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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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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, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, 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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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
Excellent food and great atmosphere

Very nice place to have a lunch or dinner. I love the decoration. They have a small yard in front. My favorite table is that one with vine trellis above, very romantic in the evening with the candles. The food is delicious. You can try Turkish dishes like kufte or cheese fondue.

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
Daniela P
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San Diego, California, United States
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San Diego, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

Very nice place to have a lunch or dinner. I love the decoration. They have a small yard in front. My favorite table is that one with vine trellis above, very romantic in the evening with the candles. The food is delicious. You can try Turkish dishes like kufte or cheese fondue.

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Pembroke Pines, Florida, United States
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29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

We ate here on our way to the airport coming home. I can not wait to visit my daughter again so I can go have this delicious food. I had the PLT sandwich and it was phenomenal! Comes with a side, I choose the rosemary potato pancake. My daughter had the shrimp cakes and absolutely loved them. Loved the decorations!... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015

Food was excellent. Get there early though because the line gets long after 10. Had the tiramisu pancakes which were amazing. Service was good

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

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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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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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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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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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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Additional Information about Cafe 21

Address: 2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
Phone Number: (619) 640-2121 ‎
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
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
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30
Cuisine: Eclectic

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $
  • 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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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?