We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
Want the lowest hotel prices? You're in the right place. We check 200+ sites for you.

The Mission

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
1250 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
+1 619-232-7662
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
More Info
Add Photo Write a Review

286 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
  • More
Showing 273: English reviews
Level Contributor
75 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

The walk and the surrounding area is a bit daunting, but SO glad we went! Wonderful, filling breakfasts! Many gluten free options. The french toast was awesome. We had to wait about 20 minutes, but well worth it!

Thank ak_kimby
Shanghai Region, China
Level Contributor
56 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 7, 2017

We walked from our hotel and while there were numerous homeless people, that is just a part of downtown San Diego. We met a friend who is local who suggested it and we loved the place. We arrived at 9am on Saturday and managed to get there before the morning crowd. GOOD - Fast friendly service - Large portions -... More 

Thank slieder
New Hope
Level Contributor
72 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 4, 2017

Walked to the mission from my hotel. A few interesting characters were encountered on the way. Arrived early on Sunday so got a table immediately. Had a Mexican style breakfast and coffee. The coffee was really good! The breakfast on both visits was fantastic. This is one of those hidden gems of San Diego. No wonder this place fills up... More 

Thank Janis M
Bridgeport, Texas
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 30, 2016 via mobile

Awesome breakfast and worth a short wait! Our party and the French toast and pancakes and subbed potatoes as a side. Presentation was a nice surprise! It deserves the high ratings!

Thank Julie G
Hopkinton NH
Level Contributor
280 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 10, 2016 via mobile

Walk up or drive by and you might steer clear of this place if not for its stellar ratings. But grin and bear with it; the interior is cozy and inviting, and the experience continues from there. I came on a Saturday morning expecting a crowd but finding none. The service was prompt and very friendly. Despite an extensive coffee... More 

1 Thank jmasci
Las Vegas, Nevada
Level Contributor
352 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2016 via mobile

Although our wait to get into The Mission was a tad lengthier than I would have preferred, that inconvenience was no fault of the restaurant. They are providing great breakfast options, and we did foolishly go there on Mother's Day. But even that made me feel good to see many mothers getting treated well on their special day. With tasty... More 

Thank orange-u-tall
Phoenix, Arizona
Level Contributor
194 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 12, 2016 via mobile

Spent a weekend in San Diego. Went to the Mission for breakfast on Saturday. Great spot! Fast and friendly service. Good coffee as well. For an entree, you have to try the "Papas Locos" (sp?). They are fantastic! Well seasoned and plenty to eat. A must try. The blueberry corn cakes are excellent as well. Give them a shot as... More 

Thank catlaw98
Level Contributor
8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 10, 2016

We have family that lives in San Diego and ever since finding this place we go every morning we are in town. The staff are wonderful and the food is to die for! Go early because it does get busy and it's fairly small in there. The portion sizes and variety of food is top notch. Definitely a must if... More 

Thank eastonmommy
San Diego, California
Level Contributor
30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

My fiancé and I had a great Sunday morning breakfast here. There was already a wait around 9am, but the line moved very quickly. Definitely was worth the wait. Try to Verde Rancheros or Papas Locos with eggs.

Thank mikaylashea
Level Contributor
60 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2016 via mobile

Go early or wait in line. In a bit of a sketchy neighborhood but thats downtown san diego. The food is so good and worth the wait. Love breakfast here. Service is good. Dog friendly patio. Would always return.

Thank BarbS1213

Travelers who viewed The Mission also viewed


Been to The Mission? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing
Improve this listing

Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Mexican, American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1250 J Street, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-232-7662

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from The Mission staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?