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Crest Cafe

425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
+1 619-295-2510
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good32%
  • Average9%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (9 reviews)
“butter burger” (18 reviews)
“french toast” (30 reviews)
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American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Crest has been open over 35 years and I first came here the month of opened. Tip I enjoyed today's visit while in SD. The place is reliably good and the staff is very friendly Good stop for any meal while walking around Hillcrest

Thank Skruggs
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I visited the Crest Cafe for lunch on my recent tour through the Hilllcrest neighbourhood. I was dining alone which can always be a bit awkward but the guys at the Crest took great care of me! They were charming, convivial, and made me feel...More

Thank Galen C
Reviewed October 19, 2017 via mobile

We ate here before going to the Zoo. Food was really good and reasonably priced. Had the power pancakes. They were good but had a slightly different taste due to the cottage cheese. I would recommend this restaurant.

Thank Jackie S
Reviewed October 18, 2017

Had to go and try another Triple D recommendation. Had to try their Texas Bread French Toast topped with a Creme Burlee Sauce and Fresh Strawberries. It was worth the trip, now I have to figure out how to duplicate it. What a great breakfast,...More

Thank TheoKojack
Reviewed September 3, 2017 via mobile

I really did not enjoy this restaurant. The service, while friendly enough, was not timely. I could not get our server's attention for a coffee refill or another utensil which dropped on the floor. The angus has was simply gross with huge chucks of hamburger,...More

Thank EvanPSP
Reviewed September 2, 2017 via mobile

A simple breakfast of eggs and an omelette before going to the airport. Service was excellent, neighboring diners were great and we enjoyed the well-behaved dogs with their peeps at our outdoor seat. Overall an enjoyable last meal in Southern California !

Thank Stephanie C
Reviewed August 1, 2017

Our server was very friendly and helpful picking our dishes. Very knowledgeable on menu items and neighborhood. French Toast was beyond delicious. The best burgers are the Blu burgers that are juicy and cooked perfectly with LOTS of blue cheese as the name implies. Love...More

Thank jack4888
Reviewed July 23, 2017 via mobile

Recently I have enjoyed breakfast/brunch dishes at the Crest. Honors go to the three-raisin French Toast, made with the wonderful bread from Bread & Cie. Sweet, tender, moist even before adding syrup, it is a treat. The Belgian waffle--a bit over cooked--not as satisfying. The...More

Thank Ken H
Reviewed July 21, 2017

We had party of five, in this rather cozy and unpretentious place in the Hillcrest neighborhood. The menu was varied, and it would be hard to not find something that didn't suit you. Some opted for breakfast, others lunch. I had the catfish po-boy, which...More

Reviewed April 19, 2017

Breakfast does not have to be fancy - it has to be good. And this place, though small and often crowded makes a mean breakfast! My husband and I have been here many times and they never fail to deliver. Plenty to choose from with...More

Thank Lisa J
Johnathan H, Public Relations Manager at Crest Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded May 5, 2017

Lisa, thanks so much for the great review! Hope to see you again soon!

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
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: +1 619-295-2510
Family owned and operated since 1982, Crest Cafe is a San Diego favorite known for delicious, hearty, healthy comfort food!
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