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“Worth the drive from Shelter Island”

Old Townhouse Restaurant
Ranked #547 of 4,799 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $10
Cuisines: Diner
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Like so many American stories, this one stared with a trip and a dream... Emigrating from Greece in 1969, my father's first career in the United States was that of an aircraft mechanic while my mother worked as a homemaker raising three children. My father and mother had a dream of owning their own business. After studying the subtleties that made other businesses successful and scouting out locations they settled for a site two blogs from the beach in a little town called Ocean Beach. The former sight of Spyros' Coffee Shop was the perfect location, and with the help of their family and freinds they did most of the construction themselves. They wanted to evoke a down home country feeling so they came up with the name The Old Townhouse. By August of 1973, the Old Townhouse was ready for business. My father is an excellent self taught cook and my mother loves people so she was a natural as being a waitress. My mother knew every customer's name that would walk through the front door. She made every customer feel at home and with my dad's cooking it was not that hard to create an atmosphere that brought everyone together. They made an excellent team. They worked long hours with no restaurant experience and with a few bumps along the way they made the Old Townhouse what it is today. Chris and Soula strived to make quality and hospitality their main priorities. Chris refused to serve anything but the best homemade meals. They treated each customer as a guest in their own home. To this day, they invite you as the customer to feel as comfortable in the Old Townhouse as you would in the home of a close friend. Because of this dedication to service and quality, the business has grown over the years to welcome repeat customers. These regulars have epitomized the meaning of the word family in the Old Townhouse Family Restaurant. Chris and Soula's youngest son Peter and daughter Nancy, managed the restaurant for several years, and then moved on to pursue other career endeavors. The couple's oldest son Ted resumed the family management in the spring of 2003. Ted and is wife Kathy continue to pursue the aspirations of service and quality to which the customers of the Old Townhouse Family have grown accustomed. There is no end to the restaurant stories my family can tell. Thousands of people have walked through our doors and eaten our food...And just as we've left an impression on them they've left an impression on us. When we get together the conversation invariably turns to the past and to the family members and customers who have meant so much to us. We invite you to make us a part of your family, please enjoy some old fashioned comfort food and hospitality along with great atmosphere and professional staff.
Virginia Beach, Virginia
Level 5 Contributor
37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Worth the drive from Shelter Island”
Reviewed November 5, 2012

We had tried several of the restaurants on and near Shelter Island, but decided to trek over to Ocean Beach to The Old Townhouse Restaurant! Great value, fast fast service, and the food was more than ample. I couldn't have eaten more if I'd been at a buffet! Great place ... make the drive and you WON'T be disappointed.
**NOTE: We went there on Saturday morning and ate at around 8:30. By the time we finished there were people waiting at the door, and when we came back from shopping thirty minutes later, there was a line out the door of about a dozen people. Get there early on weekends!

Visited October 2012
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tedcap, Owner at Old Townhouse Restaurant, responded to this review, July 6, 2017
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Arlington, Virginia
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“Do get your breakfast here”
Reviewed November 4, 2012

Gave this a try based on Google search and recommendations found there. Not disappointed and went back the next day. Very familial feel. Great food (though the coffee was rather tepid on my second visit) and very reasonable prices. Generous servings too.

Visited October 2012
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tedcap, Owner at Old Townhouse Restaurant, responded to this review, July 6, 2017
Thanks for your review. We look forward to serving you again. Have a fantastic day!
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Rochester, New York
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great!!”
Reviewed October 22, 2012

Inexpensive, great breakfast food! Small, but on a weekday had no problems getting seated. Cute street, right near the beach.

  • Visited October 2012
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tedcap, Owner at Old Townhouse Restaurant, responded to this review, July 6, 2017
Thanks for your review. We look forward to serving you again. Have a fantastic day!
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Dayton, Ohio
Level 4 Contributor
48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“The Best Breakfast Place in Ocean Beach”
Reviewed August 9, 2012

Worth the wait for a great breakfast all made from scratch with outstanding service. Love this place!!! People are super friendly with great attention to detail on your order. We ate breakfast here two days in a row.

Visited August 2012
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tedcap, Owner at Old Townhouse Restaurant, responded to this review, July 6, 2017
Thanks for your review. We look forward to serving you again. Have a fantastic day!
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Kansas City
Level 4 Contributor
27 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Breakfast at Old Townhouse”
Reviewed June 22, 2012

My wife and I met some friends here for breakfast (internet friends - first actual meeting). Breakfast is cheap, plentiful, and excellent. Old Townhouse is small, and you're likely to have a short wait to be seated, but it's worth it for a high-quality, low cost breakfast.

Visited June 2012
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tedcap, Owner at Old Townhouse Restaurant, responded to this review, July 6, 2017
Thanks for your review. We look forward to serving you again. Have a fantastic day!
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