5pm to Close

DINNER MENU

Dinner Menu - 5 pm to Close

Cafe 21 is an all-day affair and one of the best places to eat for breakfast, lunch, and DINNER. So if you need dinner or a cool cocktail bar with upscale drinks, then we invite you to join us. And if gluten-free, vegan, or organic is on your checklist of must-haves, then Cafe 21 is the place to go!

Let us dine and entertain you the Cafe 21 way! With unrivaled ambiance, romantic candles adoring our tables as well as the best drinks and farm-to-table eats San Diego has to offer, we know you will add us to the San Diego's vibrant food scene list as one of the best San Diego dining experiences.

- Our Food is Designed to Come Out as it is Prepared and Meant to be Shared. Please Enjoy! -

STARTERS

  • CAFE 21 FONDUE
    Toast Points, Seasonal Fruits + Vegetables
    14
  • CHICKEN LIVER PATE
    Spiced Carrot Butter, Sourdough Toast
    11
  • BRUSSELS SPROUTS
     Pineapple Chili Glaze
    9
  • CHICKEN WINGS
    Chicharrons, Parmesan, Sage, Chipotle Aioli
    11
  • MIXED FRIES
    Rice Flour Battered + Fried Eggplant, Portobello +Avocado, Zaatar
    14
  • CHEF'S CHOICE SEASONAL FLAT BREAD
    Changes Daily!
    10
  • WILD SHRIMP CEVICHE
    Taro Chips
    12*

PASTA

  • GURZA
    Grass Fed Beef Azeri Ravioli, Kumquat Reduction
    16

VEGGIES

  • VEGAN PARTY
    Quinoa, Black Eye Pea + Beet, Green Goddess Coconut Curry
    17
  • VEGETABLE CABBAGE ROLLS
    Vegetables, Herbs, Arborio Rice, Tomato Sauce
    14

FISH

  • CATCH OF THE DAY PAPILLOTE
     Lentils, Leek, Saffron Beurre Blanc, Grilled Lemon
    28

PASTURE

  • KABOB PLATTER
    Lentil Rice Pilaf, Tzatziki, Pickled Vegetables, Sumac Onions, Tomato + Cucumber Salad, Sourdough Lavash
    45
  • BEEF KABOB SKEWER
    Lentil Rice, Tzatziki, Pickled Vegetables, Sumac Onions, Tomato +Cucumber Salad, Sourdough Lavash
    17
  • LAMB SKEWER
    Lentil Rice Pilaf, Tzatziki, Pickled Vegetables, Sumac Onions, Tomato + Cucumber Salad, Sourdough Lavash
    18
  • CHICKEN SKEWER
    Lentil Rice Pilaf, Tzatziki, Pickled Vegetables, Sumac Onions, Tomato + Cucumber Salad, Sourdough Lavash
    15
  • SLOW BRAISED SHORT RIB
    Yam Puree
    21
  • LAMB DOLMA
    Grape Leaf, Ground Lamb, Herbs, Citrus Yogurt Sauce
    25
  • BEEF CABBAGE ROLLS
    Grass Fed Beef, Herbs, Arborio Rice, Tomato Sauce
    16

Al Fresco Eating & Drinking

Just after hello, the next question may be 'outside or inside' upon arrival at our doors. Being in America's finest city, outdoor dining is just as important as indoor dining. Once seated, we know the charm of Cafe 21 will enchant you. From either our downtown Gaslamp location to our location just on the mains street of Adams Avenue in University Heights, an alluring atmosphere where old world meets new awaits you. Don't forget our Gaslamp location features live music nightly, so be sure to check out our upcoming musical line-up.

Birthday Dinner to All Special Occasions

Maybe you are looking to celebrate something special, and well if that is the case, that happens to be our middle name. We love all types of celebrations, especially birthdays. Did you know if you sign up to receive Cafe 21 news, you also will receive a free birthday entrée during your special month? Click here today to sign up for the complimentary entrée!

So what are you waiting for? Come and café all day with us at Cafe 21! Reserve your spot now!

VEGETARIAN   VEGAN   GLUTEN FREE

Cafe 21 is committed to serving only all natural, hormone free, free range meat, antibiotic free poultry and wild shellfish. We partner with local organic Tom King Farm, to bring you the freshest, local, seasonal and organic produce. We love hand making our own bread, using organic flour and a commercial yeast-free sourdough starter and allowing it to slowly rise, making it good for the body and soul. We make all of our food from scratch, with love. Enjoy!

*Please Inform us of any allergies you may have. As delicious as it may be, consuming raw or under-cooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of food-borne illness.

**Please note that our menu is seasonal and prices as well as menu items are subject to change. We do our best to keep the most current menu updated and the most correct version of our menu is directly on our site.