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Cafe 222

222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
+1 619-236-9902
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good31%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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American, Delicatessen, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This place is a nice little spot to get some breakfast from. This place is a must to eat here and I HIGHLY recommend the banana Bread French toast. I don't even eat banana Bread but this dish sounded so appealing I had to give...More

Thank _basementboy
Reviewed 6 days ago

We had the Strawberry waffle and the nutty spread and banana French toast. We went on a weekday morning there was no hold up and we got our support truly snappy. Straightforward walk around our cabin and had seen the reviews so expected to take...More

Thank mandylynnl466
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is at least my 3rd time for breakfast at Cafe 222 over 10+ years, and I can honestly say, it's just as great as I'd remembered my other visits! Despite the fact we could have sat outside in San Diego, we chose to eat...More

Thank drkiki2015
Reviewed 1 week ago

I went here after reading multiple reviews on Tripadvisor. Location is nothing special and if you don't look for it you will miss it. Close to convention centre. Small cafe in downtown area. Short walk from Gaslamp. I had the Peanut Butter and Banana French...More

Thank Barramax
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is so good even the Marriott recommend it :-) There was a long wait (20-30 mins) but it was worth it, not normally one for sweet stuff at breakfast I had seen the reviews of the Peanut Butter And Banana Stuffed French Toast...More

Thank Sc_uk01
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Had a great outdoors breakfast at this gas lamp district spot. Service was excellent and the food was stellar. Cornbread blueberry waffle and tamale with eggs... yum.

Thank mike f
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Cute little cafe with great breakfast food. Nice staff. Quick service. The waffle was a great choice!!

Thank Abby R
Reviewed August 12, 2017 via mobile

My wife had Bobby's French Toast, very inconsistent from slice to slice, and bite to bite. I tried it and would never suggest anyone waste the money. The malted waffle I had taste like it was precooked and then reheated. Again very disappointing. Service, sausage...More

Thank john p
Reviewed August 11, 2017 via mobile

The breakfast is outstanding. The Mexican omelette and the blueberry pancakes are excellent. Minimal wait

Thank Raja D
Reviewed August 7, 2017

Long wait, pleasant server, okay food and prices. This is a fairly small space and I appreciated the outside patio area for seating but it's too cut off. Nothing to write home about.

Thank Sigmababy
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighborhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-236-9902
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Cafe 222 has been the local dining institution for nearly 25 years in San Diego.
This quirky-corner eatery has become famous from it's many appearances on the
Food Network and for the owner who from time-to-time can be found wearing a waffle on her head.

This shoebox-size of a restaurant has plenty of seating, offers indoor, street side patio dining as well as an upper garden patio area. Dogs and kids are welcome with well-behaved parents.

Reservations are not accepted but if there is a wait to get in, it moves quickly and the staff
passes out banana bread and coffee to those in line to make the wait more pleasant.
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