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2531 S Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
(760) 436-6483
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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
Dining options: Drinks, Seating

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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Out for a day with friends and we wanted to play pool.

Great location. Played some of the best music on the juke box I have heard in a long time. Late 60s and early 70s. We played pool in the back patio. Only thing I did not care for was the smoking back there. It was overwhelming. I get that it is hard for smokers to find a place these days... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 30, 2015
Regina T
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Oceanside, California
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69 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Most welcoming bar and restaurant frequented by. Bikers. Don't be intimidated they are the friendliest group of people and they all make you feel welcome. Good happy hour and good food.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I've been going here for years now. They have live bands, dancing, and pool tables out on the patio. But even better yet is the barbeque served out back! the Kraken is still my favorite place to hang out. Come see the sunset, and meet some locals. What could be better than that!

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Thank Joi J
Oceanside, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Great location. Played some of the best music on the juke box I have heard in a long time. Late 60s and early 70s. We played pool in the back patio. Only thing I did not care for was the smoking back there. It was overwhelming. I get that it is hard for smokers to find a place these days... More 

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Thank Regina T
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is a legendary hole in the wall where biker types and posers gather to dance and drink to live music. Gotta go there if you like this kinda thing. We hear its closing because its too noisy for the neighborhood. That would be too bad.

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Thank Dlmjr
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Went to met friends on a Sunday afternoon. Kind of digging the lite biker atmosphere. The people are funny and seemed friendly.

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Thank Latnldy1
Encinitas, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Looking at some of the older reviews listed here, I would have to agree that the place was a bit grungy before it was sold last year. The new ownership has spent quite a bit to make some much need improvement in the venue. it's no longer a cash only bar and they accept major credit cards now. Service is... More 

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1 Thank JoelKing
Tustin, California
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11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 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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1 Thank Luan L
Ann Arbor, MI
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143 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 103 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 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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1 Thank A2Member
San Diego, California
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85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 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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2 Thank Jeanie J
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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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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Location and Contact Information

  • 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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