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Caroline's Seaside Cafe

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8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
+1 858-202-0569
08:00 - 15:00
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La Jolla, California
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Limited but high quality menu. Spectacular setting. Friendly service. Parking can be difficult. Elevator or steps to access

Thank paulhirshman
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231 reviews
134 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

It started off badly, trying to get parked. The car park beside the cafe had a most unfriendly welcome - No Caroline's - so we had to go a public car park 500 yards away and fought for a space with surfers and sun seekers. Caroline's was packed with students on their lunch break. The queue snaked outside the cafe... More 

Thank Jacqui M
Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Sunshine all around, a lovely terrace overlooking the ocean, and nice thoughtful locally-sourced food - honestly, I couldn't think of anything better. If I lived in San Diego, I would eat here everyday. This is a casual lunch spot, with a lovely airy view, decent nicely prepared food, and if that is what you are looking for, you will love... More 

Thank Becky15349
London, United Kingdom
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24 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

You can eat inside or out. We went twice for brunch, and the first time it was cold and foggy, the second, it was a gorgeous day. Brunches are fabulous. My daughter and her friend had pancakes and beef hash. I needed gluten free bread, which they had, so everyone was happy with the selection of food. Lovely tea and... More 

Thank Samina I
Baltimore, Maryland
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262 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

If you are visiting Scripps Institution of Oceanography, Caroline's is the place to have lunch. I had a ham & cheese panini which was outstanding. The setting overlooks the ocean and both indoor and outdoor seating is available. Caroline's is casual, friendly, and has a variety of choices sure to please most people.

Thank stan w
La Jolla, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017

Great patio view looking out over Scripps pier and ocean. Low-key and good, reasonable breakfast. You order at counter and the bring your food to you.

Thank Saudie S
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

I planned my birthday brunch here yesterday 2/12/17. I've been to this place prior and I absolutley loved my meal and the view. Yesterday was much different. As I was waiting for the rest of my party to arrive, I went ahead and ordered so I could get a table and not have to awkwardly hunt for one later. Finding... More 

Thank Jennifer K
Management response:

Thank you for bringing this situation to our attention. First and foremost, I would like to apologize for any inconvenience we may have caused you, your birthday brunch should have been an amazing one! Above all else, providing excellent customer service and quality food is a goal we work very hard at and it is unfortunate you were not treated... More 

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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 February 2017 via mobile

Great Salman Salad and can't have a much nicer view. Simple place with great food, might have a bit of a walk from parking.

Thank Peter W
San Diego, California
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234 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 January 2017 via mobile

We came for lunch with my two grandchildren, age 3 and 10 months. This is the perfect place to sit outside and enjoy the views of the ocean and the waves, and eat a delicious lunch or breakfast. Don't be scared off by the crowds. We have never had trouble finding a table. And whether you get pancakes, eggs, sandwiches,... More 

Thank Sa-i44
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017

best breakfast (healthy, tasty, great service) in the best setting (beautiful La Jolla Shores) - seriously can't be beat!!!

Thank Christine L

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
American, Cafe, Soups, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Highchairs Available
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View
Open Hours
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
08:00 - 15:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8610 Kennel Way, La Jolla, San Diego, CA
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Diego  >  La Jolla
  • Phone Number: +1 858-202-0569

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