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Encinitas Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
American, Cafe, Diner
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531, Encinitas, CA
+1 760-632-0919
05:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Sat 05:30 - 21:00
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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

Food is fantastic ,inexpensive prices ,big amount of food and all of it very tasty , Go there and enjoy it outside tables so you can people watch and enjoy the weather which is always fantastic and the surf 4 blocks away is nice too

Thank 120jackh
Encinitas, California
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172 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

My wife and I has a nice lunch at the Cafe. We sat outside with our two dogs. We encountered at least three different staff people and they were uniformly friendly and helpful. The food is basic and very good - a tuna melt and a BLT. Good food, good value and good people is hard to beat.

Thank TominCA
San Diego, California
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258 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

Hubby and I had a "date day" instead of "date night" and explored downtown Encinitas for a change. Of course we got hungry and found this charming place. There were seats outside so we sat down immediately. The menu was typical cafe/diner menu but what intrigued me was the lunch specials. They had homemade salmon tacos and beans. It was... More 

Thank dexter619
Los Angeles, California
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65 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 October 2016 via mobile

Great place for Breakfast or Lunch. Also open for dinner. Breakfast is always good. Try their oatmeal pancakes, they are super. Homemade food. Their roast their own turkey and the turkey meals remind you of Thanksgiving.

1 Thank TravelingMan2012
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64 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

Really enjoyed this seemingly random cafe in Encinitas. We drove here from La Jolla. The food is great and what you expect from a diner environment and the cinnamon rolls are really good.

1 Thank David D
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128 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 August 2016 via mobile

Great place many great memories. Great food - good prices - coffee is good. Friendly service. Good spot to stop before driving home

Thank Nathaniel R
verde valley
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408 reviews
222 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2016

my bride had the navy bean soup and i had the chili. both were pretty average. nothing too special about this place. if you like classic diner food, i suppose its the best option.

Thank arizona-mark
Encinitas, California
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56 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2016

Plenty of stories from locals. This place has history and you can generally hear it at breakfast most mornings. I used to be a local in Encinitas so breakfast here was a nice treat (and very good by the way). If you sit outside you can easily get involved in a story with another local, often someone who knows the... More 

Thank Pris N
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126 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 July 2016

Walked in the Coffee Mill Cafe (now Encinitas Cafe) in 1976, ordered the scrambled eggs and ham special. Forty years later I get the buckwheat waffle, but my wife still gets the scrambled eggs and ham. Same wonderful service, mostly the same decor (the buffet in the side room is no more. Lets say, 2 Sundays per month for forty... More 

Thank Marvin W
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

Had a great breakfast here with friends. Best egg Benedict I've had. Staff are fun, friendly, efficient and it's easy to see they like what they do.

Thank robdownunder

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
05:30 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 531, Encinitas, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-632-0919

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?