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Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile

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1020 Barrett Lake Rd, Campo Rd & Barrett Lake Rd, Dulzura, CA 91917-1501
+1 619-468-3416
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11:00 - 18:00
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Sun 08:00 - 18:00
Mon - Thu 11:00 - 18:00
Fri 11:00 - 19:00
Sat 08:00 - 19:00
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San Diego, California
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80 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

My husband and I read an article about Dulzura. What a great treat to find Barrett Junction. We had some of the best fish and chips since visiting the home of fish and chips -- Merry Olde England. Succulent, light and simply delicious. Great stop with lots of memorables. The owner, Leon warm and welcoming. Highly recommend for somewhere different

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Thank nellie0212
San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 September 2016

Funky little spot close to nowhere..... eclectic and fun ... looks like lots of events ...music and other stuff going on.

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Thank evrythngudo
Tecate, Mexico
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Service much to be desired, will probably never stop there again, it's the only restaurant on the road in your way to Tecate or San Diego traveling West

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Thank Eddy D
BarrettJunctionCafe, Manager at Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile, responded to this review

So sorry you did not have a better experience, Eddy. We are always striving to improve and we do have our not so great days. I will discuss with the staff so we may improve. And yes, we are the last surviving restaurant in the back country. We have been here for nearly a hundred years now. Same recipes and... More 

Alpine
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130 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

I have been coming here for YEARS!! The place used to be packed and always busy, mainly for the all you can eat fish fry. When new owners took over, they stopped the all you can eat, but you still got plenty of food. We were there a couple of years ago and what a change. The front part used... More 

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Thank Kathy D
BarrettJunctionCafe, Manager at Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile, responded to this review

Thank you so much Kathy for your review. We do have our not so great days. The health department has made some drastic changes to how we cook. So please be patient with us as we adjust. The all you can eat fish fry is now served every day we are open, it did not go away. The pollock is... More 

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13 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016 via mobile

Barrett Cafe has been a staple of the Back Country for generations. The decor keeps you occupied while you wait for your order. The fish fry is a great choice and for what they are famous. A nice stop coming or going from Tecate MX. The breakfast buffet is best when they open but not freshened in a timely manner.... More 

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Thank Victoria W
Dulzura, California
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 April 2016

You get half way through and it falls apart. Delicious. Love a good sloppy sandwich. :) The cod is deep fried a golden brown, slathered with tartar sauce, lettuce, tomato, and served with fries and slaw. Won't weight you down, but keeps you full. Delicious.

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Thank Connie O
San Diego, California
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50 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

What a funky little place. Very eclectic decorations. But oh man, what good pulled pork!!!! There pulled pork BBQ sandwich was delicious. You could smell the smoke, it must have come out of the smoker that morning. The beans and cole slaw were delicious too! If you're in the back country on 94, stop here. Period

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Thank bombrcar
NW PA
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210 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2016 via mobile

We stopped otw back from Tecate, MX and had $1.00 fish tacos, can't be beat with a stick! Delicious food in a very interesting, rustic setting. We loved it and would recommend making this a must do!

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Thank High_Miles
BarrettJunctionCafe, Public Relations Manager at Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile, responded to this review

Thank you High_Miles for this review we appreciate you taking the time out to share your experiences. Look forward to seeing you again soon. More 

Lakeside, California
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39 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

If driving the back country is your thing, then the drive is worth it. The restaurant is old and worn out. Don't go when it's hot, no air conditioning. A place for locals. The food isn't that good, and the service very slow. The day we went, they had no waitress, so the owners did the cooking and serving. We... More 

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Thank Quiltingranny
BarrettJunctionCafe, Public Relations Manager at Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile, responded to this review

I am sorry to hear you had such a bad visit. The owner is the waiter during the week and we have to cooks. And if your food was not what you were hoping for we want to know at the time so we can fix the problem. I will bring it up with the owner. There is no air... More 

Escondido, California
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314 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2015

been stopping here on and off for over 28 years, a step back and out of urban decay known as the city. good fish, teh all you can eat fish fry is too much for me any more, served family style, you get to meet someone and visit. laid back beyond casual and they love bikers. take a nice ride... More 

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Thank mike m
BarrettJunctionCafe, Owner at Barrett Junction Cafe & Mercantile, responded to this review

Thank you Mike for a great review. Keeping the recipes as they were for the past 65 years is important to us and the history of the cafe. :) Hope to see you again soon. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$25
Cuisine
American, Seafood
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Buffet
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 18:00
Monday
11:00 - 18:00
Tuesday
11:00 - 18:00
Wednesday
11:00 - 18:00
Thursday
11:00 - 18:00
Friday
11:00 - 19:00
Saturday
08:00 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1020 Barrett Lake Rd, Campo Rd & Barrett Lake Rd, Dulzura, CA 91917-1501
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Dulzura
  • Phone Number: +1 619-468-3416
Description
Take a trip back in time to Old California when you visit Barrett Junction Cafe and Mercantile. This historic building has been a local hot spot for 100 years.

Barrett Junction Cafe serves its Famous ALL YOU CAN EAT Country Breakfast Buffet on the weekends and Family Style Fish Fry every day of the week. Enjoy our family style dining room. Room enough for 200 people (now that's a BIG family!) And our outdoor patio comfortably seats 300.

Book your next family reunion or club event with us. Clubs and organizations, families, and individuals are always welcome.

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