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Cafe La Maze

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Bar, Pub
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1441 Highland Ave, National City, CA 91950-4623
+1 619-474-5057
11:00 - 21:00
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 11:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 22:00
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83 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This little gem in national city is one of the best and somewhat undiscovered restaurants. Excellent steakhouse restaurant with very good drinks and perfect for a little old school romantic night out. Everything is good. Even the bread.

Thank kevin s
Durham, North Carolina
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20 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Was recommended here by the hotel concierge as somewhere "local" and that did not disappoint. The ambiance took you right back to the the 30s and 40s with the red half circle booths and jazz music. The food was Ok and the service was acceptable. Nothing spectacular, but better than going to a chain!

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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

Prices were reasonable. Was not impressed with the food or service. Waitress came by and asked if we needed more water but my sons Dr Pepper was empty and did not offer to refill it. She walked away and we had to ask someone else for a refill. Dr Pepper no ice and got a Dr Pepper full glass of... More 

Thank Mark G
Casa Grande, Arizona
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224 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

very nice place,historic dining location, very good tasting food, service was excellent,little $$$, but worth every penny spent,i got crab legs, they were excellent,prime rib is #1 item ordered here...parking lot a little small/ tough finding parking

Thank mike p
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016 via mobile

Vacationing in the area and the hotel manager recommended Cafe la Maze for dinner. The prime rib was excellent and my husband's crab legs were delicious. An awesome atmosphere and classic looking with old movie star pics on the the walls. Parking can be a challenge, but worth it once you get in.

Thank AZ_Teddybear
Columbus, North Carolina
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153 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 July 2016

Food was ok, nothing really stood out to remember. Drinks were average. Salad appeared to come from a bag. I liked the decor. The red button seats were old school and interesting. Wait staff were friendly. Pricey for the quality of food. I would not recommend this place for food but for the history.

Thank Pat72012
San Diego, California
1 review
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 July 2016

DO NOT GO THERE!!! I'd give less than one star if able. We tried to give this place a chance, but BIG mistake. If mediocrity is what you're after, this place won't disappoint. Otherwise, expect subpar food and service...not to mention, their questionable billing practices. Since when are children counted in the > 6 for automatic gratuity applied?!?

Thank villaronica
2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We ate here Interior decorating is old funky Food expensive Prime rib aweful Drinks were very expensive too Service was slow Dinner came cold Don't eat here

Thank Roiann B
Chula Vista, California
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147 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 June 2016

The prime rib dinner was excellent though a little pricey. The décor is from the 50s and could use an update. It is rather dark inside. Plenty of parking. Service is very good and friendly.

Thank DALE S
San Diego, California
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 June 2016

This was the worst dining experience I've ever had. I wrote the management the following letter and left 2 phone messages and not 1 response. Here's the letter... This email is in regards to last night's dinner on May 23rd.First of all I would like to apologize because my criticism may have caused one of the servers to cry. Also,... More 

Thank fredsplayland

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1441 Highland Ave, National City, CA 91950-4623
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  National City
  • Phone Number: +1 619-474-5057

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