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“Nice view!”

Caroline's Seaside Cafe
Ranked #22 of 1,236 Restaurants in La Jolla
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $10
Cuisines: American, Cafe
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Dining options: Breakfast
Description: Caroline’s Seaside Café by Giuseppe is a beach front restaurant located on the UCSD Scripps Institute of Oceanography campus in the Seaside Forum with full ocean views, serving healthy and creative California style dishes with a focus on organic and sustainable sources, hormone free meats and poultry.
Reviewed July 8, 2013

I was hoping for a friendly neighborhood restaurant, but it does not in any way have that feel to it unfortunately. Caroline's does have a nice menu and nice size portions. They have repeatedly made mistakes with our order and the last time we were there, we waited 40 minutes for our food. No apologies or anything AND my order was wrong, so I had to wait longer. I rated the place "good" due to the view and nice patio and nice size portions.

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Reviewed June 30, 2013

I won’t discuss parking or food- other reviews do that. This is about the lack of basic service.

Being on the beach, it's popular w/tourists. Bring your dog, go for views and overpriced food, but plan to leave quickly when the staff becomes rude and inhospitable, which is often on busy days.

The owner does a lot of catering, so staff is better at clearing away dirty plates and glasses vs. providing table service for diners.

Don't stay for a second cup of coffee on a busy morning. We did, and a server encouraged us to leave.

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Reviewed June 19, 2013

This place is different. It's a concession run by Scripps and closely connected to the scientific community and UCSD so the crowd is a mix of beach tourists and university people. You get a healthy snack or light meal, perched up on a great patio along the beach, and you have a perfect view of La Jolla Shores beach. Walk down a few steps and you're on the beach with a two mile strip of sand between the Pier and the Marine Room. Look at fabulous beachfront houses up close and see the La Jolla Beach and Tennis Club. There is some parking nearby for those driving, but you'll see that it is not designed to attract a big driveup crowd so it's in an out of the way spot, down a sidewalk. But it's worth it! Smoothies, sandwiches, tacos, drinks; light stuff but freshly made.

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1  Thank L Frank
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

We had breakfast and it was great and not too pricey-the view is just beautiful looking out over the ocean. Very relaxing breakfast spot.

1  Thank embeau
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Reviewed May 28, 2013

Amazing View!!! Tasty food but could improve. Very limited seating. Watch the surfers dodge the pier and each other. See dolphin cruise by sometimes. What a great spot. They serve breakfast and lunch.

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