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Cafe 222

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222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
+1 619-236-9902
7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 1:45 pm
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Victoria, Canada
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26 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Food presentation = 2/5 Food & coffee quality = 2/5 Atmosphere = 2/5 Table service @ 4/5 was only redeeming feature I'd suggest breakfasting elsewhere!!

Thank pgduncan
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54 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

Cafe 222 was recommended by several people for breakfast. It is a funky place with both indoor and outdoor seating. The food was fabulous! Try Joe's Special Frittata that had everything, including the kitchen sink. It was wonderful!

Thank Howard D
Seaford, New York
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great place to stop for breakfast!! Food was fresh and service was great. Nice easy walk from hotel. In a great neighborhood. Highly recommend!!!

Thank TLM821
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43 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great food and quick service. I try to come here every time I am in San Diego. They have quite the crowd on the weekend, for very good reason!

Thank lyn2716
Saint Charles, Illinois
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31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Group had banana peanut butter stuffed french toast, cornmeal waffles and granola waffle. Sides of sausage patties and turkey bacon were also had. Everything was delicious and very well presented. Very small spot so expect to wait, but well worth it! Very deserving of the accolades they have received. The french toast was a large portion of great flavors combined... More 

Thank Ray H
Punta Gorda, Florida, United States
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had the waffles , pancakes and eggs. Pancakes were great. Not a fancy place but but worth the visit.

Thank Shelley V
Salt Lake City, Utah
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We arrived at a busy time (Sunday AM), but the receptionist was very accommodating. The prices are not cheap, but the food was delicious and well worth it. The Blueberry Cornbread Waffle is wonderful, especially with real maple syrup (extra cost!). Delicious biscuits. We liked it so much we came back the next morning. If you're a breakfast lover, this... More 

Thank Hansen0503
Durham, North Carolina
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Once you figure out how to get into the place, you find it was worth effort. This is not a fancy, high dollar place. It's local diner with a great breakfast. The waffles were soon tasty. Our server was the best-attentive and friendly. The food came quick. We'll be back for breakfast again.

Thank PSJ1977
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20 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

very pleasing atmosphere and strong delicious coffee. oatmeal and egg scramble were both delicious. would definitely return.

Thank Mike G
Cheyenne, Wyoming
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102 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017

This is just a little place on the corner, but it's a really fun atmosphere, and the food was really good too, and the prices were good.

Thank we2luv2travelglobal

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Delicatessen, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?