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Pannikin Encinitas Cafe

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510 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2035
+1 760-436-0033
06:00 - 18:00
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Encinitas, California
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 2 December 2014

I lived one block from Pannikin right off the Highway 101 for over one year. Every time I rode my bike by this restaurant my nose would get the most delightful smell of their pastries and foods. I would stop periodically for one of their baked goods. Worth the stop!

Thank Reed560
Encinitas, California
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78 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2014

I don't think you can really go wrong at the Pannikin. It was one of the first coffee purveyors in San Diego and today, now in Leucadia, it has great coffee served up in a funky, fun environment. I love their gluten-free pumpkin walnut muffins. I drink coffee unadulterated so I can tell you the coffee they roast and serve... More 

Thank Diane O
Cardiff-by-the-Sea, California
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32 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 November 2014

A dog-friendly meeting place for friends, family. Can't miss on the baked goods and coffee. They are usually pretty busy so seating can be at a premium and busing of tables is needed.

Thank ctinadewars16
Prescott, Arizona
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170 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2014

Ate breakfast here. Scrambled eggs and home made salsa, raspberry muffin, and coffee. Sat outside on their front porch. Food was delicious but a bit pricey. They roast their own coffee on the premises; two of the employees were working on a batch in the basement when I went down to use the very clean restroom.

Thank Bill S
Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2014

If you have to take someone to breakfast and you want to either 1. show them a good time/meal 2. provide them with an impressive meal or 3. just flat out want them to have a nice atmosphere, dont go here! The flys were rampant. 20 flys at a table. The food was simply eggs but there was nothing special... More 

1 Thank Susan N
san diego
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 September 2014

Love everything about the Pannikin from the history of the building (used to be the old train station building in Encinitas that was moved to this site) to the amazing coffee and pastrys. They even have gluten free muffins that are delicious! It gets busy on the weekends and there is usually a line out the door so make sure... More 

1 Thank wanagoaway
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81 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2014 via mobile

Went to have coffee and breakfast during a bicycle ride along the coast. Coffee and food is great, service is friendly and efficient. Great atmosphere and outside seating

1 Thank PatriciaL21
Apple Valley, California, United States
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24 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 September 2014

Don't let the line out front fool you! It moves quickly. You order your food at the counter and it's brought out to you. Open seating is comfortable. The food is outstanding. Huevos Rancheros and Cherry Pie! The baked goods are worth the trip! Outstanding. And as mentioned in other posts, the coffee is great! Will visit again!

1 Thank Dave H
Longmont, Colorado
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5 reviews
Reviewed 17 September 2014

An amazing place with a retail section and indoor/outdoor café. Parking in the rear. Muffins and pastries the size of your hand. Memorable indulgence for a number of your senses...

Thank Juniper W
San Diego, California
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338 reviews
148 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 280 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 September 2014 via mobile

Been coming here over 25 years and it still is the best! Love walking from home and enjoying the coffee ! Go for breakfast and sit outside. The art work from the locals is worth a visit in itself.

2 Thank Dave92024

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
06:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 510 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-2035
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-436-0033

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