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Crest Cafe

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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Add Chicken or Turkey Breast, Shredded Pork or Shredded Top Sirloin $12.5
Breakfast Burrito
A large flour tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, avocado, salsa fresca & refried beans. Topped with jack cheese & sour cream.
Huevos Rancheros
Two over easy eggs placed on a corn tortilla and smothered in our spicy Spanish sauce. Served with beans, guacamole, sour cream & tortillas.
Chopped onions and tomatoes with scrambled eggs & your choice of freshly baked turkey, shredded pork, shredded top sirloin or chorizo. Served with salsa fresca, refried beans & tortillas.
Carolenas Corn Tortilla
A light breakfast of corn tortillas filled with scrambled eggs, fresh salsa, jalepeño jack cheese & avocado. Served with mango salsa.
Cabo Quesadilla
Flour tortilla stuffed with scrambled eggs, bacon, cilantro, hash browns & Monterey jack. Served with tomatillo salsa verde & sour cream.
Yucatan Tostadas
Fried corn tortillas, black bean chorizo mixture, avocado, Monterey jack & salsa fresca. Served with your choice of two eggs any style or chicken breast & a side of mango salsa.
Breakfast Enchiladas
Two corn tortillas stuffed with scrambled eggs, choice of chicken, turkey breast, shredded top sirloin or pork cushion topped with our homemade enchilada sauced. Served with refried beans.
Breakfast Tacos
With chorizo and scrambled eggs, bell peppers, onions & topped with guacamole. Served with refried beans & jicama cole slaw.
Cafe Eggs
Scrambled eggs, cheddar cheese, scallions and your choice of bacon or Canadian bacon, served in a croissant with potatoes or fresh fruit.
Veggie Breakfast Mess
Veggie chili, topped with breakfast potatoes, jalepeño cheese, salsa fresca & avocado. Served with toast.
Pastrami Hash
Pastrami, Two eggs any style atop potatoes, butternut squash, leeks & garlic. Served with fresh fruit & toast.
Artichoke and Ham Strata
Freshly baked casserole of artichokes, ham, gorgonzola, monterey jack, sourdough bread and unique blend of herbs. Served with fresh fruit.
Angus Beef Hash
Angus ground beef, sundried tomatoes, bell peppers, spinach, potatoes. Topped with two eggs any style. Served with fresh fruit & toast.
Steak or Pork Chops & Eggs
Choice top sirloin or pork chops with two eggs any style, potatoes & toast.
Morning Scrambled Sandwich
Scrambled eggs, avocado, fresh mushrooms, jack & cheddar cheeses, bacon, scallions & tomatoes on the toast of your choice with potatoes or fruit.
Eggs Benedict or Florentine
Two poached eggs, laid over an English muffin with Canadian bacon or fresh raw spinach. Topped with hollandaise sauce. Served with potatoes.
Additions $11.5
Two Eggs any Style with Potatoes & Toast
Add bacon, spicy chicken sausage link, Canadian bacon, pork sausage patties, ham or chorizo.
Tuscan Benedict
Two poached eggs atop croissant, sliced ham & asparagus. Topped with sundried tomato cream sauce with herbs. Served with potatoes.
Extra Shot
Cafe Latte
Vanilla Latte
Cafe Mocha
Mexican Hot Chocolate
Loose Hot Tea
Hot Water Setup/tea Bag Tariff
Freshly Brewed Coffee
French Toast
Three Raisin French Toast
Bread & Cie raisin bread, enriched with currants, Thompson & California golden raisins.
Apple Cinnamon French Toast
Thinly sliced Granny Smith apples, cooked in sugar & cinnamon, placed atop French toast.
Midwestern Madness
Bacon buttermilk pancakes topped with two eggs any style.
Orange Marmalade French Toast
Stuffed with a special blend of cream cheese, orange marmalade, nutmeg & cinnamon. Served with orange syrup.
Lemon Ricotta Buttermilk Pancakes
Fresh lemon zest mixed with ricotta cheese & pancake batter. Topped with fresh strawberries & bananas.
Crème Brûlée French Toast
Our thick French toast with whipped cream & fresh strawberries topped with our Crème Brûlée sauce.
Blueberry Belgian Waffle
Short Stack (2) $7.0
Full Stack (3) $9.0
Buttermilk or Honeywheat Pancakes
Classic Belgian Waffle
Each omelette or scrambler is made with four large eggs and served with your choice 2: homefries, hashbrowns, toast, tortillas, refried beans, black beans, cottage cheese or sliced roma tomatoes. Fresh fruit substitution for sides add $3.50. Toast selections: sourdough, whole wheat, rye, multigrain or English muffin. Substitute croissant for toast $1.75.
Fresh jalepeños, avocado, spicy chicken sausage & jack cheese, topped with chimichurri sauce.
Chicken Cobb
Chicken breast, avocado, bacon, tomatoes & blue cheese crumbles.
Sunrise Salmon
Fresh grilled salmon, scrambled eggs, chives, red onions & capers.
Feta Cheese, artichokes, tomatoes & spinach.
Ham, bell peppers, onions, mushrooms & cheddar cheese.
Ortega chile, salsa fresca, hot pepper jack cheese & spicy chicken sausage.
The Shrimp
Sautéed shrimp & jack cheese with your choice of Spanish or hollandaise sauce served on the side.
Meat Lovers
Chicken sausage, bacon, ham & cheddar cheese.
Robinson Avenue
Bacon, spinach and tomatoes & Swiss cheese.
Avocado, tomatoes, fresh mushrooms & jack cheese.
Homemade Granola with Sliced Banana
Cup $4.5
Bowl $7.0
Fresh Fruit
Regular or Steel Cut Oatmeal
Served with raisins & chopped walnuts.
Fresh Buttery Croissant
Home Fries/Hash Browns
Spicy Chicken or Pork Sausage
Cottage Cheese & Tomatoes
Homemade Biscuits & Sausage Gravy
Two Eggs
Served any style.
Crest Cafe is proud to be a locally owned business in San Diego, California and a long time staple of the Hillcrest area! Our family restaurant is perfect for breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert. We have been in business for over 30 years and are proud to have been featured on the Food Network! We are great for customers looking for a fast bite to eat as well as customers looking to enjoy the comfort of our space. We serve beer, wine, champagne, mimosas, and coffee. We cater and also offer online ordering and delivery. Stop in for daily food deals during the week! We validate all parking on 6th Ave for our customers.
$5 - $30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
American, Cafe
Validated Parking, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews brunch butter burger french toast creme brûlée pancakes tostada cottage cheese comfort food guy fieri drive ins very generous portions great little place menu is extensive our waiter the wait staff recommend this restaurant hillcrest
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We love the lunches at this Hillcrest establishment. The burgers are always good and the onion loaf is not-to-be-missed. We've tried their breakfasts on one occasion and were not impressed. My advice is to stick to lunch here.

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Tom R
Reviewed October 21, 2018

We stopped here pretty late, it was just after 11, and they closed at 12AM. Despite the time, we felt welcome and wee bit rushed! The server recommended the Pastrimi Rueban, and it was absolutely delicious!

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank EMM_Dallas
Reviewed September 12, 2018 via mobile

I've eaten at Crest several times over the last 20 years. I've never been impressed. It's like you often hear, you can either have good food or atmosphere but you can't have both. Well, I've always felt this place was cute but the food wasn't...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank B2576LQseano
Reviewed August 11, 2018

My husband wanted to come here for breakfast one morning on our vacation in San Diego because we saw Guy Fieri had visited on his show Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives. Honestly, this place was pretty disappointing. Their pancakes did look pretty appetizing, and I'm sure...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Paiten505
Reviewed August 6, 2018

Nice little diner for when you just want to eat something without a lot of fanfare. Great alone or with a couple of friends for informal comfort food. The breakfasts are great.

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Reecec99
Reviewed July 3, 2018

This is my ONE must visit restaurant every time I am in San Diego. I try to get to San Diego about once a year. I first ate at Crest Cafe probably close to 10 years ago. And just loved it. I love the food,...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Jenn B
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Never had opportunity to try food. My family and I were here on vacation and were very excited to try this well rated restaurant. We were made to feel as we were a bother for just walking inside. Waited for over 20 minutes and were...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank S798LZchristopherd
Reviewed June 23, 2018

Great spot for breakfast. Faustino was an amazing waiter! This place has amazing food. They also validate parking so look into that before you pay for parking. We go here again!

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank Tone M
Reviewed May 12, 2018

We stopped by here while staying at a timeshare in the neighborhood. The service was friendly and attentive, the food was decent, and the prices moderate. Our server appeared to be new as he had to ask the other server about how one item was...More

Date of visit: May 2018
Thank Steven C
Reviewed May 1, 2018 via mobile

We had to visit after the DDD show and found the menu to be very big. My husband chose pancakes and I had a tostada breakfast. Good service but it’s a small place and we were sat right on top of another couple, way too...More

Date of visit: May 2018
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