5pm to Close

DINNER MENU

Dinner Menu - 5PM to Close

- OUR FOOD IS DESIGNED TO COME OUT AS IT IS PREPARED AND MEANT TO BE SHARED. ENJOY! -

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.

  • CAFE 21 FONDUE | VEG |
    Creamy Four-Cheese Blend, Vegetables, Sourdough
    10
  • SHEPHERD'S SALAD | V | GF |
    Tomato, Cucumber, Onion, Mint
    7
  • BRUSSELS SPROUTS | V | GF |
    Pineapple Chili Glaze
    8
  • CHICKEN WINGS | GF |
    Chicharrones, Parmesan, Sage, Chipotle Aioli
    8
  • CHOICE OF VEGETABLE FRIES | VEG | GF |
    EGGPLANT • PORTOBELLO • AVOCADO, Rice Flour Battered + Fried, Zaatar
    8
  • CHEF'S CHOICE SEASONAL FLAT BREAD
    Changes Daily!
    8
  • WILD SHRIMP CEVICHE* w/ TARO CHIPS | GF |
    Taro Chips
    10
  • GURZA PASTA
    Grass Fed Beef Azeri Ravioli, Kumquat Reduction
    8
  • CATCH OF THE DAY PAPILLOTE | GF |
    Lentils, Leek, Saffron Beurre Blanc, Grilled Lemon
    14

  • VEGAN PARTY | V | GF |
    Quinoa, Black-Eyed Peas + Beets, Green Goddess Coconut Curry
    10
  • VEGETABLE CABBAGE ROLLS | V | GF |
    Vegetables, Herbs, Arborio Rice, Tomato Sauce
    10
  • BEEF SKEWER
    Walnut Dill Yogurt, Sourdough Lavash
    11
  • LAMB SKEWER
    Walnut Dill Yogurt, Sourdough Lavash
    11
  • CHICKEN SKEWER
    Walnut Dill Yogurt, Sourdough Lavash
    11
  • SLOW BRAISED SHORT RIB | GF |
    Yam Puree
    14
  • LAMB DOLMA | GF |
    Grape Leaf, Ground Lamb, Herbs, Citrus Yogurt Sauce
    11
  • BEEF CABBAGE ROLLS | GF |
    Grass Fed Beef, Herbs, Arborio Rice, Tomato Sauce
    11

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 | VEG | VEGAN | V | GLUTEN-FREE | GF |

Cafe 21 is committed to sustainability and a true farm-to-table experience. We work with the best ingredients from locally grown produce, hormone-free grass fed meat, wild seafood, and antibiotic-free Mary's Free Range Chickens. We partner with local organic Tom King Farm, to bring you the freshest, local, seasonal, and organic produce. We love hand making our own sourdough bread, using organic flour and a very special starter named Lola. We make all our food from scratch, with love. *Please inform us of any allergies you may have. As delicious as it may be, consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs
may increase your risk of foodborne 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.