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2531 S Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 436-6483
Today
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Hours:
Fri 7:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 12:30 am

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Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    2.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great Dive Bar & Fun Band

This is a great hang out with fun music and people. Went to a concert at the Belly up and was very disappointed. Decided to try the Kraken, used to work across the street a couple decades ago. Had a great time, fun band, good beer. People of all ages, dancing, playing pool and just hanging... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 28, 2015
Luan L
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Tustin, California
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Tustin, California
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17 reviews 17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a great hang out with fun music and people. Went to a concert at the Belly up and was very disappointed. Decided to try the Kraken, used to work across the street a couple decades ago. Had a great time, fun band, good beer. People of all ages, dancing, playing pool and just hanging. Very friendly and would... More 

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Ann Arbor, MI
Top Contributor
142 reviews 142 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
134 helpful votes 134 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

I've visited friends in California for years. We used to come here in the 80s and 90s, and it was always kind of retro old fun. In a way it hasn't changed, but it's now just a dirty, smelly bar with sweaty people in it. I thought it would be fun to revisit, but it wasn't. If you are any... More 

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San Diego, California
Top Contributor
87 reviews 87 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

The Kraken is a typical, sort of grungy beach bar frequented by locals and passing motorcycle riders. We went with some 'locals' and had a good time, because I can have fun almost anywhere. A live band was playing good music and I love to dance, and the food was average for a bar. However, the bartenders were anything but... More 

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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

One of the longest running dive bars on the North County coast, the Kraken on 101 just south of the San Elijo Lagoon bridge has music every night and a cash-only bar. Weekends can be very busy and the small parking lot makes parking an issue most days (there's street parking on 101). Someplace to go every night of the... More 

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Poway, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Sunday afternoons at the Kraken are so much fun. From 4-10 the Brokers Band plays there and sometimes hosts other bands. That time is the most popular with the mid-life (40-60) crowd. Everyone is friendly. It's easy a good atmosphere to make new friends and we all have a good time dancing with each other. The front part is where... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2013

Could not believe how rude the waitress was to me and my friend. She actually put her cold, empty beer glass against my back and told me to move out of her way! I immediately left and told the front security person and he says "awesome". If this is how management allows their staff to treat customers then I don't... More 

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Encinitas, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2013

This is a great surf shack beach bar, low key, dive bar, off the beaten track kind of place. Wood paneling, posters, photo collections, bumper stickers, and neon lights set the tone. Pool, foosball and little greasy grill in the back. Cheap drinks, great live music.

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New York City, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2012

If you want a very different fun evening out go there and let it all go!! The most friendly crowd ever and so much fun

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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124 reviews 124 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
78 helpful votes 78 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

Was there when the Kraken was 2. Now it is 36 years old. I was just so happy to savor the good old days of riding down coast hwy and stopping in. People there were very friendly. It's basically a dive bar but i was Brakin for the Kraken. Glad this bit of California history still exists. Some folks might... More 

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Encinitas, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2012

It use to be fun. They had better bands and better drinks. Now it is dirty, smelly with bad music and cheap drinks. They only take cash which makes you wonder. They hardly ever fix or even clean the place specially the restrooms.

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Restaurant Details

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  • Address: 2531 S Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: (760) 436-6483
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Friday
7:00 pm - 12:30 am
Saturday
12:00 pm - 12:30 am

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