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The Swell Cafe

3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-7054
+1 858-539-0039
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good28%
  • Average4%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible3%
Jan 29, 2018
“Amazing Coffee with a Side of Amazing Service ”
Sep 28, 2017
“My fav in San diego ♡”
Closed Now
Diner, Cafe, American, Healthy, Vegetarian Friendly
3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-7054
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Reviewed 26 February 2018 via mobile

I rode my bike there on a Sunday morning. Why does a coffee stop at the beach not have a bike rack? There is no place to park your bike so I locked it to a signpost on the sidewalk, which is rude because it...More

Thank DoorCtyRes
Reviewed 30 January 2018 via mobile

The coffee here is great. I just had a drip coffee but it was amazingly smooth. My 5 year old daughter had a smoothie which was good but pretty pricey. Our barista was super friendly and guided me to one of the best cups of...More

Thank Samuraiduck
Reviewed 8 November 2017

We walked all the way along to the Swell cafe from our hotel near Belmont Park as the reviews were very good. However, when we got there it was closed and seemed rot be up for refurbishment.

Thank DavidMay1945
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

I Love this place- nice,Quiet and absolutely delicious food! Acai bowl and Bagels are awesome!! Was here 2years ago already and gad to go back this Time again:) Best Breakfast in PB ♡

Thank Sarah P
Reviewed 20 August 2017

Great fast service and great coffee. Even have make your own brew. Gluten free granola among other breakfast items. Nice seating areas with umbrellas. Very nice.

Thank travelagentreplies
Reviewed 5 August 2017

We ate breakfast here all five days of our trip. Everything was absolutely delicious and the coffee was excellent.

Thank paige066
Reviewed 1 June 2017

We are from Australia, so we have high expectations when we come to coffee. We drank alot of BAD coffee in the US. Swell was the best we came across, but it was still a little weak for our liking. The food was very nice...More

Thank Kellie M
Reviewed 26 May 2017 via mobile

Great place to grab coffee and breakfast to go but better to hang out, people watch and enjoy the beach scene

Thank James L
Reviewed 28 February 2017

I came here with my husband on vacation and we had stuffed french toast with fresh berries and coffee. What a relief to find good coffee! It was very tasty black, and the blended drink my husband got was very good too. I believe the...More

Thank HappyCamp3r2014
Reviewed 23 January 2017

We've been going to Swell Cafe (once known as Cafe Mono) since they opened. It was great to see John get his business going from the beginning, and fun to visit with him (we almost never see him there any longer). This morning we went...More

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Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
7:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 3833 Mission Blvd, San Diego, CA 92109-7054 (Formerly Cafe Mono)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 858-539-0039
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Welcome to Mission Beach! We invite you over to The Swell Coffee Roasting & Swell Cafe for our award-winning coffee, bagels, breakfast, and more. This is the perfect place for you to join the locals with your family and enjoy our latte art, fresh made-to-order breakfast and lunch. All while sitting outside soaking up the sun and breathing in the ocean air. All coffee is roasted in-house, and in small batches in our artisan roaster. We only source traceable and earth-friendly coffees. Our food is fresh, healthy, and made to order (and we have a small kitchen with passionate people!). The cafe is nestled on Mission Blvd, a block from the Pacific Ocean and a block from Mission Bay. We are a great cafe to stop at after a walk along the Boardwalk, or a bike ride along the bay. Our staff is super friendly, and will do everything possible to accommodate any special needs or requests. We also provide breakfast and coffee catering with advanced notice (48 hours preferred)!
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