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“AMAZING Tortilla Soup and DIVINE Desserts!!”

garden center cafe and grill
Ranked #6 of 70 Restaurants in Fallbrook
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
Description: 760-728-4147
Norfolk, Virginia
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“AMAZING Tortilla Soup and DIVINE Desserts!!”
Reviewed February 24, 2012

My colleague and I recently visited one of her favorite restaurants in SOCAL...the Garden Center Cafe. After studying the menu, we both settled on her favorite - the Tortilla Soup with a small salad (not the standard side salad, this one came well dressed with their homemade house dressing - YUM). The soup was amazing!! It had great flavor and a slight kick, enough for a starter to be followed up by their DIVINE Desserts!! We ultimately chose the Peanut Butter Pie...but there were dozens of other homemade delicacies to pick from...alas, I digress...the PBP was delicious, creamy, probably not a dieter's choice, but one that brightened our afternoon as we went back to work. I highly recommend you try them!

  • Visited February 2012
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English first
Fallbrook, California
Level 3 Contributor
14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Always good”
Reviewed January 4, 2012

The Garden Center is known for it's excellent breakfasts and lunch. Dinner is served only 3 nights per week. The food is good quality and we particularly like the Prime Rib and Medallions of Filet. Everything on the menu is good. They are reasonably priced and dinner is served with salad and vegetable. We live in Fallbrook. When we go out, The Garden Center is normally our first choice. Service is also very good.

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Masschusetts
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Wonderful Food”
Reviewed October 8, 2011

We were visiting the area and reviewed the resturant/ menu on line & then our hotel also recommended Garden Center Cafe. Food wonderful, great variety & excellent service. Prices resonable. The salad entree came with wonderful fresh fruits & tender chicken pieces. The salmon and chicken entree's were all excellent. We were all very pleased with our dinners and definatey would recommend to others.

  • Visited October 2011
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Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Rude and unwelcoming”
Reviewed September 8, 2011

Not a child friendly restaurant. We ended up leaving after both the rude waitress and rude supervisor refused to make French toast for our children fifteen minutes after the breakfast menu had stopped being served. Quite why French toast would be more difficult than the less appealing looking kids' menu was beyond us and the dismissive looks saw us out of the restaurant shortly after having ordered drinks.

  • Visited August 2011
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San Diego, California
Level 6 Contributor
107 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
“High hopes dashed by the staff”
Reviewed August 8, 2011

My parents had been to the Garden Center Cafe for lunch several times and had raved about the food and the service. While visiting, we went for dinner and was very disappointed. To start with, the hostess sat us on the patio and provided bread and water. After that, it took nearly 30 minutes for the server even stop by our table. It was not busy, and the server claimed that there was a misunderstanding. She thought the other server had our table, he thought she did, when really no one did. Oh well, our server was pleasant and took responsibility for the error. She did take our orders after that and brought salads. Unfortunately, my salad had many pieces of rotting lettuce and that flavor polluted the entire salad. It was not pleasant. After clearing away my un-eaten salad, I asked the server if we could please have our wine. This was now over an hour after sitting down, and we still didn't have a drink. She forgot. Finally, I ordered my prime rib entree medium rare and received it nearly well done. On top of that, it was cold. No, I didn't want dessert. We wont be back.

  • Visited August 2011
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