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Cafe 21

#224 of 3,833 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
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70 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2014 via mobile

We were just walking around and found this restaurant. We noticed there was a small line outside, so we figured it must be good. The wait was only about 5-10 minutes, and it was worth it! The short rib skillet omelet was amazing! The coffee was really great, too! I will be back!

Thank cholan1
Toronto, Canada
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5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2014

not much more to say...they were fantastic. I had the steak and my buddy had the scallops...both were great!

Thank Dave H
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 26, 2014

We came late (9 people), but the staff made their best to get us a table. Service was then fast and food was good, even though a little bit salty. Wine was also good.

Thank Y_ok_25
San Diego, California
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51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2014

Menu changes very often but always is a pleasant surprise,. beverages are great and very original, great assortment of Teas. Be sure to order the Potato Chips, made in house from scratch, and not always listed in the menu,but is worth to ask your server if they can prepare them for you. Several Lamb dishes, if you like it its... More 

Thank Ruben2445
Seattle, Washington
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13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2014 via mobile

Excellent blueberry pancakes with strawberry and kiwi sauce on the side. I haven't had pancakes that good since i can remember. The perfect amount of food. However I felt the need for a little protein and ordered a side of prociutto - the waiter brought me three times the amount of meat than what was included in my friend's omlet!... More 

Thank mxprock
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59 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 9, 2014

My sister introduced my daughter and I to this restaurant. Love them. Will definitely return there next time we are in town. Great food, great price, great staff.

Thank jmartin01
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2014

took about 10 minutes to get the attention of a server. 10 more minutes to get drinks. Bloody Mary's were terribly watery. Couldn't drink it. Over 50 minutes to get food. I couldn't even stomach the lamb omelet. Kept finding surprises in the meat. Not to mention, they don't know how to poach a simple egg. Chips were over saturated... More 

Thank Lauralani
Toronto, Canada
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2014

Excellent organic produce! Creative and delicious choices!great value. Try the salmon omelet...sounds odd but is a wonderful start to a busy day. Servers are knowledgeable and friendly. Sat outside and enjoyed the street scene.

Thank bredaTraveller
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383 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 315 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 1, 2014 via mobile

Eclectic and wonderful as other TA members said! We loved the ambiance and they were kind and gave us their best outdoor table. Sitting under the vine laced arbor, we shared a flight of mimosas - orange, pomegranate, tangerine, ginger basil lavender and Adams served in small mason jars. My favorite was definitely the tasty and fragrant ginger lavender. As... More 

Thank Denise L
Seattle, Washington
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208 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2014 via mobile

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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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, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?