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Richard Walker's Pancake House

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520 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101-6701
+1 619-231-7777
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:30 am - 2:30 pm
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Orange County, CA
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

If you love the Original Pancake House, you will love this place too. Great German pancake with delicious lemon, butter, powdered sugar mix to customize it yourself. I put all the yummy ingredients on it then roll it up like a burrito. We also ordered bacon, eggs, and hashbrowns with cheese. We couldn't even see the hashbrowns because they were... More 

Thank BeachGirl021
Oceanside, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

If you are not starving, you should probably share a plate! I ordered the "flight" of pancakes, which is 3 different types of pancakes of your choice. Delicious! The bacon was awesome!

Thank ctsm8
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76 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Excellent breakfast but go early Line goes all the way to the corner. Apple pancakes are famous but can feed four!!

Thank Morey L
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118 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Was close to the Marriott so I thought I would try. Stood in line for about 20 minutes. Staff was very friendly. Seating is very tight. Portions are very large, but the pancakes are small. I had the eggs Benedict and they were average. The omelettes are the way go. I would repeat if in the area agin.

Thank T O
Tucson, Arizona
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35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were lucky to visit the first time on a rainy day, so got in right away. As we were having breakfast, we could see from the closed circuit TV display a line had formed, and got up to 15 or more people long, waiting to get in. Lucky us! Food was great, service ever-present, pricing very good. Came back... More 

Thank ronapark44
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19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Expectation exceed reality. We spent 20 mins in the line. Many pancake options to decide. Excellent coffee, ham and bacon, in that order. Big omelettes. Huge serving portions. Be patient to wait for your order.

Thank Pau P
Richard W, Public Relations Manager at Richard Walker's Pancake House, responded to this review

Pau, Thank you so much for the review. We appreciate your feedback. Please come back again soon. Richard Walker More 

Ambler, Pennsylvania
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65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So many breakfast places, so few are any good. This one is great. Warm, crisp, thick cut bacon, with waffle and syrup. Yes! My wife loved her pecan pancakes. Four or five coffee fillups. A lot of So.Cal places are foremost about presentation; not here where the simple and fancy breakfast fare is solid, and worth the 25 minute wait... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have never experienced a better breakfast in my life before i met this place. Starting your day in Richard Walker's Pancake House trust me will boost your day, you will never feel tired until midnight, i mean it. For me, Crepes are better than pancakes. Pancakes can be a little bit heavy although you consume some chilled water. But... More 

Thank seyisoglu34
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47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Lunched here day we arrived from the east coast. Long lines. Worth the wait. Seated inside. Small tables, crowded, loud and wonderful. Returned early (7am) next morning.Quiter. Ordered the buckwheat pancakes (rarely does anyone have this) Exc! Omelet could have fed 3 people. Saw 2 others having the german pancake.This was the size of a radial tire.Must mention the staff.... More 

Thank David L
Richard W, Public Relations Manager at Richard Walker's Pancake House, responded to this review

David, We are so pleased to read you had a wonderful lunch at Richard Walker's. Please come back again for more buckwheat pancakes. The German Pancake is quite sizeable. Thank you, Richard Walker More 

Zurrieq, Malta
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Was in San Diego for only 2 nights on our honeymoon and were looking forward to try as many different places as possible on our short stay. Wasn't the case for our breakfast place of choice. Chose Richard Walker's based on the very good reviews on Trip Advisor and decided to wait despite the long line (line of approx. 20... More 

Thank KS21284
Richard W, Public Relations Manager at Richard Walker's Pancake House, responded to this review

Hi, That is a truly a compliment to read you came a second time to Richard Walker's. What a wonderful way to celebrate your honeymoon. Congrats by the way! Please come back again perhaps an anniversary celebration. Richard Walker More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$11 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
6:30 am - 2:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 520 Front St, San Diego, CA 92101-6701
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-231-7777
Richard Walker's Pancake House serves award-winning, breakfast and lunch cuisine including the world-famous Baked Apple Pancake as well as a variety of original-style pancakes, crepes, waffles, omelettes, egg dishes, sandwiches and desserts.

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