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Perry's Cafe

American, Cafe, Diner
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475 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020-3606
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 2:00 pm
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El Cajon, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We have been going to Perry's for 15 years. They have been a go to for breakfast for us for years. In my opinion, some of the best hashbrowns and their spinach frittata with ham and tomatoes is delish :) My kids fight over the blueberry muffins there....it's the little things right! Reasonably priced and the staff is wonderful!

Thank Amanda L
McAllen, Texas
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I'm staying close by and decided this is my favorite breakfast spot. Lasr week I had the prime rib breakfast. $14.95 for a nice size prime rib, eggs, potatoes, and biscuit. Today strawberry pancakes (pictured). The pancakes had strawberries rolled inside anf on top. Service is great even though I came in just as a rush started. Definitely a got... More 

Thank Donna B
Phoenix, Arizona
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31 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great, wonderful, satisfying breakfast restaurant! Don't judge a book by its cover, the exteriors a little rough but the food is outstanding. My wife had the frittata and I had the pancakes. Absolutely amazingly good! Fantastic service and the coffee is the BEST! This is well worth the stop either in El Cajon one near downtown. Take the chance you... More 

Thank PKN_12
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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43 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

I had one of thebest breakfasts I've ever had here. The portion was huge and the price was great. I felt like family there, they made us feel very welcome! Definitely recommend if you want a great breakfast with a family atmosphere!

Thank wafflish
Oceanside, California
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64 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

Perry's Café is a wonderful, delightful, satisfying homage to an era when America was optimistic, gregarious and cared about community rather than individualism and divisiveness. I love the 50's. Rock and Roll, Exuberance, Passion... and greasy spoon diners!!! Look, we're never going to get the chance to go back in time... unless Doc Brown's invention exists and we get into... More 

Thank Mark D
San Diego, California
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627 reviews
238 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 414 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

American comfort food at a good price and favored by locals. Staff is friendly, service is quick and the food is good. What's not to like.

Thank Walker S
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016

Stopped by Perry;s on our way to golf course for breakfast after reading the reviews on it. It was saturday morning, and the place was busy but we were quickly seated, and the food was great. They offer a great selection of a standard American breakfast, but also offer a nice Mexican twist on many of the dishes. Great service!... More 

Thank hclanton1
San Diego, California
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57 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

This is a simple breakfast and brunch house with plenty of choices and yummy food. I have been to Perry's so many times over the years that I can't count! Locals are aplenty, and many of the staff have been there for years! The week-ends are pretty busy so either get there early or mid morning so you don't wait... More 

Thank Karen-Kasey R
El Cajon, California
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48 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015

This is such a great breakfast lunch restaurant! My family has been going for years! We have always gotten the F-4. And, one waitress remembers that! It's so big my husband and I split it! Their gravy & salsa is so good! My brother has a stool he occupies everyday! Lot's fans!

Thank Cbarbie2000
Las Vegas
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We stayed at the hotel next door and ate here all 3 days we were here. Excellent service and very friendly staff. Food was great and plentiful. Price value was excellent and a very nice atmosphere too. Just had breakfast all 3 days but their lunch menu looks just as good. Decided when we come back for another extended weekend,... More 

Thank DRB_LV

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
6:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 475 N Magnolia Ave, El Cajon, CA 92020-3606
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  El Cajon
  • Phone Number: 619-440-5724

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?