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Fig Tree Cafe - Hillcrest

192 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem (294)
  • Fit for Foodies (248)
  • Great for Outdoor Dining (92)

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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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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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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
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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).
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
What 192 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.2  based on all time ratings
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90% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipdonron (New Orleans)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipthedish (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

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

Pommette (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 27, 2016

Delicious, fresh ingredients. Creative menu

Pommette (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2016

Great food, excellent service. We will return!

KaiKitsune (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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".

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined 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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipbpatrick3pk (Richmond)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipSteph (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on December 29, 2015

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

socalfoodie (Las Vegas)
5.0  Dined 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.

vipLkwdBrian (Los Angeles)
4.0  Dined on October 31, 2015

I really enjoyed the food here.

vipporcheflipflop (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 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!

happy712 (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 20, 2015

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

vipSteph (San Diego)
5.0  Dined on September 19, 2015

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

Alison (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 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.

vipVicsChoice (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on July 21, 2015

Great service from Gina

vipZenMinded (San Diego)
2.0  Dined 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.

Zendog54 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined 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!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  Dined 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.