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Pipes Cafe

121 Liverpool, Cardiff by the Sea, CA 92007
(760) 632-0056
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: American
Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
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Rancho Santa Fe, CA
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35 reviews 35 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

Fast, good, and always consistent! The best and largest breakfast burrito on the planet! Everything is made to order and always fresh.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Pipe's Cafe was recommended to me by a local when I was vacationing there from Chicago last month. They have the biggest and best breakfast burritos and the coffee was excellent. Very laid back surfing atmosphere and great service. I'll definitely be returning to Pipes next time I'm in town!!

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great big breakfast in a casual setting near the beach. It's run by surfers which is obvious from the decor and leisurely pace. Get there early or be prepared to wait for a table and bring cash!

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Mesa, AZ
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95 reviews 95 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

We're always up for a delicious breakfast and especially one at a local place. While on a weekend trip to San Diego, my husband happened upon Pipes and we decided to take a little trip on a Saturday morning. It was a sunny, beautiful June morning about 10am. You order at the counter and there was a line about 4... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2014

OMG, I haven't had this good a deal for food that is AMAZING ever! We split the two egg potato eng muffin French Toast and it was plenty for only $7

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Carlsbad, California
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2014

A friend recommended that we head to Pipes for good burgers. The burgers and fries were incredible. Looks like they have a good breakfast too. The salads also looked good and the view was amazing. Great find! We'll be back!

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19 reviews 19 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

Great service. Kona coffee from the outside espresso bat is so so good. Dishes are large so we stayed getting two dishes for four adults. Outside on the deck, many locals bring their calm and sweet dogs. Loves the burritos and breakfast tacos the best. Enjoyed breakfast there 4 times.

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Austin, Texas
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126 reviews 126 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

We found this cafe by accident. We were searching around Cardiff by the Sea for places to visit and stumbled upon Pipes. This is a terrific little restaurant nestled just off Hwy 101. They have great and very large serving (one serves two easily) and at least twenty different types of mochas and regular coffees. Excellent all around in a... More

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Pompano Beach, Florida
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

I met a friend for breakfast at Pipes Café in Cardiff-by-the-Sea while visiting San Diego. He told me that their #1 breakfast burrito was legendary. I have to agree! It consisted of a warm flour tortilla filled with scrambled eggs, cheese, avocado and spicy sausage with pico on the side. The portions are huge and the food is delicious. I... More

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San Diego, California
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72 reviews 72 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2013

Pipes is a locals hangout. Some guys (like my neighbor Charlie) are there 5-6 days a week. The egg burritos and the breakfasts are big - so come hungry. This is one of our favorite spots after a surf session at one of the local breaks. There is usually a line, but we've found it to be worth the wait!

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