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Reviewed January 1, 2024

Have heard my vegetarian friends rave about the great food at Lotus Cafe, so I thought it was a vegetarian restaurant, which it is, primarily. However, just had an incredible meal, ‘Lotus Bowl’ and discovered they also serve fish, chicken and turkey. What’s really a...taste sensation is that the Lotus creates fabulously fresh and beautifully presented dishes, while successfully fusing Indian and Mexican cuisine… wow! That combination is so perfect, each flavor really compliments the other. Menu is lovely and extensive, everything is well prepared and prices are quite reasonable considering the food is natural, organic and Non-GMO. They also prepare their own soups, and make real Chai tea, (not from syrup). Will be going back often as they serve breakfast, lunch & dinner, 9AM to 9PM, 7 days a week.More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed May 28, 2023

Firstly I am not a fan of having to line up at the counter and order, take a table number, go and collect my own water, collect my own cutlery and pay cafe prices. And unfortunately the experience feel well short of my expectations provided...my other reviewers and never recovered. The sourdough toast, was not by our definition sourdough toast. I would rate the place a solid 5/10More

Date of visit: May 2023
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Reviewed April 11, 2023

Read great reviews and decided to try this place. Moonlight smoothie was so delicious, we went back two days in a row!!!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed November 20, 2022

We love this place so much! The staff is always incredibly friendly- literally every person I've ever interacted with has been super welcoming, friendly, and genuinely seem so happy! You can tell the food is made with love! In my family we each have different...food sensitivities and requirements, and this is the one place every person can get exactly what they need, AND it tastes absolutely delicious! Thank you Lotus for being our happy place! We love you all!More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed September 27, 2022 via mobile

We love this place. Fresh delicious salads and soups. Savita, our server was top of the line!! We will return for sure

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 26, 2022 via mobile

Amazing cafe and restaurant with a super cool vibe right in Encinitas downtown! All the meals I have tried have been super fresh and healthy and the staff is very accommodating and helpful also. If you are on Hwy101 in Southern California, @Lotus cafe is...a must doMore

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed December 13, 2021

I found the food to be pretty basic - a nonimaginative mix of a Western diner and Indian staple food. The service was fast, ambience (room) pleasant. WiFi. Probably not the place to have French toast in.

Date of visit: December 2021
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Reviewed July 4, 2021

Stood in line for more than 20 minutes for someone to take order. Person taking orders was on the phone the whole time and did not want to make eye contact or recognize anyone in line. Guys from the back would come out with orders...for delivery and not say anything to anyone. One worker would occasionally walk around and after saying something to him he finally opened another register to move the line. He was rude and didn’t care. So my family won’t be going back. Food was ok but nothing to talk about.More

Date of visit: June 2021
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Reviewed May 25, 2021

Tofu eggs? Really? Actually the vegan tofu egg scramble is even better than their real scrambled egg breakfast. It's served with your choice of 2 veggies, a side of breakfast or sweet potatoes and vegan 'meat'.

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed February 27, 2020

A pleasant surprise. This is one of many new additions to the area since I last lived in Encinitas, and I would have gone here frequently back in the day. The atmosphere is relaxed and quirky. The drinks are good, and the prices are fine....It is the laid-back sort of place I love about beach towns.More

Date of visit: October 2019
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Reviewed February 21, 2020

After eating chicken enchiladas, both my husband and I had headaches and pressure in the head--both indications of the use of MSG. I called the manager, and he said they don't use MSG, but we didn't believe him. We are sensitive people, and something was...wrong with this meal. He did not offer us anything else, which we did not appreciate either. Think twice before eating here. Also, we spent $30 for 2 enchilada plates. Rather pricey!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed January 26, 2020

We went with friends who love an early dinner at 4p.m. Really too early for me. The restaurant was about 1/3 full. You look at a menu, then order at the counter. Personnel were friendly and able to,adjust orders to individual interests You receive a...number with your order and the food delivered to your table. While you’re waiting for your food you pick up your utensils napkins dishes and water if you desire. My husband always liked the soups. he was not disappointed in the creamy spinach. soup. The grilled cheese that I had was good. Our friends had quesadillas and nachos salads. The menu has many vegan and gluten-free items for those that want to order. Nice place to enjoy a meal with friends.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed January 2, 2020 via mobile

We had dinner here for the third time in 10 years, it was absolutely excellent, very reasonably priced compared to other restaurants in the area, very satisfied

Date of visit: January 2020
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Reviewed August 7, 2019

We were staying nearby and walked to Lotus Cafe & Juice Bar one morning for breakfast. I think my only regret is that we only went once! The weather was perfect for eating outdoors so we sat in the back of the restaurant, outside. The...menu had a ton of vegetarian options and in the end I chose the Coconut French Toast. It's served with some beautifully ripe fresh fruit and I split an order of veggie sausage with my daughter. It was just delicious. My daughter returned for a smoothie the next day and was impressed by that too. I wish we had gotten back there because their menu was pretty impressive and the place had a nice vibe. Next time we make the SoCal trip, it's on the list!More

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed June 15, 2019 via mobile

The food was fantastic! I loved the curry bowl and also the nachos. The atmosphere is very friendly.

Date of visit: June 2019
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5