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Pipes Cafe

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121 Liverpool Dr, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1823
+1 760-632-0056
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
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La Coruna, Spain
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 16, 2016 via mobile

Californian surfing atmosphere and really nice breakfast. Chocolate and Almonds cofee is amazing. Will go back!

Thank Jacobo A
North Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 21, 2016 via mobile

Earlier is better at Pipes - anything past 8am and you are going to wait at this cash only establishment. But when you get through expect huge burritos and big breakfasts with a crowd of surfers and retirees. My personal favorite is the three egg tacos special. Simple and delicious!

Thank Birdwatcher_jpm
Santa Clarita, California
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

Good, basic breakfast in cute setting. Nice to be able to get in and out quick. Attached espresso coffee bar added to experience. Having it separate and so close was convenient and handy

Thank BJWendy
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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20 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

Excellent breakfasts near San Elijo State Beach. Dog friendly with an outdoor patio that is perfect for anyone who wishes to have their dog with them.

Thank sandyaqh
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4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

Popular with the locals. Crowded during the summer. Dont really understand why there are lines to get this food, but it seem popular for some reason. Give it a try.

Thank ericEncinitas
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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34 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

This a great place fro breakfast or an early lunch. Filled with surfers and young folks. Very casual.

Thank Carl F
Encinitas, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Pipes has been our all time favorite place for breakfast and lunch for 18 years. The portions are generous, so if you're not trying to eat for the entire day, get the egg sandwich- they make it just right! The coffee bar is far superior and less expensive than other coffee chains and Dana is the friendliest barista ever. The... More 

Thank MarinelaF
Houston, Texas
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61 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 2, 2016 via mobile

We stopped in Cardiff by the Sea along the way to LA from San Diego. The town is pretty small and there is not much to it, but there are a few shops, restaurants, and a nice walking path along the beach. One of the restaurant I read a lot about was Pipes where we went for breakfast. The menu... More 

Thank Evan B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016

Your good diner setting with excellent weather and patio seating for views of train, ocean, and nearby Seaside Market. After breakfast, take a long walk on the beach. Creative egg preparations.

Thank Marvin W
Phoenix AZ
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016

We stop here every time we're in the Del Mar area for the breakfast sandwich (egg, bacon, cheese and tomato on an English muffin) for under $5. Add a great cup of Kona coffee with unlimited self-serve refills and you've got the perfect super-casual beach-side breakfast experience. (You can't actually see the beach, but the cool breeze tells you it's... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
7:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Liverpool Dr, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-1823
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-632-0056

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