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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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“brunch” (15 reviews)
“pumpkin waffle” (29 reviews)
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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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1 - 10 of 617 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I wanted to grab a quick bite to eat. I definitely made the right choice. On a Wednesday about 9am there was a wait for a table. I was a party of 1 so I sat at the counter. Tom was excellent. He made sure...More

Thank Denise H
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Visited at 9:00 am on a Thursday. Had a small 10:00 minute wait to be seated at a booth inside. Waiter was friendly and unassuming. Had the peanut butter and banana french toast that was featured on the food network. Excellent. Generous portions. Will be...More

1  Thank dstucker
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We attended a convention in San Diego, and of course, all restaurants get very crowded with so many attendees. We discovered this wonderful coffee place close to the hotels, and convention center. The food was great and affordable and the service superb.

1  Thank Evita_1957
Reviewed 12 October 2017

My wife and I were visiting San Diego. We found ourselves driving around in circles, look for a good breakfast spot. Finally we pulled over and I found the review for Cafe 222. We were close and what luck to find this quirky gem. The...More

1  Thank BuriedTreasure
Reviewed 3 October 2017 via mobile

Unbelievable place, small, quaint, outdoor seating available (limited).. speciality pancakes and waffles , a must try! Very generous portions so sharing would be fine. Definite place to return to.

1  Thank Libby D
Reviewed 21 September 2017 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

1  Thank _basementboy
Reviewed 17 September 2017

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

1  Thank drkiki2015
Reviewed 14 September 2017

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 4 September 2017

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 27 August 2017 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
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Restaurant Details

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Average prices
USD 12
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
Kids, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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
  • Neighbourhood: 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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