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101 Diner

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
American, Cafe, Diner
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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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Moorestown, New Jersey
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Breakfast here was tasty and ample. We had specials: Raspberry and chocolate chip pancakes, and the biscuits with sausage gravy, two scrambled eggs -- done very nicely -- and fruit. Excellent. Coffee also was good with refills. Our server was friendly, attentive and efficient. You take any seating you find, and we found a booth inside, while plenty of tables... More 

Thank BobcatPete
San Diego, California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Casual, old school with Terrific Breakfast, lunch and specials daily. Very fair pricing, generous portions (good idea to split a plate). Consistently excellent.

Thank wmgrubb2016
San Diego, Ca.
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

101 Diner has been in Leucadia (Encinitas) for many years. It does have some outdoor seating facing the Coast Highway. Their meals are plentiful and always very tasty. Hamburgers are great and more than one person can normally eat. A good breakfast place as well. We recently split a chili verde w/pork cheese omelette that was very very good.

Thank Byoung2
Denver, Colorado
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36 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Get the California omelette - it is SO good! Flavors blend perfectly, I got it with fruit salad. You might have to wait a few minutes for a table though - this place is always packed

Thank Roam T
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So before you think about a BUZZ-KILL coffee and a scone in Encinitas, turnaround and walk to 101 Diner. What a great menu! And their coffee is watered down. It actually tastes like coffee. The omelettes are crazy good. If you are really hungry order your own but if you're just kinda hungry, very filling to split. Oh did I... More 

Thank Rory O
West Hollywood, California
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71 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very good food. It would have been a five star review but service was not so good. Not the servers fault but management's. 1 server for 10+ tables it's no wonder she was in the weeds. Excellent corned beef hash which is my measure for breakfast spots.

Thank ciaoallan
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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100 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This place is right on the main street in Encinitas and you will need to get there early or expect a wait for breakfast, especially on weekends. Great little place--- the grill is right in front of you and the guys working the grill are masterful in thier skill---- great American breakfasts, great coffee , great location, super friendly staff---... More 

1 Thank manos6232
Orlando, Florida
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169 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Although the wait was long on a Sunday morning, the food was good and the service very pleasant. I ordered the California omelette and was very happy with it. My friends ordered the bacon, cheese, avocado omelettes and thought they were also good. I wish they would have had more options for decaf tea, but at least they had one.

Thank Margaret C
Denver, Colorado
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

Nice diner! We enjoyed the biscuits and gravy and chicken and waffles. Both were specials and NEED to be on their everyday menu, they were awesome. Our server was top notch and made the breakfast great! Our food was quickly to our table.

Thank jsi45
Palm Desert, California
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29 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I'm not usually a big fan of diners - the food is too heavy and greasy and it's just not my thing. However, this place looked inviting one day while we were looking for something to fill our kids up before a day at the beach and couldn't find anything else suitable on our walk. I was so pleasantly surprised!... More 

Thank Belizeanbus

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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 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Diner
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, 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?