I usually eat at the cafe 21 on Adams Ave, but this Sat I was went with friends to a play at the Civic Ctr and chose to eat at the Downtown location. I wasnt at all disappointed. The food selection was wonderful. My friends and I enjoyed it tremendously.
There was enough of a selection for everyone and no one was disappointed in their meals. We had a selection of meats, vegetarian dishes and appetizers. All very yummmy.
BTW---The portebello mushroom fires are to die for.
5/3/2013 4:00:00 PM
Loved it! We went back for
Loved it! We went back for dinner after having lunch, both were fantastic. We ran out of time on our trip before going back for breakfast. Try it!
5/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great creative foods
terrific food and wonderful service - had a business breakfast meeting with a group - enjoyed it enough to return next day for lunch for another business meeting
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience. She ordered the special zucchini blossom fritatta and I ordered the classic pancakes. The breakfast items were displayed decoratively and possessed an agreeable texture and taste. The five fluffy buttermilk pancakes were dressed with a light coating of powdered sugar and garnished with seasonal fruit. My wife's egg frittata was light and crispy on the edges featuring a balsamic drizzle along the rim of the plate.
The service was pleasant. I highly recommend checking it out for brunch.
5/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Thank You Cafe 21!
Great Food! Great Service! Great Atmosphere! You can not go wrong with this place! So unique. Love, love, LOVE!
5/30/2013 4:00:00 PM
Can't beat farm to table...
Everything was delicious at this place. Every entree was unique and something we hadn't tried before. The seating was a little tight but mostly comfortable. I could hear a little bit of other people's conversations which could be distracting. The margaritas were not very strong, but as I said, the food was very good.
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Cafe 21's a great place!
We're North County people & rarely go down to the Gaslamp District, so we had no idea where to eat. We chose Cafe 21 & were so glad we did! We had a great waiter, I wish I knew his name. He made some nice suggestions, one of which I took - I ordered the pork chop. OH my gosh! I never order pork chops, I'm more into fish. I can truly say that was one of the best dishes I have ever had. The blue cheese polenta & the sweet sauce with apples was just out of this world. My husband had the short rib & it was also delicious. Great wine, great appetizer & best of all, we weren't rushed! This was such a exceptional eating experience & Cafe 21 is high on our list as a place to remember!
5/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Came to dine for my first
Came to dine for my first time, in a group of 7. Had amazing service from the start. The food was absolutely amazing, staff was friendly, options to choose from was different and exciting. I have absolutely no negatives. I will definitely be back.
6/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice place for dinner
but we were sorry to have not been able to make it for breakfast as we had read so much about the breakfast. We stopped in for a casual bite to eat and were very satisfied. Nice location in the Gaslamp area and the Omni where we were staying. Open table made it so easy to book our reservation on line. Love the service! We definitely plan to return. Service was also great.
6/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
My husband and I dined at the restaurant twice; the first time just the two of us, the second with 6 adults & one child. Both times the food was excellent, the menu is varied and has something for everyone, with plenty of healthy choices. The service is great, with waitstaff giving good info on the food and portion sizes. Highly recommend!
6/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Farm-to-table theme carried through very well. Lots of tempting choices. Joined by other foodie. We over-ordered and loved everything we had (group of 12). Very hearty sangria flight,
6/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
A mix if Spanish and Indian cuisine with their own style and organic
7/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
The menu is creative and offers something for everyone - meat lovers, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free. Interesting and unusal - and delicious! The drink menu is also very well done - creative and good solid drinks.
7/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Don't miss this restaurant
We found this restaurant when we were visiting San DIego last year. Every time we come back for a visit we eat here at least twice a week. The food is fresh and amazingly good. I would encourage anyone visiting not to miss this gem of a restaurant!
7/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Awesome infused beverage selection!
Great eatery! Unique and delicious, fresh foods. They also offer a tremendous selection of beverages made with infused concoctions!
7/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
A Culinary Adventure
My husband and I took some friends here for dinner. None of us had eaten here before but this was recommended to us by another friend who came here for brunch. We found the menu to be really diverse with food allergins taken into consideration. Clever ingrediants made for some delicious salads and entrees. I had a vegearian dish that was really delicious and filling. The service was prompt and very friendly. Our server was able to make good recommendations which we took her advise on, All of us were really happy with our dishes. My only suggestion is that by 8pm, the restaurant seemed really warm, so some air conditioning would have been really nice. Other than that, I am definately going back for brunch.
7/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Dinner Menu
I was surprised to be able to make a last minute reservation at Cafe21 for dinner on Saturday, and that made me a little skeptical about the place at first. What a surprise! This place was a gem! The Deco was authentic & interesting, service was lively, and most of all, food was excellent. The roast flatbreads were great, flavored loose leaf tea was very exotic. The Apricot Braised Lamb Shank that I got was so good, and Kabob Platter and Masala Chai Tea Braised Beef Short Ribs were all very flavorful. Every dish has a twist of flavor with special spice & ingredients, and that makes this place extra special. It was the most satisfying meal that we had during our vacation!
7/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
great local grown food. food
great local grown food. food is very flavorful. rotating menu. small seating area. service was excellent... attentive, but not overbearing.
7/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
great night out
This was a gem of a find. The food was fresh and well presented from an interesting menu. My wife and I really enjoyed the meal and the atmosphere. The service could not have been better. Loved it.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our 5th time here, love it!!!
Every time we come we try something different and love everything. A great find in the Gaslamp Quarter.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of my all time favorites!!
We go to Café 21 at least one time a month. I am just never disappointed. I tried the Vegan Sauté this time, OMG, DELISH!!!!!! This is one of the best little restaurants in San Diego, not to be missed.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food and service.
Enjoyed the food and the service was outstanding. Very friendly and personal. Host was very respectful and continued to assist us until the waitress could attend us. The food was very tasty. Highly recommend it.
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
A lot to love
Great food and service, really reasonable prices. A unique menu with a fun variety of sangrias!
8/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Not your tourist trap Gaslamp place
Great food, and a leisurely dinner on the outdoor patio in fabulous San Diego weather. There's a reason there's a line outside this restaurant while others on the same street are begging you to stop.
8/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
I was impressed with this place. I was visiting from New York where I've dined in many places that source locally. Cafe 21 was my first experience eating local, organic California fare. I went with a party of six and all of our dishes were phenomenal. Will definitely be coming back during my next visit to the wonderful San Diego.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
American meets Turkish?
This was a great restaurant. My family and I decided to come here for my 29th birthday. It was breakfast on a thursday morning so it wasn't a busy time in general. We were seated right away. The waiter was very attentive and accomodation of us and our two year old. The food was delicious. My very non-professional experice would say that the food is pretty american based but each dish has its own bit of unique ethnic flair that makes the typical american dish a bit peppier. Great food, espresso, and tea! Highly recommended! Can't wait to come back and/or try the Adams location.
8/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
Best Brussel sprouts ever!!
The food is outstanding. My fiancé had the steak and Brussel sprouts and I had the Cornish game hen. We had the asparagas ricotta crepe who's wasti die for! Love the décor too.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
My large party of 13 met for dinner here at 7:15. We were treated very well with the staff and the service was excellent. There were a few problems with the food however. There were only enough sea bass to serve 2. There should be better communication about the portiosn though. That dish was enough to easily feed two people. Instead, the chef made a specialty with shrimp and scallops. My vegan sautee was also huge and enough to feed 2. The stuffed chicken however was small and almost not enough.
8/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Definite gem in the Gaslamp area
So excited to find out just how special the food is here. Everything is either served in a hot iron pan or a beautiful hammered tray. Had dinner one evening and must recommend the fried and avocado, eggplant and portobello mushrooms (dusted in rice flower) with three dips that are exquisite! Beet salad is beyond... Came back for brunch next day on Sun and had to wait outside as this place is really popular so get there early. GM with suspenders was so entertaining that it made waiting so much fun. Sat us with 2 other couples but offered us free tiramisu pancakes! I had crepes with strawberries and my partner chocolate chip with strawberry pancakes and we also shared an omelet that was baked in an iron skillet. YUM!
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lived up to Expectations
There are many choices in Gaslamp, but Cafe 21 served great food; we tried the fried avocado slices, different, then a couple of tasty entrees. Service was friendly and engaged
8/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
Delicious and fun! One of my favorites for great tasting, fresh food every time!
8/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
A local gem...
Café 21 is a local gem for sure. The menu is very different and offers real change to most other places in Gaslamp District. They are known as a "farm to table" restaurant and their foods are that fresh. Whether you order steak, pork or vegetarian, they are sure to please your palate. I hade their New York Strip Steak and it was literally as tender as a filet mignon. Give this place a try...you won't be disappointed.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
San Diego's best brekkie
Great find. Went with my girlfriend & we were both impressed with our breakfasts. Good location right in the heart of the Gaslamp district. Excellent staff. Will definitely go back next time we're in San Diego. Top class.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, and wonderful
Great food, and wonderful staff. The wait staff seemed extremely knowledgable about their food, and were aware of their weaknesses- sending Inga over to open our wine because she is the best was a nice touch. The food was amazing, delicious, flavorful, and well priced for such excellent quality. We took a chance on a new place and it paid off! We will definitely return.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
I wanted to take my family out for a nice dinner and my son's girlfriend recommended Cafe 21. I checked it out online and it looked like a winner so we went - it was awesome. All five of us ordered different menu items and each was fantastic. The wait staff was great, knowledgable and very attentive without being pushy. Oh yeah, the bartender mixed some killer cocktails too. I highly recommend cafe 21. I'll definitely go back.
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great Food & Sangria
The experience was so good at Café 21 , we decided to go back a second time the following night. We enjoyed scallops, pork chop and rib eye steak special. The vegetables were fresh and great tasting spices and sauces were a compliment to the meal. The wait staff is extremely friendly and helpful. Don't miss trying some the different varieties of home made sangria. Outdoor patio is great for people watching while you dine. This is a cant miss.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Try the "fries"!
Had dinner at Café 21 with my wife on a busy Friday night. Got seated outside at a great people watching table. Service was outstanding with multiple staff members working well as a team. Started the meal off with a sampler of the fries. They were a lightly battered (in rice flour) and exceptionally flavorful combination of Portobello, avocado, and eggplant strips with goat cheese and chipotle dipping sauces. Outstanding. Dinner was a flatiron steak flatbread pizza for my wife and chai tea braised short ribs for me. Both were delicious. Had difficulty choosing our meals as there were a number of dishes we wanted to try...guess we'll have to go back...and soon!
9/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved this place! My husband and I tried it for the first time for our 10 year wedding anniversary and absolutely loved it! Great food,great sangria and great company (the hubby,of course!)... what more could a girl ask for? ;)
9/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent place to watch the
Excellent place to watch the people walked the gaslamp district of San Diego. Very pleased with the food, especially the desert.
9/28/2013 12:00:00 AM
We have going to Cafe 21 for
We have going to Cafe 21 for years. The food is always great. The menu changes from time to time so you can always try new things. Service is great.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Unbelievable avocado, eggplant
Unbelievable avocado, eggplant and portabello mushroom frie's, one of their specialties! Excellent seasonings, crisp and hot, a Must try!
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
October convention dinner
Best meal we had in San Diego. Server made a couple of mistakes but she was lovely.
10/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous Brunch Spot
Wow!! Amazing food. So fresh and a feast for the eyes too. My 8 year old son ordered the strawberry and chocolate pancakes (they only put a tiny smattering of mini chips). It was a large plate of 5 big pancakes. He polished it off no problem. I had the frittata with vegetables and goat cheese with a side of fruit. All of it was divine!! Fritatta arrived hot in it's own tiny skillet. It was too much for me to finish. I tried though. Would return in a drop of a hat!
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
The food here is obviously cooked fresh and the wait staff lets you know that chicken dishes, for example, will take 30 minutes to get to table. But the excellent and tasty food was well worth that wait. The noise level was a bit over the top for those of us with hearing reduced by age, but it was not uncomfortable.
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
outstanding BF and Dinner
Had an outstanding breakfast - food choices were unusual, fresh, and incredibly tasty. went back later that week for dinner, which was equally outstanding - the hanger steak was delish. Service was friendly, and they didn't rush us. highly recommend this gem
10/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lots of Fun
The waiters and waitresses (we had one of each) are lots of fun. We really enjoyed them. The stuffed chicken breast which I had was absolutely delicious. My husband's catfish was good too. My friend and I both had a flight of champagne ($22 each!). It came with six half glasses of mimosas, all different flavors, and it was delicious (just don't drive!.) Fun night out!
11/1/2013 5:00:00 PM
Nice restaurant with different food
This is a very nice restaurant with different food, than the "usual" dishes. Ingredients are fresh and well prepared. In each dish the combination of tastes is excellently balanced.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Farm to table dining, Café
Farm to table dining, Café 21 uses high quality food that looks good and tastes better. Terrific location in the Gaslight area of San Diego.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dinner was delicious
Had Thanksgiving dinner at Cafe 21. The food was delicious and presented beautifully. The kitchen was running behind so we had to wait, but they gave us some finger food to hold us over and we had a wonderful time.
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM
Great staff, nice place and really good food. Highly recommend!
11/27/2013 4:00:00 PM