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

So glad you guys decided to head over, too! Thanks for letting us know that all the varieties of the French Toast hit the spot. That's great feedback about the Chicken & Waffles' sauce, too -- we'll make sure that gets to the right place! Safe travels back to STL -- hope you'll think of us on a future trip,... More 

Boston, Massachusetts, United States
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 8, 2015

Craziness burger around... butter burger! The brioche bun is perfectly golden. The homemade potato chips were perfectly crispy. Perfect after beach spot!

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Kaitlynn, beach + Butter Burger sounds like pretty much the best day ever. Thanks for letting us cook after you got some sun! Safe travels back to Boston -- hit us up next time you're in San Diego! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

San Diego, California
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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

After seeing this restaurant on TV and hearing from friends how good the food is I had to try it. I ordered the Crest Butter burger, yes I did say butter! They stuff the patty with butter which made for a messy bun but delicious burger. The famous house made fresh chips , which the waiter said where fresh, were... More 

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Cecelia M, owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in after hearing the good word from some buds and catching us on TV! Good to hear that the Butter Burger hit the spot, but we wish the fresh chips had complemented it better -- they definitely should have been seasoned just right, so thanks for that feedback. Noticed you're in San Diego, so hopefully we'll be... More 

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Additional Information about Crest Cafe

Address: 425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
Phone Number: +1 619-295-2510
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
Cuisine: American, Diner

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-295-2510

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 5 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: American, Diner

Description

Family owned and operated since 1982, Crest Cafe is a San Diego favorite known for delicious, hearty, healthy comfort food!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?