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Mountain Center Cafe

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29470 US Highway 243, Mountain Center, CA 92561-0020
+1 951-659-2600
06:00 - 15:00
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Mountain Center, California, United States
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52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

I eat here often because it is located at a cross roads going either up to Idyllwild or the 74 to the desert. Service is reasonably fast and the menu is varied enough that most people will find something to enjoy. I, personally, am addicted to their Bleu Burger.....omg....great bun, lots of blue cheese and the bacon is excellent. Just... More 

Thank Paul B
Anza, California
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4 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016 via mobile

Good food and the prices are reasonable. Friendly service, with a rustic atmosphere. Indoor and outdoor eating available. Great place for all.

Thank spanishbam
Hemet, United States
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34 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Easter Sunday, many cars parked outside, met when we opened the door with "we're not open." We said how come there is no sign out front? She says "we posted it all last week?" Everybody doesn't live on the hill! Baaaaah!

2 Thank Frances O
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17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2016 via mobile

We had 12 adults and 4 children at a big beautiful table. The home cooked dishes arrived hot and at the same time. Our waitress was fantastic, keeping up with all the little additions you have with children. What a wonderful, special place for us to return to. Thank you for making our after Christmas breakfast so much fun.

Thank John P
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 October 2015

Breakfast stop on the way out of town. Our table had a Philly Cheese Steak, Chicken Fried Steak and biscuits and gravy! All super delicious! Great service as well!!

Thank zanderwalsh1
Idyllwild, California
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51 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015

Where else can you get great food at prices that won't leave you hungry. Service is friendly,and the servers knowledgeable about all the dishes.They offer inside and patio seating . As an aside -----you can find a place to "park" your horse if you happen to ride up from the ranch.

Thank Loouie
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67 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2015 via mobile

The banana Walnut pancakes were fabulous. Perfect spot to stop before heading downhill. Good service and extensive menu.

Thank Cr1717
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458 reviews
199 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 341 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2015

We arrived about 10:30 on a Thursday morning and were happy to hear that they serve breakfast all day long. My friend had the 2- 2–2 special at $4.99. It included two pancakes and they filled the plate, so the 2 pieces of sausage and 2 eggs cooked the way he wanted them were more than he could eat! He... More 

Thank Bchgrl9
Anaheim, California
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73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2015

Homemade breads make a nice side for a generally very good breakfast. However beware, the special advertised out front may not be honored. I stopped in for the local's 222 breakfast on Friday am (Friday after New Years), but they said it was a holiday weekend and it was regular price - and that's why we made the trip from... More 

1 Thank trikkerterry
New York City
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246 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 141 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 January 2015

Just stopped for a quick breakfast while in the Idyllwild area. The place was recommended by a local Ranger we met that morning as the place he goes every morning before coming to work. Nothing fancy- just french toast, bacon and poached egg- but the place had charm.

Thank SusanNewYorkCity

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
06:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 29470 US Highway 243, Mountain Center, CA 92561-0020
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Mountain Center
  • Phone Number: +1 951-659-2600

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