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Crest Cafe

#167 of 3,739 Restaurants in San Diego
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425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 12:00 am
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Coral Springs, Florida
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1,784 reviews
947 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 574 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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.

Thank 387indy
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW 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

Thank Marbella E
Fort Worth, Texas
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

PAY CASH!! Don't trust them with a debit/credit card!! Went for a nice dinner but at the end the girl took our debit card to pay. Our alerts started going off on phone. We asked her how many times she ran it and she said once but had an issue (she lied)! When we went home and looked at our... More 

Thank layzh
California Desert, California
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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.

Thank Mariahsa
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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 

Thank Obi Nnajiuba
El Cajon, California
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70 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank Don C
redlands california
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227 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 155 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago 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.

Thank jwwcpa
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.

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 

Valparaiso, Indiana
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41 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016

Had a great brunch here with the family. Had the Butter burger - very juicy and tasty! My S.O. had the chicken hash and said it was perfect!

Thank John V
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

John, We love the feedback. Thank you so much for coming in recently with your family! Glad you enjoyed your meal and we look forward to seeing you all again very soon! Sincerely, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Well delicious went here because it was previewed on Guy's Diner drive ins n dives go hungry it was massive but was very good

Thank Jacqueline Z
Cecelia M, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Jacqueline, We appreciate your feedback. Glad to hear you enjoyed every bit of your recent meal! We can't wait to see you again very soon in the future. Best, Cecelia from Crest Cafe More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$5 - $30
American, Cafe, Mexican
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
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
7:00 am - 12:00 am
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
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?