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Adams Avenue Grill

77 reviews
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$30 and under
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Top Tags:
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Fit for Foodies
  • Great for Lunch

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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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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American, Barbecue, Organic
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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
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Phone number
(619) 298-8440
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Tim Klepeis
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Beer, Delivery, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 77 People Are SayingWrite a review
Overall ratings and reviews
4.2  based on all time ratings
Noise · Moderate
89% of people would recommend it to a friend
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Phillup (San Diego)
5.0  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.

GeoffBob (San Diego)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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.

Janel (San Diego)
5.0  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!

vipOpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  Dined on April 25, 2015

Great menu choices

vipCarly (San Diego)
5.0  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.

vipRube (San Diego)
5.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.

Lydia (San Diego)
3.0  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.

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
3.0  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.

vipHappy2comment (San Diego)
4.0  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.

vipNewTradition (San Diego)
4.0  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!

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
4.0  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.

vipDineWmo (San Diego)
2.0  Dined on October 30, 2014

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

OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0  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.