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Back To The Grind

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3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3328
+1 951-784-0800
07:00 - 23:00
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Sun 09:00 - 21:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 23:00
Fri 07:00 - 00:00
Sat 09:00 - 00:00
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San Diego, California
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 April 2017 via mobile

Good spot to work, study, or have a coffee date. Books all over the back wall, vibe-y, and lots of places to sit. They have a downstairs area for events like open mics or performances as well, although I haven't attended one yet.

Thank meliandpablo
Murrieta, California
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565 reviews
181 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 September 2016

This is a really funky place. There is a big seating area as you walk in, a small performance space downstairs, and more seating areas out back and upstairs. Some nights there are performances downstairs. They offer lots of coffee and food options and even ice cream!

Thank Alexandra T
Fontana, California
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 September 2016

Back to the grind is a great coffee shop in down town Riverside. It has a friendly staff and a great menu; drinks and food. They have scheduled nights for open mic, chess, art shows, all kinds of things. They also have live music randomly. They have board games and books you can read or play, they have a basement... More 

Thank Catastrophic37
Indio, California
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73 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 June 2016

I visited this place for the first time very recently, I enjoyed a hazelnut chocolate coffee which was delicious, as were the tea and espresso my friends had, but this place is way more than coffee, all the artists of the area meet here, this place has a lot of history and is full of art, books and interesting people,... More 

Thank aairal
Riverside, California
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31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 May 2016 via mobile

Been to Back to the Grind many times and only just thought about reviewing them. This is s great place to get coffee or a snack. The atmosphere is eclectic, quirky and relaxing. The staff or pleasant and fast. All in all, my favorite coffee shop in town. Be sure to leave a tip!

Thank GhostHunterSoCal
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94 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 November 2015

Really lovely huge room with comfy chairs, sofas and largely dark wood furnishings. Huge wall-to-floor bookshelves. My coffee was fine. Cakes looked home-made and very tasty indeed. Wish this was my local coffee shop at home. Service fast and friendly enough.

Thank Mark L
Riverside, California
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35 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 September 2015

Came here to study because I wanted to explore the city (moved here for school). It was really amazing. Great drinks. I got a latte and a blackberry italian soda with cream. They were both incredibly tasty, and served in a "for here" mug with a smile. The first guy that I got my drink from was a lot nicer... More 

Thank Hayden J
Riverside, California
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157 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 August 2015

This is more than a coffee house it's an art gallery, meeting place, and eatery with Vegetarian selections. Great hangout especially on the first Thursday of the month which is 'Art Walk.'

Thank cariL44
Hyderabad, India
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181 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2015

I've been coming here since I was in College. Love their coffee. Love their couches n seating arrangement inside. Def a place to check out.

Thank Italian80
Camarillo, California
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155 reviews
122 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2015 via mobile

Cool little college town coffee shop. Live music in the basement, people playing chess, comfy couches, and tasty drinks. Be sure to bring cash, they don't accept cards.

Thank USCfan30

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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American, Cafe, Delicatessen
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
09:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 23:00
07:00 - 00:00
09:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3575 University Ave, Riverside, CA 92501-3328
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Riverside
  • Phone Number: +1 951-784-0800

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?