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Cafe 21

2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116
(619) 640-2121 ‎
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Ranked #16 of 4,043 restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $30 - $30
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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Selsey England
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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

Fantastic fennel four cheese fondue , heavenly fried veggies ( including outrageous slices of avocado )to dip in chortle aioli, creative salads and microbrews . Perfect for people watching in the gaslamp district

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We were Instantly attracted to Cafe 21 on passing with it's buzz and busy atmosphere. The staff on entry were all very friendly and accommodating and the whole Cafe itself has a modern and stylish vibe. We had the banana and walnut pancakes which were a perfect size and tasted wonderful. My father had steak omelette with fruit which he... More

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San Diego
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014

Had a quick dinner there before going to Java Joe's for some great music. The waitress was helpful without being intrusive, and the other server was . . . simply ebullient! We started with a round of beer and wine and my wife got the wrong wine (by the glass, a little hard to tell), but the server, without us... More

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San Francisco, California
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

The reviews were off the chart so we came here for brunch recently. We weren't all that hungry so we shared a large stack of pancakes but asked for the fruit on the side. Admittedly we changed their "creation", but the pancakes were only ok. Frankly, our homemade ones were better. There were several other menu items that sounded amazing... More

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Dacula, Georgia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

Had supper here and it was fresh and fantastic. We sat on the patio and enjoyed watching the city walk by. Our waitress was attentive and the overall service was good. The food was wonderful...I had the flatbread and it was one of the best I've ever eaten. The crust was light and toppings plentiful. I would definitely return.

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Tampa, Florida
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25 reviews 25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We were in the area for a week. We ate dinner and it was fantastic. . Came back for breakfast then about half the group did lunch too! Very healthy menu. Have gluten free if needed.

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Ottawa, Canada
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72 reviews 72 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

We had brunch at this location on a Monday morning and it was fantastic. Sitting out in the sunshine on the patio (but not too bright with all the lovely foliage and flowers decorating the place) was a fantastic way to spend some time. Our pancakes and omelets were fresh, innovative, tasty and quite filling. Best of all was the... More

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West Point, Utah
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

Had a late lunch here with a party of 6. The staff couldn't have been more friendly and accommodating! There were so many good choices on the menu, it was hard to choose. I had the chicken curry cakes which came with a poached egg on each. Very delicious! Someone in our party had the vegetable cakes and while they... More

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

Finally got to try this place. Both times I went we were told there was a 20 minute wait, but we were seated after only 10 minutes. The restaurant is very cute and I like the atmosphere. The first time I got the strawberry french toast, which was fantastic!! My friend got the salmon diamonds, which I stole a bite... More

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Pittsboro, North Carolina
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47 reviews 47 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

Got many sharing plates and there was ample delicious, creative food to share with colleagues over good beer and clever cocktails. Went twice in one weekend!

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