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Paradise Cafe

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61721 State Hwy 74, Mountain Center, CA 92561
+1 951-659-3663
08:00 - 15:00
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Mon - Tue 08:00 - 15:00
Wed - Sun 08:00 - 20:00
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San Jose, California
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117 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We set off early from Rancho Mirage to drive up spectacular route 74, intent on having breakfast here. And what a fantastic breakfast it was -- huge portions and great ambiance. The breakfast burrito seemed nearly as big as a football, studded with bacon, hash browns and scrambled eggs. The 1/2# Angus patty comes with a giant portion of eggs... More 

Thank Steven M
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

It's the best place around because it's the only place around. If you're driving Palms to Pines or hiking the Pacific Crest Trail, stop here for a lot of grub. The food is ordinary - my grilled sandwich was burnt, but the portions are large.Be aware, breakfast cuts off early at 10:45. In a small space, there are tables, the... More 

Thank Al S
Mountain Lakes, New Jersey
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59 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Great way to relax after a early morning drive tru the mountains from Palm springs toward to San .diego. Hearthy breakfast with great coffee and charming service .... and life is good. Five star all the way for this hidden little cafe. We will make sure coming back in near future.

Thank G T
Byhalia, Mississippi
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323 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

This is a pleasant little restaurant along the Pines to Palms Byway. The staff is friendly and courteous, and the coffee is hot and strong. The menu is varied with a fantastic breakfast. The restaurant also serves lunch and dinner and offers a full bar with alcoholic beverages. There was an eclectic mix of people when we were there. Seating... More 

Thank Evelyn C
Los Angeles, California
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2016

...people seemed to like their salads, though, so maybe my mistake was in ordering a burrito. I've heard the burgers are decent too. Very nice staff made the experience well worth it.

Thank Michelle G
Vancouver Island
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2016

On a bit of a road trip out of La Quinta. Fantastic lunch stop. Nice small town feel. Had the Harley Davidson Burger and the Chicken Burrito. Burger was great and Burrito was huge and delicious....my wife only ate about a third of it. Hope to be back if we ever have the chance.

Thank Bobo5578
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016 via mobile

Very pleasant surprise on our trip to Temecula along the Pines to Palms highway. Good food, great service, dog friendly patio. We'll be back when we come through again.

Thank brawlingsaz
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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192 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 May 2016

stopped off here for lunch whilst travelling from Palm Springs to San Diego .. Nice sandwich (BLT) and Mrs had Cajun .. both tasty and lots of it !! Service quick and friendly - even a guy playing some music .. we sat outside, very nice and a few degrees coller than palm springs so really nice Definitely recommend this... More 

Thank perky88
San Diego, California
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127 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 April 2016

Stopped to have lunch that included a hamburger, soup of the day, tuna melt, and a patty melt. The best item was a milkshake. Everything was either stale, burnt or both.

Thank saint5
Amman, Jordan
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19 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

Finding places like Paradise Valley Cafe are what exploring the back roads of America is all about! Came in with low expectations on a Sunday morning and left pleasantly surprised. Customers were a solid mix of regulars and passers-by...I kid you not, two of the diners hitchhiked their way out of the area after paying their bill. Waitresses Cindy and... More 

Thank sheikhspeare

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
08:00 - 20:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 61721 State Hwy 74, Mountain Center, CA 92561
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain Center
  • Phone Number: +1 951-659-3663

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