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About Adams Avenue Grill

Adams Avenue Grill is an American eatery serving both traditional and contemporary food options. The restaurant is a good spot for breakfast and brunch and has scrumptious food items on order. The restaurant has a bright and energetic ambience and friendly atmosphere with cooperative and hospitable staff members. Adams Avenue Grill is a great place to take out kids, family and friends. The place also has free Wi-F for easy connectivity.

Adams Avenue Grill serves wine and beer for enhanced food experience. Some of the popular food choices include waffles, bacon sandwiches, cheesy grits, scrambled eggs & pancakes, santafe omelet, lavender infused crème, French toast, crème brulee French and salmon wrap.

2201 Adams Ave
San Diego, CA 92116
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Barbecue, Organic

Hours of Operation:
Breakfast & Lunch:
Monday - Thursday 10:30am - 2:00 pm
Friday 9:00 am - 2:00pm
Saturday & Sunday: 8:00am - 2:00pm;

Dinner: Monday - Sunday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(619) 298-8440

Website:
http://www.adamsavenuegrille.com/

Executive Chef:
Tim Klepeis

Additional:
Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

Adams Avenue Grill Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

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4.3

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4.0

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Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Neighborhood Gem (140)
Fit for Foodies (96)
Great for Lunch (66)
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Great for Brunch (57)
Special Occasion (54)
Good for Groups (47)
Romantic (27)
Kid-friendly (20)
Notable Wine List (11)
Hot Spot (8)
Late-night Find (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 23, 2015

When I get to choose the place for dinner with friends, especially when we have lots to talk about, I always pick Adams Ave Grill. No need to shout across the table to be heard. Too many of the newer restaurants in our area have forgotten that when they've designed their spaces. The food, so good that our foodie friends are impressed as well. Their specials are all that and more. As an artist, I enjoy seeing the new works on display, grateful there's such a place that gives us a nice spot to showcase the work. The service is wonderful too, all their servers friendly and great at taking care of our table. Obviously, they like working there which is always a plus. You'll not hear a negative word about this place from our family.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 22, 2015

The staff was over the top. Tim was constantly checking on our service and food and so friendly and personable. We think he is the owner / head chef. This is a great place for a special occasion or just a lovely dinner out.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 9, 2015

it's been several years since I've been to the Adams Avenue grill and it was fantastic back then and I was looking forward to another fantastic dinner.I ordered the cinnamon flank iron steak with a baked potato. The steak was good but the potato was hard and really wasn't worth serving.overall I would say it was just ok but the value was very good and it will be awhile before I return.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on April 30, 2015

My friends and I came here for the Dining Out for Life event. Restaurant and event staff were great. We will definitely return!

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on April 25, 2015

Great menu choices

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on February 23, 2015

Adams Avenue Grill is a charming restaurant we ordered the Adams Avenue Huevos Rancheros and the Santa Fe Hash brown Eggs both dishes were very good. Our server Liz recommended our dishes and she provided excellent customer service and I look forward to dining at Adams Avenue Grill soon.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Hot Spot, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 17, 2015

A little out of the way for me, but a charming restaurant that I will want to return to. The ambience was very nice...bright and cheery. Our server Luke was friendly, attentive and accommodating...and made for a pleasant dining experience. The food was very, very good (2 salmon wraps and the tacos). Entrees included salad on the side and even dessert was included! I am anxious to return and try other entrees.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2015

I love Adams Ave Grill!! The atmosphere is always so warm and friendly and the food is fabulous. The owner, Tim, is a wonderful person and should be so proud of this gem in University Heights.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 14, 2015

Ambiance is nice for a neighborhood restaurant but the service was not good. Our first course took a long time and arrived about 4minutes before the entrees. Kale salad was fresh but needed more massaging. Entree with chicken, mozzarella, and prosciutto was very disappointing with plain sautéed chicken breast slapped on top with the other two items with no flavor and a watery sauce.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (San Diego)·Dined on February 6, 2015

Good food - would classify it in the comfort food range as portions are hearty and it is not the place I go if I want a "light bite". Always have had friendly and good service. Also has some vegetarian selections which is really nice.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on January 23, 2015

Nice menu selections with good (not great) food but the fact that I sometimes can't decide tells you a lot of things sound good. Little noisy (what restaurant isn't) but OK. Service was pretty good - only one Chardonnay on the wines by the glass the the server wasn't real helpful about it. It turned out to get quite good though. This is a comfortable to place to go though and we'll go back.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on January 12, 2015

The suggestions provided by the waitress were wonderful as all of our food was great. Entree portions were nice (we had leftovers for lunch the next day). The wine list was great as well. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Diego)·Dined on December 31, 2014

The food was great as usual. It was a little bit noisy when we were there the last time, but it was on New Year's Ever so it was to be expected. The server helped pick out great drinks for us. Overall, the experience was great as usual.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 30, 2014

Not great odors unfortunately, so not a good night for dining at all. Perhaps another night?

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 (San Diego)·Dined on October 12, 2014

Wonderful experience! Waitress was knowledgeable and friendly. We were a party of six, and every dish was delicious. Imaginative menu, with variety for vegetarian friends as well.

Tags: Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 21, 2014

Awful doesn't even begin to describe our experience. Should have left when we walked in and it smelled like sh*t. I picked it, so I wanted to see it through. We were greeted at our table by an army of flies. Quickly decided we should all order alcohol because I had a bad feeling about the joint & figured we'd need it. I was right. The flies settled down until our food came. Understandable, because that food smelled worse than the original sh*t smell that greeted us to the restaurant 20 minutes earlier. Flies like that stuff & we were happy to feed our food to them. Server comped 100% of the food & said he'd have a talk with the cooks who had only been there 2 days. Chef Ramsey, where are you? You're desperately needed at Adams Ave. Grill!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2014

We'll definitely be back. Nice menu options - comfort food and some innovative dishes and vegetarian selection. Wine selection by the glass was creative and well thought out (we picked three good whites). Very good service and nicely done inside - bright, classy but comfortable.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 16, 2014

not crowded at all, after all it was over 95 in San Diego. the Grill was open for lunch and at 1;15 just a few tables occupied. You can actually talk to your companions and hear what they say. i had the asian salad with chicken (lunch size). Just the right size but maybe at $15 a bit overpriced. My companion had the lavendar french toast with bacon, yum! It too at $14 was a buck or two more than reasonable but overall, a perfect way to enjoy friends and conversation on a very hot afternoon.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 11, 2014

Everything about this venue makes it a great choice for relaxed warm get-togethers where conversation and food can be savored. Serving a gluten-free version of several dishes was easily and graciously accommodated.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on September 6, 2014

good all around with pasta slightly overcooked, I prefer more al dente so will request that next time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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vip
 (Portland)·Dined on August 29, 2014

We love Adam's Avenue Grill. We are regulars for breakfast, brunch and dinner. The service is always great. Friendly, welcoming, funny. We have never had a bad experience here.
Recommend this restaurant to everyone. The specials are always great. Soups are delicious. A fixture on the menu is their Pot Roast and comfort food doesn't get any better.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 20, 2014

Large, but varied menu sure to fit the needs of all with wonderful flavors! The chicken/blue cheese wrap was truly delicious & unlike any other wrap you've had. The staff is good & accommodating. It's a very open environment, so not super romantic if that is what you seek, but is a great place for lunch or dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 18, 2014

Seemed like a great place for dinner for 9 at 5:30. All good but for the service. Two (maybe 3) wine orders were missed until diners reminded server as entree arrived. Two (three?) orders (watermelon gazpacho) forgotten by server or someone preparing them. At least one guest waited for meal long after the rest of us. We all chose to wait--too long for some. Whenever served, everything was excellent. Saw no excuses: few other patrons in dining room--maybe two tables of 4 max.)

All guests commented on poor service but great food. An awkward evening for me, at best.

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 (San Diego)·Dined on August 3, 2014

I don't think that Adam's Avenue Grill has done anything to exceed my expectations on my multiple visits there, yet I keep going back...I don't know why! Perhaps it's because the other breakfast joints in the area have too long of waits.
Honestly, the food sounds better than it tastes. I ordered the Bacon stuffed Belgian waffles topped with grits and eggs this last time. I didn't like how all the items were stacked on one another and the Hollandaise sauce was too sour. The "cheesy grits" were cold and lumpy and the side of fruit was more of a garnish than a side. Service was up to par, but as it got busier, it became more scant. It also became very stuffy inside. Please turn up the AC!

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on August 2, 2014

I took out of town guests there...one vegan, one vegetarian, two "regular" foodies. We all found something yummy to eat.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2014

Food is incredible per usual. Very reasonable for the quality of the food...our go to restaurant when friends/family are in town.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2014

I have been here for breakfast with friends and it is always good. I went for dinnner on a Friday night. I made reservations and they were busy, but able to seat people quickly. Nice atmosphere and clean uncluttered feel, but still warm. The staff was very helpful and attentive, but not in our faces. I ordered off of the regular menu (yankee pot roast) and my friend ordered a special (butternut squash ravioli). Both were tasty. We also tried three desserts. peanut/chocolate bar was interesting and good. I really liked the chocolate/banana dessert and my friend liked the chocolate/macadamia dessert. I would recommend this to restuarant friends.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 11, 2014

Had a lunch group here last week and we were all very pleased. This place consistently has excellent food and service. One of my favorites!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 23, 2014

We made reservations for lunch and were surprised that they were still serving breakfast. This worked out well as we sort of mixed it up with one having breakfast and two having lunch. Great variety of selections for the hungry and the lite eaters, including some tasty sounding vegetarian dishes. We certainly will go back to sample more.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on June 18, 2014

I am a frequent customer of the Adams Avenue Grill and am never disappointed! I have to say that the ginger-carrot soup is my favorite thing on the menu. So, I start there and work my way through all kinds of choices. For lunch or dinner, you will enjoy the wine list, the specials and, of course, the service (I think they really like working there!).

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Sydney / NSW)·Dined on June 17, 2014

I have been at this restaurant many times in the past. Our two food selections were not the best which is quite unusual. We had a wrap which was good and the chicken strips with waffle fries ... the chicken strips have no flavor or punch. Must have been an off day as the food here has always been excellent.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 15, 2014

Large menu with eclectic choices. Food was under seasoned. Had the salmon cooked on a cedar plank, and the salmon was overlooked. Corn chowder was great. Our server was great but when we were seated, they didn't have enough menus to give to us (there were only 4 of us)! Owner(?) gave us snarky comment about needing to be patient. Which restaurant doesn't have enough menus? Good atmosphere. Good restaurant for the neighborhood but since i don't live there, i probably wouldn't go back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 13, 2014

This neighborhood gem is wonderful. The menu is perfect for vegetarians (gluten free, too) and meat eaters. Breakfast and lunch are served daily and the choices are varied and delicious. There isn't an item on the menu that is disappointing and the desserts are truly yummy. Dinner is great and the prices are very reasonable. The staff is extremely accommodating, the ambience is very pleasant and welcoming. We dine out a great deal and this is one of our favorite spots.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on June 12, 2014

Reasonably priced and excellent food. Unique offerings and quaint atmosphere. Loved it!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 10, 2014

Great spot. We were on vacation in San Diego and staying in the University Heights neighborhood. Great local place. Good food. Pizza's were huge. Wonderful service.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 20, 2014

Good food, good menu, lots of variety. We always find that the food is well prepared and the wait staff friendly and attentive. Prices are pretty good, not too expensive, but not coffee shop either.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on May 11, 2014

We went for mothers day as I delayed in making reservations elsewhere. I'd eaten there at their original location in Kensington. I wasn't sure to expect this time around. I was a little nervous because we had our baby who, luckily, is usually quite well behaved. I just didn't want to offend others . There were seven of us and the table next to us had about a dozen people including a baby as well. Everyone was kind, the babies sat next to each other and the server was very patient and kind. We were there for a couple of hours. Great menu for our gluten free family. We will be back!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2014

My husband, daughter and I have been coming here for Sunday breakfast for a few years now and decided to take my parents for Mother's day. We received great service from Sophia. She was very sweet while giving good suggestions when I couldn't make up my mind (which I never can). I'm glad I tried something new but I will probably have one of my favorites next time: Italy’s Proscuitto & Caprese Eggs or the Original Eggs Benedict. Their hollandaise is perfect. Both my dad and my husband had the pork enchiladas and they were fantastic. Mom had the smoked bacon & tomato soup with a half pear orange arugula salad. She loved it. Everybody loved it.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 11, 2014

Great food, nice ambience, wonderful service! We will visit again soon.

Tags: Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on May 10, 2014

Adams Avenue Grille is a wonderful neighborhood restaurant. Small, tucked away on a residential street, but a total gem. Very creative menu. Wonderful food and presentation. Easy to make reservations. Very friendly service. Very reasonable prices. Great desserts. No liquor, just wine and beer, which keeps it quiet. I got here often and this time was pleased to treat a guest from Texas to dinner who was totally charmed. Totally recommended.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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