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Crest Cafe

#147 of 4,139 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
$$
American, Diner, Hamburgers
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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, 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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Visitor rating
  • 54
    Excellent
  • 32
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    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
Most recent review
First place we visit

I just love this place , it's the first place we come to eat every time we visit San Diego , the service is good and the food is so tasty and well priced , you have to give this place a look .

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 11, 2015
SHOTLEYBOYS
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IPSWICH SUFFOLK
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Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Late Night
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102 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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IPSWICH SUFFOLK
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015 via mobile

I just love this place , it's the first place we come to eat every time we visit San Diego , the service is good and the food is so tasty and well priced , you have to give this place a look .

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

We just love you, too! Love knowing that you guys come here first thing when you make it to town. Come back to SD soon! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

Omaha, Nebraska
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Crest Cafe is a longstanding favorite in the lively Hillcrest district of San Diego. Crest has an outstanding breakfast menu, including a mind-boggling array of omelets, as well as all the other usual breakfast fare. However, some items, like an omelet made with chopped grilled salmon, onions, and capers, stand out. Crest also offers lunch and dinner, and the sign... More 

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

"Mind-boggling array of omelets." YES! The kitchen is going to love that. Thank you for letting others know what's up! Looking forward to having you back next time you're here from the midwest. Until then, Crest Cafe More 

Baltimore, Maryland
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I have a friend in San Diego who lives a block or two away from the Crest Cafe, so I've been there three times, I think, on visits. It's always fantastic, and is much better than what I consider typical diner fare. The choices are more interesting, the food is always prepared extremely well, the coffee is good - not... More 

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

Hey, Curtis! Thanks for letting us cook for you when you jet over from Baltimore for a visit. Really happy to hear that everything has been fantastic, and we can't wait to hear what you think of dinner next time. Hope to hear from you! Until then, Crest Cafe More 

San Jose, California
Top Contributor
77 reviews 77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 via mobile

Located in the Hillcrest neighborhood in San Diego, Crest Cafe offers original takes on American diner fare. During our morning visit we ordered the lemon ricotta pancakes, an omelette with vegetables, bacon, and cheese, and a medium-well burger. Our party of three all enjoyed the food. I did like that one of the side-order options was a generous portion of... More 

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

Hi, Alvie! Glad to hear all three of you enjoyed your breakfast while you were in town. We're firm believers that a coffee cup should never be empty! Hope to see you next time you're in SD. Until then, Crest Cafe More 

Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015 via mobile

My wife and visited one morning in October on our way to the zoo. We were staying in downtown and found Out about Crest Cafe after doing a web search. It was a quick 10 minute drive with easy street parking. The cafe was welcoming and friendly with great service. The omelettes were amazing and you get a good portion... More 

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

Glad you and your wife found us when you were visiting from the UK! Thanks for reaching out to let us know how much you enjoyed your omelettes. Hope you guys enjoyed the zoo! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

California
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Three and a half blocks West of the 163 Freeway in the Hillcrest area San Diego you can find Crest Cafe. There are several good restaurants in the neighborhood, but this establishment takes comfort food seriously. Taking family to visit San Diego during the holiday break we decided no to do the Old Town mexican or the several seafood restaurants,... More 

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

Fabulous to hear that both the food and service were excellent. We definitely hope you'll be back to try the things on your list for next time! Happy New Year to you and yours. All the best, Crest Cafe More 

San Jose, California
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

We chose the Crest Diner for our Christmas Day breakfast although by the time we arrived it was closer to lunchtime. C'est le guerre. I enjoyed a delightful mimosa while we waited for our meal. There is soooo much to choose from but we finally decided on the stuffed orange marmalade French toast, Yucatan tostadas, and the two egg breakfast... More 

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

That's the list we want to be on, for sure! Glad we got to celebrate the holiday with you. Thanks for letting us know how much you enjoyed yourselves! Happy New Year to you and the family. Until next time, Crest Cafe More 

Lombard, Illinois
Top Contributor
527 reviews 527 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014

The menu is huge. And a lot of different kinds of food. The service was a little slow but the waiter was nice. The man who sat me appeared to be the owner and seemed really crabby. But the food was great. I ordered breakfast food and it was truly great food.

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

Fabulous to hear how much you enjoyed your breakfast, but we're sorry if the service didn't quite match the meal. Thanks for letting us know what seemed off. Hope to have you back next time you make it out to SD! Safe travels, Crest Cafe More 

McHenry, Illinois
Top Contributor
193 reviews 193 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

Although service was a bit slow, the food was definitely worth the wait. I had the Angus hash with eggs over easy and it was so good! I also tried a few bites of their buttermilk pancakes and they were delicious, too. The fruit was also fresh and a large portion. No doubt I would eat here again.

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

Glad you liked the Angus Hash and eggs, as well as the pancakes and fruit. Sorry to hear that the service seemed a bit slow -- thanks for including that so we know. Safe travels back home to Illinois! All the best, Crest Cafe More 

Fort Worth, Texas
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I love diners and this one is a kind of a California cuisine version. Food was wonderful and service was great. I can't wait to go back.

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

We can't wait to have you back either, Meredith. Thanks for spreading the word about this first visit! Hope the rest of your trip was unforgettable. Until next time, 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, Diner, Hamburgers

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?