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101 Cafe

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American, Hamburgers, Vegetarian
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631 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
760-722-5220
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7:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch
Description: This is the 85th year the 101 Café has conducted business along the...
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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Good for:
Families with children

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  • 36
    Excellent
  • 28
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 7
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Great Breakfast

You'll need a little patience, but food is worth the wait. 5 guys who couldn't clean their plates. Kind of place where the customers refill their own coffee. Great atmosphere, food very well priced, corned beef hash passed the test!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 16, 2015
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Appleton, Wisconsin
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Indianapolis
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2015 NEW

A nice little diner. Great food. Good prices. Good friendly service. A lot of nostalgic photos of oceanside.

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Appleton, Wisconsin
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32 reviews 32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

You'll need a little patience, but food is worth the wait. 5 guys who couldn't clean their plates. Kind of place where the customers refill their own coffee. Great atmosphere, food very well priced, corned beef hash passed the test!

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Waukegan, Illinois
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22 reviews 22 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

They have photos of old donated by the oceanside historical society which helps give it that historical feel. Its a small diner so if it gets busy you may have to wait. I went in and it was not so I grabbed a seat at the bar dining area. I had sweet tea to drink and it was good didnt... More 

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North Palm Beach, Florida
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241 reviews 241 reviews
160 restaurant reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

This is Americana at it's best. A diner you don't see anymore. Has the décor from days past. Nothing fancy but who cares? Had to have the burger and fries which was very good and filling. Chili was also good. Waitress was very nice and friendly. They even have the music selector at the table to add some flair. I... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

We were a group of 6 adults and 3 children. It took over an hour from the time we arrived in the restaurant until the food arrived. All breakfast meals arrived at room temperature (cold). The pancakes were rubbery, hard to cut, and difficult to chew. There was no apology from staff due to the ridiculously long wait and food... More 

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Oceanside, California
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

The 101 is just off of PCH and Wisconsin. It reminds me of a diner back in the fifties. The food is great and their specialties are their waffles, pancakes and milkshakes. The milkshakes are creamy and homemade making it that much better.

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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

Just came back from the 101 Diner in oceanside. What a great place. My husband had pancakes and a root beer float. I had a burger (the good old-fashioned kind) and a milkshake. Really tasty. Unlike trendy places dressed up as old-style, this place is absolutely authentic. Good diner menu, very reasonable prices. Great nostalgia music playing in the background,... More 

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Gurnee, Illinois
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122 reviews 122 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

It was great to find a restaurant like this when we're on vacation. The building has a lot of history. We enjoyed looking at the photos on the walls while we waited for our food. The waitstaff was friendly. They had a pretty large menu. I had a simple cheeseburger and my husband had the open faced turkey sandwich. Food... More 

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Oceanside, California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

over cooked vegetables. breakfast is OK, and the chicken fried steak is good, but not much else. the touted shakes are not much in quality

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

We love that our guest review the 101. Remember that when we opened most people still did not have a phone. Now we can instantly review a business. We work day in and day out to keep our quality the highest and our service the best. We know that not everyone will like our place, but we do take it... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

I am from Indiana and saw the establishment while driving down the 101. Stopped this morning and enjoyed meeting one of the owners, John Daley. Food was great and plenty of it with Hoosier prices and service. Stop and enjoy this classic place.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 631 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
  • Phone Number: 760-722-5220

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 15
  • Cuisine: American, Hamburgers, Vegetarian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?