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101 Cafe

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631 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Johnston, Rhode Island
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36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had one of the best milk shake here,with fresh strawberries and banana. I wish I had one now! Always had a crowd for breakfast and lunch. It's a fun place with all the pictures on the wall.

Thank Michael L
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58 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

101 Café is the oldest restaurant that has been operating since it opened in 1928. It was very quaint with lots of Oceanside memorabilia hanging around and is fun to look at.

1 Thank Dana V
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I love going to the 101 Cafe in Oceanside CA. It's has been a fun place to go for so many years for so many people. My wife and I go there for the atmosphere and the great food. It's like taking a trip back to a happy time of road side diners. The place is clean and comfortable. The... More 

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Christiansburg, Virginia
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528 reviews
322 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We dropped in for lunch one Friday afternoon and immediately wish we'd kept on driving. It is a relic of a diner from another era. The walls contain photos of Oceanside going back 100 years. Typical sandwich menu. But service was slloooowwwwww. We never did figure out who our waiter was, at least 3 people stopped by the table in... More 

Thank Ernie B
Prescott Valley, Arizona
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132 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2016

This is a classic Diner on the Coastal Highway in Southern Oceanside. This is great for breakfast but also has good burgers and shakes. The Shakes are large and thick. If that is something you care about, try one at the 101 Cafe!

Thank Greg P
La Puente, California
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169 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

We only came here because it was reviewed by Huell Howser long ago. If I could rate negative number I would. Understandably it is busy as it is the weekend but they should know that is normal and be prepared with more staff. We went in and a waitress says 5 minutes and we step outside as there is no... More 

Thank Diana C
101BikeGuy, Public Relations Manager at 101 Cafe, responded to this review

It is always our goal to create fun experiences at the 101. We are sad when we fail to do so. A little explanation is in order. The 101 Cafe has new owners as of days ago. They have installed new systems for taking orders as well as they now take Credit Cards for the first time in our 88... More 

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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

This is a good diner, right on Hwy 101. We had a burger and fish and chips. It was all good, nothing spectacular, your basic diner fare.

Thank Dlmjr
101BikeGuy, Public Relations Manager at 101 Cafe, responded to this review

We are always happy when our guest find our all good. Knowing we are serving the best Angus Beef and select Cod makes also makes it easy to be a solid favorite. I think you'll find little to compare to our authentic 1950's Drive-In atmosphere and good old fashion service. We are proud to serve the Historic US Highway for... More 

London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2016

Had a very nice brunch at 101 Cafe. There is a big selection of omelettes, warm sandwiches and paninis. Top up coffee is always a refreshment for us Europeans.

Thank MinnieM29
Fullerton, California
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2016

Very cute restaurant! My veggie cheeseburger was delicious but DO NOT GET THE TUNA. It was dry and tasteless. Other than that, the fries and salad was great. The service was not too great but it was decent. it was a fun restaurant and i would probably eat here again.

Thank mrs L
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2016

The 101 cheese burger with fries and a strawberry shake has been a ;long standing chose. People come from the mid-west to stop here,.

Thank Ben M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $15
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
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 South Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA 92054
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
  • Phone Number: 17607225220
Family owned and operated, 101 Café has been a trademark of Oceanside along the Historic US Highway 101 for the last 85 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?