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“Nice place in El Cajon” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Downtown Cafe Bar & Grill

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Downtown Cafe Bar & Grill
182 E Main St, El Cajon, CA 92020-3910
619-440-5687
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Ranked #30 of 291 Restaurants in El Cajon
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Carlsbad, California
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109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
“Nice place in El Cajon”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

We had a group of nearly 30 folks for lunch on Saturday at the Downtown Cafe in El Cajon. The place is locally famous for good food and friendly service. We had both. Our tastes and luncheon choices covered just about most of the available menu items and I didn't hear one complaint regarding the food or service. The waitresses were courteous, friendly and very efficient in handling our large group. The entrees arrived in short order and the portions were all generous. The only minor complaint I might voice was that my seared Ahi salad as just a little more than seared and done more than I would have preferred, but all in all it was a very satisfactory experience. They have a full bar and large outdoor patio area. Prices are very reasonable.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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San Diego, California, United States
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49 reviews 49 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
“Can Be A Fun Place But Food Is Just Average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

When the city of El Cajon has a band playing outside across the street you can sit outside overlooking it in front of this place. They also have bands in their outdoor area frequently. The food is American and pretty average.

Visited June 2012
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San Diego
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“great place to eat”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2010

The food is fantistic and the staff are attentive. But expect to spend over 60 bucks.

    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Southern CA
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24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 11 cities Reviews in 11 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great Blues Bands”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2009

This restaurant has a good location, a really cool bar and great music and dancing in the outdoor dining area. The food is Ok, the servers at the bar tend to be a bit unfriendly and ignor customers, it's too bad because it has the potential to be a really great local bar.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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