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Crest Cafe

#205 of 3,835 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
+1 619-295-2510
07:00 - 00:00
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Saw this place on TV. Diners, drive ins and dives didn't let me down. Butter burger was awesome. Faustino was friendly and engaging. My daughter had French toast which she devoured lol. Parking is tricky but worth it. Definitely try it!! 👍👍

Thank efren m
Marengo, Illinois
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83 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was great I had the banana foster French toast it was great. I was glad I went during the week as the place is small. We had a good waitress. And very friendly. They have a great special for breakfast but we got there to late. Would go again.

Thank Brenda S
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for the review, glad you enjoyed! Hope to see you again, soon! More 

San Diego, California
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

No wait at 9:00am on a Sunday morning in this neighborhood is fantastic (but that may be the best thing I can say about this café). Seating is a little odd, we were sat at a corner table very close to other parties on either side which is a little awkward. Menu items were decent, but too pricey for quality.... More 

Thank 11calypso11
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for taking the time to write your review. We're sad to hear you weren't blown away by your visit, as most of our visitors. We hope you'll stop in again soon, we have such a wide menu of delicious items to choose from, I'm sure we could find something you'll absolutely adore! More 

San Diego, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

I moved to SD many years ago, the crest Cafe has always been one my favorite spots for breakfast. I don't mind coming by myself because this place has that quality of making you feel comfy just like being home. The restaurant has been open 35 years and for a trendy neighborhood like Hillcrest it is a huge milestone. Many... More 

Thank Alberto122013
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Albert, thanks for leaving such a glowing review. Hearing that we are a customers favorite restaurant is the best compliment we can receive. We look forward to your next visit, take care. More 

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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017 via mobile

Great breakfast...had the Hangover Omelette. The chimichurri was really good. The diner is pretty small and we had to wait about 15 minutes on a Friday morning. I assume it would be a little longer had it been a weekend. We did have a party of 6, over that amount would be tough to seat. Service was fast once we... More 

Thank Julie K
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review Julie. We're happy to know you all loved your meals and we hope to see you back at Crest Cafe soon. More 

Salmon Arm, Canada
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269 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2017

On our last day in San Diego we were looking for a casual restaurant offering good, healthy eats. The Crest Café was a perfect place. From the looks of the menu, if you wanted something a little decadent you could find that here too. My husband had the Italian Dip sandwich (aka Beef Dip) and I had the Chicken Pot... More 

Thank TMLB
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you so much for the glowing review! We hope your trip ended on a high note and look forward to serving you on your next visit to San Diego. Take care! More 

Ieper (Ypres), Belgium
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52 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

Simple but delicious food. Never been disappointed .I love the Huevos Rancheros. I usually go there for late breakfats

Thank 27xoros
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the great review. We're glad you love our breakfast menu, but why not come in for lunch or dinner sometime? More 

Maui, HI
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Since a couple of nearby restaurants had a wait time of over an hour, we decided to try this location at the suggestion of a local resident. We walked up, got seated at an outdoor table, and enjoyed a fabulous breakfast. They have an impressive menu - and you can order ANYTHING you want for brunch! Our table had the... More 

Thank KulaOnion
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the Amazing review about your Amazing Brunch! We're thrilled you enjoyed your experience with us and hope that this is the fist of many more visits. See you soon! More 

Brookeville, Maryland
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20 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016 via mobile

Breakfast was delicious. Pancakes were fluffy and big. Asked for 2 scrambled eggs on the side and got more than 2. Coffee was spot on. Service was wonderful.

Thank Phyllis B
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Phyllis, thanks so much for sharing your feedback with me! I'm so glad to hear that you enjoyed your breakfast and that our team took such great care of you - that's what we love to hear! I appreciate your business and I hope we see you again real soon. Thanks again and you take care! More 

San Diego, California
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19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

We went to Crest Café for breakfast on a Sunday morning early! Our coffee was perfect, the wait staff was excellent, the décor was fun, and the food was delicious!

Thank Angel2627
cecelia m, Owner at Crest Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the wonderful review! We hope this is the first of many visits for you! More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$30
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Validated Parking, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Delivery, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 425 Robinson Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-4207
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-295-2510
Family owned and operated since 1982, Crest Cafe is a San Diego favorite known for delicious, hearty, healthy comfort food!

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?