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cafe elysa

3076 Carlsbad Blvd, Carlsbad, CA 92008-2907
760-434-4100
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Ranked #38 of 276 restaurants in Carlsbad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Bakery
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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English first
Las Vegas, Nevada
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

We have visited this place for the past several years when we are in town. The coffee is way better than the 2 chain restaurants in the area. It can be very busy in the morning but that gives you time to chat it up with people. Everyone is so friendly. It's definitely not the cleanest place but the quality... More

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Denver, Colorado
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We come here often as we have a place a couple blocks away, and actaully enjoy it, the food and pastries are quite good. We dont come here for the great service or cleanliness, however. The vibe is local and very socal, great place right on the main blvd. What is terrible is that the owners let a gaggle of... More

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Milwaukee, WI
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32 reviews 32 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Loved the food and the service was excellent. Great variety on the menu for both food and drink. Lovely outdoor patio area. Reminds me of the coffee shops in Australia and New Zealand. Much self service but a little bit of hired help around to bus tables and deliver food. Would love to go back.

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Laughlin, Nevada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

We stopped in to this lovely cafe on Coast Hwy in Carlsbad Ca. Almost across from the beach. Its outside patio was so inviting. When we stopped by for a sandwich which was great!! There was live music. The Harmony Grove Band was playing on the patio. LOVED LOVED LOVED it I will stop there everytime I'm in town just... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

This cafe sits across from a chain coffee house, but cafe Elisa has the charm and ambiance as well as nice coffees and breakfast treats. The outside patio is adorned by two table high fire pits that warm you up just enough to dampen the enjoyable chill in the air. Cafe au lait...try the coast breakfast...

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Banning, California
Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

I would have given 5 stars, BUT...why do you have that filthy air conditioner sitting next to your customers....was that black stuff mold? That said, the food is really good and the coconut custard French toast is to die for.....really, it is so sweet with the coconut on top...an unsweetened coconut might be better or just have on the side.... More

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Yorba Linda, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

great place for breakfast, we sat outside by the firepit which was mostly filled with locals. that tells you the place is good

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Cincinnati, OH
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

Okay, so it is a hole in the wall, but they had very good coffee, great breakfast food and a fun setting in a place that has predominantly outdoor dining only. The two fire pits add charm and you are conveniently located near the beach. You can tell this is a local hangout with women and their dogs abounding around... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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142 reviews 142 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
85 helpful votes 85 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

Ok you have got to stand in line to order; gives you a chance for a short chat with all the locals who like you have come for their morning java hit and some grub ( popular term in Carlsbad). Huddled around the fire pits are the real regulars. The omelets were authentic, the coffee robust and freshly served in... More

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Carlsbad, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We gave this little outdoor, village place only one star - for location in beautiful Carlsbad by the sea! When we ordered from the items on the blackboard, the first 2 we wanted were "not available" because the microwave was broken (a quiche, and a BLT!!!). We ordered our 3rd option = a ratatouille and feta omelette, which was TERRIBLE... More

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