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Swami's Cafe

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1163 S Coast Highway 101, Ste A, Encinitas, CA 92024-5051
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7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Good spot for breakfast

Excellent food with very fresh ingredients. Small and parking is a bit tricky because it is on the main drag, but worth your time.

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 19, 2015
Phoenix, Arizona
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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English first
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29 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my favorite places for breakfast/lunch while staying at my family's place in the North County. The Acai bowls and Chilaquiles are delicious, as are the fresh juice and smoothies. It is kind of a divey, hole in the wall spot, but charming in an old school California beach way. The food is always fresh and delicious. My son... More 

Thank SamPav
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33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

Because of the name I though it would have plenty vegetarian options, but nope. Just a couple of them. :( We had a salad and guacamole with chips. They were good though... ;(

Thank Amarianir
Phoenix, Arizona
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36 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2015

Excellent food with very fresh ingredients. Small and parking is a bit tricky because it is on the main drag, but worth your time.

1 Thank Queenbeemel
Bristol, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

Waiting over 25 minutes for a simple shake when the restaurant wasn't even that busy. Under staffed and poor service made it a waste of time for a quick bite. Not worth the wait.

Thank Tom_Stephens83
San Diego, California
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222 reviews
172 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Fresh. Descent menu. Hippy type lots of grains, salads eye. Nice waitstaff. Furniture was not comfy. Coffee sucked

Thank Pookeygirl
Springfield, Illinois
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Great Breakfast, Excellent Service, and Great Vibe!! Stopped here for breakfast while waiting for a bakery order, and had a great meal. Will definitely go back.

Thank PLRNR56
Dubuque, Iowa
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23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Swami's is one of those places we have to visit whenever we stay in Encinitas because it just feels like you're really at the beach. Breakfast is our favorite meal there. It is a beach casual place with outdoor tables so be prepared for a little sun (there are umbrellas in the seating area though) and some rough edges. The... More 

1 Thank RiverCityBetty
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

I'm a local person who has been to Swami's and left bcs I was offended by several signs they have posted over the entry. One says "Republicans welcome"; another has some pejorative significance for Jews. Not a pleasant thing to see before eating. I spoke with the manager and he actually defended his position of posting such signs. I told... More 

2 Thank maureenbythesea
Peoria, Arizona
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50 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Great low key brunch. A "must do" when we're in town. Eggs (any way), pastries, or just a casual coffee. Expect a wait.

Thank Raymond S
Murrieta, California
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2015 via mobile

Must get the acai bowl. Great location. Good local vibe. Very casual and know it is a laid back beach place. Not the Ritz. Good portions and menu items.

Thank John A

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1163 S Coast Highway 101, Ste A, Encinitas, CA 92024-5051
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: 760-944-0612

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine


Open Hours
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
7:00 am - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?