Downtown Cafe Bar & Grill

★★★☆☆
  • 182 E Main St

    El Cajon, CA 92020

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  • 619-440-5687

About Downtown Cafe Bar & Grill

Hours
Sun 10am-8pm, Mon 11am-8pm, Tue-Thu 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm

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WORST SERVICE!! There were four of us dining last night. 3 of us ordered while waiting for the 4th to arrive. 20 min after our order was placed we were told that one of the meals was no longer available, a party of 100 in the next room took all of that food and "Do you want to order something else?" followed by "Do you know what you want?" NO, what was wanted was not available and NO I don't know without looking at a menu again! The 4th person then placed her order for a salad with salmon and the 3rd ordered a hamburger, no tomato or onion please.

The first two orders were brought out with no acknowledgement of when the 2nd two would be served! The 3rd persons order arrived before the salad .. ? When questioned the waitress looked at the pass though and said, "Do you see it up there? If it was ready I would have brought it to you already!!" Her excuse, salmon is baked in the oven and takes longer to cook than a med. hamburger!!

Her overall attitude was short, snitty and just plain rude!! Never again will I go into Downtown Cafe Bar & Grill.

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★☆☆☆☆

WORST SERVICE!! There were four of us dining last night. 3 of us ordered while waiting for the 4th to arrive. 20 min after our order was placed we were told that one of the meals was no longer available, a party of 100 in the next room took all of that food and "Do you want to order something else?" followed by "Do you know what you want?" NO, what was wanted was not available and NO I don't know without looking at a menu again! The 4th person then placed her order for a salad with salmon and the 3rd ordered a hamburger, no tomato or onion please.

The first two orders were brought out with no acknowledgement of when the 2nd two would be served! The 3rd persons order arrived before the salad .. ? When questioned the waitress looked at the pass though and said, "Do you see it up there? If it was ready I would have brought it to you already!!" Her excuse, salmon is baked in the oven and takes longer to cook than a med. hamburger!!

Her overall attitude was short, snitty and just plain rude!! Never again will I go into Downtown Cafe Bar & Grill.

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Again ... WORST SERVICE!! There were four of us dining last night. 3 of us ordered while waiting for the 4th to arrive. 20 min after our order was placed we were told that one of the meals was no longer available, a party of 100 in the

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★★★★★

Again ... WORST SERVICE!! There were four of us dining last night. 3 of us ordered while waiting for the 4th to arrive. 20 min after our order was placed we were told that one of the meals was no longer available, a party of 100 in the

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The four of us went on Thurs. 5/3/2012. The waitress was horrible, the food wasn't that great and I ordered a Lemon Drop drink and it was like drinking lemonade! The other three ordered 16 oz. margaritas and it looked like Gatorade and

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★★★★★

The four of us went on Thurs. 5/3/2012. The waitress was horrible, the food wasn't that great and I ordered a Lemon Drop drink and it was like drinking lemonade! The other three ordered 16 oz. margaritas and it looked like Gatorade and

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Fix the AIR!!!!!!!
Food is great,help is friendly, Love to stop & enjoy. However The air does not work. SWEAT!!!!!! while eating is just not my style.

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★☆☆☆☆

Fix the AIR!!!!!!!
Food is great,help is friendly, Love to stop & enjoy. However The air does not work. SWEAT!!!!!! while eating is just not my style.

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Let me first start by saying that my family and I usually have a great experience at the Downtown Cafe, good food and friendly staff (usually) Anyway, I went to the Cafe on Monday evening. My family and I showed up at 6:30, an appropriate dinner time? We were treated like dirt. The bartender/waitress was awful, making us feel like she wanted close, even though the bar was full....of loud obnoxious "kids" who were obviously friends with this girl. I hope the owners know that this place is treated like the employees personal bar rather than a business. We will make a note to avoid this place when this young women is there.

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★★★☆☆

Let me first start by saying that my family and I usually have a great experience at the Downtown Cafe, good food and friendly staff (usually) Anyway, I went to the Cafe on Monday evening. My family and I showed up at 6:30, an appropriate dinner time? We were treated like dirt. The bartender/waitress was awful, making us feel like she wanted close, even though the bar was full....of loud obnoxious "kids" who were obviously friends with this girl. I hope the owners know that this place is treated like the employees personal bar rather than a business. We will make a note to avoid this place when this young women is there.

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I have been to the Downtown Cafe on several Friday nights. I've had the pleasure of listening to two great bands, Good Mojo, and Joey and the Stringrays. They both play great and the crowd gets up and dances to the beat. I usually try to eat light and tried their Big Downtown Nachos, which is enough for two. They have an excellent Cadilac Margarita. Sometimes the service is a little slow, but it has always been pretty crowded when I have been there. If you like good old rock and roll, oldies, some western then you have to come on down and treat yourself to a great time.

By Debbie M.

5
★★★★★

I have been to the Downtown Cafe on several Friday nights. I've had the pleasure of listening to two great bands, Good Mojo, and Joey and the Stringrays. They both play great and the crowd gets up and dances to the beat. I usually try to eat light and tried their Big Downtown Nachos, which is enough for two. They have an excellent Cadilac Margarita. Sometimes the service is a little slow, but it has always been pretty crowded when I have been there. If you like good old rock and roll, oldies, some western then you have to come on down and treat yourself to a great time.

By Debbie M.

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I've been at the Downtown during several Thursday night jam sessions. Sometimes they only people there are the jammers and their family/friends, and the service is still lousy. The waitress appears to go out of her way at times to avoid serving us. We always order dinners and drinks. The food is not that great, it takes forever to order, even longer for the food to be served, and then, once the waitress walks away from the table, you can't catch her to ask for more water, coffee, etc. If they really want business in these bad economic times, then either hire more staff or have the staff that is already there change their attitudes.

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I've been at the Downtown during several Thursday night jam sessions. Sometimes they only people there are the jammers and their family/friends, and the service is still lousy. The waitress appears to go out of her way at times to avoid serving us. We always order dinners and drinks. The food is not that great, it takes forever to order, even longer for the food to be served, and then, once the waitress walks away from the table, you can't catch her to ask for more water, coffee, etc. If they really want business in these bad economic times, then either hire more staff or have the staff that is already there change their attitudes.

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1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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I often eat at the cafe, lunch and dinner. Great choice's on menu. And I have tried them all.
Nice small home town, family feeling. Nice server's.
Love the music, and think it's a good place to enjoy the outdoors.!!!

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★★★★★

I often eat at the cafe, lunch and dinner. Great choice's on menu. And I have tried them all.
Nice small home town, family feeling. Nice server's.
Love the music, and think it's a good place to enjoy the outdoors.!!!

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The Patty melt tasted a little funny but the fries were superb. They got two orders wrong, though. It was very cramped where we were.
What I don't appreciate is their practice of adding 18% onto the bill (we had 10 people at our table) and then on the credit card part of the bill they had the "base amount" and a blank line for the "Tip amount". Some people with a lot of items on their bill may not realize that the tip was already included in the "base amount" and add an extra tip amount. That seems like a deceptive practice on Downtown's part. I bet the servers' like it.

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★★☆☆☆

The Patty melt tasted a little funny but the fries were superb. They got two orders wrong, though. It was very cramped where we were.
What I don't appreciate is their practice of adding 18% onto the bill (we had 10 people at our table) and then on the credit card part of the bill they had the "base amount" and a blank line for the "Tip amount". Some people with a lot of items on their bill may not realize that the tip was already included in the "base amount" and add an extra tip amount. That seems like a deceptive practice on Downtown's part. I bet the servers' like it.

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Horrible service! We ordered an appetizer and didn?t not get that for 20 plus minutes. Than the girl brought out 2 plates with no utensils. When we unstacked the plates there was insect on the plate still moving around. We had to flag down the waitress to get her to come back. When she picked up the plate all she said was ?ew? no im sorry nothing. I had to ask to have my drinks refilled too. When she gave us the bill she said ?here you go? no thank you, just here you go and walked off. The resturant was empty so there was no reason for this at all.

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★☆☆☆☆

Horrible service! We ordered an appetizer and didn?t not get that for 20 plus minutes. Than the girl brought out 2 plates with no utensils. When we unstacked the plates there was insect on the plate still moving around. We had to flag down the waitress to get her to come back. When she picked up the plate all she said was ?ew? no im sorry nothing. I had to ask to have my drinks refilled too. When she gave us the bill she said ?here you go? no thank you, just here you go and walked off. The resturant was empty so there was no reason for this at all.

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I took a friend and her son to the Downtown Caf Bar & Grill on Mother??s Day 2008.

I normally would not go there for Mother??s Day dinning but for reservations mess up we ended up there.

My friend??s food and her son??s food was very good.

However, mine is a different story. I order the New York steak medium well. My food arriver 5 minutes after the other entres and the steak was cold. About 5 minutes after returning the steak to the kitchen it arrived at the table. The steak was a little bit warmer this time but the mash potatoes and vegetables were cold. After returning the food I got it back in about 5 minutes but this time the steak was now cold. Needless to say I returned the entire entre and refused to pay for my entre.

Never again will I return to Downtown Caf Bar & Grill..

peb

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I took a friend and her son to the Downtown Caf Bar & Grill on Mother??s Day 2008.

I normally would not go there for Mother??s Day dinning but for reservations mess up we ended up there.

My friend??s food and her son??s food was very good.

However, mine is a different story. I order the New York steak medium well. My food arriver 5 minutes after the other entres and the steak was cold. About 5 minutes after returning the steak to the kitchen it arrived at the table. The steak was a little bit warmer this time but the mash potatoes and vegetables were cold. After returning the food I got it back in about 5 minutes but this time the steak was now cold. Needless to say I returned the entire entre and refused to pay for my entre.

Never again will I return to Downtown Caf Bar & Grill..

peb

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They have a great atmosphere and have live music on Friday and Saturday night. they food is also wonderful and the staff was very professional. If your downtown it is a great place to hang out with friends and eat some really good food.

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★★★★☆

They have a great atmosphere and have live music on Friday and Saturday night. they food is also wonderful and the staff was very professional. If your downtown it is a great place to hang out with friends and eat some really good food.

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This is such a cute little down home restaurant. The food is good and the server we had was a gas. He had a great funny personality. The food was a little cooler than I like when it arrived at our table but I didn't complain. The prices are slightly higher than I normally pay but the ambiance is worth it.

PROS: good food, servers are good too
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★★★★☆

This is such a cute little down home restaurant. The food is good and the server we had was a gas. He had a great funny personality. The food was a little cooler than I like when it arrived at our table but I didn't complain. The prices are slightly higher than I normally pay but the ambiance is worth it.

PROS: good food, servers are good too
CONS:

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This place is great to eat at any time of the day. I've only eaten here at night, and its really really goooood food. They have some really good food if you dont mind the prices, but if you are in downtown, what can you expect? Its probably one of the best in the area.

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★★★★★

This place is great to eat at any time of the day. I've only eaten here at night, and its really really goooood food. They have some really good food if you dont mind the prices, but if you are in downtown, what can you expect? Its probably one of the best in the area.

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They have great food and a relaxed atmosphere. The employees are always nice, great service, food is always hot when you get it and the prices are right. Best of all they have outdoor patio dining all year round, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

PROS: Outdoor Patio Dining, Great Drinks too.
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They have great food and a relaxed atmosphere. The employees are always nice, great service, food is always hot when you get it and the prices are right. Best of all they have outdoor patio dining all year round, and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

PROS: Outdoor Patio Dining, Great Drinks too.
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