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The Mission

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2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Do yourself a favor..

Eat here for breakfast at least once if visiting San Diego. Not a huge tourist place, mostly locals and delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Families with children
  • Dining on a budget
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English first
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Eat here for breakfast at least once if visiting San Diego. Not a huge tourist place, mostly locals and delicious.

Thank dansworld99
Bristol, Rhode Island
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

On our way to the zoo we stopped here for breakfast. The french toast had to be one of the best I ever had. We had about 15 min wait to be seated. Servers were very attentive. Water and coffee never got empty and refilled at least 2 times each. Food came out quickly and was so delicious. Thanks for... More 

Thank bribeer
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Breakfast was great. A short wait on a Saturday morning. Great pumpkin latte. Small tables. Intimate seating. Give it a try.

Thank DWeso
Houston, Texas, United States
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only bad thing about this place is that it's nearly impossible to choose what to order. My friend and I split banana granola pancakes and the chilaquiles. Both were amazing. The coffee was plentiful and delicious. I had a mechelada which was also fantastic. The service was stellar. The place is adorable. Honestly if there wasn't so much amazing... More 

Thank Allison T
novato, ca
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193 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Not your traditional breakfast foods, a little different menu - but trust me, the offerings are delicious. Ate here twice on our visit to Mission Bay. pancakes, French Toast the best I have ever had. Clean and good service as well.

Thank lane t
Vicksburg, Mississippi
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44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015

Ate here on my last day in San Diego and got food really quickly--less than 5 minutes after ordering, though restaurant was only about 1/3 to 1/2 full when I arrived. Had the breakfast burrito with beans, eggs, and potatoes. Definitely good but nothing super special, though very filling (it came with chips and salsa on the side too). Got... More 

Thank jbacon84
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

I've been here a few times with friends and with my boyfriend. Every time we go the food is absolutely delicious! The only drawback is the line, we always go there with a second choice in mind because the line is usually pretty long. If you are going to go here, go early, like when they open, or be prepared... More 

1 Thank dkppunk
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

in San Diego Southpark, laid-back atmosphere, very friendly waitress, good breakfast, the best pancakes ever :-)

Thank Ninscha
Monterey Peninsula, California
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30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

We've been coming to this spot for years. When we come into town, it's a must stop on our list. We go back and forth between the North Park location and the Mission Beach spot. Coffee is good, dark and strong. That's a must for me, and they never disappoint. Always the same, and worth every drop. Pancakes are off... More 

1 Thank C-Note831
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37 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Putting that bread in my mouth gave me a moment of panic. There is no way this is Gluten Free I thought. I double checked with the waitress and she just smiled and told me a lot of people who had been gf for a long time had that reaction. To order french toast and have it be gf and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-220-8992

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget


Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?