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Pipes Cafe

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121 Liverpool, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 632-0056
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7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast

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Visitor rating
  • 49
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Still dish up an awesome burrito

This place is a Cardiff icon; been serving up some of the best breakfast burritos in town for 20 years. Their prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get & everything is delish! Lines are common but move quickly & seating is somewhat limited so just be patient.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
Jan G
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Encinitas, California
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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Brentwood, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

After reading such great reviews on Pipes Cafe I had to check it out during my recent visit. Breakfast wasn't great at all.....just barely average. Way too much pepper....everything was so dry. I will go somewhere else next time I'm down there. Rather go to Starbucks across the street from it.

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Encinitas, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

This place is a Cardiff icon; been serving up some of the best breakfast burritos in town for 20 years. Their prices are very reasonable for the amount of food you get & everything is delish! Lines are common but move quickly & seating is somewhat limited so just be patient.

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Indiana
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113 reviews 113 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Get your own food, yep! Eat on paper plates, yep! Crowded seating, yep! Crowds out the door, yep! 3 people, under $30.00, yep! Fun filling way to start another great beach day!

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Niagara Falls, NY
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Great atmosphere for a seaside cafe (not quite seaside, but close). We went for the breakfast and it was served quickly and hot! You'll love this place!

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Encinitas, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

If mixing into the surf crowd with inexpensive good food just yards from the beach......then you found it in Cardiff. Usually a fast-moving line to get your order in, but it is so worth it. Great food and and a fun vibe!

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San Diego california
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Looking for a great local breakfast spot. This is it. Huge portions freshly cooked. Lots of choices. Wooden tables on the patio give you a glimpse of the ocean. Very casual. Good prices. For the hungry person who wants to roll out of bed or come out of the water for a great meal.

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Phoenix, Arizona
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

We love this place, the atmosphere and freshness and quality of food along with price you just can't beat it. Pipes Cafe is our favorite and we would travel from Phoenix just to eat here!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 via mobile

Great little breakfast stop... Never fails at providing amazing food and friendly staff. Coffee cart hattached to resturant which is also amazing...best chocolate milk anyone could ask for too. Little cramped to sit down to eat but has to be cause its always so busy cause its so good!!!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

I come here whenever I go surfing at Campgrounds. I surf dawn patrol and Pipes never disappoints after a good long surf session. They have so many choices of hot and cold coffee drinks. the Barista has been there for years and is the management. In addition, the breakfast entrees are big enough to share. I usually get the acai... More 

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Boulder Colorado
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33 reviews 33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Quick good breakfast with coffee bar attached. Kind of cramped tables outside. Great fried egg sandwich on English muffin with cheese and tomato. Kinda thought they would have a yogurt and fruit parfait, though.Bring cash!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 121 Liverpool, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: (760) 632-0056

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 3:00 pm

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