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) #13 of 24 Restaurants in Cardiff-by-the-Sea $$ - $$$ American, ,
2011 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1726
+1 760-633-2202
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  • Excellent46%
  • Very good38%
  • Average14%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
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American, Bar, Pub
$$ - $$$
2011 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1726
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

While the service was great, the food was just average, and not worth the price. My steak was dry and not that favorable. The Caesar salad was average at best. Just not anything special.

Thank scot s
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We sat at the bar to watch the cooking and talk with the chef's. Fun place inside or out on the patio. I ordered the roasted beet salad with bacon chips, goat ceese and arugula. Perfect salad dressing too. I ate every last drop and...More

Thank John R
Reviewed 14 May 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch, knowing their great reputation for meats. Had chicken quesadilla appetizer-- huge and delicious with cheese and salsa over black beans, and their Bone Broth Ramen Bowl with rotisserie chicken-- also huge and delicious. Nice selection of beers and wine, plus...More

1  Thank Patty8888
Reviewed 11 April 2017

My man and I went here because we knew it offered something for each of us. He is a carnivore and I lean towards vegetarian. This place works!

Thank vhstoldt
Reviewed 26 February 2017

It was nice to have a broader choice of dishes beyond just rotisserie or Asian, but none of the dishes we ordered were spectacular. I think if the price were lower, the rating would be higher. We ate at Rimel's and also ordered from the...More

Thank JKD
Reviewed 14 February 2017

Some of the best food in the Encinitas area. Their rotisserie chicken tacos are super good, as are the wok fired bowls. Definitely worth coming here! Kid friendly also.

Thank 527AmberS
Reviewed 13 February 2017

Had the Rotisserie with a great side of their wok seared vegetables. Sit at the bar and watch them cook and plate the meals ... very entertaining.

Thank RobertandMaryTravel
Reviewed 7 December 2016 via mobile

Friendly service. Nice Mexican food. They do actually also serve sushi and other Asian meals. Fairly small restaurant.

Thank Jesper G
Reviewed 19 October 2016

Food was good and they were willing to substitute mashed potatoes for rice. Service was good. Clean restaurant.

Thank Linda F
Reviewed 11 July 2016

Rimel's is tucked away in the SeaSide Market shopping centre but somehow manages to create a fun, buzzy atmosphere. Service is beach casual (which means nothing is done very quickly, so kick back and relax!). The staff are all smiles and clearly enjoying their work....More

Thank R M
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23 August 2016|
Response from ParisBabie | Reviewed this property |
I personally feel the prices are reasonable for lunch but felt dinner was steep. I think the ahi burrito was $16. I much prefer the LaJolla location to Cardiff and Del Mar. IMHO.
19 June 2015|
Response from guinness/currant | Reviewed this property |
I went for a birthday gathering and her husband picked up the tab. But what I remember from the menu they seemed pretty reasonable. They have a menu on their web site under Rimels Cardiff.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
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American, Bar, Pub
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Open Hours
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
11:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2011 San Elijo Ave, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1726
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-633-2202
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