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101 Diner

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American, Diner, Cafe
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552 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3531
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Carlsbad, California
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289 reviews
206 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 118 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Ate there with my 7 year old son and neither of us finished our meal (so much food!). Showed up at around 8:30am on a Saturday and was able to get a table. The service was very fast and very friendly. Food was good, as expected. Will definitely go back.

Thank Adam M
Phoenix, Arizona
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The people were very friendly and we had great service. The place was very busy but we got a seat quickly and our food was delicious.

Thank ajeniffer2016
Tampa, Florida
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46 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A great little diner serving classic diner fare in a convenient location--if you can find street parking. Friendly, quick service and a diner bar where you can watch you food being made.

Thank Bryan C
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2016 via mobile

Cute cozy diner! Visited on a Sunday afternoon and was afraid it was going to be packed but was able to sit rather quickly. Has both indoor and outdoor dining. Wished we would have sat outside in the back as the inside was a little hot with very little breez. Perfect portions, quick friendly service, reasonably priced. We always try... More 

Thank Monica P
Flower Mound, Texas
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43 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

Quick, fast great hot food. Waffles and pancakes came our hot. Good coffee. Good omelet. Good pancakes would come again. Better then many breakfast joints.

Thank foodland2014
Orlando, Florida
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33 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

We stopped here on our drive from San Diego to LA and what a treasure it was! It's definitely got the dated diner feel, but the food was incredible and very fresh! My husband and I both got French toast, eggs, and bacon. The bacon was so flavorful, well, I could have eaten an entire plate of it! We were... More 

Thank destwedding62610
san diego
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

driving north on 101- by the ocean.. we stopped at the ''101 diner'' casual and comfortable place with homemade foods.. our breakfast special was- tri tip steak eggs benedict 10.95 delish

Thank SanDiegoBarbra
Carlsbad, CA
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311 reviews
235 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2016

No matter how you like your eggs, Scotty and do a great job including eggs benedict with their special jalapeno hollandaise sauce. The special seasoning on the, done just right, potatoes and their home made corned beef hash is incredible. Some of the best cooffee around too.

Thank John R
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

This is a family friendly diner on coastal highway in downtown Encinitas. We have eaten there many times, for many meals, mostly breakfast. The service is wonderful, courteous and helpful. Write your name on the pad and they will call you when table is available or they will seat you. They have seating outside and inside. Waiting time is usually... More 

Thank Fass100
Fountain Valley, California
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208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 128 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

The little downtown area of Encinitas is a fun place to visit, and if you are looking for a nice breakfast, the 101 Diner is perfect. This is an authentic diner and the food is fantastic. The diner has a little bit of outdoor seating, a small indoor dining room and a counter with seats. After a short wait, we... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
American, Diner, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 552 S Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3531
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: 760-753-2123

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