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Old Townhouse Restaurant

American, Diner
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4941 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3112
+1 619-222-1880
06:00 - 14:00
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Mon - Fri 06:00 - 14:00
Sat - Sun 06:00 - 15:00
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Columbia, Tennessee
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6 reviews
Reviewed 2 April 2017

Our family went here twice during our stay at Ocean Beach. The traditional breakfast was well prepared, service was friendly and prompt, and the atmosphere was cheerful diner-ish. It looks like it can get busy, so I'd be prepared to wait a little.

Thank MuleTownies
Chicago, IL
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30 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 April 2017

Sat at the counter for breakfast travelling solo. Enjoyed the food and experience. Good hash browns. Friendly service. Busy place.

Thank keithb789
San Diego, California
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23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 22 March 2017

After you leave this place you are going to want to take a nap. Seriously, the portions are good size for the money. Order a regular meal and then you'll be in your happy place.

Thank joshuautley
Flagstaff, Arizona
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Read reviews, thought we would try this place while visiting Point Loma. You actually are in Ocean Beach, and the restaurant takes you back to the sixties, actually, think that was the last time the booths were replaced. Small, seat yourself, food old time breakfasts at reasonable prices for SD, husband had biscuit special for $9 which included 3 eggs... More 

Thank Jazzygal123
Ontario CANADA
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199 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We asked a bartender where we might find a great breakfast and he recommended this place. On a downtown street in Ocean Beach I believe and well worth the drive from San Diego. No diet plan here just a great breakfast. We had to line up for a short time and the young man behind us recommended the 'chicken steak'.... More 

Thank BenOntarioCANADA
New Providence, New Jersey
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154 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2016

Went here for breakfast and it was great! We sat right down and the waitress was getting coffee. Our food came out quickly and was very good. This place has a lot of character and obviously is very popular.

Thank Det963
Sydney, Australia
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34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2016 via mobile

Old school diner at Ocean Beach. Don't expect any frills just good service and wholesome hearty food. Obviously a popular choice with the locals and turns over quickly so the wait is not long. Opted for the South of the Border options. The flour tortillas were fresh and the eggs nice and spicy. Perfect for the tourist to get a... More 

Thank Darrin G
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We went here for a quick bite to eat our last morning in San Diego. It was a good and reasonably priced, albeit basic, breakfast. The service was friendly. The hash browns and bacon were particularly good.

Thank Melissa G
Las Vegas, Nevada
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

Small diner that is always busy, food is good. Standard breakfast fare and nothing fancy but well priced. No alcohol is served. The staff is always friendly. Located about 2 blocks straight up from the OB pier and only has street parking. Good for visits anytime during the week, the weekends are very crowded in all of OB. Good for... More 

Thank Barb R
Los Angeles, California
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211 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016

For Breakfast this is one of my Favorite spots. The servers are so Friendly, Everything on the Menu has been Outstanding, They serve Coffee to our delight cup after cup. The Ham Bk is the one I Love, but can not miss with anything here, Old School Coffee Shop, Just the Right Way !!! BEST BREAKFAST PLACE HERE. Mention TripAdvisor... More 

Thank Ritchie H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$5 - US$10
American, Diner
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Open Hours
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 14:00
06:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 4941 Newport Ave, San Diego, CA 92107-3112
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-222-1880
Like so many American stories, this one stared with a trip and a dream... Emigrating from Greece in 1969, my father's first career in the United States was that of an aircraft mechanic while my mother worked as a homemaker raising three children. My father and mother had a dream of owning their own business. After studying the subtleties that made other businesses successful and scouting out locations they settled for a site two blogs from the beach in a little town called Ocean Beach. The former sight of Spyros' Coffee Shop was the perfect location, and with the help of their family and freinds they did most of the construction themselves. They wanted to evoke a down home country feeling so they came up with the name The Old Townhouse. By August of 1973, the Old Townhouse was ready for business. My father is an excellent self taught cook and my mother loves people so she was a natural as being a waitress. My mother knew every customer's name that would walk through the front door. She made every customer feel at home and with my dad's cooking it was not that hard to create an atmosphere that brought everyone together. They made an excellent team. They worked long hours with no restaurant experience and with a few bumps along the way they made the Old Townhouse what it is today. Chris and Soula strived to make quality and hospitality their main priorities. Chris refused to serve anything but the best homemade meals. They treated each customer as a guest in their own home. To this day, they invite you as the customer to feel as comfortable in the Old Townhouse as you would in the home of a close friend. Because of this dedication to service and quality, the business has grown over the years to welcome repeat customers. These regulars have epitomized the meaning of the word family in the Old Townhouse Family Restaurant. Chris and Soula's youngest son Peter and daughter Nancy, managed the restaurant for several years, and then moved on to pursue other career endeavors. The couple's oldest son Ted resumed the family management in the spring of 2003. Ted and is wife Kathy continue to pursue the aspirations of service and quality to which the customers of the Old Townhouse Family have grown accustomed. There is no end to the restaurant stories my family can tell. Thousands of people have walked through our doors and eaten our food...And just as we've left an impression on them they've left an impression on us. When we get together the conversation invariably turns to the past and to the family members and customers who have meant so much to us. We invite you to make us a part of your family, please enjoy some old fashioned comfort food and hospitality along with great atmosphere and professional staff.

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