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Cafe 222

222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
+1 619-236-9902
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“pumpkin waffle” (29 reviews)
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American, Delicatessen, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
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1 - 10 of 623 reviews

Reviewed 2 days ago

We actually had brunch here as we had just arrived in San Diego. Great selection of delicious brunch items. Would go again.

Thank leslie4713
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Little pricy, but could split. Nicest guy ever running the place. Would def come back. Food was high quality and exceeded expectations.

Thank jrod23
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I sat on the outside and had breakfast with my friends last week.The staff is really polite and fast in taking orderds.Try toasts,waffle..really quality food.

Thank Marik K
Reviewed 9 December 2017 via mobile

Great service, great food! I had biscuits and gravy with breakfast potatoes. Absolutely delicious! This is a small place and probably is packed on weekends but we went at 9:00 on Friday morning and had no wait time.

Thank Sheri2567
Reviewed 6 December 2017

Cafe 222 is an unpretentious breakfast place, decent food, large servings, good service. Enjoyed it for a hearty breakfast.

Thank Sydney2031
Reviewed 1 December 2017

My wife and I ate here on our honeymoon in 2008 and again the day before Thanksgiving 2017 just a week ago. It is one of our favorite restaurants in San Diego and our absolute favorite breakfast place. Lots of unique items on the menu...More

1  Thank Bryan U
Reviewed 10 November 2017 via mobile

I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat. I definitely made the right choice. On a Wednesday about 9am there was a wait for a table. I was a party of 1 so I sat at the counter. Tom was excellent. He made sure...More

1  Thank Denise H
Reviewed 26 October 2017 via mobile

Visited at 9:00 am on a Thursday. Had a small 10:00 minute wait to be seated at a booth inside. Waiter was friendly and unassuming. Had the peanut butter and banana french toast that was featured on the food network. Excellent. Generous portions. Will be...More

2  Thank dstucker
Reviewed 17 October 2017

We attended a convention in San Diego, and of course, all restaurants get very crowded with so many attendees. We discovered this wonderful coffee place close to the hotels, and convention center. The food was great and affordable and the service superb.

2  Thank Evita_1957
Reviewed 11 October 2017

My wife and I were visiting San Diego. We found ourselves driving around in circles, look for a good breakfast spot. Finally we pulled over and I found the review for Cafe 222. We were close and what luck to find this quirky gem. The...More

1  Thank BuriedTreasure
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 13:45
07:00 - 13:45
07:00 - 13:45
07:00 - 13:45
07:00 - 13:45
07:00 - 13:45
07:00 - 13:45
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-236-9902
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Cafe 222 has been the local dining institution for nearly 25 years in San Diego. This quirky-corner eatery has become famous from it's many appearances on the Food Network and for the owner who from time-to-time can be found wearing a waffle on her head. This shoebox-size of a restaurant has plenty of seating, offers indoor, street side patio dining as well as an upper garden patio area. Dogs and kids are welcome with well-behaved parents. Reservations are not accepted but if there is a wait to get in, it moves quickly and the staff passes out banana bread and coffee to those in line to make the wait more pleasant.
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