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Kraken Bar

Bar, Pub
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2531 S Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
+1 760-436-6483
Fri 19:00 - 00:30
Sat - Sun 12:00 - 00:30
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Santa Barbara, California
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149 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Grab a drink in the front bar then head out back and enjoy the patio and play some pool while enjoying the breeze. Don't expect anything fancy, but I promise they will make you feel at home. Great Bartenders!

Thank TheTravelingDuckie
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101 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 December 2016

I love Halloween and I am very picky when it comes to choosing a place to celebrate. A few friends and I decided to put The Kraken on our list of places to go. We had a ball! From the costumes to the great music this place rocked!

Thank Latnldy1
San Marcos, California
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861 reviews
390 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 148 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Stopped in to see friends band. Within 3 mins we had people all around us and couldn't move. Long wait for a drink. Typical bar. Won't return.

Thank JimmyJackk
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16 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 October 2016

We were very disappointed when we went here to see a band play. If you aren't a local who the staff knows, they pretty much don't want you there. I would not ever go back.

Thank Linda F
Ft Lauderdale
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

If you like this type of bar its 5 stars but if you dont you wont.. It a biker type bar (even though im not a biker ) with real people who are nice . It comes with a ocean view and RocknRoll band every night. The place is run down but that what make it better. Coors lite is... More 

Thank mhyneso
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016 via mobile

A great little dive bar in Cardiff-by-the-Sea. A friendly and quite mixed crowd with music every night, so it seems. A perfect place to while away a few hours after a day in the scorching heat/surf. Good jukebox too.

Thank smarkgubb
Carlsbad, California
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59 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 February 2016

Kraken is a place I like to stop by for a beer or a drink with friends. People have always been friendly and it is a popular spot for locals. They have entertainment on some of the nights and does get crowded sometimes.

Thank LaCostaKeith
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87 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016

Most welcoming bar and restaurant frequented by. Bikers. Don't be intimidated they are the friendliest group of people and they all make you feel welcome. Good happy hour and good food.

Thank Mark H
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9 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 January 2016

I've been going here for years now. They have live bands, dancing, and pool tables out on the patio. But even better yet is the barbeque served out back! the Kraken is still my favorite place to hang out. Come see the sunset, and meet some locals. What could be better than that!

Thank Joi J
Carlsbad, California
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77 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 November 2015

Great location. Played some of the best music on the juke box I have heard in a long time. Late 60s and early 70s. We played pool in the back patio. Only thing I did not care for was the smoking back there. It was overwhelming. I get that it is hard for smokers to find a place these days... More 

Thank Regina T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Bar, Pub
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Open Hours
12:00 - 00:30
19:00 - 00:30
12:00 - 00:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2531 S Highway 101, Cardiff-by-the-Sea, Encinitas, CA 92007
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas  >  Cardiff-by-the-Sea
  • Phone Number: +1 760-436-6483

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?