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Ki's Restaurant

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2591 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2110 (Chesterfield)
760 436-5236
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Closed now
All hours
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Fri 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Carlsbad, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful inexpensive place with healthy food and a great ocean view. You order at the counter and a server brings your food. This is a very popular spot with the locals. The line is sometimes slow and it takes a while to get your food. The tables are on the second floor with tables both inside and out.

Thank Jan E
Redlands, California
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place for happy hour. Great food choices and GF options. They have some creative dishes which are always fun to try.

Thank Intrepid M
Bellevue, Washington
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20 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A great spot on Highway 101 just across from the ocean. We had dinner here this week with the family. The service was a little slow, but everyone was polite and easy to deal with. We ordered the halibut fish special, a few sushi rolls and mahi mahi. The food was fresh, tasted good and view of the ocean was... More 

Thank jbcapital
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2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Good eating ,fast Good service Near the sea,best view Orders first near the entry Good parking,free in front of restaurant

Thank Chandrakant S
Oceanside, California
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

You just can't beat an ocean view with soup, sandwich and a beer! This is my third time at Ki's with my friend, and it is always a delicious meal and a fab view. Their homemade chicken rice soup is the perfect accompaniment to half a chicken salad sandwich. The vegetables in the soup almost make it a meal in... More 

Thank DrConni
san diego
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46 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

I have been eating at Ki's for years when I am in Cardiff and they are constantly great with healthy,tasty food and a great view. I like it best for lunch when you can take advantage of the view. You can also just stop in to grab a smoothy. Seams like I always find parking in their lot so it... More 

Thank bestefar
San Diego
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

Sunset value dinner menu and a membership with a free birthday month dinner are just 2 of the amazing things about this place. Add in the views, mojitos, street tacos, and attentive Staff...and you can settle in for the nights music! Last but not least, Jennifer coordinates incredible birthday parties and special events, so try it soon.

Thank Sunrise2moonrise
Solana Beach, California
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201 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2016

There is better food at other spots nearby but at least they have healthy options. The food is expensive for what you get and there is no table service. You are paying for the beautiful view of the ocean. It's a great place to grab coffee, oj, and a muffin and watch the waves.

Thank beachmamaesq
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

My food was just somewhat above average. My daughter had the Marakesh bowl and loved it. The view was very lovely. Not crazy about having to order at counter and go upstairs to eat.

Thank Jean Y
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410 reviews
178 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 319 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

We arrived about 4 PM on a Monday and ordered the Poke Salad and Curry Dish. There were only a few folks in the bar area, and we sat in the dining room, enjoying the ocean views while waiting for our food. I forgot to take pix because we were talking, but both dishes were fresh, well prepared and delicious......as... More 

Thank Bchgrl9

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$30 - $30
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Scenic view, Families with children
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 10:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2591 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2110
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: 760 436-5236

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?