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Cafe 21

#225 of 3,817 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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2736 Adams Ave, San Diego, CA 92116-1312 (Idaho)
+1 619-640-2121
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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73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

A few co-workers and I enjoyed this establishment on a Thursday afternoon, it wasn't busy but we made it busy because there were like 12 of us, so they were a little overwhelmed by us all, so needless to say the service wasn't the best but it wasn't the worst. They did forget drink orders a lot but since we... More 

Thank Yeleny S
San Diego, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I have been wanting to try this place for well over a year and today went with my sweetie for V-Day!!! We both had skillet omelets and nothing was left behind except what I took in a to go box for later. This place is really well designed and interesting to the eye. The service was just lovely and the... More 

Thank Travelon926
San Diego, California
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29 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 28, 2016

If you are looking for a great place for breakfast or brunch in North Park or in San Diego in general (if you're willing to drive around), then you have to tryout Cafe 21 in North Park. They also have another location in downtown San Diego, but I feel that has a different vibe than the one one Adam's avenue.... More 

Thank Kashbcn
Del Mar, California
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142 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 27, 2016

I recently had breakfast at Café 21 with my boyfriend since it's close to his house. I really enjoyed the food. We ordered the braised short rib cast iron omelet as well as the turkey omelet. Both were very good. They are big portions so you may be able to get two meals out of it depending on how hungry... More 

Thank ErinP27
Kingman, Arizona
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25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2016

Stopped by to have dinner the night before Thanksgiving. Although the place was basically empty we were greeted with open arms. My friend and I decided to try their Short Ribs, and Stuffed Cabbage. Both were excellent. We had also ordered flat-bread, bellisimo, and a bottle of wine. Cafe 21 has a large selection of good bottled wines. The whole... More 

Thank Terry W
Payson Az
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

Organic, locally sourced food makes for a delicious meal. All menu items are cooked fresh and to order. Small, family owned restaurant. There is also one located in downtown San Diego.

Thank Pam J
San Diego, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2016

Been here a few times with my mom and it is always an adventure for the palate. Very relaxing place with comfortable indoor and outdoor seating. Specials are always great. :)

Thank Viviana S
San Diego, California
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59 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016

A funky, earthy, hippy looking/feeling cafe with cute vibes. The food, however, has gone downhill, way down the hill over the last 2 years that I have been going there. the food was wholesome, fresh and tasty, now it is stale and mundane, there are an abundance of drinks on the menu and little food choices. the food comes out... More 

Thank SDTraveler515
West Yorkshire
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44 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 17, 2016 via mobile

We were staying for a couple of nights nearby and this was the first place we came across while out for an afternoon walk to the shops. We popped in for a quick drink and the staff were lovely, the place had a really nice chilled out atmosphere. We watched some food come out of the kitchen and it looked... More 

Thank mickrep
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88 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 14, 2016 via mobile

We were directed to this restaurant by hotel staff for brunch on Sunday morning after attending church. We had a short wait around 11:30 and the four of us were seated inside. Unique menu, not a buffet, for brunch. Two of us had the eggs Benedict with turkey on bread pudding, another had tiramisu pancakes; and another had the specialty... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Cafe, International, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Families with children
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: +1 619-640-2121
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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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?