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Cafe 21
Cafe 21

Cafe 21

9.029 reviews
$$$$
Middle Eastern & African, Breakfast & Brunch, Californian, Cafe
Ranked #29 in San Diego restaurants
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802 Fifth Ave, San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 795-0721
http://www.cafe-21.com/
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We stopped in for a quick bite and were very pressed for time.They wait staff had our food up in minutes. They were awesome!Very tasty beet cured salmon appetizer. The bar offered ... Read more
flights of mimosas and mohitos worth trying. A nice place to have a bite and a cocktail while you are exploring the Gaslamp district .

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Pasadena, California, USA

One of the best breakfast/brunch places in SD! This is the type of place you come to if you want to be wowed by every bite. Everything comes out to be even better than you could imagine. They have a way of taking typical dishes and putting an innovative spin on each and every one of them truly distinguishing themselves from other brunch spots.

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Chicken Crepe- $11 - Instead of a large crepe, there are three medium sized crepes. The crepe skin was made perfectly, very delicate and not overly thick. The mozzarella and feta cheese complemented the chicken breast chunks and caramelized onions well without making the crepe feel overstuffed or soggy.

Short Rib Omelette- $13 - Served in a small pan (rather large portion though). A very flavorful and heavy dish! Wish the omelette were a tad bit less greasy.

Tiramisu Pancake- $7 for half portion (3 pancakes)- I can't imagine ordering a full portion. The half portion is definitely plenty for two. But this was definitely the highlight of the meal! It is almost served like a small cake. The three pancakes are covered with mascarpone cheese whip, cocoa powder and maple expresso syrup. Seriously, amazing.

I'd have to say Cafe 21 is better than Cafe Chloe even though Cafe Chloe is amazing as well...just means Cafe 21 is ridiculously amazing! The service here is also top-notch!

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Local from San Diego

This place is awesome! A little pricey, but there aren't many places you can get a flight of mimosa flavors as unique as these!

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Hollywood

This place is trendy meets hippy. The hip decor and bar features a built in herb garden/wall. They have a fun and innovative drink menu with a fresh sangria bar. My veggie omelet was creatively served in a mini cast iron skillet.

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Local from San Diego

Our go-to restaurant downtown. They've expanded from their location in Normal Heights to this downtown location and it's as amazing as the original. I've never had anything I didn't love, including this burger. Service is fantastic too.

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Greenwich, Connecticut, USA

Went here on my recent trip to San Diego for Brunch. Great drinks, fantastic vibe (very busy) and good food. Perfect place to enjoy an outdoor brunch but expect a little wait on a weekend.

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Local from San Diego, California

Beautiful farm to table restaurant. Had a lovely dinner with drinks tonight!

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Local from San Diego, California

Second location in heart of Gaslamp District right on the corner of 5th and F St. Outdoor, indoor, n bar seating. Fantastic food n drinks!!! Farm to table fresh. Quality, flavorful everything!!! Their menu is slightly different than location in University Heights.

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Local from Greater San Diego, California, USA

Very fancy little place to go and get a drink and some dinner or appetizers and make sure you get the flight of mohitos and the crepes were the bomb

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Local from San Diego

An upscale cafe on 5th Ave downtown, Cafe 21 is a cozy and sophisticated place for dinner or appetizers and drinks for a night on the town. The grilled pear salad with raspberry vinaigrette was surprisingly good, and the service was amazing as they rushed my meal out before everyone else's since I had a meeting to rush to. Great ambience, too.

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Local from San Diego, California, USA

We stopped in for a quick bite and were very pressed for time.
They wait staff had our food up in minutes. They were awesome!
Very tasty beet cured salmon appetizer.
The bar offered flights of mimosas and mohitos worth trying.
A nice place to have a bite and a cocktail while you are exploring the Gaslamp district .

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Brooklyn, État de New York, États Unis

Great comfort food and a nice outdoor terrace. The service was rushed and a little off during my visit but the shrimp corn cakes were delicious. A great breakfast / brunch option.

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New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA

This is a great spot for happy hour! They have a huge selection of delicious tapas and drinks! And they are all so cheap!

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Redwood City, California, USA

Very cute cafe located on 5th Avenue. The decor is to die for, feels clean & home-y, but very modern. Great cocktails with a number of fresh add-ins, raspberry, cucumbers, mint, etc & many different flavors of house infused sangria. Get a flight of sangria, yum!

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San Luis Obispo
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Looking for brunch in the Gaslamp Quarter? The seasonal, locavarian and often organic menu here is better than average. All of our friends get together here for Sunday breakfast, and there's usually not too much of a line to deal with. Wooden tables, glass dispensers full of flavored lemonades (lime, cranberry, yum!), and funky serving plates like pressed tin circles for strawberry-rhubarb pancakes and crepes or mini iron skillets for egg scrambles with short ribs and gorgonzola cheese all make it fun. Kids A-OK here, and there's usually free metered parking spots (Sundays are free) farther south toward Market St.

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Los Angeles, California, USA

Popular for brunch, but with a lot of great dinner options as well. The food tastes fresh and there are a lot of wonderful things on the menu. Our waitress was sort of weird, but the other waitstaff was super nice and very friendly. Their flatbreads are awesome!

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Burns, Kansas

Good food and quiet environment.

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Great place for Breakfast! and very popular!

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Tempe, Arizona, USA

Great little spot! Delicious eclectic menu for brunch eaters!

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Sacramento, California
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Local from La Mesa, California
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