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Linnaea's Cafe

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1110 Garden St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3509
+1 805-541-5888
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 6:30 am - 9:30 pm
Thu - Fri 6:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Orange County, California
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49 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed April 2, 2016

Nothing fancy about Linnaea's, and it doesn't try to be anything more than a simple, friendly, cozy spot for good coffee. In that, it succeeds.

Thank jeff573
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82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2016 via mobile

For a small little cafe, they have a decent menu and everything is homemade! Great vegan and gluten free muffins! The oatmeal was tasty as it was seasoned with cinnamon and apples. You just have to get there early!!! Parking is not always easy to find.

Thank Michael A
Los Osos, California
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76 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2016

I love the atmosphere. Linnea Phillips started this cafe in the early 1980s and it's been going strong ever since. It's the local's hangout for great coffee, live music, local art, good food and visiting friends. It's on a small cross street between two busy one way streets and it's a great place to sit at the window bar and... More 

Thank Califia
San Luis Obispo, California
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110 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed March 18, 2016

Linnea's Cafe has been there for ages, and it's always been a hip place to get a bite to eat and have some coffee or tea with friends. Linnea's has always attracted the local hip, artsy crowd & it is a place that's always worth spending a little time in.

Thank Tommy O
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62 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed February 11, 2016 via mobile

I was pleasantly surprised by how good the waffle was and the coffee was delicious. You can retire back to the beautiful patio complete with pond to truly enjoy your cup of joe in a lush green setting, put your feet up and then exhale your cares away...

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Medford, Oregon
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54 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed January 6, 2016

We were walking downtown and asked a local to recommend a good coffee house. She sent us to Linnaea's Cafe. I had an americana and my husband had a regular brew coffee. They were both really, really good!! I also had a raspberry, rhubarb and oat bar. OMG it was so delicious. The vibe is really comfy with tables and... More 

Thank TravelBug5619
Tallinn, Estonia
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed October 25, 2015 via mobile

Very friendly staff. Good fresh pastry and breakfast items. They also have a small backyard which is a bit messy but still nice on a good day. Famous bubblegum alley is right around the corner.

Thank relkmsaiia
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70 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed September 16, 2015

Linnaea's Coffee House is SLO's oldest and sweetest place for a great cup of coffee. Other places come and go, and many have great coffee, but this place is the real deal--Linnaea is a wonderful woman, and this place is a treasure.

Thank clvrnamsalrdytkn
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed September 9, 2015

A cute, neighborhood friendly cafe' where the staff members are very friendly and seem to know and recognize their repeat customers.

Thank Tasala R
Loma Linda, California
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262 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed September 5, 2015

This is a must stop for my wife and I whenever visiting San Luis Obispo. If you have not been to the back garden yet, you are missing a treat. Coffee is also very good as are the breakfast items and bakery goods. Have only ever been for breakfast but always leave satisfied.

Thank Jeremiah G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Cafe, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Wheelchair Accessible, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Parking Available, Highchairs Available
Good for
Dining on a budget
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
6:30 am - 9:30 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
6:30 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1110 Garden St, San Luis Obispo, CA 93401-3509
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  San Luis Obispo
  • Phone Number: +1 805-541-5888
A small local coffee house that serves a light breakfast 7 days a week and lunch M-F. Free wi-fi and live music most weekends. Beautiful garden seating.

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