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101 Cafe

631 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054-4120
+1 760-722-5220
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  • Excellent43%
  • Very good34%
  • Average13%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible5%
Travellers talk about
“ortega burger” (2 reviews)
“home fries” (5 reviews)
“pancakes” (9 reviews)
Open Now
7:00 AM - 10:00 PMAll hours
American, Cafe, Diner, Vegetarian Friendly
631 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054-4120
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Reviewed 1 December 2017

I had biscuits and gravy, and they came with what seemed like Italian dinner sausage in a yellow gravy. Everything was just disgusting. However, this is a neat little diner with historical photos and amazing sweet tea. Our waitress was above the cut, and I...More

Reviewed 14 October 2017

Recommended by friends. Stopped in for breakfast on a weekday. Very crowded with just a few open tables. Excellent service and a good selection of items on the menu. I order the California ABC omelette. Stuffed with large chunks of bacon, cheese and Avocado. Hashbrowns...More

Thank Chuck8700
Reviewed 31 August 2017

This coffee shop or café if you prefer has been around for years. It is a part of Oceanside history and the old 101 Highway history. It is small in size but big on service and good food. Hours are limited during the week but...More

Thank jrm51153
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We stopped here because of the old original look of the place & we weren't disappointed. They also have old fashioned enormous servings - sharing a meal here is definitely an option! Even though we ordered sandwiches and fries, we really should have ordered less!...More

Thank Dromomaniac
Reviewed 24 July 2017 via mobile

Stopped in for breakfast and we really enjoyed everything from the service to the food and atmosphere. Great little cafe to grab a bite and hang out looking at old black and white photos of the area.

Thank radman143
Reviewed 11 July 2017 via mobile

This is a diner with historical value. It reminds you of a "soda pop stop" from back in the day. Food was very reasonably priced. The pancakes are HUGE!! Our service was a little slow...but they were short staffed...however it was worth the wait!!

Thank Mrs_Ware229
Reviewed 20 June 2017

this cafe has been here since the 1920s, with lots of memorabilia and photos showing changes to Oceanside over the past ninety+ years. It possesses a diner atmosphere with booths, table and countertop service. Food portions are quite large; service is prompt and friendly. Plenty...More

Thank TopChef7
Reviewed 25 May 2017

A serious choice of menu items, and a lot on your plate. Not fancy food, just good food, and a plateful of it. Kind of a must stop and check it out spot, with the nostalgic look that is for real inside and out. Very...More

Thank w57chev
Reviewed 10 May 2017

We stopped for lunch at this diner. It was really clean and had pictures old pictures on the wall of days gone by. Our waitress was extremely friendly and helpful. We both had the "Ortega Burger" after being assured by our waitress that it wasn't...More

Thank R L B
Reviewed 5 May 2017

On our recent road trip we stopped here for lunch. Since it was May 1st most of the businesses were closed to support 'Day Without Immigrants’ Protests and Strikes. This retro diner was quaint and decorated well with old pictures of Oceanside. But the food,...More

Thank Rickeys-Travels
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$15
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Highchairs Available
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 631 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054-4120
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Oceanside
  • Phone Number: +1 760-722-5220
  • E-mail
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.
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