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Cafe 21

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Eclectic
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2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116 (Idaho)
(619) 640-2121 ‎
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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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Visitor rating
  • 141
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 9
    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
What a treat!

We had several business lunches and breakfast meetings and every one was great. Superb fresh ingredients en very kind staff!

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Olaf H
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We had several business lunches and breakfast meetings and every one was great. Superb fresh ingredients en very kind staff!

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Atlanta, Georgia
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

The food of this place was great, the service was exceptional and the ambiance is wonderful, but for the price of the food it should be. Brunch was great here if you are looking for a chic place to eat in Downtown SD.

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San Diego, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

That about says it all. I've had lunch there a few times and each one was better than the last. They are open morning, noon and nights presenting an eclectic menu with the freshest ingredients. I have not tried dinner yet, but hear raving reviews. The service can be a tad slow when they're busy.

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Jersey UK
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

We chose this restaurant because we thought the plates others were eating looked good when walking past and it didn’t disappoint. We arrived around 10:00 and didn’t have to queue for a table although by the time we left there was a pretty big queue. Both my husband and I had cast iron omelettes he had the Steak which he... More 

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Denver, CO
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28 reviews 28 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We were excited to try their mojito flight - - each of us had one with 6 different flavors at $21/each flight. They were pretty average - - only 1 or 2 tasted good. Probably should have stuck to wine and beer. However, the food was very good - - lamb flatbread and the cheese dip was amazing! We sat... More 

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42 reviews 42 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Me and my friend found this place on a Sunday morning after a tiresome Saturday night. There was a long queue but didn't took long to have seated. I have discovered authentic breakfast choices while checking menu, and cafe from Peru was also great. I should not forget to mention Mimosas also. I have tried egg with tomatoes which is... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

After looking at reviews and pictures we decided to stop in for a bite to eat. Small place that was very crowded. We got a table right away but it was in a tiny outside corner with another table almost on top of us. It is right next to a random liquor store so we had ppl walking by us... More 

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Katy, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Food was out of this world, service was great!! Just so beautiful and very quaint!!! Could eat there everyday!! Jacob was our server and just so personable and caring to our needs!! Wish I had one in my neighborhood !!

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Dwight, Illinois
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62 reviews 62 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 via mobile

They pride themselves in quality and fresh local vegetables and meat. We loved lunch so much on the sidewalk terrace that we came back on our lady day for breakfast. Eclectic and warm wait staff with great people watching.

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Toronto, Canada
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36 reviews 36 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

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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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?