Additional Info

Business hours

Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Monday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Wednesday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Thursday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Friday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Saturday 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Restaurant details

Cuisine Breakfast
Price range of entrées $5 - $10
Delivery Yes
Outdoor seating Yes
Party room No
Reservations accepted No
Kids menu Yes
Occasional live music No
Payment options Accepts credit cards

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Comments

jim4fun71 Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:07 p.m.

My first impression upon walking into Richard Walker’s Pancake House, calmly nestled in the Marina District of Downtown, was a wow- this place is clean. Typically upon entering a restaurant, I will pay a visit to the bathroom to gauge the cleanliness, the premise here is that if an owner can’t keep his facilities clean what other fallouts are occurring in the back kitchen. The windows sparkled freshly and smelled of fresh Windex and the table and undercarriage a spot on match despite the fact an active 2 year old had just exited stage right.

Now that we have unveiled my pickiness for cleanliness we can delve into the quality of service and food. Honestly, on a Sunday morning when one is no doubt trying to beat off the cobwebs from the night before, the last thing wanted is poor service and a dirty table…we had that 4 hours earlier at Denny’s. Within moments of being sat, a server presented herself at the table with 4 menus, 4 waters, and 4 coffees quickly to follow…you read my mind darling, Daddy is in pain and needs re-hydration and caffeine…natures counter to Saturday celebration. Another concept that stuck out to me was that my coffee was never allowed to flow below half full, amazing, not having to ask for more…I mean I know its coffee, cost at $0.16 a cup, but some places act like you just asked for a root canal when the request presents itself…not here.

I took a look at the menu, there is a lot…I wasn’t in the mood for in depth decision making, not today, we will save that for Monday…I went with the Santa Fe Omelet, 4 eggs baked to perfection, then stuffed with peppers and onions and pepper jack cheese…lightly browed on a skilled, then baked in the oven. I have to imagine this is the only way one can create such a large portion so perfectly. I’m not finished by any means, top that with a side of salsa, serve it up with 3 large buttermilk pancakes and it appears we have breakfast for the week folks…but yours truly managed to stomach it in one sitting…gluttony is a deadly sin, but so is envy as the folks eagerly waiting outside realized as I as was taking my time and relishing every morsel.

Overall, a must do in downtown…cleanliness is superb- which is necessary considering the quality of food and the fact that if a bite of my omelet had touched the ground I would gladly implement the 5 second rule…and the service, well, lets just say about every 3 minutes more coffee was in the mix, a plate was being whisked away, or a request was being granted. As you can tell, I am pretty high maintenance, but Richard Walker’s passed my test with flying colors and I look forward to my next encounter with the establishment.
Cheers.

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samanthasimone Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:21 p.m.

There are only so many ways you can screw up breakfast. But believe it or not, so many establishments overlook these simple concepts. Richard Walker, on the other hand, takes a purebread approach to breakfast where he essentially goes to the edge on taste, but never takes away from the natural qualities of life’s most important meal. At first, I was apprehensive upon choosing this as a destination for breakfast this morning, based on other reviews I had been subjected to on yelp. However, I have since been there enough times to know that a good breakfast might have to slam itself on some yelpers’ head for them not to fully comprehend the necessities of a quality meal. In retrospect, it was almost as if the same people who deterred me away for a few months, might have had a serious chip on their shoulder…The service was excellent, the food impeccable, the ambiance extraordinary…and it really equates the point that anytime you deal with the public, some people will be happy all the time, and some never. I felt pretty good with a great meal and the memories I created there, which is plenty enough to keep me coming back and stand the test of time.

Well done sir, don’t let the naysayers ruffle your feathers…keep on keeping on, and I will keep on coming back. You just keep the coffee hot and the food tasty, deal?

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elgin4luvn Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:25 p.m.

Richard Walker’s Pancake House. Let’s keep this short and sweet. Go there with four friends, who are close friends who you are not concerned with the cootie factor. Order the following dishes:

Swedish Pancakes.
Cherry Kijama Crepes. Santa Fe Omelette. Potato Pancakes.
Have your own personal breakfast buffet. A baked omelette filled with peppers and onions, fresh crepes stuffed with kijama cherries (careful, they will squirt juicy goodness), cooked to order potatoes with hints of sour cream and nutmeg, and thin Swedish pancakes with real lingenberries and lingenberry sauce. Doesn’t sound like much food, but you have accomplished something if you finished the cycle.

This is where you want to be if you are looking for the Superbowl of Breakfasts…quit wasting your time elsewhere.

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severnapark Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:15 p.m.

I was a little hesitant to venture into this establishment on the weekend after what I had read on yelp about the wait. Really who likes to wait? Simultaneously, if I went to On Broadway at 10pm on a Saturday night, odds are there is going to be a wait. However, if I chose to hit a dive bar in the East Village, I could probably walk right in and have a drink in my hand in minutes. So my thought process was that if enough people are there standing in line, something good must be going on…think amusement parks. Same concept.

After a 20 minute wait, on a gorgeous morning nonetheless, we often take for granted the San Diego weather…April in DC, where I grew up, doesn’t share the same luster. I was at the front of the line and greeted by none other than the owner himself. An eccentric character, but all the great ones are so I didn’t hold that over his head…long story short, I ask him is the line always this long, as not everyday can I wait that long for my turn at the trough. He replied that from 8:30am-1pm on the weekends there is a bit of a hold up…hence breakfast time, but if one were to show up from 6:30am-8:30am or after 1pm, not so much a dilemma…during the week, he explained, that it happens occasionally and rarely over 10 minutes. Fair enough, as I stated earlier, it’s all relative to what you consider worth spending time over, if it is a quality breakfast, then you won’t have to venture any further than 520 Front St.

I came with pancakes on my mind, but then I saw a huge what appeared to be apple soufflé cross the restaurant…you would have thought she was wearing red the way my eyes followed the temptress. I didn’t need the menu any longer, sort of pointed with a Cro-Magnon like grunt and the server understood completely. Apparently she is fluent in low brow as well. I later discovered that my long lost love was an Apple Pancake, which is baked in an oven and takes roughly 20 minutes; they are passionate about their food and have it down to a science as you can tell.

Less than 20 minutes later, packed house mind you, a delectable breakfast appears in front of me and it was a reunion of Harold and Kumar at White Castle…one man, one great breakfast, one mission accomplished.

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severnapark Nov. 19, 2008 @ 10:29 p.m.

What can I say about Richard Walker’s Pancake House that hasn’t already been said about the Mona Lisa? It’s simple, it’s elegant, it’s charming, it’s attractive, and it’s tasty! Yea I said it, Mona Lisa is hot, so are Walker’s Pancakes… it’s simple, it is breakfast; eggs, omelets, pancakes, sausages, potatoes, and French toast. It’s elegant, floor to ceiling marble, with stained hardwoods, and classical music in the background…It’s charming; plenty of people watching, very quaint, yet comfortable, friendly service, and a real sense of ownership is apparent in the quality and compatibility of the staff with patrons…It’s attractive; your food comes to you looking neat in presentation, prepped with care, and every nook crannied, and every cranny nooked.

I drew a comparison to Mona Lisa early on because at the onset there is nothing extraordinary about the subject at first glance. However, once you take in the beauty and care that was taken to create such an artwork, one can gather how such intricacies can be placed into other aspects of life. Richard Walker has set a new bar in San Diego at the breakfast table, its not that his menu is that far off the charts or his prices are that inflated or that he has simply reinvented the wheel of breakfast…he has just captured the essential ingredients that it takes to create a memorable experience at the breakfast table, the same way DaVinci captured the façade of a young woman. Please enjoy, the experience will only appreciate with time.

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wolthad Dec. 2, 2008 @ 9:35 p.m.

On a lovely morning last Wednesday, we decided to use their 2 for 1 coupon for breakfast on the outside covered patio. My wife ordered the Cornbeef Hash plate & I had the Sante Fe omelette...Both items were dramatically TASTELESS considering the use of chile peppers, garlic, onions, salsa, etc...we make omelettes each am and they are 1,000% better. Caution! The 2 for 1 coupon was valid for TUESDAY ONLY which is written in ultra-fine print...So, the breakfast experience was a waste of time & $$.; but the coffee was good & plentiful! We would not recommend RWPH to our good friends!!

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melovechocolate March 27, 2009 @ 2:20 p.m.

How can there be so many "10" in these reviews??! I just don't get it..There are so many great places for breakfast & THIS ONE gets 10s ???? Here's my review..I'll say what I liked about this place first: the fresh orange juice, the nice waitress (Ayesha),and the location. This is the 2nd time I've gone( I thought I'd give it another chance), and the 1st time was so-so, this time it was absolutely terrible..I guess I should have just stuck to the pancakes (nobody can go wrong with pancakes--a restaurant should be driven out of business if it can't make a pancake)..I had a "spinach crepe", but let me tell you what it really was: a cannelloni-style roll filled with cheese-it or velveeta, 4 slices of canned mushrooms, and a leaf of spinach..Yep--it tastes as awful, too..It was really terrible! The omelettes needed salt & pepper..I still have yet to understand why people wait in line so long for this place! The pancakes are OKAY--not outstanding or excellent, just OKAY. Honestly, for that quality and taste, might as well go to Denny's..! What is it with this place that it's so full????! Certainly not the food...It is NOT phenomenal nor outstanding..The crepe was OOZING velveeta!!!! EEAAgghhh !! I guess if processed cheese, plain pancakes and tasteless eggs rock your world, this is your Mecca. I'm not coming back here--the thought of those crepes just gave me nausea..YUCK.

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