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Lake Cuyamaca Restaurant

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15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036-9530
+1 760-765-0700
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06:00 - 20:00
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Sun - Sat 06:00 - 20:00
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Brussels, Belgium
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It is apparently known for its Schnitzel but I had one of those famous apple pies and a coffee outside on the terrace for sunset. Great view....and very friendly staff ! Not sure if that really was my favorite apple pie....I found it a bit too sweet....but I can't compare with any other in Julian.

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Thank Maxi M
San Diego, California
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54 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

We stopped here for lunch on a drive through the mountains. The food was well prepared and very tasty. We had a turkey sandwich made with freshly roasted turkey, soup of the day and a half ham sandwich. We have no complaints about the food or the service.

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Thank lyriccat
Descanso, CA
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63 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

Came up to have breakfast here with some friends on a weekday and thoroughly enjoyed sitting out on their back deck overlooking the lake. This is a cafe quality establishment, so nothing fancy, but tables were clean as were the bathrooms. Service was slow, but the food was fairly good with reasonable portion sizes. Pricing, however, was outrageous. I had... More 

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Thank Dreamwoman
Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
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52 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

It's a tradition to drive to Julian to pick up an apple pie while in San Diego and to grab breakfast here on the way up. This time we tried the turkey/avocado eggs Benedict spinach eggs Benedict and were not disappointed. The turkey appeared to have been freshly cut off a whole bird too!

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Thank Nash W
San Diego, California
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016

Drove around Hwy. 79 loop for the very first time in 29 years. This place looked like a country store from the exterior, so we decided to stop for a lark. Imagine our surprise when it turned out to be a restaurant! It was 11:30 a.m., so hey, why not? We had had a late breakfast, weren't that hungry, so... More 

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Thank Kickitat23
Nettlebed, United Kingdom
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66 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

The patio has a lovely view of the lake, and the food was basic but good, and not too pricey. There's a gentle walk round the lake afterwards - easy going, with good bird sightings.

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Thank EJGulland
Redondo Beach, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 July 2016

The view was great. My pancakes were overcooked and the eggs were undercooked. When we asked for the check, the waitress not so nicely told us that she is not our waitress. Found this to be very rude.

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Thank tinathompson1713
Julian, California
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14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

Great little Coffee Shop for Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner.. They've got a great open face turkey sandwich, and everything is great for breakfast..

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New Hope, Pennsylvania
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212 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 May 2016 via mobile

We were in the area looking at real estate and decided to stop for a late lunch/early dinner. First choice was the chicken pot pie that they advertised as a special. The waitress told us that they sold out and wouldn't have any for dinner. Our adult son ordered a BBQ brisket sandwich which he said was delicious. She ordered... More 

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Thank Nonnieandpops
Tucson, Arizona
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529 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 510 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 May 2016

Two adults stopped for lunch on a Thursday. The building looks like a store from the outside, but has a diner-style restaurant inside with the shop. When we entered, a table in the foyer was covered with mouth-watering pies. We were greeted and invited to sit anywhere we liked. There were a few other guests seated in the dining room,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
Sunday
06:00 - 20:00
Monday
06:00 - 20:00
Tuesday
06:00 - 20:00
Wednesday
06:00 - 20:00
Thursday
06:00 - 20:00
Friday
06:00 - 20:00
Saturday
06:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 15027 Highway 79, Julian, CA 92036-9530
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Julian
  • Phone Number: +1 760-765-0700

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