San Diego Essential Guide

Eats

Newest Fig Tree Cafe is choice pick

The Roasted Beet Salad at Liberty Station's Fig Tree Cafe is a work of art

The Roasted Beet Salad at Liberty Station’s Fig Tree Cafe is a work of art

The original Fig Tree Café opened in 2008 in an old Pacific Beach cottage with a lush garden patio. The second restaurant opened in trendy Hillcrest, drawing hip locals to its open kitchen. The baby sister opened just five months ago at Liberty Station on Point Loma. It’s the restaurant we focus on here.

The place bills itself “a California eatery. “ But after dark, it has the feel of a cozy French bistro: warm, and woodsy, with really good food and an excellent wine list (3 dozen choices by the glass) – all at neighborhood-friendly prices. And service beats the French bistro mode: It’s attentive and helpful here.

The Fig Tree Cafe at Liberty Station has the feel of a cozy French Bistro.

The Fig Tree Cafe at Liberty Station has the feel of a cozy French Bistro.

The Fig Tree franchise is known for its breakfasts – and the newest family member doesn’t disappoint.  (Eggs come from a family farm in Ramona.)  Daily 4-6 PM happy hours are another hot draw: with  $3 beers, $4 wines and $5 appetizers.

At dinner, some dishes are works are art. (Don’t miss the beet salad.) The bruschettas are in a league of their own – delish. Mains include interesting options you won’t find on many other menus, such as Oxtail Cavatelli with Portobello mushrooms. Locals’ favorites include the Tequila Lobster Ravioli, and Pappardelle Braised Duck Ragu with arugula and goat cheese. Portions are generous – often enough to share.

The restaurant is at 2400 Historic Decatur Road, just back of Luna Grill. It’s open daily for breakfast and lunch from 7 AM until 3 PM. Open for dinner from 4 until 10 PM daily.