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Cafe 21

2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 640-2121 ‎
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Ranked #16 of 4,065 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $30 - $30
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: Eclectic
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Idaho
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.
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English first
Seattle, Washington
Top Contributor
135 reviews 135 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
202 helpful votes 202 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

When the description of this quirky spot says "eclectic" it's dead on. Really interesting food choices, some different than I've tried elsewhere (fried avocado, mushroom and eggplant "fries" yummm!). I got a chicken dish as an entree which was very good but my true delight was in the crepe side my family shared. Another highlight: flights! I love doing drink... More

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Los Angeles, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

We decided to eat at Cafe 21 and walked from our hotel Pacific Terrace in Pacific Beach. Cafe 21 was a recommendation from the hotel. We were not disappointed. The cafe, which is below a hotel, is located on the boardwalk is very modern and trendy. The service was wonderful and their food was delicious. We had a hummus appetizer,... More

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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

If you enjoy a great atmosphere, great explosions in your mouth, this is it. The chef knows culinary arts. His creations are never the same. The menu changes daily. All fresh ingredients.

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Cheshire, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Just loved this place so much that we went back for a second visit. From the décor (re-claimed urban with vintage twists) to the fresh and zesty menu this café is such a fun place to be. We choose the strawberry salad, lamb omelette, raspberry lemonades, carrot and ginger juice...all delicious. The Saturday brunch crowd gave the place a great... More

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San Diego, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

One of my favorite places, mostly go for breakfast, try dinner couple weeks ago and love it, must visit for happy hour, $4 delish tapas and sangria. Organic local seasonal food. Service is great friendly and cute.

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Toronto, Canada
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37 reviews 37 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

This is the review for the original Cafe 21 - they also have a newer location in downtown, which is also excellent, and perhaps even better since they have a wider cuisine selection there. Cafe 21 offers a blend of American, Azerbaijani and Turkish cuisines, with good lounge music, availability of outdoor seating (not in the downtown location, though), very... More

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Miller place
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We found this hidden gem and went very early on a week day. There was no wait and the staff was very friendly. The breakfast is Amazing! ! We tried the peach pancakes and potato pancakes, each so delicious! If you are looking for some awesome breakfast food, go here!!!!!!

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Anaheim, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2014

I went here for brunch with my friends on our first morning in San Diego. the servers were very friendly. We changed our table twice because of the sun and the servers did not mind at all. The food was magnificent. the Tiramisu pancake is one of their most famous dishes. I also recommend the omelet served goat meat and... More

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Tallahassee, Florida
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014

For lunch it was a big meal and messy. There was good service. The food has is OK but big for a small meal.

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Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

On a long layover in San Diego a dear friend picked up Charming Bride and myself from the airport and took us to breakfast at Cafe21. Cafe21 is a short drive from the airport, and made for more casual talking than driving on our layover. There was some minor road construction in the area, but it was not any impact... More

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