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The Mission

#168 of 3,734 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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2801 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92104-2904
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This place caught our attention as we walked past so we decided to give it a shot. Large selection on the menu, some friendly staff (our waitress was very helpful) but some looked downright miserable. Was kinda off putting seeing them walk out trying to juggle multiple drinks (maybe a tray would come in handy). Food was good, we had... More 

Thank chrsjnkns
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great breakfast of their famous Rosemary Potatoes & French toast.... Coffee us good, staff are friendly and professional.... Arrive early or wait....

Thank RSFdowser
Laguna Niguel, California
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160 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We arrived before the 7 am opening on a Saturday morning. It began to fill up around 8:15 when we left, but still no line. Looked like lots of regulars, which is always a good sign. As others have mentioned, the coffee was excellent and the server kept our cups brimming. The menu has standard breakfast items with an interesting... More 

Thank TooMuch2Do
San Jose, California
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75 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had breakfast here with a group of nine so we had a 45 minute wait but it was worth it. Their food is really, really good. I had the breakfast sandwich, which was amazing. The Michelada was also very good. It is kind of a Mexican/American breakfast joint. It is extremely busy so be prepared for a wait. Parking is... More 

Thank Sean M
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

LOVED the blackberry/ banana pancakes! Great bacon. French toast is very sweet. Great service and friendly people. Great coffee.

Thank dippie
El Cajon, California
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2016

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
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 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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37 reviews
25 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

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Dining on a budget, 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: 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?