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Shirleys Kitchen

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7118 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
+1 619-466-9295
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

A small cafe that serves breakfast and lunch. Parking lot was small and there is street work so no parking in front. Patrons are warned not to utilize the lot next door or their vehicles would be towed. Prices are average for breakfast ranging on average $9.49. I had the eggs, sausage and waffle which were good while husband ordered... More 

Thank 537darlenem
San Diego, California
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261 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2016 via mobile

If you want a cheap meal served with a quickness, this should be your spot. I feel like I had no sooner finished placing my order with, "and a coffee to drink" than the food materialized on the table in front of us. They must have some line cooks with some mad skills working that kitchen. Let me step back.... More 

Thank Jessica S
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10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 16, 2015

This is a great neighborhood café for breakfast or lunch. It has some fantastic specials, their fish taco Fridays is a great lunch item. Staff is friendly, food is good, and the coffee is hot...what more do you need.

Thank K T
Houston, Texas
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150 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2015 via mobile

I understand why everyone gives Shirley's good reviews. The staff are very nice and they keep any eye on you. Your coffee will not run low. I had the ham steak and eggs. Yum. Eggs cooked perfectly. Hash browns nice and crispy. Ham was thick and juicy. Price is good. The place is not fancy, more like an old diner

Thank michaelluna
Spring Valley, California
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

This is your classic home cooking with great portions, great prices and food with FLAVOR! For example I love potato salad but everywhere I have been it is always "safe" which means bland in my opinion. This is the first potato salad I have eaten in memory that had flavor. My honey' pot pie puts Marie Calendars to shame. Great... More 

1 Thank rjm2090
San Diego
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 14, 2013

Went based on other reviews. Loved this place-very local. Mix of classic American and Mexican dishes. Awesome 'real' service, the kind you get from long tome servers/ owners--not min wage, just passing through, types. Why would anyone go to the chains (Denny's, CoCos)? We called to see how busy they were on Mother's Day and they said they would hold... More 

1 Thank RKHosey
Yuma, Arizona
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311 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2013

04/15/13 N 32 45.300 W 117 02.742 On our way back to Yuma,Az. We stopped in La Mesa,Ca. At Shirleys Kitchen for breakfest. What a find. Its a little neighbor cafe where they know the names of most of the people that come in. It is nice and clean, the price is right and the service is GOOD. The food... More 

Thank Emry L
San Diego, California
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84 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

I had another comfort food attack this morning. I was driving around doing a bunch of errands before we set off on a major 27 day cruise from San Diego to England. By chance I drove down a bit of a sketchy stretch of University Avenue in East San Diego just beyond 70th when I spied Shirley’s Kitchen. I had... More 

Thank William J
Pine Mountain, Georgia
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47 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2012

Shirley's is a homestyle diner with some of the best food we had during in a week's visit to San Diego. It has an enthusiastic local following, and now we know why. We came in for breakfast on a weekday, and were immediately greeted and seated by a friendly waiter as if we were family. The menu is diverse -... More 

Thank Lemurcatta
Columbia, MO USA
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53 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 30, 2012

Good prices, great service and the food was excellent.

Thank Gailmo

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 7118 University Ave, La Mesa, CA 91941
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  La Mesa
  • Phone Number: +1 619-466-9295

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