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121 Liverpool, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 632-0056
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Hours:
Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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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English first
Phoenix, Arizona
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44 reviews 44 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

For a good bite to eat this is the place. Its a quick café that you can get pretty good food for a great price. Overall was very happy with it. Best bang for your buck in an expensive town. It does get busy and hard to find a place to sit down but if you can the people who... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

This was a great value for classic American diner food. Nothing fancy except perhaps the coffee. Eggs, pancakes, potatoes in surfer sized portions. Burgers and fries for lunch. Line might be out the door though. Definitely lots of locals there.

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Top Contributor
605 reviews 605 reviews
251 restaurant reviews
135 helpful votes 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2014

Excellent and famous local breakfast joint! They have some serious breakfast burrito options and the place is packed with locals so be ready to wait.

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Encinitas, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

This surfers' local hangout is tops for breakfast. Offering large plates for a steal. The daily special (2 pancakes, scrambled w/ ham and an English muffin) for only $7 is enough to feed two. Even the OJ is fresh and the coffee is just as good, but you need to try their freshly baked banana bread as you wait for... More 

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San Rafael, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

This is the best lunch spot in the Encinitas-Cardiff area. Unpretentious and modestly priced surfer's venue. The salads are outstanding--especially the chicken caesar salad. Good breakfasts, too

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Top Contributor
149 reviews 149 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
91 helpful votes 91 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

Me and the wife decided to cruise up 101. Stopped in here for breakfast. Obviously, it's a locals hangout, so we figured it would be good...it was. I had 2 pancakes, scrambled eggs with cheese and bacon. Delicious! Bacon fried perfectly! Coffee was delicious too. Great little place to eat! Cash only, no cards.

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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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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 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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109 reviews 109 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 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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Additional Information about Pipes Cafe

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

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