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3088 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5841
+1 619-557-0173
8:30 am - 12:00 am
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 12:00 am
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Seattle, Washington
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128 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2016

I don't drink coffee...yeah, I'm THAT guy. But I visit this place when I visit SD for the hot chocolate. Not cloyingly sweet, well balanced, great chocolate flavor. it's not a kiddie coco at all. And the shop is cool. Now go!

Thank seattlepat2015
San Diego, California
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43 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 10, 2016

I love coming here because it is so different then your very predictable and very loud cafes. I have never eaten here so I can't recommend the food, but it is a charming spot in Bankers Hill to come to for an espresso or glass of wine.

Thank LaJolla3160
Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
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307 reviews
186 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 2, 2016

This has almost everything you'd want in a cafe: coffee that's not too dark and not too light, tea selection, seating at tables indoor and out on the sidewalk, big windows for people watching, internet access, and good service. The only thing I missed was morning pastries on the particular Sunday morning I went there. I don't know whether this... More 

Thank BeastiePV
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 1, 2016 via mobile

Good tea selection, but the place is not very clean and wayyy overpriced. Owner is super nice and has the heart in the right place.

Thank Domsynowiec
Tucson, Arizona
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41 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 22, 2016

Cafe Bassam has many choices in loose teas. The wait staff is very pleasant and helpful in the selection of the customer beverages. I enjoyed a Japanese green cherry tea. Unfortunately, they do not have any gluten-free snacks or desserts to go with the eclectic collection of coffees and teas. My other concern is the lack of comfortable seating for... More 

Thank Karen Ferguson T
San Diego, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

My favorite spot in S.Diego/Hillcrest. Friendly staff, very good coffee and service. This place is always very quiet and relaxing, even when its busy.

Thank Bob R
Las Vegas, Nevada
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 26, 2016

I ordered 4 coffees, two were custom orders and they were very happy to accommodate my request. They were perfect!! The vibe of this shop was cool, had a lot of interesting paintings and art on the walls. I was sorry I wasn't going to have time to stop by in the evening; if I lived in San Diego I'd... More 

Thank Donna W
San Diego, California
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9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

The vibe of this place is very unique, casual, and somewhat intimate. The cafe has indoor and outdoor seating. The indoor seating appears a little cluttered but this adds to its 'antique shop' appearance. Antique valuables are placed in various parts of the cafe. Some of the music I've heard here reminds me of 1930s-40's Italian music (think of Luciana... More 

Thank gdubblo7
San Diego, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 20, 2016

Such a beautiful place to enjoy a great cup of coffee or tea. Limited food menu, but very tasty nonetheless! Take a book or your favorite friends and enjoy an afternoon drinking tea or coffee in an absolutely beautiful place.

Thank Virginia V
Los Angeles, California, United States
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130 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 1, 2015

Tons of plugs, tons of seating, super-fast wifi and great coffee and tea selections. We thought the food items were a bit pricey and there are no pastries, but other than that it's one of our favorite places to work/ hang in all of SD!

Thank MrandMrsAdventure

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
8:30 am - 12:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3088 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-5841
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-557-0173

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