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“A little bit of Retro-Americana in Oceanside, CA”
Review of 101 Cafe

101 Cafe
Ranked #39 of 390 Restaurants in Oceanside
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $15
Cuisines: American
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast
Description: 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.
Reviewed February 24, 2011

Found this little gem a couple of years ago - and although small, it is a great place to go for breakfast and lunch. We haven't had the opportunity to enjoy Dinner, but the dinner menu looks appealing. Breakfast has always been my favorite meal and can set the tone for the rest of my day. The menu has many options, and the specials are always great. You can even get items that are not on the menu (egg sandwich, make-your-own omelets, etc). The quality of the food has never been less than stellar, and the staff (Sue, Rachelle, Roger, etc) are very attentive and accommodating. The inside of the diner is tastefully decorated with the theme of Highway 101, with booths and counter service. If you need to use the "facilities" (very clean!), they will provide you with a "washer", and you can go back in time to when the restroom doors were coin operated.

Bottom line: Great place to eat, comfortable and enjoyable !

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Reviewed October 11, 2010

Very casual eatery near Oceanside Beach. Great burgers, salads, and possibly the best chocolate shake I have ever had!

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Reviewed August 27, 2009

This little dinner has literally been here forever. The food is good Americana, a little on the pricey side in my opinion but it's one of the few late night alternatives to Denny's in the area. It's very cozy and you can feel the history of the place as soon as you walk in. If you're ever cruising the coast highway in Oceanside, Hill St. to us locals, be sure to stop in for some good eats.

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Reviewed March 1, 2009

I love this place. Good food good service

Thank AguilaSanDiego
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Reviewed July 19, 2008

The last time I was there, we waited forever for mediocre food. They were super slow & the restaurant was virtually empty.

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