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132 South Cedros Ave., San Diego, CA 92075
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Ranked #1,376 of 4,119 Restaurants in San Diego
Price range: $0 - $10
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Italian, Vegetarian, Californian
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Maui, Hawaii
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127 reviews 127 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We ate breakfast here twice. There wasn't a lot of selection but the food was okay. Service was friendly.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2014

Zinc service is quick, tasty and reasonably priced. We both had the Vegetable Lasagna and it was delicious. The food is attractive to the eye and quite good. The salad greens were crisp and not over dressed with salad dressing. The second time we ate, I had vegetable salads with a twice baked potato. Again the food was delicious, well... More 

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Montgomery, Alabama
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29 reviews 29 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2014

Whenever I am in the area -- once or twice a year -- I head to Zinc in Solana Beach for their excellent coffee [regular, cappuccino, latte], and usually have a croissant or a pastry. Friendly service, pleasant outdoor seating, and a pretty good breakfast menu plus salads, sandwiches, pastries, etc. all at reasonable prices. -- Stroll the area's shops... More 

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Solana Beach, California
5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Great for coffee and casual breakfast, brunch and lunch. Most of the seating is outdoors around a sweet little fountain. The menu is vegetarian (including dairy and eggs), but it actually took me a long time to notice that because the variety is great and everything is so savory. The kitchen is tiny, the place is almost always busy, and... More 

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Ashiya, Japan
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63 reviews 63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013

Always liked that place. Morning coffee after a beach walk or before shopping. Love their outdoor seating. Haven't tried the food recently, but the coffee was good. The service is okay, but sometime you have to line up to get your food or drinks.

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Fernie, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

Zinc is a great cafe to visit for breakfast or lunch. their selections are healthy and the staff are friendly. it is a cute little patio location in the Cedros section of Solana Beach. their coffee is excellent and their menu is just large enough to satisfy the whole group, but it is not extensive. when we are visiting the... More 

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Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2013

I have been to Zinc a few times now and they need to improve all aspects of their cafe if they want to survive in Solana Beach. The scones are bland, the staff unimpressively helpful, and the food options are limited. The coffee is above average, but that is the extent of it. Head up north a few blocks to... More 

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San Ramon, California
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159 reviews 159 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2013 via mobile

I came here for a late solo lunch and looked forward to eating the lunch burrito. I was so disappointed. The brown rice was hard and crunchy, so after eating a couple of bites, I sent the burrito back and had them make me a new one. The rice was fine this go around, but the flavor was overpowering. Too... More 

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Sacramento, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I am so happy this place in Solana Beach. They have good vegan food as well as other selections for the 'non vegans' who are dining with you. A Solana Beach landmark located on trendy Cedros Street. Breakfast & Lunch dining al fresco on a lovely, cozy patio on a nice day.

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San Diego, CA
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41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

Zinc is a good place to go to when the weather is nice, because you can sit outside and enjoy the warm weather and sunshine. The food is very good (frittatas and egg salad are excellent) and the desserts are quite tasty too. The prices are a bit too high (in my opionion), but the quality of the food is... More 

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Additional Information about Cafe Zinc

Address: 132 South Cedros Ave., San Diego, CA 92075
Phone Number: 858-793-5436
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Wednesday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Thursday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 5:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 0 - 10
Cuisine: American, Italian, Vegetarian, Californian

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