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Pannikin Encinitas Cafe

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510 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
(760) 436-0033
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6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Brunch, Seating, Takeout

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  • 78
    Excellent
  • 40
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
There should be more places like this one!

If you're looking for an amazing coffee shop with some awesome snack type meals or pastries, this is the place for you. Friendly staff, amazing atmosphere, lots of little places to sit and it never gets old. I wish there were more places like this one around town.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Elan D
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're looking for an amazing coffee shop with some awesome snack type meals or pastries, this is the place for you. Friendly staff, amazing atmosphere, lots of little places to sit and it never gets old. I wish there were more places like this one around town.

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Thank Elan D
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While the coffee is not my favorite here (I prefer darker roast) The salads and baked goods are yummy. The location is the best. It is just so satisfying to sit outside that cute yellow historic train station.

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Thank Mara R
San Diego, California
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

If you are coming to visit San Diego, this is a must stop. Located in an old railroad station, this place oozes charm and character. Great coffee, breakfast sweets and egg dishes. You can count on local's knowing the best place to go. You may be the only tourist there.

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Thank george m
Fayetteville, North Carolina
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was my second trip to Encinitas and San Diego within the last year, and so far Pannikin has won me over as being the best coffee I've had in the entire region (including the City of San Diego and San Diego County). The coffee and specialty drinks are delicious and the building the business occupies is historic. I love... More 

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Thank Daniel R
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

A great place to meet for coffee or tea. very charismatic old train station. Fills up on weekend mornings.

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Thank Tom M
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2016

This place reminds me of the small town I grew up in, if my small town grew up, moved to the coast, and did a lot of baking and meditation and lived on the coast! These are the best baked goods in town!

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Thank Lawton J
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2015

Whilst staying during the summer in the Econo Lodge just round the corner from Pannikin we regularly visited here for coffee. As it was very hot during early September we only had the iced coffee's but they were very good along with tasty food and cakes. Would highly recommend!

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Thank Tomlaw2
San Diego, California
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015

I love the feel of this place. The building is an old train station, and it is located across from the railroad tracks on the 101 in Encinitas. They have great coffee and nice baked and breakfast items. They have a little general store set up in the cafe. The cafe has a rustic feeling and has indoor and outdoor... More 

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Thank dutchgal88
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

This is a great spot to sit and relax to enjoy coffee or tea. Staff is very friendly and most have worked there for years. They have great breakfast and the baked goods are delicious! Outdoor pet friendly too!

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Thank 553sharik
Chevy Chase
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22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I always love going to the Pannikin, but this time the coffee I had was okay, not great, and there was no WiFi. However, the service is friendly, the baked goods are amazing, and the grounds and building are very charming. I kind of prefer the one in La Jolla, as it's a bit quieter and the coffee's better.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 510 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: (760) 436-0033

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Cafe

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 am - 6:00 pm

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