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Fig Tree Cafe

416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116
+1 619-298-2010
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good20%
  • Average14%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (16 reviews)
“eggs benedict” (10 reviews)
“french toast” (10 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 16:00All hours
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
416 University Ave, San Diego, CA 92103-3116
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Reviewed 6 days ago

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
Reviewed 30 March 2017 via mobile

Much better breakfast than we found at three other highly rated and crowded breakfast spots. Lobster and crab cake bennie with arugula potatoes, bananas foster French toast, man candy, fresh orange juice- all perfection!

Thank IronBlosam
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
Reviewed 5 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
Reviewed 14 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...More

Thank Florian S
Reviewed 11 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
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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$30
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, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
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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