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Fig Tree Cafe

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416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116 (Between 4th & 5th)
+1 619-298-2010
08:00 - 16:00
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puerto vallarta
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56 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

was not too thrilled with my breakfast (short rib eggs benedict), but my guests loved their meals. service was fine, price point ok....maybe i ordered the wrong thing

Thank vallartacomer
Toronto, Canada
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133 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

So this place has great creative food at a reasonable price. The only issue was it took forever to get our food. It just seemed like they are not very efficient at all. I had the meatloaf hash for breakfast- delicious.

Thank Jim_TO68
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 January 2017 via mobile

We went there twice for breakfast and had a good time. We tried the french toast sampler for two and it was great. The American Breakfast was fine but not outstanding. The coffee was good and the prices were fair. If in the area again definitely something to visit again.

Thank Florian S
Boston, Massachusetts
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after walking through Balboa Park . It is a 10 minute drive from the park. Nice waiter, efficient, friendly who guided me to getting the huevos rancheros. Very good! My husband enjoyed his omelette. Cute place with outdoor seating too.

Thank betsy13
Los Angeles, California
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47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2017

Had heard about this place before so we gave it a shot. There was a waiting list of about 15 minutes but the area is nice for sightseeing. We didn't have to wait more than 10 minutes and were not disappointed. No waffles though.

Thank Jay P
Toronto, Canada
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407 reviews
281 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

Somehow the street numbers don't work and we're at Von's about 4 blocks from the restaurant. Frustrated because we are all ready 15 minutes late and our amazon- thingy says we have arrived, we finally call the restaurant that tells us the resto is located between fourth and fifth in Hillcrest under the sign. So we are late! But breakfast... More 

Thank unhappytraveller123
San Diego, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016 via mobile

From the beginning to the end. Great Service. Very courteous and the food is great. Very tasty. They have 6 different kinds of Eggs Benedictine style.

Thank edson r
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7 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 September 2016

This restaurant had a little something for everyone's appetite. It is in a location that is right in the city and doesn't have much nearby parking, but worth the walk. All of the food was delicious and reasonably priced. They offer a variety of healthy choices and the crab cake sandwich was great.

Thank Monica M
Temple City, California
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Moderate wait for seat at 10 am Sunday morning but long wait for food that came incorrectly and not as described. Quality was also poor. Although the place allows you to make alterations to fit a healthier lifestyle, nearly all my Frittata (that was more of a flattened omelet) was onions. Waitress was cordial and trying to keep us happy... More 

Thank Maggie4fitness
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22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016 via mobile

Just plain great, the food is really good, one of the few places I've been in the US that actually serves freshly squeezed OJ. Had to wait in line like 15 minutes, but with the service and food it was well worth it.

Thank Garrit A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
08:00 - 16:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116
    (Between 4th & 5th)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-298-2010
Fig Tree Café began in the fall of 2008 with owner Johan Engman's simple mission rooted in the creation of an inviting and genuine dining experience. Since opening the first location in Pacific Beach, Fig Tree Café planted a second restaurant in the middle of San Diego's Hillcrest neighborhood at 416 University Avenue. In Hillcrest, Fig Tree Café features an urban modern open kitchen concept, enabling patrons to observe the culinary action. The eatery is easily intimate with chameleon-like characteristics. It operates as an on-the-go spot for daytime diners serving the finest breakfast, brunch, and lunch options. Playing host to the Pacific Beach crowd, the original café inhabits an old cottage with a dog-friendly patio, surrounded by a garden-like setting just off the beach-goers' beaten path. According to local lore, the flagship locale even includes an old putting green, left intact underneath the deck. The most recent branch sprouted in August 2013 in the Liberty Station development. Rustic wine barrels flank the indoor bar, made from wood which once supported stairs to the deck of Chef Alberto Morreale's home. Dining al-fresco is enjoyable on a patio built for up to 50 of Point Loma's finest folks. The mesh of necessity and creativity cultivates a warm vibe supported by honestly reclaimed décor. Each incarnation of Fig Tree Café is uniquely designed to fit the neighborhood niche and the three establishments share a commitment to using homegrown rosemary, selecting produce and eggs from a family farm in Ramona and giving back to their respective communities. Fig Tree Café's menu presents diners with the depths of California's culinary culture, serving authentic and mouthwatering dishes at reasonable neighborhood prices.

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