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The Mission

#110 of 3,954 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Mexican, American
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2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
619-220-8992
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 186
    Excellent
  • 82
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
The ambiance gets me here.

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Peter K
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33 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Peter K
Egham, United Kingdom
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199 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 

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Thank Debbie B
Chula Vista, California
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111 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 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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Thank hac0y7
El Paso, TX
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36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2015

We were introduced to this restaurant about 8 years ago and it NEVER disappoints. We come here every time we visit and they are consistently great. Service is fast and friendly - our coffee cup was never empty. Food is delicious! On this trip we ordered the french toast and added two eggs, and bacon to the order. It was... More 

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1 Thank Hilda1828
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015 via mobile

Eat here for breakfast at least once if visiting San Diego. Not a huge tourist place, mostly locals and delicious.

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1 Thank dansworld99
Bristol, Rhode Island
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2015 via mobile

On our way to the zoo we stopped here for breakfast. The french toast had to be one of the best I ever had. We had about 15 min wait to be seated. Servers were very attentive. Water and coffee never got empty and refilled at least 2 times each. Food came out quickly and was so delicious. Thanks for... More 

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1 Thank bribeer
Milwaukee
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49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015 via mobile

Breakfast was great. A short wait on a Saturday morning. Great pumpkin latte. Small tables. Intimate seating. Give it a try.

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Thank DWeso
Houston, Texas, United States
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35 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2015 via mobile

The only bad thing about this place is that it's nearly impossible to choose what to order. My friend and I split banana granola pancakes and the chilaquiles. Both were amazing. The coffee was plentiful and delicious. I had a mechelada which was also fantastic. The service was stellar. The place is adorable. Honestly if there wasn't so much amazing... More 

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Thank Allison T
novato, ca
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196 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Not your traditional breakfast foods, a little different menu - but trust me, the offerings are delicious. Ate here twice on our visit to Mission Bay. pancakes, French Toast the best I have ever had. Clean and good service as well.

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Thank lane t
Vicksburg, Mississippi
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62 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2015 via mobile

Ate here on my last day in San Diego and got food really quickly--less than 5 minutes after ordering, though restaurant was only about 1/3 to 1/2 full when I arrived. Had the breakfast burrito with beans, eggs, and potatoes. Definitely good but nothing super special, though very filling (it came with chips and salsa on the side too). Got... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: 619-220-8992

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10
  • Cuisine: Mexican, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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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?