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American, Deli, Diner, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options

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1.2 km from USS Midway Museum
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Reviewed 13 March 2020

This is a small but beautiful café that serves the most amazing breakfasts. The biggest problem is that it's hard to decide what to order. I had the cored beef hash, which they make daily and it was amazing and then you see a stack...of pancakes go by and wish I ordered those. Very friendly staff with excellent service.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 1 March 2020

I’ve been coming to this place for maybe 15 years and it is consistently good. I’ve only had breakfast here - the menu has standard fare like bacon and eggs, plus yummy alternatives like spam and eggs, pumpkin waffle and our new favorite: peanut butter...and banana stuffed French toast! Coffee and orange juice are good too. The place is small so there can be a wait, but it’s worth it. There is seating inside and out. Service is great and food usually arrives fast (it’s breakfast so the preparation time is short). I love the light fixtures with the coffee cups and spoons the owner made - in fact I bought one (she has someone make them for her now) and it hangs in my breakfast nook. While I’ve never tried them, they sell mixes for their waffles and pancakes in cute packaging. They would make a nice hostess gift. The location is on this short street downtown- a great location yet hidden away. Parking can be challenging like any downtown spot but it is near the Gaslamp District so you’ll have plenty to see and do if you need to walk a bit. Near the convention center too. A little pricey for breakfast but not outrageous at all. And the quality of the food is high so worth the extra few bucks.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 27 February 2020

We like going to independent places and this didn't disappoint. I have the blueberry corn waffle which was just delicious. I opted to have real maple syrup with it which definitely added to it. We all enjoyed our food and the service was very good...too - the staff were super friendly.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 13 February 2020 via mobile

Every time we are in San Diego, this is a must stop at least once if not twice and business takes me to San Diego relatively often. Great food and service; we enjoy sitting outside.

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 21 January 2020

I went for the Peanut butter and banana stuffed French toast. It was very rich, but very good too. My wife had a frittata. It was excellent.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 12 January 2020 via mobile

We spend 4 nights at San Diego and from all the places for breakfast that we visit this was the Best one, went twice. Delicious breakfast and pecan waffles Amazing, the servers were very polite and with a smile on there faces. Enjoyable time.

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 16 November 2019 via mobile

Was in San Diego waiting for a Mexican Riviera cruise and looked on trip advisor for a good breakfast. The restaurant was cutely decorated, had excellent service and creative and extremely tasty breakfast offerings. My wife and I enjoyed it very much especially it’s coffee.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 15 November 2019 via mobile

Delicious food and amazing smiling staff ! We had a really really good time and will sure be returning. You have to try the hot chocolate, it is incredibly good.

Date of visit: November 2019
Reviewed 9 November 2019

Really like that you haven't altered the Menu so much since the day you opened You keot the original dishes. Love it. Great to see you've done well and you still look great. Congrats. Best of luck with your new endeavours. John Gaffmey. Your first...Chef.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 8 November 2019

Was strolling around SD when the hungrys hit. Found Cafe 222 on TA and was drawn in by the "best food I ever ate" comment by some chef about the peanut butter/banana french toast. Got it and wished I'd ordered something else. If this is...the best that chef ever ate he must not get often. Order was 3 pcs of average size bread with a glaze of PB and some banana slices in between. For home cooks try making a french toast sandwich with orange marmalade and cream cheese. Much, much better.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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No reservation needed
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Response from Abby R | Reviewed this property |
There is some street parking but we walked from our hotel.
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  • Yes, Cafe 222 offers takeaway services.

  • Yes, Cafe 222 offers delivery services.

  • Cafe 222 is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4
    • Atmosphere: 4