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The Mission

#233 of 3,875 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2904
+1 619-220-8992
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Caught up with an old friend for lunch here on a Wednesday. I had the house quesadilla - very tasty! My friend had papas con chorizo (soy) and it was also great - full flavored. Most definitely worth a visit.

Thank mikeyadvises
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116 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is by far our favorite breakfast place in San Diego! They have a very varied menu-my favorite is the Homemade cinnamon bread made into French toast! My husband got Blackberry pancakes and he loved them! Our daughter got a zen. Breakfast-it is her favorite!! I highly recommend this place for a real treat that is good for your value!!

Thank RuRuStatesboro
San Diego, California
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed April 18, 2017 via mobile

Have been a fan for a while and have gone to several of their locations. My favorites are the blackberry pancakes and rosemary potatoes. Service was good and atmosphere comfortable. Always a good cup of coffee too. Only downside can be the wait during prime hours on the weekend.

Thank Dave P
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28 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017

This restaurant has several locations. This particular location has a typical diner atmosphere. The service is quick. The menu has a lot to select from. There is nice choice of Latino food as well. I ordered the RANCHEROS VERDE (Fresh flour tortillas with eggs over medium, black beans, cheese & roasted chile verde sauce). I would order it again. It... More 

Thank DeAnna S
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15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 15, 2017 via mobile

The bloody Mary is quite spicy as they add horseradish for spice. Pretty good but I could not finish it. Good food, wasn't amazing, but if you're in the area! Definitely vegetarian and gluten free friendly.

Thank Camille R
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155 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed December 19, 2016

Went on a weekday morning, plenty of tables available. The breakfast croissant were ordinary. The scrambled eggs didn't have much taste or seasonings, and barely had any scallops or tomatoes. Only had one bite with cheese in it. My partner had the toasted granola in yogurt with fruits. The granola was similar to what I would find in a grocery... More 

Thank livend
Kalispell, Montana
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125 reviews
117 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed November 30, 2016

I am just casual visitor from Montana. I keep coming back to The Mission for their quality food cooked the proper way. Love their fresh squeezed orange juice. An item not available where i live. Service is very good, but when the place is full, things can back up. Early breakfasts were my needs. Plenty of good fresh food without... More 

Thank sullivan1212
San Diego, California
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50 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed November 1, 2016

There isn't anything bad about the place. But if you listen to others rave about it, you expect a big 'wow'. I thought it was over-rated, and have each time I have eaten there (4x total). I had the Mission French Toast and a side order of scrambled eggs and bacon. There was a lot of thick bread, which is... More 

Thank GloriaMaria0403
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198 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed October 18, 2016

Very good spot for big breakfast! You can eat outside or inside. Very good mexican cooking. Good quality of service

Thank Ast987
San Diego, California
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

Some people LOVE this place and I often take visiting guests. They are known far and wide for friendly, local favorites. My only reason for not giving the 5 stars is because I think their coffee is too strong, but that's just me - I've been with people who go there solely for their coffee.

Thank Raquel L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine
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 92104-2904
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-220-8992

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