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Cafe 222

₹₹ - ₹₹₹American, Deli,
222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
+1 619-236-9902
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good31%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“pumpkin waffles” (41 reviews)
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American, Deli, Diner, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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222 Island Ave, San Diego, CA 92101-6826
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

I went to this place not only once but twice. First time we waited a bit but the food was so good and the staff so nice that you forgot the wait. Had some awesome pumpkin waffles and some delish omelet. Not to mention the...More

Thank Monsy M
Reviewed 1 week ago

So many choices of great dishes for breakfast that it was hard to pick just one! Had the banana bread french toast with caramelized banana's on top. Oh so good! Small place with a wait, but well worth it.

Thank short4cj
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I stopped here for breakfast while visiting San Diego. They do a great job and serve you very quickly. They have a small outdoor seating area so I chose to eat outside. I wanted something different from my normal breakfast meal so I ordered their...More

Thank RandySSchafer
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the peanut butter and banana French toast and the sausage Benedict. Both were very good and unique to this place. Service is quick and attentive. Only downside is they don’t except American Express cards.

Thank Salesatthe B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We went for breakfast 2 days.... such a huge selection and big meals too ! Go earlier and avoid the queue, but good food !

Thank DonandZenta
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great Food!!! Great Service!!! Our server Olga was phenomenal!! This is a must Try!! I had the Chicken Fried Steak with Gravy and it was With Gravy!!

Thank Bearvolfan E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We went here on vacation for breakfast. Everything tasted great and the famous French Toast stuffed with PB and bananas didn't disappoint. All of the staff were really friendly and attentive. Coffee and latte were good as well. Plan to wait 15-30 minutes during busy...More

Thank Andrew M
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant specializing in breakfast is a block away from the Gaslamp. We had some very tasty and filling blueberry cornmeal waffles and excellent orange pecan pancakes. The service was excellent and the atmosphere was good. The restaurant has both indoor and outdoor seating, which...More

Thank memsurs
Reviewed 6 March 2018 via mobile

Had a tasty breakfast. We were jet lagged and arrived right when they opened. We were greeted with a smile and told to come in even thought they didn’t open for a few more minutes. Our coffee and drinks came promptly and food shortly thereafter....More

Thank maryspring15
Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Met some local friends due to a last minute change of flight plans on Friday. (Stuck in SD for a whole weekend, dang it). I had the pumpkin waffle, which was just about perfect and the Tamale with Gravy. Wait times on a Sunday morn...More

Thank Walter H
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Kristin G
16 January 2018|
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Response from Abby R | Reviewed this property |
There is some street parking but we walked from our hotel.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 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
Child-friendly, Kids, 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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