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Cafe 222

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222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
+1 619-236-9902
07:00 - 14:00
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Cheyenne, Wyoming
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99 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is just a little place on the corner, but it's a really fun atmosphere, and the food was really good too, and the prices were good.

Thank we2luv2travelglobal
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25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was in town for business and a friend recommended this place. Its walking distance from the convention center so we decided to go early in the morning. The place is small but offers your inside and outside seating. I had the pancakes and my friend had one of their specialties. Everything delicious. If you are in town and looking... More 

Thank agarcia1311
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

A really nice breakfast spot with heaping helpings. Get the frittata if you go here and then pick up some of their pancake mixes that you can take home. Which is a really cool idea that not many restaurants I've seen do.

Thank Craig M
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53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had an early morning breakfast here. The food was great, I had the french toast and fried Spam, yes I said Spam. It brought me back to my youth. I had forgot how tasty it was.

Thank RGCCgolfer
Newman Grove, Nebraska
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16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our concierge recommended we try this cafe and we were not disappointed. Very small and tables are pretty close together not leaving much room for private conversation but it's breakfast right ?! 😬 very fast service and we were in and out in about 30 minutes. Would be difficult if you had a large group I would think. Perfect for... More 

Thank hkr95
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Cafe 222 is a very nice little breakfast spot that people living downtown know about, but travelers may not. It is easy walking distance from the major convention hotels on San Diego Bay. There is typically a line - don't be daunted - that just means it's a good place. The food is good, the service is top notch. My... More 

Thank RedHawkDoc
London, United Kingdom
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

We went to Cafe 222 on the very first morning of an autumn tour of California and also the very last morning 2 months later (rounded things off nicely). I can honestly say it was one of the best breakfasts we've eaten. The place is hardly a secret and clearly has a loyal following. Get there early to avoid a... More 

Thank AlexYGoldsmithsRow90
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

They make a great breakfast and specialize in fabulous waffles, but the lunch sandwich selection is also very good.

Thank Tom M
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57 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

Made a couple of breakfast visits here on this trip to San Diego but this time, I was a little disappointed. Plastic sausages, over medium eggs with too much of the white remaining uncooked & the potatoes, though nicely browned on the outside, were a little undercooked on the inside. Coffee that was hot & wet but otherwise unremarkable. Despite... More 

Thank YourTypicalTourist
1 review
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Read about Bobby Flay saying the french toast was best ever so thought I woud check it out. Since the peanut butter banana french toast was to many $ for my budget I opted for the traditional instead. Waitress was nice enough but took at least 20 minutes before my order arrived. Refilled my water several times not like the... More 

Thank Tim B
Terryl G, Owner at Cafe 222, responded to this review

Very sorry to hear that you did not care for the French Toast. I will admit it is one of our less-special items on the menu... on the menu for kids mostly due to it's basic-ness. I will check into your syrup comments asap. I do wish you would have said that it was not to your liking, whenever someone... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Delicatessen, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
07:00 - 14:00
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
Cafe 222 has been the local dining institution for over 20-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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?