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416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116 (Between 4th & 5th)
+1 619-298-2010
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had the most awesome breakfast here. All the food was made from scratch. Real bananas in the banana pancakes, real hand cut potatoes with the omelets. The service was also great. And they had plenty of gluten-free options to

Thank Isabella H
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Everyone is very friendly! Food is tasty. My boyfriend and I shared an order of the French Toast Sampler. The mascarpone and mango stuffed french toast was my favorite! The fig stuffed was a tad bit sweet for me. The berry stuffed french toast was great as well. Out of all the Fig Tree Cafe locations, this one isn't my... More 

Thank Angelica E
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42 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

It's a lovely place with great food, I'm sure. It's just that when my husband and I went for the first time, he got a great omelet and cappuccino, but I really wanted something simple in the form of oatmeal with nuts, fruit, etc... There is nothing like that. I ordered some granola, which comes with super sweet yogurt, fruit,... More 

1 Thank Cynthia B
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016 via mobile

The food was mostly quality. The truffle potatoes were too greasy and oily to eat. The eggs benedict was very good, I just wish I hadn't paid the extra $2 for the truffle parmesan potatoes because I couldn't eat them. The coffee left something to be desired. Our server was very nice and friendly but while our wait to get... More 

Thank cjd1987
Charlotte, North Carolina
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2016

Good menu selection, friendly service, great food. They were glad to customize my omelet and cooked it perfectly.

Thank Gwen K
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016 via mobile

Better than Snooze ( which was also good ). Very accommodating. Nice patio. Tuscan benedict was really excellent.

Thank Kevin S
la mesa
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45 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

stumbled onto this place because the wait at yelp's #1 - #3 hillcrest brunch locations was too long, and this (at #4) only had a 25 minute wait. but we'll be back, for sure. we had excellent breakfast drinks, and shared two creative benedicts (lobster & crab, and short rib). service was a bit slow, but otherwise fantastic (friendly, helpful,... More 

Thank markoestreicher
Phoenix, Arizona
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65 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Go early morning and bring your appetite. The service is wonderful, it's a constant hustle by the wait staff to be certain that you are taken care of quickly and efficiently. The food menu for breakfast is extensive, with combinations sure to please almost every person. Fresh foods, not huge portions, cooked to order, our breakfast experience was no less... More 

Thank Rabbit2011
San Diego, California
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21 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Got there right as they opened and had pleasant service. Coffee was good with numerous refills. I had eggs benedict in the traditional style but they offered several alternatives. It was a solid choice and I really enjoyed the house potatoes that came with it. Side of bacon overcooked to my liking. Wife had French toast and they do specialize... More 

Thank Dave P
Los Angeles
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48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

We arrived at a Sunday at 1:00 PM. We were quoted 25 mins and after a couple minutes they asked us if we would mind a high top near the door. It was actually pretty quiet and out of the way and worked out nicely. The staff was very attentive and took our drink orders immediately. Drinks were delivered and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Vegetarian, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116
    (Between 4th & 5th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-298-2010
Fig Tree Café began in the fall of 2008 with owner Johan Engman's simple mission rooted in the creation of an inviting and genuine dining experience. Since opening the first location in Pacific Beach, Fig Tree Café planted a second restaurant in the middle of San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood at 416 University Avenue. In Hillcrest, Fig Tree Café features an urban modern open kitchen concept, enabling patrons to observe the culinary action. The eatery is easily intimate with chameleon-like characteristics. It operates as an on-the-go spot for daytime diners serving the finest breakfast, brunch, and lunch options. Playing host to the Pacific Beach crowd, the original café inhabits an old cottage with a dog-friendly patio, surrounded by a garden-like setting just off the beach-goers' beaten path. According to local lore, the flagship locale even includes an old putting green, left intact underneath the deck. The most recent branch sprouted in August 2013 in the Liberty Station development. Rustic wine barrels flank the indoor bar, made from wood which once supported stairs to the deck of Chef Alberto Morreale's home. Dining al-fresco is enjoyable on a patio built for up to 50 of Point Loma's finest folks. The mesh of necessity and creativity cultivates a warm vibe supported by honestly reclaimed décor. Each incarnation of Fig Tree Café is uniquely designed to fit the neighborhood niche and the three establishments share a commitment to using homegrown rosemary, selecting produce and eggs from a family farm in Ramona and giving back to their respective communities. Fig Tree Café's menu presents diners with the depths of California's culinary culture, serving authentic and mouthwatering dishes at reasonable neighborhood prices.

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