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Cafe 21

#192 of 3,727 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1312 (Idaho)
(619) 640-2121 ‎
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
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San Diego, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I heard about cafe 21 from a friend so I decided to check it out. I decided to check out the location on Adam Avenue and I wasn't disappointed. The service was quick( I came on a Thursday at 11:30m) and food was amazing.... I had their famous shrimp corn cakes! I love food and I'm VERY picky so me... More 

Thank FeFeRaquel
San Diego, California
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This place is really good! I have only been here for brunch, but there is something on the menu for everyone. My favorite is the stuffed strawberry French toast. It's perfectly cooked and stuffed with strawberries and I think mascarpone cheese. You should definitely get a side of potato pancake which is shredded potatoes and I think Parmesan cheese baked... More 

Thank Taylor V
San Diego, California
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213 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Either under one roof for the main dining room or in the outdoor patio area, you can experience it all, yes, "all the right stuff": gluten-free, creative, International items and especially, fresh organic vegetables. On the patio, we were served by the Double K team: Kat and Kolbe. What a late-afternoon feast of tasty tapas: chicken crepes, chicken curry and... More 

Thank Bruce H
San Diego, California
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126 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016 via mobile

We went to visit a friend who lives near Adams Avenue which is where this restaurant is located. We had a fantastic lunch. We tried the duck wings which are great they fried artichokes which were delicious, The mac & cheese which is phenomenal, the tea where you can steep yourself and then using the filter system put in your... More 

Thank Scott S
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18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016 via mobile

Having heard about Café 21 it was time to visit during San Diego pride week. This place is alternative and seems like that's the focus. Food is not bad - however nothing to write home about, really. 7 out of 10 if I'm generous. Decent crepes. What makes this a no-go is the outstandingly lousy service. Lots of staff, yet... More 

Thank 547carld
Campbell, CA
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57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Party of 6 for casual brunch outside under umbrellas Food was unusual , tasty and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. Omelette a are done in a small cast iron skillet delivered to the table oven hot as was my Dutch pancake in skillet with Apple compote and chocolate drizzle, similar to a soufflé. Fresh juices excellent coffee Service was friendly... More 

Thank RonLykins
San Diego
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33 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2016 via mobile

Great food here - happy hour has a lot of reasonably priced and tasty options. Especially love the portobello mushroom fries and the spinach/feta/pesto crepe. A nice selection of beers on tap. Dinners are excellent as well - the lamb is slow roasted all day so really tender and the spaghetti squash with shrimp is outstanding. Have always had good... More 

Thank mjlinsd
San Diego, California
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

What a wonderful experience on Adams Avenue! The menu is so interesting -- creative without pushing the envelope to incomprehensible or hip for its own sake. Both indoor and outdoor seating. Very friendly and attentive staff, pleasant clientele. We had a mushroom tart to begin with a crust of quinoa and pecorino cheese -- delish! Then each of us had... More 

Thank lrbarile
San Diego, California
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

This Uptown hidden neighborhood treasure is worth the hunt... I've frequented this family-owned spot for years. The garden patio (newly expanded) is lovely. The menu offers a wide range of inspired and attractively presented plates; from breakfast to dinner-- traditional favorites and delightfully creative fare; original soft drink options to creative adult beverages... all crafted with natural ingredients, and love.... More 

Thank D F
San Diego, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2016

I've been eating here for years and also the one downtown. I love the food, especially the way the cook vegetables. They have expanded the "garden" which overlooks a parking lot. It is an informal, friendly, funky imaginative place. One of my favorites.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Gluten Free Options, Cafe, International
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1312
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego
  • Phone Number: (619) 640-2121 ‎
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?