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101 Cafe

631 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
760-722-5220
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Ranked #36 of 305 restaurants in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: This is the 85th year the 101 Café has conducted business along the Historic US Highway 101 in Oceanside. One reason for our longevity is that we have adapted to our customer’s needs since 1928. Hours from 7:00 AM until 2:00 PM every day. Our goal is happy satisfied Guest.
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Wisconsin
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53 reviews 53 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014

Couldn't leave town with stopping in for breakfast (also open for lunch) at this historic cafe, located on Hwy. 101/Coastal Hwy. Our breakfast was good, hearty, and reasonable. Coffee was very good. Enjoyed the photos on the walls outlining the history of this cafe. Service was prompt and friendly. Glad we stopped, and would go back when in the area!

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Penticton, BC
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2014

The easy to find restaurant is right on one of the main roads of Oceanside with plenty parking. We received good service with a direct look and an easy smile, good proportions of delicious food at reasonable prices. The chilli was excellent. The décor was historic while the seating areas looked newly done with black bench like comfortable seats.

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Plano, Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

Pros: We arrived @ 2 minutes before closing and started to go elsewhere but the waitress insisted we stay if we liked. She made the place. She played with my granddaughter and gave 5 star service. Cons: The food & prices were OK.

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Gilbert, AZ
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109 reviews 109 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2013

The breakfast was not special but it had an old-timey diner feeling to it. Coffee was very good though. Bathrooms are next door across the parking lot. They have booths, tables and stools. So they can meet all seating arrangements. The menu was fulsome and there is a lot of California history on the walls.

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California
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2013

Good food And Great Service At An Old Diner (Est 1928) In Oceanside. The Place was Packed And They Were Short Staffed BUT Kelsey & Nolan Did A Great Job Working Hard To Keep Everyone Happy. We Ordered The SF Tuna Melt & The Ortega Burger. Both Were Excellent. We'll Be BacK!

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101Guy, Owner at 101 Cafe, responded to this review

Thank you for noticing how hard our staff works. It makes an owner proud when their staff steps up to make our guest visit the best... More

Valley Center, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2013

We drove by this diner numerous times and finally tried it while waiting for the next surf competition to start. Portions were large but I was not impressed with the order of pancakes I ordered. They were semi warm and the bottom of the cakes were slightly burned. I requested sugarless syrup and was given two small packets. My husband... More

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Dallas, Texas
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19 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2013

Had breakfast. It was good. Service was good. Sat at an outside table and watched the traffic go by. Be sure to read their history, it has been around for quite a long time. Would go again.

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101Guy, Owner at 101 Cafe, responded to this review

We get that you enjoyed your meal at the Cafe and dined on the Highway doing it. Nothing like being a part of all the people passing by North and South.(all of the untold stories) We want all of our guest to enjoy their experiences here. More

Plainfield, Illinois
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2013 via mobile

Great friendly service. Great food and we always stop here when we visit our son. Great history! We are from Chicago and love the feel of this place.

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101Guy, Owner at 101 Cafe, responded to this review

So happy when our guest enjoy their time at the 101 Cafe. We try to make every experience memorable. Our staff makes it happen and fro them David and I are thankful. More

Green Bay, Wisconsin
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2013

Stopped here on a whim when looking for a place to have breakfast for a whim & I'm glad we did. Kitschy building and decor highlight the 101 and their years of existence. Reasonable priced menu items & always quick to fill up your coffee. Cash only establishment with onsite ATM.

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Oceanside, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2013

I came in at a pretty busy time but sat down right away. It took some time to get served but that gave me plenty of time to enjoy the fun decor. The staff was friendly and when the food arrived it was so delicious! I got an omelette. Usually omelettes have the other ingredients mixed in with the eggs... More

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