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The Mission

#172 of 3,739 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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El Cajon, California
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

One of my favorite places for breakfast. You can expect a bit of a wait especially if you go after 9:30 or 10 am. My favorite is the strawberry granola pancakes...delish bacon and their rosemary potatoes are bomb.

Thank Amanda L
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had a great breakfast at The Mission, enjoying the sweet pancakes and the Mexican breakfast. Food was good, the location central, but be there early - long queues awaiting!

Thank Matthias W
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016 via mobile

Been at the mission with my family It is a highly demanded place, if you attend on weekends or holidays You Will have to wait I cannot eat gluten so it is great when you find several gluten free options Recommended for breakfast!

Thank Nicolas M
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2016

I love going to The Mission! the food is amazing and I'm really not exaggerating. The lines are long all the time even if you come in early thinking you're going to beat the line you're met with like-minded people. Either way I believe the food is worth the wait. If you're in San Diego and around North Park area... More 

Thank Evelyn M
Houston, Texas, United States
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33 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2016

Make sure to bring a big appetite with you. Portions are very generous, staff very curteous and attentive, very popular place so be ready to wait a few minutes to be seated.

Thank Atef Z
Livermore, California
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37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2016

We visited The Mission Restaurant in North Park (University Ave) on a Saturday morning. Parking was tight and there was a wait but the food was outstanding. Some excellent choices for breakfast, healthy with variety and not the usual bacon and eggs (although you can get them). Prices were reasonable, portions were generous, and service was speedy and friendly.

Thank mfmccart
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2016 via mobile

Brunching - is my favorite. We came back twice because their brunch was so delicious! Hubs had the chilaquiles and I had the chicken sausage with eggs the first go around. Both were delicious and great portions. We got to hang out and watch the locals while sipping our mimosa/manmosas. Second time, I had the rancheros verde and ohmigawwwwww my... More 

Thank Ayano N
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2016

Its not the food or service here that did it for me but the ambiance. We have eaten here more than once and always enjoy it. The patrons like the wait staff are an eclectic lot and very pleasant. The University area of San Digeo is exactly what you would expect from a San Diego university area. Climate always beautiful,... More 

Thank Peter K
Egham, United Kingdom
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249 reviews
168 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

I have to say although it is a breakfast/brunch place it was the best meal I had in American in the two weeks we were there . It is a basic place but the staff were great and the food even better . It is not in the tourist area , but worth the time to find it . Wish... More 

Thank Debbie B
Chula Vista, California
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135 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

The wait was long. I had heard it was worth the wait. I ordered a hot tea and strawberry banana pancakes. The wait for the food was not long at all. The flour tasted fresh and the presentation was very clean. My pancakes were made with fresh strawberries and fresh bananas. The flavors infused richly into the batter. I wish... 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
American, Mexican, Gluten Free
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-220-8992

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