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Hill Street Cafe

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524 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Oceanside, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 3, 2016 via mobile

We waited over an hour, and got food that was worse than fast food. The spaghetti sauce was watery and the noodles were hard. My "sauteed" mushrooms tasted like they came from a can, and were not cooked even the slightest. Conditions were also cramped.

Thank Erin R
Oceanside, California
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23 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2016

The food is usually extremely good at the Hill Street Cafe. It has a kind of birkenstock atmosphere, a small joint with outside tables as well as lots of 2 seaters, 4 seaters and upstairs room for larger groups. They are good with tofu and the like as well as more traditional items. They stick with mainly organic wines and... More 

Thank joritten124
Oceanside, California
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016

Hill Street is a good place to get breakfast when other places aren't open yet. I've been here 3 or 4 times and the food is always fresh, if not a little bland at times. This time I had the Greek eggs with feta cheese, basil and tomato. Again, it just didn't have a feta cheesy taste and came off... More 

Thank DrConni
San Marcos, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 14, 2016

We have been to Hill Street Cafe quite a few times, and we love it. I love the homey atmosphere, the pleasant service and the food is SO GOOD! I took friends there recently ( they had never been) and now THEY are taking friends to Hill Street Café.

Thank jacquelinemperry
San Diego, California
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49 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 16, 2016

My husband and I have been here a few times. The food is good quality, freshly prepared, but on the expensive side. Portions are small, not enough to fill you up. Quaint location in an old house.

Thank Jessica F
Murrieta, California
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487 reviews
150 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 30, 2016

We were at the beach in Carlsbad and used Happy Cow to find a place nearby for a vegetarian dinner. The Hill Street Cafe is in an old house and they make good use of space by placing tables around the enclosed porch and outside. There was a band playing when we ate there which was pretty good but loud.... More 

Thank Alexandra T
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 15, 2016

Mostly a vegetarian menu. Lentil soup, many salads. Vegetarian burgers.Service is slow and unpredictable.Too much talking in the service bar..

Thank Ben M
Palm Springs, California
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58 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2016

Just okay. Staff not terribly attentive or interested. A child was allowed to bang on the piano, so it was not a great experience.

Thank misstweed47
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109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 22, 2016

We finally made out three visit minimum in order to post this review. First was with our vegan son and wife for brunch; then my wife and I got breakfast and a late lunch. Parking can be a problem. There is a very small spot behind the restaurant or on 101. Don't park on the south-side of the building. It's... More 

Thank trafdlo
Haiku, Hawaii
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 20, 2015

Great food, service and atmosphere. Our first time and we will be back to try dinner. We were attracted to the old yellow Victorian house. Glad we took the chance and stopped in.

Thank Daniel B

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 524 S. Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
  • Phone Number: 760-966-0985

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