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425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
+1 619-295-2510
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Ranked #160 of 4,078 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Diner, Hamburgers
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Late Night
Description: Family owned and operated since 1982, Crest Cafe is a San Diego favorite known for delicious, hearty, healthy comfort food!
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Lombard, Illinois
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481 reviews 481 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
125 helpful votes 125 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

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
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178 reviews 178 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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
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74 reviews 74 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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

Bradford, United Kingdom
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164 reviews 164 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The menu is extensive here, so there should be something for everyone. They serve a huge array of different breakfast dishes, including some Mexican dishes for those wanting breakfast burritos etc. My wife went for the apple and chicken hash, while I had the beef hash. Both came with toast and fruit. The fruit was really fresh and delicious and... More

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

Glad you and your family were able to stop in during the trip to SD! We have to agree that we can go head to head with just about any hangover you can imagine. While it's good to know that the service and tea were to your liking, we wish the food had been more memorable! Thanks for keeping us... More

San Diego, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

Really good food. Never disappoints. The only thing is it's a little crowded. But they always seem to be able to see it patrons quickly.

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

Happy to hear we never disappoint you! Thanks for stoppin' by for some homestyle cookin'. Take care, Crest Cafe More

Tyrone, Georgia
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58 reviews 58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

family of SIX vacation. On day #1 we had breakfast at Crest Cafe and it was amazing. Eggs Benedict, my favorite but all at my table were very happy with their breakfast. GREAT place, even without Guy Fieri's recommendation!

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

Glad the whole family had a good breakfast with us! Thanks for checking us out during your trip. If you make your way back to San Diego, you'll have to come visit us again. Take care, Crest Cafe More

San Diego, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Love to Come here for lunch. Out of the ordinary sandwich preparation. Nice atmosphere. Very consistent service and food.

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

This is great stuff, Connie! Thanks for letting us fix lunch for you on the reg. Hopefully we'll see you soon! Until next time, Crest Cafe More

Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 via mobile

Amazing meal. Very veg friendly menu. They were very accommodating for our large group of 4 adults and 3 kids. The kids devoured the pancake. The Cree brûlée French toast was amazing. My husband had the angus beef hash that was delicious! Great time!

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

Glad to hear you had a great time at our table! Feeding the whole family is what we love to do around here, so it makes our day when that passion translates into a happy customer. Looking forward to welcoming you back soon -- we'll have pancakes at the ready! All the best, Crest Cafe More

Buffalo, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

We went to the cafe after seeing it on TV. The French toast was amazing, probably the best I have ever had. The service was excellent. The coffee was good and it kept being refilled. So glad I made time to visit during my stay in San Diego

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

Best French Toast you've ever had? That's exactly what we want to hear! Thanks so much for checking us out during your trip to the west coast -- come back and see us next time you're in SD. Safe travels, Crest Cafe More

Glendale, California
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170 reviews 170 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

It is difficult to find pancakes not made from white flour. Crest Cafe offers a short stack of multi-grain pancakes with cottage cheese in the batter, topped with slivered almonds and blackberries - absolutely delicious! My husband ordered the Western omelette and it came full of tasty ham, cheddar cheese and fresh peppers and onions. It was fluffy and light... More

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

Thanks for the chance to cook for you during your trip down, Lorraine! We love hearing that you were both able to find something to dig into for breakfast. Hope to see you back next time you're in San Diego! All the best, Crest Cafe 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, Hamburgers

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