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Cafe 21

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2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Idaho)
(619) 640-2121 ‎
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Today
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Cafe21 is a full service eatery - try our always savory, homemade dishes...
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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Visitor rating
  • 137
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Terrific choices!

We quite enjoyed our dinner at Cafe 21. The food was fresh and the choices all appeared to be healthy. We shared a salad (big) and cabbage rolls. Would have gone back again if we had stayed longer.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 22, 2015
Jen1687
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Toronto, Canada
via mobile
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

We quite enjoyed our dinner at Cafe 21. The food was fresh and the choices all appeared to be healthy. We shared a salad (big) and cabbage rolls. Would have gone back again if we had stayed longer.

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San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Went on a Saturday around 3PM. For happy hour they offer "tapas", Large Selection, Very Dificult to choose, all of them are very appealing, the ones we has where delicious, and the portions generous, we shared 4 between mi wife and myself, and as much as we wanted to have desert, that where very tempting, we just couldn't eat more.... More 

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San Diego
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is our new "go to" place. An interesting menu, good wine selection and an informed and helpful staff.

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Sedgwick, Maine
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50 reviews 50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

We went for breakfast and had an excellent meal. I had the short rib omelet which was very good. The meat was tender and a real surprise to find on an omelet. Kathy had the omelet with chorizo. the wines are excellent and the service in very good. Not much for atmosphere but that is all cancelled by the exceptional... More 

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Herndon, Virginia
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

I made reservations for a business dinner based on reviews and being near our hotel. I was a little nervous when I saw it was next to a liquor store but it turns out, there was no need to worry. The food is delicious! We started with the crispy Brussel sprouts and the the mushroom flatbread. I like my flatbreads... More 

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Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

We have eaten here a couple of times. We like staying Downtown so we come to Cafe 21 for a very good meal. It is very consistent. The different menu is a little tricky but once explained exactly what your meal will consist of it totally makes it easier. We have had great, good and so-so service here but definitely... More 

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Tulsa, OK
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44 reviews 44 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Go for Sunday brunch. Try the green bloody mary and the chicken curry benedict. Excellent food. Decent service. There will be a line after 9 am.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

I had the veggie roll and cast iron apple pancake.Both were godly delicious! Will surely come back for either happy hour or dinner.Its worth the wait.

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

The hotcakes and the omelette with goat cheese are really good plates. The service is fast but it takes a while for you to get seated. Good for an early meal and to start the day.

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Austin, Texas
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70 reviews 70 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

Very good service and very good brunch. This is a very charming breakfast place near gas lamp quarter. Get the eggs Benedict chicken curry style and a cast iron omelette. Good stuff!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
    (Idaho)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (619) 640-2121 ‎

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
  • Cuisine: Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

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