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Café 21 - University Heights

4.4
240 reviews
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$30 and under
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International
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  • Fit for Foodies (388)
  • Great for Brunch (170)

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About

Caf� 21 is located in San Diego, California and has a focus on serving organic and gluten-free dishes. The restaurant has an emphasis on providing a true farm to table dining experience by utilizing locally grown, organic ingredients.

Caf� 21 offers brunch and dinner daily. Brunch at the restaurant includes such fare as eggs Benedict, pancakes, French toast, crepes and omelets. Dinner at Caf� 21 features an assortment of soup and salad, cold small plates, hot small plates and entr�es. Dinner selections include albacore poke, vegetarian stuffed flatbread, chicken kabob, braised short rib, spaghetti squash and shrimp and New York steak.

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday 8am-3pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 8am - 4:00pm; Sunday 8am-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday, Saturday 5am-10pm
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Phone number
(619) 640-2121
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Neighborhood
What 240 People Are SayingWrite a review
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4.4
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4.5
food
4.3
service
4.0
ambience
4.8
value
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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firstdate (San Diego)
4.0
Dined on December 29, 2015

always a wonderful place to go, great food and ambience -- the service was a little slower this time

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OpenTable Diner (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on December 11, 2015

My husband and I love this place. I'm vegetarian, he's not, and it's such a pleasure for both of us to have so much to choose from. The service is attentive without being cloying, and the drink options are creative. My only complaint is that the dining area is so small -- Cafe 21 is a victim of its own success, it's so crowded. But well worth it. We'll definitely go back.

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OpenTable Diner (Minneapolis)
4.0
Dined on November 20, 2015

The food was excellent and though the servers were super friendly and accommodating, our food took FOREVER to arrive. We actually couldn't eat and had to take it to go because we had to make a show. We had allowed 2 hours and it wasn't enough...
Give yourself PLENTY of time and don't be in a hurry to get anywhere if you are going for dinner.

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vipPhotoman (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on November 14, 2015

Everything is very good and usually excellent. I have never had complaints. It is a great neighborhood place...go there often and try new thing...some appeal to me more than others but you will not get anything less than Very good!

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LivetoEat (Orange County)
4.0
Dined on November 6, 2015

The food, service and hospitality were exceptional. The staff were all attentive to our experience. They were friendly and chatty but not intrusive. The food is what brought us in and it was everything we hoped for. No leftovers to take with us but only because the servings were just the right size to stuff ourselves comfortably. The only interference with a perfect evening and dining experience was the diner next to us who spoke too loudly for such an intimate patio. we ended up moving inside. Yes, we will be back!

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vipJamesMackayJMM (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on November 2, 2015

A regular restaurant for us and always top notch - brilliant in every way - we will keep going back again and again :)

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vipSandiegojeff (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on October 23, 2015

Very unique and delicious menu. Place was busy but service was great and we never felt rushed to finish so our table could be turned over. We went for dinner and will definitely go back but we also want to try their brunch. Very nice find in university heights.

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Greg (Washington DC)
5.0
Dined on October 14, 2015

Perfect for a date night like it was for us. And great with friend for brunch like we did a few days before. I've only lived in San Diego 4 days and have been there twice. I see going there many more times

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vipJamesMackayJMM (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on October 13, 2015

What a superb little restaurant. Friendly talented staff, excellent food and nice one list. Love it!!

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vipJamesMackayJMM (San Diego)
5.0
Dined on September 27, 2015

Fantastic neighborhood gem - excellent food, wine and service.

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
International, Global, International
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Hours of operation
Breakfast: Tuesday - Saturday: 8:00am - 4:00pm; Sunday 8am-3pm
Lunch: Tuesday - Saturday: 8am - 4:00pm; Sunday 8am-3pm
Dinner: Tuesday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm, Friday, Saturday 5am-10pm
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Cross street
Idaho
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(619) 640-2121
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Catering
We're a family-owned restaurant bringing you tasty catering for events, corporate affairs, and much more. We provide our customers with great food and fabulous service. So whether you need catering service for a family reunion or you're looking for corporate caterers, Cafe 21 is ready to serve you. Call today to learn more about our mouth-watering menu and our top-quality service!
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Executive chef
Chef Leyla
Additional
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access