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“Nice casual spot for lunch on a beach”

Caroline's Seaside Cafe
Ranked #23 of 1,241 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.
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“Nice casual spot for lunch on a beach”
Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

Great views, nice ambience for a casual meal. Tuna melt is fresh and delicious.

We found a parking spot on the street..

Quick service and wonderful ocean breeze while you eat!

Thank Katy A
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“Beautiful views, good food. Pay for Parking!”
Reviewed June 4, 2014

We were a party of 8 family members - various ages. This was the first time for all of us to eat here. As mentioned, the menu is limited, but everyone found something that was just right! The kids loved the pancakes. We arrived at 10 a.m. and while there was no line to order, all the outdoor tables were taken. We still had beautiful ocean views from inside as there are large glass windows. Strolling on the beach after breakfast was great fun. Be aware that you must pay for parking - unfortunately, we did not see the signs and we had two cars! Tickets are steep - $65 fines.

  • Visited May 2014
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4 Thank Winger07
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“What La Jolla is all about”
Reviewed June 2, 2014 via mobile

Gorgeous panoramic beachfront view. Casual. Outdoors. Health conscious. Surfing. Intellectuals. That's La Jolla in a nutshell and mix that together with great food, generous portions and fair prices and you can't get a better sunny day introduction to this beautiful part of San Diego. That's what you'll find at Caroline's... A hidden gem of a breakfast and lunch venue on the UCSD/Scripps Institute of Oceanography campus. There is a years long waiting list to have a wedding with this backdrop but you can enjoy it any day of the week without a reservation. Its walk up ordering and the line can get long on Sundays near lunch time but well worth it. Have a little slice of Southern California lifestyle with your breakfast. Then walk down the stairs to one of the prettiest beaches in the world. When out of towners visit, THIS is the first place we take them!

2 Thank canalcruiser
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“Good food with a five star view”
Reviewed May 15, 2014 via mobile

The restaurant is owned by Scripps/USD and is located next to Scripps pier. The view if you sit outside is one of the best in La Jolla. With San Diego weather you can almost always sit outside. You order your food at the counter and it is brought to you. With only one person taking orders the line can be long at lunch. Fellow diners tend to be University of San Diego staff? Food choices are limited but it is well prepared and the seafood is very fresh. Prices are cheap compared with other restaurants in the area and with an ocean front view it is a real bargain. A great place if you are visiting the aquarium.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Phantom41
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“Consistently good experience here”
Reviewed April 16, 2014

Ate lunch here on numerous occasions, and breakfast twice while I was here for an extended business trip. On some occasions I had pre-packaged sandwiches, on others I had food made to order. One orders at the counter here, and then one's food is brought out.

All of the food I got here was constantly very good. The servings are on the larger side. They provision from organic sources. Service was friendly and welcoming, but the kitchen was sometimes slower than one might desire. There is often a line at busier times, a good indication of its popularity. While this was the most convenient place to eat for our purposes due to its location, we would not have ton back sol many times if the food was not consistently good. Recommended.

  • Visited April 2014
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3 Thank Eric A
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