Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest
Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest

Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.figtreecafehillcrest.com/
  • Phone: 6192982010
  • Hours of Operation:

    Breakfast: Daily: 8:00AM - 3:00PM.

    Lunch: Daily: 8:00AM - 3:00PM.

    Dinner: Monday - Wednesday, Sunday: 4:00PM - 10:00PM. Thursday - Saturday: 4:00PM - 10:30PM.
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Fusion / Eclectic, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Alberto Morreale
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Fig Tree Cafe Catering offers extensive menus perfect for any special event!
    Allow us to perfect your next party, gathering event or wedding! Whether an event for 25 or 250, we can accommodate your needs.


    For more info please email info@figtreecafehillcrest.com
  • Private Party Facilities: We can accommodate up to 75 people for a private dinner at the restaurant!
  • Private Party Contact: Johan Engman 6197872483

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 4th & 5th
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: We validate parking in the union bank parking lot (enter from 5th avenue).
A word from Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest
Fig Tree Cafe first opened in Pacific Beach in 2008 and has now opened its second location in the heart of Hillcrest. Our menu changes with the seasons as we use in-season, locally grown products. Our PB location was voted best Brunch in San Diego 2010 and we"re excited to bring this award winning cuisine to Hillcrest. Our dinner menu features items such as Short Ribs, Fig and Prosciutto Pizza, Lobster Ravioli, rosemary, thyme and lemon marinated Jidori Chicken, along with a moderately priced, eclectic wine list. We take great pride in our friendly, inviting and unpretentious style of service.
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Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest reviews from OpenTable diners
22 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4.5
  • Food4.1
    Service4.5
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
92% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (14)neighborhood gem (14)great for outdoor dining (8)great for brunch (5)good for groups (5)romantic (4)notable wine list (3)special occasion (3)great for lunch (2)hot spot (2)kid-friendly (2)vibrant bar scene (1)scenic view (1)late-night find (1)Show More
  • evabelle
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    superb food- friendly service but not obtrusive a wonderfully comfortable and delicious experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Our server Michael was awesome! He gave great menu suggestions, was attentive without being intrusive and had a great sense of humor.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fig Tree Cafe
    Jojo
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The varied menu offered a great selection of delicious tasting entrees. We enjoyed rib eye steak and stuffed chicken with vegetable along with spinach and garlic mashed potatoes. The Arugula, wedge and beet salads were all perfectly prepared. We even enjoyed a fig bread pudding for dessert.. All diners enjoyed their meal and were impressed with the presentation and taste of their food.. We'll be back!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dinner before show at the Old Globe
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    My wife and I wanted a nice, healthy, dinner prior to seeing a show at the Old Globe. Service was great and the food was very good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Food!
    DinerGirl
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We just love this place - never overcrowded or noisy, excellent food, great menu, great service. We always go back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Amazing food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    The Fig Tree Cafe has amazing food in a wonderfully, casual and relaxed setting. The specials were very reasonable. We will come back again and again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent
    EdwardVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    The food was superb and the experience was enhanced by our waitperson, Micah. Well balanced menu, amazing prices, we highly recommend Fig Tree.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Yummy, so Many Great Choices!
    8outagainVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Fig Tree has good food period. I have tried many of their menu choices and found them tasty. Last night I had their special which was homemade ravioli stuffed with lamb and a fresh tomato sauce and pecorino cheese. It was superb.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 14 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 24, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.4
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 141 reviews are from the Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest reviews archive.
  • Glad I found this place
    Tmazz
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    4 of us went for dinner on a Sat night at 7:30. When we got there they had a table for us right away. The restaurant was about half full. We ordered a few appetizers: the prosciutto bruschetta (3 pieces), the bread with sundried tomato spread (they bring lots of bread for it), and the cheese board (it says for 2, but it was great for the 4 of us). That was PLENTY for the 4 of us- we were all almost full by the time we got our food! Two of us got the oxtail cavatelli, which reminded me of a stew- hearty and thick. I got the lobster raviolo- amazing! The chipotle cream sauce was soooo good. And one of us got the pork belly- it was good but not my favorite. Max our server was great, and the ambiance (we sat outside) was nice.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fig Tree always satisfies
    TheGoldenGeek
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    We first discovered Fig Tree for its fabulous brunch, but have since enjoyed their dinners several times. Sunday evening, our attentive waiter told us about the specials, and we decided to bite. I started with a flight of reds--a merlot from Chile, a shiraz from Australia, and a malbec from Argentina--for the unheard-of happy hour price of $6, while my partner enjoyed a chardonnay. We started with a margherita pizza, deliciously garlicky. Then came our specials--my pork tenderloin with caramelized onions and apples in a wine reduction, accompanied by spinach mashed, and my partner's lovely scallops with an asparagus-sun-dried tomato risotto. I finished with a decaf cappuccino and my partner had a berry "taco." Another fabulous repast!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • nice for a late night bite
    yupitsme
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    we came here after an art opening - we weren't starving but wanted a bite - the fried eggplant salad appetizer was recommended and was delicious. even though not known for pizza we were in the mood for it, and they were good too. the worst part was finding parking. a bit of a mood killer in Hillcrest on a weekend.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Fabulous Evening
    localgal
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    We go regularly to this intimate restaurant. He had spinach ravioli in a spectacular portobello mushroom cream sauce. I could have been jealous, but I had scallops in a lemon/onion sauce over asparagus/sun dried tomato risotto. Both were equally tasty. And the service is efficient and pleasant. This is why we keep coming back.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best cheese board ever
    LuckPusher
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    We had the best cheese board I've ever had here. Great variety!
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • pleasant meal
    iZenDiegoVIP
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    We were looking for some comfort food and went away satisfied. As usual the staff was super friendly and the food tasty.
    Special Features:
    Kid-Friendly, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We love local foods
    Charming
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Great atmosphere with Italian or 'Provence' flair. They even have Nero d'Avola for those who love wines. It's a Sicilian wine from the Siracusa area. Very nice polite people are serving you. The beet salad and the crispy egg plant salad are fantastic. The rigatoni with duck would be much better without all the cream that masks the taste of the duck. Unless you are a cream fanatic and are not concerned about your waist, I would suggest you order it with the cream on the side. The pizza is excellent too. It's great that everything is locally sourced.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My wife and I recently went
    Turtle29
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    My wife and I recently went to The Fig Tree for our five year anniversary. What a wonderful meal! The food was delicious and the service was great. It made for a very nice evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great casual spot
    RMM1
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    The food at Fig Tree is very well done. The service of the waitstaff is impressive. The were very attentive and quick. Food was delicious. Very nice beer and wine list as well. Great place for a quiet, casual dinner.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We have eaten at Fig Tree
    KMAC
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    We have eaten at Fig Tree about 10 times- both for breakfast and dinner and it's always excellent. Well prepared, slightly unusual California cuisine at its best. Friendly and well informed staff, good wine selection. We like too try new places but often can't resist returning to this really excellent restaurant. Try the Jidori chicken-yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, notable wine list, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good food and service
    Culinarian
    Dined on 3/7/2014
    I went with a coupon the first night. I was so impressed, I took another friend there for brunch two days later. Small and cosy - I asked the waiter for his recommendations as well as researching on Yelp. I recommended it to a group of three who loved it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • GREAT FIG TREE
    SamosaLover
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Amazing ambience. good varied menu, decent prices, good service. never felt rushed! First time patrom, will be back
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Underwhelming
    ChicaVIP
    Dined on 2/15/2014
    Wasn't awful but wouldn't go back with all of the other fab options available in San Diego. Food was pretty underwhelming. Wet soggy unseasoned spinach, boxed-type pasta with sauce that tasted like it came in a package with the dried pasta. My husband ordered meatballs which were two tiny blobs of meat in broth with beans. Eck. Won't return!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • What a Gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/18/2014
    We love the relaxed feel of this place and will definitely return to try more dishes.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Generous portions
    Hungry1SDVIP
    Dined on 1/3/2014
    We made open table reservations for a Friday evening. I was surprised to see only two tables with guests. The waitress was a bit slow but the portions were large. We started with 2 spreads-- both were tastes and they came with plenty of bread. The lamb was ordered medium rare-- it came out medium, but it was still good. We took home leftovers.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So, so...
    gardengalVIP
    Dined on 12/29/2013
    Third time dining at Fig Tree and again find the food adequate but nothing to rave about. The sauce on the salmon was very good but the fish was completely overcooked. The mashed potatoes held together but flavorless--tasted watered down. Hubby's pork chop topped with a delicious sauce of apples and onions BUT meat was so overdone that it was tough. Our server was very nice and even brought us a free dessert to compensate for a long wait time for food (no bread or any other pre-meal offering to tide us over). That was a very nice gesture but he can't make up for lackluster entrees.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointing Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 12/7/2013
    Our waitress was exceptional and tried to make up for the disappointments about the food. Quantities were huge and unnecessary, but not even presented in an appealing way. The Seared ahi looked grey in color and very unappetizing. Would not recommend or return to this restaurant.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great little place
    BryanWVIP
    Dined on 11/21/2013
    Always excellent food, extremely friendly staff, always a table! One of our favorite spots for a good, comfortable meal! A steak was overcooked and they were extremely apologetic, replaced it quickly, kept the other dish warm while we waited and gave us dessert for the inconvenience. A lot of respect for that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Newver disappoints!
    katsjam
    Dined on 11/9/2013
    This has become my new "find" and everyone I bring there loves it, too. The service is as great as the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Creative and tasty
    SuzyCreamCheese
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    Fig Tree prides itself on local, natural and/or organic fare. And they do great stuff with it. The food was creative - avocado and artichoke tapenade, for one. Good sized portions - like the ravioli! And plenty of choices. The service was also great, and the bill did not require a second mortgage!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • great food and great atmosphere
    aureliel
    Dined on 9/27/2013
    Food was great, service was great too. Will definitely go back :)
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Took too long
    Slowservice
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    The place is nice, food was good, but the service took too long. Staff was friendly but it took 3 hours to get through the meal. The food was good but not good enough to go back and wait 3 hrs. They need more staff to keep up with a full restaurant, especially since it was restaurant week!
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Fig Tree First Experience
    Mgkern
    Dined on 9/15/2013
    Went here to utilize Restaurant Week's great opportunity to try new places. The service was lovely. The ambiance was good though a bit noisy. Only complaint was that the short ribs were just so-so. Lobster ravioli were excellent. Desserts were excellent. We'll try this restaurant again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • First time!
    JandKandCanadians
    Dined on 9/12/2013
    Waitress made every attempt to ensure a great dining experience, including amending an appetizer prep for my diet! Fresh yellowtail was amazingly prepared and I would go back just for that!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food - Great Service
    LVFElPASO
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    We are visiting from out of town so trying new places to eat is part of our travel agenda. We found the Fig Tree Cafe. I had the Jidori Chicken, kind of reminded me of my favorite "chicken under a brick" from Macaroni Grill. The flavor and juiciness was perfect, a sauce that complimented it well. Excellent! My partner had the special for the evening, scallops, they served about five and they were large, excellent as well. The sauce again was great. Our dinner was really tasty and I would definitely go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fit for vegetarians and meat lovers
    TheGoldenGeek
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    We took our vegetarian friends here for dinner, and they and we (meat eaters) both came away happy. Two of us started with the happy-hour-special-price flights of wine -- a fun way to enjoy different grapes. My reds included a Chilean merlot, a Spanish shiraz, and an Argentinian malbec (natch). We chose two bruschettas--a mushroom-and-gorgonzola and a roasted tomato--as appetizers. For dinner, both vegetarians and meat eaters enjoyed the parmesan-and-panko-crusted baked asparagus. Mine was accompanied by the yummy short ribs and mashed potatoes, theirs by the margherita pizza. We shared a tiramisu with a latte or capuccino, and a good time was had by all. The service was impeccable, the ambience gayborhood-friendly. A gem!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always Amazing!
    mcdanielCU03
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Thank you Fig Tree for helping me celebrate my birthday. Had a party of 12 and service, food and staff were all top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice find!
    robinVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Delicious food, reasonable price, surprisingly large portions!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great beet salad. Good pizza,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    Great beet salad. Good pizza, as long as you are not expecting anything vaguely like New York style. Everything was very bright and fresh tasting. Only complaint was that the fish in the fish special of the evening was a bit overcooked. Two of us ordered it and both our pieces had the same problem. Person who had the frozen key lime pie for dessert said it was "excellent". Server friendly, patient and pleasant. Very good coffee and nice wine choices.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • awesome food
    Glutenfreelive
    Dined on 7/6/2013
    great local place lots of regulars come back again and again food and staff Brilliant! EXCELLENT GLUTEN FREE OPTIONS Lobster mac and Cheese outstanding!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OUTSTANDING
    mell
    Dined on 6/28/2013
    The food is excellent consistently - Gia's service is superior time and time again. We love Fig Tree!!
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Gluten free options!
    Jay13
    Dined on 6/13/2013
    Took my niece and with a variety of choice for gluten free meals she was very pleased.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.