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Mountain Center Cafe

29470 US Highway 243, Mountain Center, CA 92561-0020
+1 951-533-7368
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good29%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“potato salad” (2 reviews)
“great food” (3 reviews)
“skillet” (2 reviews)
Open Now
06:00 - 15:00 Hours
American, Cafe, Diner
29470 US Highway 243, Mountain Center, CA 92561-0020
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Reviewed 4 July 2018

Mountain Center Cafe turned out to be a most pleasant surprise. We stopped there for lunch, not expecting a lot from this rustic roadside cafe. Their menu was pretty extensive, and everything we've had there was great. This last time I had a chicken croissant...More

Thank dennislynnee
Reviewed 13 May 2018

This restaurant is rustic and homey with western-themed decor. The servers were prompt and friendly, and most of the customers seemed to be locals. The dining area was not noisy, though we could hear snippets of conversation from the other tables. One group was literally...More

Thank RJ748
Reviewed 2 April 2018

Typical diner food. I had the corned beef hash and eggs for lunch (breakfast served all day i think). Eggs were cooked exactly as I had asked, which might seem a no brainer, but I can tell you a zillion times at other places how...More

Thank Greg B
Reviewed 10 July 2017 via mobile

My wife and I love going here for breakfast. A lot of good selections on the menu and have tried something different on each visit without ever being disappointed. They also have a nice patio for the warmer times of the year. Staff is very...More

Thank Vincent B
Reviewed 17 May 2017

Great food friendly service. Will be back. It's on the way to Idyllwild. A fun drive. Would recommend this diner to anyone who likes good food and friendly service.

Thank Dennis W
Reviewed 23 August 2016

I eat here often because it is located at a cross roads going either up to Idyllwild or the 74 to the desert. Service is reasonably fast and the menu is varied enough that most people will find something to enjoy. I, personally, am addicted...More

Thank Paul B
Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Good food and the prices are reasonable. Friendly service, with a rustic atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor eating available. Great place for all.

Thank spanishbam
Reviewed 29 March 2016

Easter Sunday, many cars parked outside, met when we opened the door with "we're not open." We said how come there is no sign out front? She says "we posted it all last week?" Everybody doesn't live on the hill! Baaaaah!

2  Thank Frances O
Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

We had 12 adults and 4 children at a big beautiful table. The home cooked dishes arrived hot and at the same time. Our waitress was fantastic, keeping up with all the little additions you have with children. What a wonderful, special place for us...More

Thank John P
Reviewed 13 October 2015

Breakfast stop on the way out of town. Our table had a Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Fried Steak and biscuits and gravy! All super delicious! Great service as well!!

Thank zanderwalsh1
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Open Hours
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29470 US Highway 243, Mountain Center, CA 92561-0020
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain Center
  • Phone Number: +1 951-533-7368
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