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3003 Grape St, San Diego, CA 92102
(619) 234-5789
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7:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 48
    Excellent
  • 18
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
A Flash of the Past, and BIG portions

We love our ionic restaurant in the heart of South Park. Owned by Judy the Beauty - this place has seen the test of time. Good, hearty breakfast, no skimpy portions, lots of love. Lines are long, people are friendly, place is larger than it looks and serves cash only!

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 26, 2015
Jdicarlowagner
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San Diego, California
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San Diego, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2015

Great food and atmosphere. The waitresses are fun to talk to and the food is great. I like strong coffee and this is the place to find it. They served fresh squeeze orange juice, too, which I really appreciate. I always order their waffle and eggs (so delicious and yummy).

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Thank Laurna W
London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

This place is a gem in so many ways, the feel and attention is well intended grandmotherly love. The place needs serious renovation and the food is really bad. Very big portions of low quality food.

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San Diego, California
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90 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

We love our ionic restaurant in the heart of South Park. Owned by Judy the Beauty - this place has seen the test of time. Good, hearty breakfast, no skimpy portions, lots of love. Lines are long, people are friendly, place is larger than it looks and serves cash only!

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Thank Jdicarlowagner
Florida
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58 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

We at breakfast outside on a beautiful day. The food is fresh and plentiful and the server good. I enjoyed the owner of 35 years, who still works with all aspects, including serving!!!

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Thank artonthego
Oakland, California
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

A visit to Judy the Beauty at Big Kitchen is a must when visiting San Diego. Judy and her staff are attentive and generous as are the portions!! Don't leave without trying the coffee cake.

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Thank Jim B
jusserchn
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26 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015 via mobile

We decided to visit the Big Kitchen with our 2 boys. Boy the place was packed! After a 20 minute wait we were seated. The dinning room isn't very large, but the staff accommodated us the best they could. The potatoes are very tasty and the orange juice was freshly squeezed. Prices are on the high side for breakfast. The... More 

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Thank jusserchn
Encinitas, California
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137 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

Judy the beauty on duty owns this unique restaurant. Lot's of actors/actresses have worked here including Woopie Goldberg. They have large breakfasts such as egg dishes, pancakes, most delicious oatmeal, and much more. Lots of variety, fun place to visit, not fast food, more for relaxing, people watching, and chatting with friends and family.

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Thank looski
Alexandria, Virginia
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28 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We found this place by chance while we were staying in nearby Sherman Heights. Sitting out on the sidewalk, we enjoyed the fresh selections provided here for breakfast. The service was good and very friendly. The real joy of going here however is meeting Judy (The Beauty), who owns the restaurant. She greets everyone with a smile and engaging conversation.... More 

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Thank azpuru
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 via mobile

Good good, well seasoned potatoes. Condiment containers made me think twice about putting ketchup on my food (so i didn't) updated tableware/tablecloths would definitely make it feel a little cleaner. Food wise though it was great!

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Thank Stephanie S
San Diego, CA
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56 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

Found this unique cafe through Trip Advisor search. It has an old school decor of photos, many autographed, pinned to the walls. The photos have yellowed and curled with age. Being an old guy, I can appreciate the 70's style photography. Brings back great memories. They even have a foot tall stuffed Opus wearing a blue and orange striped tie...just... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 3003 Grape St, San Diego, CA 92102
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (619) 234-5789

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 2:30 pm

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