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Crest Cafe

#163 of 3,952 Restaurants in San Diego
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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: Late Night, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Families with children
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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Visitor rating
  • 82
    Excellent
  • 44
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 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 Breakfast Food

We had the blueberry Belgian waffle, breakfast enchiladas and bacon pancakes. All were great! Service was fast and very friendly. We were able to park right out front. They have indoor and outdoor seating. This is a Triple D restaurant and very good. Would recommend highly if, like me, you love... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
amybandersen
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the blueberry Belgian waffle, breakfast enchiladas and bacon pancakes. All were great! Service was fast and very friendly. We were able to park right out front. They have indoor and outdoor seating. This is a Triple D restaurant and very good. Would recommend highly if, like me, you love breakfast food!

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Thank amybandersen
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Amy- Thanks for the fantastic review! I'm so happy to hear you were quite satisfied by how everything went during your visit. Terrific choices you made for breakfast! We hope to so see you again soon and discover what else we have to offer on our menu! Best, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

Los Angeles, California
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had to head down to San Diego for a work meeting and wanted to try this place after seeing it on Triple D. It did not disappoint. I ordered the Butter Burger and it was the juiciest burger I've ever had. Taste wise, ranks in my top five ever.

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Thank Jeff B
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Jeff- Thank you for stopping in when you were in the area! Our burgers are very popular and I'm glad to hear that you put it in your top 5 list! That's a tremendous compliment. We hope to see you again soon in the near future to try our many other terrific items off the menu. Sincerely, Cecelia from Crest... More 

Egham, United Kingdom
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200 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were flying back to the UK that evening so wanted something quite plain to eat . It was a great for brunch and definitely saw us through as it was large portions of good food. I really enjoyed it and it is something America does well , brunch sort of food with lots of choice . Great waiter very... More 

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Thank Debbie B
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Debbie- What a wonderful review! I'm glad you and your family could experience what Crest Cafe had to offer. I hope that you are enjoying your time in the U.K. and if you're ever in San Diego again, we'd be more than happy to see all of you again. Best, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This place is not hard to find, once you turn the corner you'll see it. It is cute and neon at night. When we went it was not too busy at all. The service was fantastic. We were seating quickly and the waiter was so friendly and made us feel comfortable. We ordered what Guy Fierri had on DDD (we're... More 

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Thank Jo B
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Jo- It's great to hear from you! I'm pleased to hear your visit was a pleasant one and you were well taken care of by our staff! I'm happy to hear you enjoyed our butter burger and hope you get to try our other amazing items off the menu again soon! Best, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

La Paz, Mexico
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015

My husband were recently in San Diego. We found the Crest Cafe by walking the Hillcrest neighborhood in search of a spot for breakfast. The service and food were excellent and would highly recommend the cafe.

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1 Thank SpeechSayer
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the wonderful feedback! It's great to hear you enjoyed your recent breakfast here. If you and your husband are ever in the area, please stop in and see us! Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

Chico
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148 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

When you walk into the simple, clean, colorful Crest Cafe, you are welcomed by a cute waiter in a white shirt and tie , then onto the breakfast menu. Although so many things looked delicious, I ordered the old standby- scrambled eggs, and my meal was perfect! Perfect eggs, perfect hash browns, and excellent BACON. The table stalls were a... More 

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1 Thank Jodie D
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Jodie, I appreciate the feedback. Great choice on the breakfast! Next time, try one of our many signature specialties from our menu! Visit us again soon & have a wonderful holidays! Sincerely, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

Berkeley, California
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

The good ones do tend to stick around don't they? Still solid and reliable after so many years. Serious omelettes, wonderful waffles and great attentive service. Simple formula, always works.

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Thank rconcepcion
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for your kind words. It's a pleasure to hear you've been a great customer of ours throughout the years! Our team is already looking forward to your next visit with us. Take care, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

Victoria, Canada
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245 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

The Crest Cafe is a great, local eatery. You can always get an awesome meal there and the wait staff are great. I've never had a bad meal there and it's in Hillcrest.

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

Thanks for supporting local here in Hillcrest! We appreciate the shout-outs both to the kitchen and also the waitstaff. Sharing them with the team here in a bit! Until next time, Crest Cafe More 

San Diego, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Really enjoyed the experience. Our server, Sierra was delightful, and attended to every detail possible. The dining room was packed, and everyone there, including us, seemed to be having a great time. The food was hot, fresh, and delucious . Just what we wanted after a day at the zoo and touring balboa park. We will go again!

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

Thanks for letting us take care of dinner after a long day outside! We really enjoyed having you, too, and we'll be sure to pass your compliments on to Cierra! Looks like you're here in SD, so we'll hope to see ya soon! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

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57 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015 via mobile

This was our first stop after landing in San Diego. Chose it because of the dine in, drive in, and dive show, and what a treat!! The food was excellent. Service was too notch, and it was nestled into the lovely hillcrest area. We had the butter burger (a+++), cinnamon apple French toast (a++++), and the chicken and waffles (a+++).... More 

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

What a pleasure to be your first stop when you got here, Tracy! Sounds like you were really looking forward to checking us out after catching us on the show, so we're pumped to know that everything met your expectations and then some. Hope the rest of your trip to SD was awesome! Safe travels, Crest Cafe More 

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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
  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?