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Fig Tree Cafe

416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116
+1 619-298-2010
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  • Excellent60%
  • Very good21%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (17 reviews)
“french toast” (12 reviews)
“meatloaf hash” (5 reviews)
Closes in 17 min
08:00 - 16:00All hours
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
€€ - €€€
416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116
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Reviewed 1 week ago

I really like Fig Tree Cafe. It's probably an 8 out of 10 for me. Very good breakfasts. Maybe not the most amazing I've ever had, but certainly very good and worth the money. Really good local spot to have breakfast, brunch or lunch with...More

Thank aventurabarb
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great service, great ambiance, and great food. My server was Ray. Ray was very attentive. The food and drink was great. I parked down the street and walked to this location.

Thank nlott414
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were at the Fig Tree Cafe for amazingly huge banana and strawberry pancakes. They were served by a super friendly waiter who was very attentive and did an excellent service. The cappuccino in medium size was rather large from our point of view but...More

Thank grinsfisch
Reviewed 2 October 2017

Found this small breakfast cafe that served breakfast & lunch until 3pm. We went on a Friday around noon, had about a 20minute wait, then were seated in the smaller more enclosed cosy patio with about 5 tables for 2 persons, maybe 1 table for...More

Thank C W
Reviewed 22 September 2017 via mobile

This is the best breakfast and breakfast place I have ever been too! Makes me wish I was a local! The wait was long, but totally worth it! My boyfriend and I shared our meals, we ordered the California breakfast burrito, the steak was cooked...More

Thank sabrinanicole2191
Reviewed 14 September 2017

This restaurant is usually packed, and that is for a good reason. Their menu items are innovative, resulting in an unexpected treat to your palette. It's small with some outdoor seating In a bustling part of town (great people watching). Service is exquisite. If you're...More

Thank Char K
Reviewed 19 July 2017

We found this place just around a corner from a restaurant we were initially going to. We didn't wait more than 15-20 min for a table for 6 of us to be seated. Everything on the menu sounded delicious. I ordered the Fig stuffed french...More

Thank blsoler
Reviewed 15 May 2017

Meatloaf hash, french toast with ricotta and fig jam, eggs bennie with crab. Fugettaboudit! Cofee great, service with a smile and friendly. Not too bad of a wait. portions are large be ready to share.

Thank Kevin B
Reviewed 3 May 2017

We happened upon this little gem while walking around to pass the time as we waited for a table at another restaurant! Walked right in and had the best brunch experience! Great menu, great food and great prices! Try the breakfast sushi!!

Thank EEC6
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

First time in San Diego and the first place I eat it's fig tree cafe. The food was amazing. Our server "Tony" was super nice and the freshly squeeze orange juice was out of thus world. I had 4 glasses. Amazing

Thank nelson_leonvelez
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic, Groups
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
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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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