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“Great early lunch”
Review of Kono's Cafe

Kono's Cafe
Ranked #6 of 4,799 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: American
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Restaurant details
Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Takeout
Neighborhood: Pacific Beach
Wokingham, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
151 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Great early lunch”
Reviewed April 28, 2013 via mobile

Went here on a Sunday. The queue was out of the door and well into the street at around 11.30am. It's a really popular place, and understandably so. Great food and very reasonable prices (think it was day 704 without a price rise when we visited!).

We can higly recommend the Konos burgers - delicious!

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Falls Church, Virginia
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36 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“It was aiiiiiiight”
Reviewed April 26, 2013 via mobile

Considering that this place is given #1 I really don't think it was all that. The value is great, the food was really good, but nothing amazing. I would suggest it if you're nearby, but otherwise eh.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank incumeg
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Adelaide, Australia
Level 3 Contributor
7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Excellent Excellent Excellent”
Reviewed April 20, 2013

What can I say about this place! Great food, amazing prices, huge portions, fantastic friendly service and a perfect location. Only negative, I went into a food coma for about an hour after and could only relax and lay on the beach.

  • Visited April 2013
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Baton Rouge, Louisiana
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Cool, local dive”
Reviewed April 19, 2013

Had lunch at Kono's right on the beach in San Diego. Clearly a local favorite as the line was long and consistent. It's a tiny little spot with an outside deck for eating; therefore, the inside fills up quickly. The service is friendly and fast. Free refills on drinks, too.

My daughter had the kiddo dog which was very good! The hot dog was scored and grilled and so was the bun. My husband and I had the jalepeno chicken pita. The grilled chicken was tender and juicy and it was served with grilled, diced veggies (onions and peppers) and topped with a pico de gallo, diced tomatoes, sliced jalepenos, shredded lettuce and ranch dressing. The pita was huge and covered the entire plate. We couldn't eat it all, it was so big. But very filling and priced fairly at $6.95.

Nice spot to grab a bite if you're "beaching it" all day.

  • Visited April 2013
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Thank ceecee36
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Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Beat the lines and breakfast early”
Reviewed April 16, 2013

The first time I came to Kono’s was at 11 am one Sunday morning. The queue (OK: line as the locals say) was long and we waited over one hour before getting in. However the wait was worth it: I enjoyed one of the best breakfasts on American soil: “Big Breakfast 2” with pancakes instead of potatoes for under $ 6 (see photo).

I returned a week later at 7 am when they opened: no lines and another great breakfast followed by a pleasant stroll on the beach. You know a place must be good if the local police department have breakfast there.

As I write these lines, Kono’s is rated No. 1 restaurant in San Diego. Other visitors from Europe might be surprised that a restaurant which only opens 7 am to 4 pm and which presents its food on throw-away plates with plastic cutlery might have such a high rating. Well, if you offer quality and value in an excellent location, you are onto a winner.

  • Visited March 2013
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