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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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Hemet, California
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227 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

So much to look at while enjoying simple but good food. Nostalgia photos, 50 and more years old entertained us. The happy wait staff seals the deal.

Thank Carolyn S
Mesa, Arizona
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36 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Everything on the menu is cooked to order and delicious. They make the BEST homemade salsa in town. So great on their omelettes! Friendly and a great place to enjoy local culture. We eat breakfast here at least twice on every visit. Always easy to find a parking space, too!

Thank TravelBug13283
Superior, Colorado
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41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went to this historic diner for the first time today. Our waitress Chandra listened and brought us our order exactly as we asked for it. Food was delicious, place was spotless, owner was charming and will go back again before we leave!!

Thank Christecc
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

First visit here, great breakfast and even better service. In fact our waitress Chandra received a Bouquet of flowers from an admiring customer when we were here!! Historic café built in 1928.

Thank pccmac
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 2016 via mobile

I saw an old diner while driving and had to stop in and give it a try. A quick Trip Advisor check and it was worth the chance. Glad I did, December is an off month in Oceanside so the diner was empty. Great atmosphere straight out of roadside California 1920's style. My waitress was friendly and conversant. Right away... More 

Thank John K
Entiat, Washington
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 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 November 11, 2016

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 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2016

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 34 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

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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
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Dining on a budget
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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?