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2531 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007-2110
(760) 436-6483
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
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Fri 7:00 pm - 12:30 am
Sat - Sun 12:00 pm - 12:30 am
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016 via mobile

A great little dive bar in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. A friendly and quite mixed crowd with music every night, so it seems. A perfect place to while away a few hours after a day in the scorching heat/surf. Good jukebox too.

Thank smarkgubb
Carlsbad, California
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44 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2016

Kraken is a place I like to stop by for a beer or a drink with friends. People have always been friendly and it is a popular spot for locals. They have entertainment on some of the nights and does get crowded sometimes.

Thank LaCostaKeith
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

Most welcoming bar and restaurant frequented by. Bikers. Don't be intimidated they are the friendliest group of people and they all make you feel welcome. Good happy hour and good food.

Thank Mark H
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2016

I've been going here for years now. They have live bands, dancing, and pool tables out on the patio. But even better yet is the barbeque served out back! the Kraken is still my favorite place to hang out. Come see the sunset, and meet some locals. What could be better than that!

Thank Joi J
Carlsbad, California
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77 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

Great location. Played some of the best music on the juke box I have heard in a long time. Late 60s and early 70s. We played pool in the back patio. Only thing I did not care for was the smoking back there. It was overwhelming. I get that it is hard for smokers to find a place these days... More 

Thank Regina T
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59 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

This is a legendary hole in the wall where biker types and posers gather to dance and drink to live music. Gotta go there if you like this kinda thing. We hear its closing because its too noisy for the neighborhood. That would be too bad.

Thank Dlmjr
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95 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Went to met friends on a Sunday afternoon. Kind of digging the lite biker atmosphere. The people are funny and seemed friendly.

Thank Latnldy1
Encinitas, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Looking at some of the older reviews listed here, I would have to agree that the place was a bit grungy before it was sold last year. The new ownership has spent quite a bit to make some much need improvement in the venue. it's no longer a cash only bar and they accept major credit cards now. Service is... More 

1 Thank JoelKing
Tustin, California
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18 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

This is a great hang out with fun music and people. Went to a concert at the Belly up and was very disappointed. Decided to try the Kraken, used to work across the street a couple decades ago. Had a great time, fun band, good beer. People of all ages, dancing, playing pool and just hanging. Very friendly and would... More 

1 Thank Luan L
Ann Arbor, MI
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143 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

I've visited friends in California for years. We used to come here in the 80s and 90s, and it was always kind of retro old fun. In a way it hasn't changed, but it's now just a dirty, smelly bar with sweaty people in it. I thought it would be fun to revisit, but it wasn't. If you are any... More 

1 Thank A2Member

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3 of 5 stars
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Open Hours
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
7:00 pm - 12:30 am
12:00 pm - 12:30 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2531 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) 436-6483

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