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Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest

4.2
192 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Outdoor Dining

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About

Welcome to Fig Tree Cafe in San Diego, a place where guests can sit back, unwind and be taken care of. Come by for a variety of breakfasts, from French toast to a classic scramble straight from a hot skillet. Fig Tree Cafe is also open for dinner.

Brunch with Fig Tree and savor the flavors of the morning over a cup of fresh roasted coffee. Get your much needed vitamin C with a tall glass of pressed orange juice. If a heartier late afternoon meal is in order, the braised angus beef short ribs is a crowd favorite. Bring your friends for a low key conversation or bring your family for a gathering. Fig Tree Cafe in San Diego is waiting for you.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Californian, Fusion / Eclectic
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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.
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Phone number
(619) 298-2010
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Alberto Morreale
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Private party facilities
We can accommodate up to 75 people for a private dinner at the restaurant!
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Private party contact
Johan Engman: (619) 787-2483
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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
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 4th & 5th
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Parking details
We validate parking in the union bank parking lot (enter from 5th avenue).
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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4.2based on all time ratings
4.2
food
4.3
service
3.9
ambience
4.2
value
Noise · Moderate
90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined on March 17, 2016

What a great surprise! I was there by chance for the Thursday all day Happy Hour menu. The Truffle Fries were a bargain and delicious. The Pizza was excellent. If they would just upgrade their beer/wine/drink selections it would be outstanding. I would go back nonetheless.

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2.0Dined on March 16, 2016

We ate here for dinner. The appetizer jars were the first disappointing item. The "avocado chutney" was a small piece of avocado, with stale tomatoe chunks and a lot of onion. The olive tapenade were cheap black olives mashed up. The entrees were not much better. The sausage pasta and short rib dish were both heavy and uninspired. No thanks -- won't be returning here.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

The food was fantastic but no surprise because we have been here many times before.

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5.0Dined on February 27, 2016

Delicious, fresh ingredients. Creative menu

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5.0Dined on February 11, 2016

Great food, excellent service. We will return!

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5.0Dined on January 18, 2016

The warmly lit dining room was very comfortable and inviting. We sat at the bar that overlooks the kitchen and prep area which afforded a nice glimpse into the hard work the cooks were putting into their foods. The wine selection was high quality without breaking the bank and the all food was incredibly fresh. What stood out to me was the fish entrée- cooked perfectly with light seasoning that allowed the subtleties of the natural oils in the moist filet to really shine; the side vegetables and potatoes were tender and bursting with flavor. This is a great restaurant for meeting with friends after work, date night, or hosting some out of town relatives to experience high quality cuisine that is distinctly "San Diego".

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4.0Dined on January 9, 2016

I wasn't expecting much since I don't usually eat in the area. But once I took a bite of my food I knew it was a good choice. It's a nice place. The food was tasty and the portions were very reasonable for the prices. The restaurant was very short staffed when we went but they handled themselves very well. Great find and highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on January 8, 2016

I have been here for both brunch and dinner meals and they are always wonderful. The service is great, the food is even better! With daily specials to choose from and a menu you always know will be good, how can you go wrong? Definitely recommend it!

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2015

We went on Dec 30th. in the evening after flying into San Diego. It was not a busy night. We had 4 adults and a 3.5 year old - Dylan. Dylan immediately jumped up to the bar seating area where one of the chef's gave him a fresh strawberry. He was so happy. The waiter, Michael, learned Dylan's name quickly and took special are of him and us. Food was great, MIchael was excellent - both from service and friendliness perspectives.

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5.0Dined on December 29, 2015

This is our 3rd time to Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest.
Great food! Great staff! Great food!

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5.0Dined on December 9, 2015

I found this spot looking for a place to have breakfast, it was delicious. Decided to go back for dinner. I was not disappointed, the service was great, food was delicious and we just love places with great wine.

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4.0Dined on October 31, 2015

I really enjoyed the food here.

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3.0Dined on October 10, 2015

The food here was fine, nothing over the top, but tasty. The service was fine: Friendly and quick. Overall it's a nice reliable, neighborhood spot that's good for a casual night out (or brunch).

One weird thing to mention: The "man candy" on the appetizer list was one thing we ordered, thinking it would come as some sort of bruschetta....On the menu it's under "Bruschetta" so seemed likely. Unfortunately what came out was slabs of crispy bacon. And nothing else! It was really odd. It tasted fine, but we felt pretty silly eating it with our wine!

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5.0Dined on September 20, 2015

Excellent service. I liked all the food except the shirt rib sauce.

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5.0Dined on September 19, 2015

First time to this restaurant.
Loved it. Great service and wonderful food!

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3.0Dined on August 20, 2015

Had dinner here before a play at the Old Globe. Easy to find parking. Service and ambience very good but food was just okay. I had the filet with mashed potatoes and asparagus. The asparagus was undercooked, the potatoes a bit heavy, and the filet was certainly not a choice cut. My husband had the gnocchi with a havarti jalapeño cream sauce and chicken with rosemary. This was a much better choice, but still not up to my standards. Generous portions.

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4.0Dined on July 21, 2015

Great service from Gina

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2.0Dined on July 20, 2015

Our server stood around A LOT. He never checked on us, was slow, inattentive and had absolutely no knowledge of the menu. I've been to this restaurant twice (trying to give a second chance) but the service both times was terrible, so unfortunately, I won't be back.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2015

We had an early reservation (5:30), and almost had the place to ourselves for much of our time there. Our server got us to a nice table, got us started with a beverage and told us about the specials. We started with the roasted beet and goat cheesed salad and some portobello fries. Delicious! My wife had the sea bass and I had the short ribs, which were perfectly moist and tender, in a delicious sauce with excellent mashed potatoes. She really enjoyed the sea bass too. For dessert, we had the fig pudding with vanilla ice cream, which was great! The atmosphere was perfect for us. Good vibe, good classic rock music at just the right volume. The service was impeccable. Can't wait to go back and try some different menu items!

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3.0Dined on June 8, 2015

This place is usually a gem. I really like this place and do plan to return. Unfortunately this past Monday was not a day to go. I look forward to trying this place again when they are back to full form.

Our last visit was not nice. The cheese and meat board was bathed in some brown sauce and topped off with jam from the little rectangle tubs one finds on the table at Denny's. They just opened up the packet and plopped a little rectangle of jelly on the board. The waiter couldn't even tell us what was on the board. He could only say "it has some cheese and dry meats. The soup was potato - but might as well called it watery mashed potatoes. The crispy pork belly was pork - but not crispy.

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4.0Dined on May 16, 2015

The size of this place is great. The noise level low. Great food. We had a very helpful waitress.Free parking. Going back soon for brunch.

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3.0Dined on May 15, 2015

On the plus side, relaxed atmosphere, excellent service, and varied wine list.
The only negative is the parking -- found a spot 5 blocks away.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2015

Amazing pork chop - juicy, delicious. Gina is an incredible server.

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5.0Dined on March 21, 2015

This is one of our favorite places to dine in Hillcrest. With such a great menu and great service you simply can't go wrong. Please ask for Gina as your waitress - she is considerably friendly and knows her stuff. We return at least once a month.

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2015

Fig Tree Cafe turned out to be just the right pick for a family get together. They easily accommodated our party of nine. From the meat lovers (try the Meat Candy) to the vegans, there were multiple choices for everyone. The wait staff were all very attentive. The food was great and the prices were reasonable. And don't miss the Nutella-stuffed doughnuts.

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3.0Dined on February 20, 2015

My boyfriend and I came here on a Friday night after trying to find a new restaurant by reading Yelp reviews and OpenTable availability. It was only moderately busy and there was indoor and outdoor (with heat lamps) seatings.

We ordered:
- Jalapeños with blue cheese and prosciutto (3 to an order ~ $9.95)
- Meatballs (3 to an order ~ $9.95)
- Lobster ravioli (5 to an order ~ $18)
- Bread to eat with our ravioli and meatballs ($2)
- 3 beers ($5.50/each)
- Chocolate stuffed french toast ($6.95, but free with check-in!)

The bill: $62 (including the Yelp check-in for a free dessert).

Everything that we ordered was pretty tasty, except the meatballs tasted a bit oversalted. The lobster ravioli was in this chipotle sauce that I thought was pretty delicious. The jalapeños were....jalapeños. But, that's my fault for ordering bar food and expecting a bit more. Service was alright - nothing to write about either way.

I was surprised, though, that the order of bread (I need something for all my sauces!) cost $2. So, the food was good, but as you can tell, the portions were rather small. I left satisfied, but thought that the bill was a bit hefty for not that much food.

I probably would return at least once more and try a few different things. Overall, good, just not amazing.

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5.0Dined on December 31, 2014

Service was impeccable as was the food. My delicious meal began with an eggplant dipped in panko covered with arugula and feta cheese; lobster salad; free range chicken. My friend had the filet mignon that was so tender one didn't need a knife.

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3.0Dined on November 30, 2014

The staff needs to be a little bit friendlier to its patrons. Our server was ok. My complaint was that when I made the reservation I mentioned that it is my mothers birthday. When I called earlier in the day, I asked if they do anything for birthdays. The girl told me that we can order dessert. Ok, I get that they dont offer a free dessert for guests. However, when our plates were removed from dinner, our bill was immediately served. We were never asked if we wanted coffee or dessert. They just wanted us gone. We were a party of four with an 81 year old. We werent even loud. Fortunately, the D Bar is around the corner and we spent a lot more money on coffee and desserts. Unfortunately, this service ruined my good feeling about this restaurant.

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4.0Dined on November 22, 2014

Loved the mains and appetizers. Dessert was disappointing. Service was top-notch.

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2.0Dined on November 16, 2014

Ok if you are in the neighborhood but don't make a point of going here.

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4.0Dined on October 18, 2014

Quiet place, great list of beer and wines. Lots of local fresh foods all made right in the resturant! The cheese and bread appitizer was delicious...big enough for a meal all by itself! We have the artichoke filled ravolli and the taquilla lobster raviolli. Both were awesome! The service was top notch! When Im back in San Diego we will go again!

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4.0Dined on October 2, 2014

I had the fig/prosciutto and brie pizza, half and half. It was very tasty.
I enjoyed sitting out on the patio.

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5.0Dined on September 24, 2014

This was restaurant week and our 1st experience at the Fig Tree. The service was some of the best from the moment I called in advance to change our reservations time as I was running late to our waiter Michael. The presentation of the food was beautiful and courses for $35 is unbeatable. Really enjoyed it. Will be back

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4.0Dined on September 21, 2014

We - a family of 4 - had a great Sunday dinner at the Fig Tree during restaurant week. Lovely food (loved loved loved the Kale salad), great atmosphere and faultless service. Great value for money and good wine by the glass. Our kids aged 8 & 10, also loved their food. We can highly recommend and we will be back! Also good for quick lunch, I'm sure!

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5.0Dined on September 7, 2014

superb food- friendly service but not obtrusive
a wonderfully comfortable and delicious experience

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5.0Dined on August 27, 2014

Our server Michael was awesome! He gave great menu suggestions, was attentive without being intrusive and had a great sense of humor.

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5.0Dined on August 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!

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4.0Dined on August 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.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2014

We just love this place - never overcrowded or noisy, excellent food, great menu, great service. We always go back!

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5.0Dined on July 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.

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