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Janet's Cafe

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9225 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA
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San Diego, California
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98 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

While It is always very busy. this restaurant may be resting on its laurels. My omelette: The eggs were rubbery and the spinach in it was clearly the frozen and chopped kind , not fresh. The biscuit, while very large, was in the microwave too long and came to the table tough on the edges with the bottom sticking to... More 

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Thank KayRuth
El Cajon, California
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104 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Didnt realize this gem was here, Very good food and fast service, it was a nice surprise on a rainy day. food was great service was on par overall very happy with this place

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Thank Bradnvicki
Santee, California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

Never a bad meal. There are other locations for Janet's. Alpine location is equally great. Love the crepes! Good service - attentive but not lurking. And with the Specials.....you get a free dessert.

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Thank toody99
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 December 2016

A truly mediocre breakfast place, but Santee has so few that they think this is all the rage. Service is so so and food is average, larger portions.

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El Cajon, California
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 December 2016

My diving buddies and I go there every Saturday morning after our dive to replace all of the energy we burned off. Always lots of food served with great smiles and superb service. Definitely not a greasy spoon. It is just a good place to eat with family and friends.

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Thank AMSadventuretraveler
San Diego, California
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663 reviews
254 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 428 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 November 2016

Janet's Cafe earns easily all five stars. Perfect service, delicious food, coffee refilled often, clean comfortable seating and really nice people. I highly recommend you give them a try at breakfast, wonderful. Really exceptional.

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Thank Walker S
San Diego, California, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

Janet's is really good down home cookin'. The food is good, the service is very friendly. You feel like you're part of the family. Notice other reviews. The only complaint is the portions are too big.

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Thank Ann G
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Husband and I went here today for the first time for breakfast. Great food lots of options and big portions. Highly recommend.

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Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Lakeside, California
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25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

This place is always busy, but worth it. We have been there a few times and always had great service and great food.

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Thank dlsgallagher
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

This place is small with limited hours but has very good food and excellent service. The only problem I have is the portions are too large. I usually share with a friend. They also have patio seating which is nice when the weather is not too hot.

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Thank Marsha T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, Cafe
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 9225 Carlton Hills Blvd, Santee, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santee

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?