Café 21

4.0 stars 4.0 out of 5 14 ratings
$$Celiac Friendly, Gluten Free Menu, Appetizers + 2 more
90% of 10 votes say it's Celiac friendly

802 5th Ave, San Diego, CA 92101

(619) 795-0721
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    4 ratingApril 05, 2017

    No online menu for pre-review and no GF designations on in-restaurant menu (this would've earned them 5 stars) but waiter was knowledgeable and food was tasty without side effects. Large portions and great brunch ambiance.

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    1 ratingFebruary 19, 2017

    There is NOT a Gluten Free Menu. If a restaurant takes the time to create a GF menu, you know they are serious about serving GF food. It just isn't worth the risk in my opinion to go to a restaurant without a GF menu and then have to deal with the waiter and then the chef coming out and then still feel not so sure about what you will be eating. There are so many great restaurants now with GF menus.

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    3 ratingSeptember 02, 2016

    Not sure why this place is considered celiac friendly in this day in age. No gluten free menu and nothing on the menu marked gluten free, the manager did at least KNOW what was gluten free or not, but that is something I expect from every place in a traffic metropolitan tourist area. To be fair they offer plenty of omelette gluten free and some side dishes like chips or a side salad but that was about it. I order 2 potato pancakes and my server suggested the sausage as well (not on the menu) and I am glad he did. I was also give the house salsa. The salsa made the meal.

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    3 ratingFebruary 05, 2016

    Ordered the steak omelette in cast iron skillet. Very bland... GF and no problems after but just wasn't very good. Potato pancakes were great. Too expensive for an ok omelette.

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    5 ratingJanuary 25, 2016

    yes safe. however the chocolate dessert is made with a liquor derived from grain, use your judgment

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    1 ratingDecember 28, 2015

    Service was rude and slow. My server didn't know what celiac was and didn't understand how it correlated to celiac. Food was ok but overpriced.

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    5 ratingDecember 26, 2015

    The food was delicious! I'm so glad I found this restaurant thanks to Find Me Gluten Free app. They had so many unique gluten free dishes. We shared some as tapas style. Dessert was the best gluten free dessert we've had. It was a flourless chocolate cake (souffle style) freshly baked in individual little pans with berries, served with vanilla ice cream. The staff was knowledgeable about gluten free choices.

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    5 ratingAugust 12, 2015

    Very knowledgable staff, and the food was delicious. Understood cross-contamination issues.

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    5 ratingJuly 26, 2015

    Cafe 21 is a restaurant that I go to at least once a week. The staff has gotten to know us and are always so sweet and welcoming each time we come back. The menus for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and happier hour all have plenty of gluten free friendly choices! The mixed fries are one of my favorite dishes to order - they're mushroom, eggplant, and avocado, dipped in a rice flour mix and fried fresh. They come with really yummy dipping sauces (avocado pesto, chipotle aioli, and garlic aioli) on the side. When we eat there for dinner I also can't leave without ordering the gluten free chocolate flourless cake. The cake typically comes in a mini skillet (large enough for 2 people to share) drizzled in fruit compote topped with fresh berries and a side of ice cream in a copper pot. No matter what you eat at Cafe 21, you'll love it!

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    4 ratingMay 12, 2015

    The food was absolutely delicious. The server was very knowledgeable about my options. The only reason I gave it 4 stars was because the meal took quite a long time to come out. BUT well worth the wait!

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    3 ratingFebruary 07, 2015

    The staff seemed confused about my requests but were very nice about checking with the kitchen. The staff wasn't knowledgable but the chefs were, and I guess that's the important thing but I almost left due to unknowledgable (yet polite) waitstaff.

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    5 ratingJanuary 13, 2015

    Incredible food all the way around. Mixed fires to flourless cake in the end. I highly recommend this place to everyone! Staff very knowledgeable and plenty to choose from

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    5 ratingOctober 05, 2014

    This is a hidden gem!!! They are very knowledge of GF and the service very good. You MUST have their portobello mushroom, eggplant, and avocado fries.

Gluten-Free Features

  • Appetizers
  • Celiac Friendly
  • Fries
  • Gluten Free Menu


  • Cafe
8 am - 10 pm
8 am - 10 pm
8 am - 10 pm
8 am - 10 pm
8 am - 11 pm
8 am - 11 pm
8 am - 10 pm

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