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Crest Cafe

#175 of 3,738 Restaurants in San Diego
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425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
6192952510
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7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Saw this on an episode of Diners Drive-Ins and Dives, so we thought, why not try a place that's already been reviewed, while knowing the food would be good! Great burger, and our waiter was friendly and helpful! We didn't have a hotel booked for the area, and he gave us suggestions!

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Thank Mary K
San Diego, United States
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great comfort food items and daily specials. For the onion lover, the beer battered onion loaf is always a hit for starters and an all time favorite. Pictured here is a hash special, and wad really good.

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Thank Jon R
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Jon, thanks so much for coming in. We are thrilled that you enjoyed the food and hope you'll be back soon. Try the butter burger next time! More 

Singapore, Singapore
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Crest Cafe is a highly recommended joint for breakfast in San Diego. It offers a full menu and not only breakfast stuff which is great for us! We ordered the Not Your Grandmas Pot Pie ($11) and Chicken and Waffles ($11) that morning. If you only have 1 choice, definitely go for the Chicken & Waffles. The chicken was tender... More 

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Thank 2bearbearSG
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review! We have to agree with you, the chicken and waffles are kind of hard to beat! More 

Coral Springs, Florida
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1,923 reviews
1,034 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 619 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The outside walls are decorated with neon signs and a vibrant mural of a large elephant. To me that says stay away. Inside the menu says treats in store. The staff is very good, I had black coffee and a Cabo quesadilla. More food than one person should eat, I enjoyed every bite I could.

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Thank 387indy
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Glad to hear you loved our food. Be sure to stop in for some of our other great menu treats! More 

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24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

This is a terrific place for breakfast. It is reasonably priced & they don't skimp on the portions. It's a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. My son and I shared the meat lover's omelet & my husband had the chicken and waffles. The apple juice was fresh squeezed & everything tasted wonderful. I highly recommend this place

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Thank Marbella E
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for sharing Marbella. We couldn't be happier that you enjoyed your emal and we hope to see you and the family back soon. More 

California Desert, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place and I have to say it was pretty lucky for us. The food was great. It came fast and out waiter was super friendly. I would definitively recommend this for anyone in the area of Hillcrest looking for hearty breakfast.

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Thank Mariahsa
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you Mariahsa! We are always happy to hear about our customers great experiences and we hope you'll be back soon! More 

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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

I'm a big 'Diners, Drive-ins and Dives' fan from the UK. So when I knew I was coming to San Diego I knew I had to check out this place which was featured on the show. It didn't disappoint. I ordered a big Cuban breakfast sandwich and a butter burger (for breakfast!). Butter Burger is very rich but juicy and... More 

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Thank Obi Nnajiuba
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in Obi! The Butter Burger is one of our favorites too. We hope you stop by and see us again on your next visit! More 

El Cajon, California
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73 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2016

We have had breakfast here many times over the years, and it was always good. This time I stopped for lunch. I had the Chicago hotdog and fries. It came on a toasted pretzel bun, smothered in chopped tomato, onion and dill pickle. There was so much that I couldn't pick it up and eat it. I had to use... More 

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Thank Don C
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Don, thank you for taking the time to write your review. Now all you have to do is stop by for dinner and you'll have completed the trifecta! More 

redlands california
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380 reviews
230 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Still our "go to" place for breakfast in Hillcrest. My favorite are the breakfast enchiladas. Wife enjoyed pastrami hash from the new menu. Love the dog friendly outside seating. Locals place with exemplary service.

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Thank jwwcpa
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the great review! We're happy to hear you're enjoying the new menu items and hope to see you back soon. More 

Chandler, Arizona
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35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016 via mobile

The Crest Cafe is a bustling local spot in Hillcrest. The yummy pancakes had crumbled bacon mixed right in the batter - Brilliant! Good coffee. Good service.

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Thank Carol S
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Carol, Thank you for the wonderful feedback! I'm so glad you enjoyed every bit of your recent visit with us. I especially love hearing that you love our wonderful pancakes. Our team looks forward to seeing you again very soon! Best, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $30
Cuisine
American, Cafe, Mexican
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Monday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Thursday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Friday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Saturday
7:00 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 6192952510
Description
Family owned and operated since 1982, Crest Cafe is a San Diego favorite known for delicious, hearty, healthy comfort food!

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