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101 Cafe

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631 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054-4120
+1 760-722-5220
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Entiat, Washington
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Super service,good food This is a small mom and pop type restaurant with outside and inside seating. If you like good food friendly people this is your place.

Thank micadoco
Temecula, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place was great, we had breakfast there. The place is loaded with locals from every walk, and tourists from every where. Food portions are good, prices are great. This will remain our 1st choice breakfast stop.

Thank Mark A
Escondido, California
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29 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I do not know what happened here.I was happy that they started taking credit cards and have new,longer hours.But,the service was so poor,I will never go back.How do you scew up an oder,for a Tuna Melt,three times,and never apologize.When I finally got the tuna it was dried and inedible.Bad bad bad.

Thank puffery
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 2, 2016

We only stopped here to have a soda and buy a Highway 101 sign as a souvenir. The waitress said they were out of the signs, that more were ordered and should be in within a couple of weeks. We told here we were just visiting there for the week. She offered to call her brother, the owner, to see... More 

Thank Mary Jo L
Kelowna, Canada
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129 reviews
84 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016

You just don't find places like this - they're disappearing fast. Very clean, very kitschy - neat ambiance that took decades to build, and, a surprisingly varied menu with some neat twists on diner fare. We'll drop in again when in the area.

Thank Ferenc V
Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016 via mobile

The place looked super cute, and the service was really fast when we first got in, but after we ordered it took a long time to actually get our food. At least 45 min. Once we got our food it was delicious, although I can't attest as to whether it was delicious because we were so hungry or not hahaha.

Thank kisamadz
Vancouver, Canada
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62 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2016

We came for breakfast and had the chicken fried steak and gravy and eggs and coffee cake and hashbrowns and the corned beef hash with home fries, biscuits, eggs and half a peach. EVERYTHING was perfectly cooked. The eggs had stunning flavourful! The table next to us raved the tuna was the best they had EVER had. And they added... More 

Thank Sheila Q
Park Ridge, Illinois
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 14, 2016 via mobile

Solid breakfast and burgers. Good service. Ambiance of 50s drive in. Photos from an Era gone by. Great feel.

Thank mdfam1
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34 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 4, 2016 via mobile

This place is right on the corner and is so cute. We were so excited to try it and were very disappointed. To be fair, I would like to return and try lunch to see if it is better than breakfast. The gravy is VERY garlicky. I ordered SOS and the bread was so tough, I literally had to use... More 

Thank Andrea G
Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
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60 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 10, 2016 via mobile

The front of the menus for the 101 Cafe have a potted history of the diner. It's nice to see it still exists after many changes of name and ownership. The menu is exactly what you'd expect for an American diner. Unhealthy comfort food. And it's good. Well prepared, hot and tasty. The staff are friendly and the crowd of... More 

Thank Chris L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$8 - $15
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054-4120
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
  • Phone Number: +1 760-722-5220
Family owned and operated, 101 Café has been a trademark of Oceanside along the Historic US Highway 101 for the last 88 years. Good food, Friendly service, and down-home atmosphere in our 50s style diner. We now accept debit/credit as payment forms! Hours from 7:00 AM until 10:00 PM every day.

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