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Crest Cafe

#134 of 3,753 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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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
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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  • 70
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 10
    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 Decor, matched by Excellent Food!

I have been here for both dinners and breakfasts, and can say with confidence that this is probably the best overall eatery in Hilcrest! It was never to busy when I arrived with my friends, and service is fast and efficient. The decor is reminiscent of 50's diners, which appeals to my New Jersey... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 11, 2015
Nancyuen
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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112 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

I have been here for both dinners and breakfasts, and can say with confidence that this is probably the best overall eatery in Hilcrest! It was never to busy when I arrived with my friends, and service is fast and efficient. The decor is reminiscent of 50's diners, which appeals to my New Jersey roots. Friendly staff offer fast, courteous... More 

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

Thanks for letting us know that after a few meals, we're officially your favorite spot in Hillcrest! Cool to hear that the place reminds you a bit of home, too. Looking forward to next time already. Until then, Crest Cafe More 

San Francisco, California
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105 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Wanted to love this family run cafe in Hillcrest but the non-existent, albeit friendly, waiter made it maddening. The so-so food didn't help, either. The hamburgers lacked flavor, the fries were limp and funky tasting, and the waiter could not be found for bringing extras once the meal was served. And there were only 2 other tables occupied! Even getting... More 

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

Your server should have been attentive (we know friendly isn't quite good enough) and your food should have been exceptional. Our apologies for a less than awesome first visit while you were down from SF. We'll speak to both the kitchen and the team about your comments as soon as we can! Hope this isn't the last impression we get... More 

Surrey, Canada
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Holy smokes! Try the BUTTER BURGER. This is a fantastic burger. HUGE. With butter dripping down my arm as I ate it!

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

Glad you enjoyed the Butter Burger in all its juicy glory! Have a safe trip back! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

San Diego, California
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98 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

The place is a classic institution and a must if you are in the area. True comfort food at it's best. Good service. Wish it were bigger!

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

Flattered to hear you say we're a must! Thanks for the local love, Marla! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

Essex
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31 reviews
13 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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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 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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16 reviews
16 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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38 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 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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48 reviews
31 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 

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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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