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Captain Keno's Restaurant

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158 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3251
+1 760-753-4555
06:00 - 00:00
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San Francisco, California
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167 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 101 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

On a recent road trip, we were foraging for something else than tacos, which is plentiful in this area. We happened upon Captain Keno's. There wasn't a taco sign outside so we ventured in. We thought it was a fast food place but to our surprise it was a diner with a bar. I looked at the menu and everything... More 

Thank Rickeys-Travels
Santa Cruz, California
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85 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 September 2016

Now this place isn't going to appeal to everyone but we thought it was great. They have cornered the market on red nagahyde booths and they have a great bar scene with friendly locals. Highlight for us was the huge pickles that they sell for 50cents and the all day happy hour. Free snacks, didn't try the food but was... More 

Thank Denise A
Carlsbad, California
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

From the moment we drove into the parking lot, my friend and I knew that this place had possibilities... just something about it drew us in. We were, in fact looking for a bar that served breakfast. Well, I can report that not only does it have (awesome) breakfast, but also lunch, dinner and just about everything else you could... More 

Thank kasadalace
Tucson, Arizona
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127 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

The food was plentiful here, and served by friendly locals. Note that credit cards are not accepted.

Thank Ambul
Vail, Arizona
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41 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016

We had a late breakfast here one day of our recent family vacation. Cheap eats and all 4 meals are good. It is NOT fine dining, as other reviews have pointed out but don't let that scare you off.

Thank kcbsmommy
Baltimore, Maryland
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56 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2015

I wish I'd known about Captain Keno's when I was first in this area last summer. Please don't miss this landmark establishment. The food is very reasonable and truly good. Gerry, the owner, obviously loves to make sure no one goes hungry.

Thank HaresHallBunny
Atlanta, Georgia
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2015 via mobile

I had been searching for a great breakfast spot during a two week business and vacation visit to Encinitas. One morning I walked into Encinitas Surf Shop (very nice owner and merchandise selection). Was told Kenos, almost directl across the highway, had outstanding breakfasts. TRUE...BEST BREAKFAST in years. Very personable young man took my order near the register, for a... More 

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Encinitas, California
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2015

Listen, I'd like to give this place 5 stars. I go here all the time. The place is tired and in desperate need of renovation, but it is a comfortable place to get an open face turkey sandwich or New York Steak for a very reasonable price. The mixed drinks are also very reasonable, which is hard to find in... More 

Thank Laura W
antioch, il
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2015

It was old and smelled old. Needs a update in decor! Food was ok. Would not go back. Good selection of drinks.

Thank leeraekenny
Brantford, Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2015

We ate at the restaurant 2 times and both times we ordered breakfast items . Good service and the staff was also friendly . When you go in you order what you want , pay then the waitress brings you order to you. They have self serve coffee too. We enjoyed our food here with very good prices .

Thank Bruce H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Cheap Eats
Open Hours
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 158 N Coast Highway 101, Encinitas, CA 92024-3251
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Encinitas
  • Phone Number: +1 760-753-4555

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