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Food and restaurants in Encinitas

Top restaurants

Seafood Restaurant
“VERY fresh caught fish... even people who usually refuse to eat fish love it!”
  • 69 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Locals spot... very casual, even a little bit bohemian, but they have great coffee & baked goods!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Caribbean Restaurant
“Live music, a creative & delicious menu, plus walking distance from our cottage! ”
  • 59 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“This is decent food close to the coast. I'd go here for drinks and appetizers ideally.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Bar
“Union Kitchen and Tap is a large rustic tavern with a massive bar, long communal tables, brick walls, and very comfortable seating. The space encourages you to hang out with friends over one of their many craft beers or small plates of New American cuisine with Southern touches. Executive Chef Michael Lina is a wizard with shared plates that include delights such as Thai Coconut Mussels or Octopus Lyonnaise. The menu is huge and changes seasonally. Union has a nice wine selection and a range of imaginative cocktails. Dogs are allowed on their small patio, and there is even a special menu for man’s best friend.”
  • 46 locals recommend
Winery
“This is a winery with a ton of varietals because they don’t have their own vineyard—they source from all over. Their Spanish-inspired tapas and platters are also good!”
  • 51 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Cardiff State Beach is managed by the California Department of Parks and Recreation and is popular for sunbathing, swimming, and surfing. There are many businesses where you can rent gear for surfing, kiteboarding, snorkeling, and scuba diving. Visitors will also find a lot of people beachcombing and looking for valuable and interesting things – equipment can be rented for those looking to join in. Tide pools are located up and down the coast, and guided explorations are held throughout the year – more information can be found at the visitor center. Basic amenities such as lifeguards at intervals, bathrooms, and showers are available to all those looking for a fun day in the sun.”
  • 40 locals recommend
Café
“Swami' has two locations; the original outdoor seating only cafe is on historic 101 downtown Encinitas, and the other is just 5 minutes away near Trader Joes. Named after the historic surf spot and across the street from the Self Realization Center, Swami's is loved by locals and has a hearty açaí bowl - an Encinitas original creation. ”
  • 38 locals recommend

Cafes

Coffee Shop
“Locals spot... very casual, even a little bit bohemian, but they have great coffee & baked goods!”
  • 65 locals recommend
Café
“One of our favorite cafes near Moonlight Beach. Go for a walk on the beach just down the street then have breakfast at Lofty ...a great weekend starter. We love the avocado toast and lattes. ”
  • 43 locals recommend
Café
“Swami' has two locations; the original outdoor seating only cafe is on historic 101 downtown Encinitas, and the other is just 5 minutes away near Trader Joes. Named after the historic surf spot and across the street from the Self Realization Center, Swami's is loved by locals and has a hearty açaí bowl - an Encinitas original creation. ”
  • 38 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great coffee, quick walk to great beaches for views or hanging there after. Yummy food! Tell Jose we sent you!”
  • 35 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“This is a locals hangout with great food, good portions, and a relaxed vibe. Grab a table outside, grab a coffee and enjoy the morning with a view of the beach beyond. The egg tacos are great, and the Pipes special is big enough to share.”
  • 37 locals recommend
Café
“Excellent for breakfast or lunch. Gluten-free and vegan options. Love the pancakes! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Café
“There is no shortage of good coffee in Encinitas. The service here is nice and there are more places to sit than most venues. The vibe is pretty hipster so I like to roll in with my huge stroller.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our go to for breakfast. Mostly indoor dining. If you want to sit outside, try Swami's, their sister restaurant.”
  • 21 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“In the downtown area of Encinitas, you always know what you're getting with Whole Foods. Quality food and products - though their prices are above regular grocery stores. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Bakery
“This place is old school Cardiff. People come from all around for these donuts. Ask them what is fresh. Spike your blood sugar and then find protein somewhere else. ”
  • 31 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Our go to for breakfast. Mostly indoor dining. If you want to sit outside, try Swami's, their sister restaurant.”
  • 21 locals recommend
Bakery
“They are known for well... their awesome donuts. They sell out every day, so you have to get there early.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Bakery
“Most delicious chocolate croissants and chai ever ❤️ Try their bombay latte also - comes with cardamom. ”
  • 12 locals recommend
Tea Room
“Great local spot - They have the most delicious baked goods and pastries too!”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bakery
“I love this location because I can get a spinach and cheese croissant that carries me though at least 3 or 4 months”
  • 7 locals recommend
Bakery
“ In California we either bring our own bags or the store charges .10 per bag ”
  • 4 locals recommend