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Pannikin Encinitas Cafe

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510 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2035
+1 760-436-0033
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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58 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed February 2, 2016

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.

Thank Mara R
San Diego, California
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79 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed January 28, 2016

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.

Thank george m
Baltimore, Maryland
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17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed January 22, 2016 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 

Thank Daniel R
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed January 4, 2016

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

Thank Tom M
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
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!

Thank Lawton J
Cardiff, United Kingdom
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128 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
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!

Thank Tomlaw2
San Diego, California
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40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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 

Thank dutchgal88
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46 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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!

Thank 553sharik
Chevy Chase
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49 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
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.

Thank BiHomeMom
Lafayette, California
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557 reviews
276 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 187 helpful votes
Reviewed October 23, 2015

My wife and I passed the restaurant on the way to Torrey Pines for an early morning hike - the ambience of the place drew us in - so we circled around and stopped by for coffee and a scone. There is a lot to like - the building itself has been expertly converted from an old train station to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
American, Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
6:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 510 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2035
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-436-0033

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