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Zanzibar Cafe

#480 of 3,870 Restaurants in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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707 G St, Zanzibar Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101-6418
+1 619-230-0125
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 11:00 - 23:00
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23 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

We stop for late breakfast/brunch. They have a lot of different propositions, we took omlette and scrambled eggs. Everything was delicious, and service was very nice! Thank you!

Thank Monika J
El Cerrito, California
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46 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 June 2016

Zanzibar is a couple of blocks away from Fifth Avenue, the restaurant hub of San Diego’s Gaslamp Quarter, but it is well worth the detour. It serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day, as well as having a full bar. Its chief virtue is the range of its menu. My husband and I didn’t sample their breakfasts, but lunch featured... More 

Thank Lisa Y
North Salt Lake, Utah
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365 reviews
217 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 246 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 June 2016

After a long day of travel we decided small plates at Zanzibar would be perfect for dinner. and we were right. The drinks, a margarita and an incredible rye cocktail were both outstanding...so much so that we had to have a second round. The goat cheese hash browns were not what we expected, not really hash browns at all, but... More 

Thank diinslc
New York City, New York
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152 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 May 2016

I only had breakfasts there but I was there three times. This shows that I liked it quite a lot. We, a party of three will walk for breakfasts and we were seated right away because it seemed it is relatively quiet for breakfasts, even for a Sunday. I usually have Blueberry Pancakes, my son smoked salmon scramble and my... More 

Thank Sankarmukh
Encinitas, California, United States
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2016 via mobile

We go dinner and I keep ordering the hamburger with sweet potato fries and a salad every time. Other things are really good too. I guess I'm stuck on the burgers for now. Taking the dessert home with me! This is a very consistent good place for a meal.

Thank Jeri H
Las Vegas, Nevada
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110 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

We love this place! Enjoyed the salads. Our service was excellent and we didn't feel rushed. Would recommend!

Thank jzk131
Monterrey, Mexico
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21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 April 2016

We found this café while walking Downtown San Diego. We wanted a less-touristic not so busy restaurant to eat, so we found this Café well ranked on our app. I think the ranking should have been better, because the food and cocktails were absolutely delicious. Our waitress was charming, nice and our food arrived in no time. Very pleasant visit.

Thank DiLoera
McAllen, Texas
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 March 2016

In our recent visit to SD, we woke up early on a Saturday morning, walked around the Gastamp Quarter but nothing seemed open at 8 AM. We then spotted Zanzibar cafe and sat in a table outside, it was such a beautiful day with perfect weather. Next thing we had fresh, strong, (great) coffee in our table. The menu has... More 

Thank Silvia d
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 March 2016

Love this airy restaurant with awesome vintage rockers. Great Happy Hour and service. Recommended flat bread was awesome.

Thank ctinadewars16
Blacksburg, Virginia
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178 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2016

Unfortunately my friend and I both ordered the eggs benedict for breakfast. The food took a long time to arrive, even though the restaurant was pretty much empty. Once the food arrive, all eggs were completely overcooked. They offered to re-cook our meals, but we didn't have enough time for that. The service was great though.

Thank Marina V

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Full Bar
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 707 G St, Zanzibar Downtown, San Diego, CA 92101-6418
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego>  > Downtown
  • Neighbourhood: Downtown
  • Phone Number: +1 619-230-0125

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?