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Cafe La Maze

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1441 Highland Ave, National City, CA 91950-4623
(619) 474-5057
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Vacationing in the area and the hotel manager recommended Cafe la Maze for dinner. The prime rib was excellent and my husband's crab legs were delicious. An awesome atmosphere and classic looking with old movie star pics on the the walls. Parking can be a challenge, but worth it once you get in.

Thank AZ_Teddybear
Columbus, North Carolina
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152 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2016

Food was ok, nothing really stood out to remember. Drinks were average. Salad appeared to come from a bag. I liked the decor. The red button seats were old school and interesting. Wait staff were friendly. Pricey for the quality of food. I would not recommend this place for food but for the history.

Thank Pat72012
San Diego, California
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2016

DO NOT GO THERE!!! I'd give less than one star if able. We tried to give this place a chance, but BIG mistake. If mediocrity is what you're after, this place won't disappoint. Otherwise, expect subpar food and service...not to mention, their questionable billing practices. Since when are children counted in the > 6 for automatic gratuity applied?!?

Thank villaronica
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2016 via mobile

We ate here Interior decorating is old funky Food expensive Prime rib aweful Drinks were very expensive too Service was slow Dinner came cold Don't eat here

Thank Roiann B
Chula Vista, California
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131 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

The prime rib dinner was excellent though a little pricey. The décor is from the 50s and could use an update. It is rather dark inside. Plenty of parking. Service is very good and friendly.

Thank DALE S
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2016

This was the worst dining experience I've ever had. I wrote the management the following letter and left 2 phone messages and not 1 response. Here's the letter... This email is in regards to last night's dinner on May 23rd.First of all I would like to apologize because my criticism may have caused one of the servers to cry. Also,... More 

Thank fredsplayland
Alpine, California
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165 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2016

I was born and raised here in National City. I hate to say I had never eaten here before....I missed out! My wife and I tried to stop here once before but it was closed. We had both heard such nice things about this place that we planned on coming back. She has to work on Sunday (Valentines day) so... More 

Thank 10ringtraveler
New Jersey
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155 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016 via mobile

The French Dip sandwich was ok but I had to remove a lot of fat before I could eat it. For alll the rave reviews I expected a lot more. I didn't find this to be 'Old Hollywood' at all, it was just old, dark, and depressing inside. The highlight was the service but I won't be returning even for... More 

Thank HaveWineWilTravel
San Diego, California
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72 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

This is a spot in very far south in California that offers guests a feel of 1930-1940 Hollywood with great pictures of stars of the era looking down on you while your dining on some of the best food in San Diego County. Also during Prohibition the upstairs served as a great speak easy for the Hollywood set. Smuggling booze... More 

Thank Jerry B
Chula Vista, California
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161 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2015

Really good selecting of food and always prepared well. The service is really friendly and the prices are very reasonable. The steaks are always very tasty.

Thank ABF49ER

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1441 Highland Ave, National City, CA 91950-4623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  National City
  • Phone Number: (619) 474-5057

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