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The 10 Best American Restaurants Near El Cajon

Updated: August 7, 2022

Looking for El Cajon’s best buffalo wings or spiciest chili? These are the American spots doing it best. We analyzed millions of reviews from the top local sites to compile This list of top American restaurants. From plates of Pacific seafood to bowls of mac and cheese these are the best American venues El Cajon has to offer.

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Crafted Greens

American, $$, El CajonAmerican, $$El Cajon
Google: 4.8
Yelp: 5.0
  • Eater, 2021

    Where to Eat in El Cajon

    Eater, 2021

Wing Factory

American, El CajonAmericanEl Cajon
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Urbane Cafe

New American, $$, El CajonNew American, $$El Cajon
Google: 4.6
Yelp: 4.5

Grand Ole BBQ Flinn Springs

American, $$, El CajonAmerican, $$El Cajon
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5

Funky Fries and Burgers

American, $, El CajonAmerican, $El Cajon
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.5

Hooleys Public House

American, $$, El CajonAmerican, $$El Cajon
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Beef 'n Bun

American, $, El CajonAmerican, $El Cajon
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.0

Main Tap Tavern

American, $, El CajonAmerican, $El Cajon
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 4.0

Junction Bar & Grill

American, $$, El CajonAmerican, $$El Cajon
Google: 4.4
Yelp: 3.5

If you travel further

Cali Comfort BBQ

American, $$, Spring ValleyAmerican, $$Spring Valley
Google: 4.5
Yelp: 4.5
  • Eater, 2016

    Where to Eat Barbecue in San Diego Right Now

    Eater, 2016
  • Thrillist, 2014

    Fill up on San Diego's best mac 'n cheese

    Thrillist, 2014

Why these restaurants?

Finding the best American restaurant for you shouldn’t feel like a second job. We pored over ratings for 10162 restaurants on Yelp and Google, 823905 restaurant reviews in El Cajon and 624 top lists and articles. We paid extra attention to what Thrillist and Eater had to say, and applied our boam magic sauce. The spots that made the cut have been featured in Thrillist - Fill up on San Diego's best mac 'n cheese, Eater - Where to Eat in El Cajon and Eater - Where to Eat Barbecue in San Diego Right Now. Our engine uses real-time data to only show restaurants that are open and their available services, so you can stay safe on your terms. Restaurants can’t pay to show up on this list, so enjoy the best food with no agenda. Don’t sleep on the restaurants in this list.

Questions & answers

Janet's Cafe is the highest-rated American restaurant for dessert in El Cajon.

Crafted Greens, El Cajon Bistro & Bakery, and Janet's Cafe are the highest-rated American restaurants that serve breakfast in El Cajon.

Crafted Greens, El Cajon Bistro & Bakery, and Janet's Cafe are the highest-rated American restaurants for a quick lunch in El Cajon.

The highest-rated American restaurants for delivery in El Cajon are El Cajon Bistro & Bakery, Wing Factory, and Hooleys Public House.

Crafted Greens, El Cajon Bistro & Bakery, and In-N-Out Burger are vegetarian-friendly American restaurants in El Cajon.

Drink pairing tips

  • Enjoy grilled burger with Margarita

    For an elevated experience, pair your grilled burger with Margarita. This combination works particularly well because this cocktail balances the spice and salt of the burger.


  • A great drink pairing for heavy meat dish

    Finding the ideal drink pairing for heavy meat dish can be tricky. It’s worth exploring some cocktail, particularly a glass of Vieux Carre. This, oaked, cocktail balances the fatty heavy meat dish.

  • A next-level pairing for Zinfandel

    When ordering barbecue, experts suggest pairing it with a glass of Zinfandel, a popular red wine.

Did you know?

  • A classic meal

    Certain dishes are so iconic that they can become a part of a country’s identity. In The United States, hamburger is recognized as one of the most popular national dishes.

  • All about mac and cheese

    Do you love mac and cheese as much as the people in The United States? They dedicate July 14 to it and call it National Mac & Cheese Day.

  • Priceless or overpriced?

    Does $200 sound like a lot to you? Well that’s what the most expensive mac and cheese will cost you at Barton G.

Parking in the area

Parking has always been a challenge in El Cajon. To make the hunt for parking easier, we’ve partnered with a cutting-edge digital parking reservation system, Spothero, that enables you to book a spot in advance before you visit your chosen American spot.

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