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Cafe 21

#222 of 3,785 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1312 (Idaho)
+1 619-640-2121
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 22:00
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San Diego, California
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you are looking for a great place for breakfast or brunch in North Park or in San Diego in general (if you're willing to drive around), then you have to tryout Cafe 21 in North Park. They also have another location in downtown San Diego, but I feel that has a different vibe than the one one Adam's avenue.... More 

Thank Kashbcn
Del Mar, California
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137 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I recently had breakfast at Café 21 with my boyfriend since it's close to his house. I really enjoyed the food. We ordered the braised short rib cast iron omelet as well as the turkey omelet. Both were very good. They are big portions so you may be able to get two meals out of it depending on how hungry... More 

Thank ErinP27
Kingman, Arizona
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26 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Stopped by to have dinner the night before Thanksgiving. Although the place was basically empty we were greeted with open arms. My friend and I decided to try their Short Ribs, and Stuffed Cabbage. Both were excellent. We had also ordered flat-bread, bellisimo, and a bottle of wine. Cafe 21 has a large selection of good bottled wines. The whole... More 

Thank Terry W
Payson Az
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15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

Organic, locally sourced food makes for a delicious meal. All menu items are cooked fresh and to order. Small, family owned restaurant. There is also one located in downtown San Diego.

Thank Pam J
San Diego, California
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 October 2016

Been here a few times with my mom and it is always an adventure for the palate. Very relaxing place with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. Specials are always great. :)

Thank Viviana S
San Diego, California
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

A funky, earthy, hippy looking/feeling cafe with cute vibes. The food, however, has gone downhill, way down the hill over the last 2 years that I have been going there. the food was wholesome, fresh and tasty, now it is stale and mundane, there are an abundance of drinks on the menu and little food choices. the food comes out... More 

Thank SDTraveler515
West Yorkshire
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We were staying for a couple of nights nearby and this was the first place we came across while out for an afternoon walk to the shops. We popped in for a quick drink and the staff were lovely, the place had a really nice chilled out atmosphere. We watched some food come out of the kitchen and it looked... More 

Thank mickrep
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We were directed to this restaurant by hotel staff for brunch on Sunday morning after attending church. We had a short wait around 11:30 and the four of us were seated inside. Unique menu, not a buffet, for brunch. Two of us had the eggs Benedict with turkey on bread pudding, another had tiramisu pancakes; and another had the specialty... More 

Thank Jack B
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66 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016 via mobile

We visited cafe 21 during a getaway to San Diego and it was incredible! They have indoor and outdoor seating and at 9:30am on Sunday morning we were seated without a wait (although parking is non-existent as with much of San Diego). The menu is quite large and there are many unique items to choose from. I chose the prosciutto... More 

Thank Karen H
Fort McMurray, Canada
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016

Good food (if a little expensive), kind staff, and a great open-air atmosphere combined to make this a very enjoyable restaurant for my wife and I during our short stay in San Diego. Highly recommended if you are in the area.

Thank Brendan & Tammi D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Cafe, International, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 22:00
08:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1312
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: +1 619-640-2121
Cafe21 is a full service eatery - try our always savory, homemade dishes created with fresh, organic produce from local farms. Or cool down after a long day with our farm-to-bar, refreshing infused drinks made with organic vodka. We provide our home made bread sandwiches, fresh organic salads, hearty breakfasts, and wide selection of organic coffees, teas, and much more. Our heart and soul is invested into creating the most satisfying dishes from the finest ingredients straight from the earth. Stop by and taste what Mother Nature is stirring in our kitchen.

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