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Where to Eat and Drink in Oceanside

From California burritos to craft cocktails and coffee

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Oceanside might be home to surf culture, a historic pier, quaint harbor and former Spanish mission, but when it comes to drinking and dining, the quintessential Southern California beach town of O’side also has a little something for everyone. From hole-in-the-wall Mexican joints and fast-casual Korean to local coffee roasters, craft breweries – and even a spirit distillery - here are 18 places well worth a visit when in San Diego’s northernmost city.

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1. Harbor Fish & Chips

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276 Harbor Dr
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 722-4977
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An Oceanside harbor mainstay for over fifty years, where better to eat fish and chips other than right on the water? This classic, family-owned spot does a one-piece fish basket that comes with a green salad, coleslaw, beans or fries for just $9.50. Daily specials include a fish taco plate on Thursdays for $13.

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2. Mission Ave Bar and Grill

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711 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 637-2222
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The neighborhood cocktail bar and eatery got a serious upgrade when chef William Eick joined its kitchen in 2018, and now offers pub fare alongside plates like Vietnamese caramelized pork belly, honey-chili shrimp, and wagyu filet with tamarind and black garlic long beans. Last year, Eick launched Matsu, a separate concept that currently operates inside the Mission Avenue space, which offers a 10-course chef’s tasting menu of modern Japanese fine dinings.

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3. Petite Madeline Bakery

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223 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-7300
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The standout bakery by the beach just blocks from Oceanside Pier does a superb line of sugar-dusted all-day buns, classic palmier cookies, and buttery Madeleine cakes. On the savory side, there’s from scratch breakfast and lunch fare spanning Benedicts and crepes to salads and specialty sandwiches.

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4. Steel Mill Coffee

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605 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054

The venture from pro skateboarder Riley Hawk (eldest son of the iconic Tony Hawk) is part coffee shop part vintage record store. Enjoy coffee and espresso drinks made with beans provided by James Coffee Co. and a range of pastries and small snacks while crate digging or checking out the Steel Mill merch.

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5. Mr. Bibi

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208 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(442) 266-8269
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The much-loved customizable bibimbap stone bowls here just landed this Korean mom and pop spot at No. 26 on Yelp’s annual list of the ‘Top 100 Places to Eat’ in the U.S. Each one is made with a choice of rice, salad or jap chae, before adding meat or veggies and topping everything off with a sunny side egg.

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6. Orfila Vineyards Tasting Room & Kitchen

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221 N Cleveland St
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 755-7040
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Soft opened in December, Orfila’s new tasting room in coastal downtown Oceanside is just a few blocks from the pier. There are 22 types of wine to try and purchase, including Orfila’s flagship Estate Syrah, plus a food menu that spans a cheese and charcuterie board to shared plates, flat breads, and sweets.

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7. Blade 1936

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401 Seagaze Dr
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-1456
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Chef Mario Cassineri’s ode to modern Italian serves up everything from Napoli style wood fired pizzas to freshly made semolina pasta. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends; there’s a great happy hour (Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.) with a tidy assortment of seasonally-driven craft cocktails. 

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8. Banana Dang Coffee

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115 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 846-0162
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From Rincon, Puerto Rico to Oceanside, Calif. Opened in 2015, Banana Dang is a real neighborhood gem, where, alongside the superb coffee drinks, locals love the selection of smoothies (ty the Nutty Dang with hemp protein), happy toasts (try the Green Fire with smashed avocados), and semi-sweet baked goods. 

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9. Dija Mara

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232 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 231-5376
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Come for the whole roasted sea bream, satays, or nasi goreng during dinner or mango tartine and kaya French toast for brunch on Sundays. Dija Mara’s all-natural wine program is stellar too - ask for a glass of the Longavi Glup Cinsault or Pipeño País Coronel de Maule, both new Chilean reds not to be missed. 

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10. Pacific Coast Spirits

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404 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 453-7150
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This new ‘grain to glass’ craft distillery produces gin, vodka, brandy, agave spirits, and variations on whiskey that include bourbon and a small-batch single malt. There is a cocktail bar and farm-to-table restaurant here too with a lunch and dinner menu of shareable plates, from dips to charcuterie boards, plus salads, tacos, and heartier fare like fried chicken and waffles.

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11. Bagby Beer Co.

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601 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 270-9075
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This multi-level brewpub boasts bars, dining areas, and patios, including a central dog-friendly courtyard. Dishes are full-scratch with seasonal weekend specials and a breakfast burrito bar on Sundays. House and guest tap lists range from local beers to English, German, Belgian, Bohemian, and Baltic style brews.

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12. Primo Foods

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606 Morse St
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 439-8711
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Be ready to wait in line at this beloved hole in the wall joint. Attached to Primo Market, it has been serving up authentic street tacos and carne asada burritos (among other deliciousness) for over 20 years. For $4.99 burritos and 69 cent tacos and swing by on Mondays and Taco Tuesday, respectively. 

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13. Buccaneer Cafe

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1508 S Pacific St
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 966-1804
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Tucked beside Buccaneer Park right across the street from one of Oceanside’s smallest beaches, this local counter spot serves up killer breakfast burritos, avocado toasts, and breakfast tacos from 8 a.m. daily. Grab a seat on one of the picnic tables or pop across the road and sit down to eat on the sand. 

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14. Beach Break Cafe

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1802 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 439-6355
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Family owned and operated since 1988, this essential breakfast spot is well known and loved for its generous sized portions of hotcakes, banana crunch French toast, and homemade corn beef hash, among other dish standouts. Counter-culture fans will enjoy the surf memorabilia, photos, and decor.

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15. The Whet Noodle

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1813 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 453-2738
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Davin Waite’s ‘West Coast Izakaya’ specializes in ramen dishes (many made with bases from kitchen scraps) with his signature creative twist, including The Hangry Vegan with spinach noodles and The SPAM a hot n’ sour mixed-beast broth (duck, pork, and fish) topped with honey spam.

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16. Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

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1815 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 271-0531
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More than just a standard sushi joint, chef/owner Davin Waite’s unconventional nigiri, sashimi, and house roll creations, not to mention his unique and worth the splurge omakase menus, are as eclectic as the “surf shack” decor.

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17. Captain's Grounds

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1832 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 522-4271
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Located inside vintage consignment store Captain’s Helm, grab a custom tailored drip coffee, dirty chai latte or Mexican mocha and a pastry from the walk up bar before taking a seat with the laptop (there are plug in stations and free wifi) or browsing the racks for denim, t-shirts, bags, boots and accessories.

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18. Revolution Roasters

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1836 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054
(760) 529-9736
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A South O fixture since opening in late 2015, Revolution (whose actual roasting hub is in Leucadia) serves up creative coffee drinks - think peanut butter mochas and vanilla rose lattes - alongside yummy fresh baked pastries and breads. Some pretty exciting expansion plans, including doubling the production space for coffee roasting and baking, plus a beer and wine bar, are in the works for 2020.

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1. Harbor Fish & Chips

276 Harbor Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054
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An Oceanside harbor mainstay for over fifty years, where better to eat fish and chips other than right on the water? This classic, family-owned spot does a one-piece fish basket that comes with a green salad, coleslaw, beans or fries for just $9.50. Daily specials include a fish taco plate on Thursdays for $13.

276 Harbor Dr
Oceanside, CA 92054

2. Mission Ave Bar and Grill

711 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
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The neighborhood cocktail bar and eatery got a serious upgrade when chef William Eick joined its kitchen in 2018, and now offers pub fare alongside plates like Vietnamese caramelized pork belly, honey-chili shrimp, and wagyu filet with tamarind and black garlic long beans. Last year, Eick launched Matsu, a separate concept that currently operates inside the Mission Avenue space, which offers a 10-course chef’s tasting menu of modern Japanese fine dinings.

711 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054

3. Petite Madeline Bakery

223 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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The standout bakery by the beach just blocks from Oceanside Pier does a superb line of sugar-dusted all-day buns, classic palmier cookies, and buttery Madeleine cakes. On the savory side, there’s from scratch breakfast and lunch fare spanning Benedicts and crepes to salads and specialty sandwiches.

223 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

4. Steel Mill Coffee

605 Mission Ave, Oceanside, CA 92054
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The venture from pro skateboarder Riley Hawk (eldest son of the iconic Tony Hawk) is part coffee shop part vintage record store. Enjoy coffee and espresso drinks made with beans provided by James Coffee Co. and a range of pastries and small snacks while crate digging or checking out the Steel Mill merch.

605 Mission Ave
Oceanside, CA 92054

5. Mr. Bibi

208 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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The much-loved customizable bibimbap stone bowls here just landed this Korean mom and pop spot at No. 26 on Yelp’s annual list of the ‘Top 100 Places to Eat’ in the U.S. Each one is made with a choice of rice, salad or jap chae, before adding meat or veggies and topping everything off with a sunny side egg.

208 N Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

6. Orfila Vineyards Tasting Room & Kitchen

221 N Cleveland St, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Soft opened in December, Orfila’s new tasting room in coastal downtown Oceanside is just a few blocks from the pier. There are 22 types of wine to try and purchase, including Orfila’s flagship Estate Syrah, plus a food menu that spans a cheese and charcuterie board to shared plates, flat breads, and sweets.

221 N Cleveland St
Oceanside, CA 92054

7. Blade 1936

401 Seagaze Dr, Oceanside, CA 92054
Diana Sciacca

Chef Mario Cassineri’s ode to modern Italian serves up everything from Napoli style wood fired pizzas to freshly made semolina pasta. Open for lunch, dinner, and brunch on weekends; there’s a great happy hour (Monday through Friday, 4 to 6 p.m.) with a tidy assortment of seasonally-driven craft cocktails. 

401 Seagaze Dr
Oceanside, CA 92054

8. Banana Dang Coffee

115 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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From Rincon, Puerto Rico to Oceanside, Calif. Opened in 2015, Banana Dang is a real neighborhood gem, where, alongside the superb coffee drinks, locals love the selection of smoothies (ty the Nutty Dang with hemp protein), happy toasts (try the Green Fire with smashed avocados), and semi-sweet baked goods. 

115 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

9. Dija Mara

232 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Come for the whole roasted sea bream, satays, or nasi goreng during dinner or mango tartine and kaya French toast for brunch on Sundays. Dija Mara’s all-natural wine program is stellar too - ask for a glass of the Longavi Glup Cinsault or Pipeño País Coronel de Maule, both new Chilean reds not to be missed. 

232 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

10. Pacific Coast Spirits

404 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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This new ‘grain to glass’ craft distillery produces gin, vodka, brandy, agave spirits, and variations on whiskey that include bourbon and a small-batch single malt. There is a cocktail bar and farm-to-table restaurant here too with a lunch and dinner menu of shareable plates, from dips to charcuterie boards, plus salads, tacos, and heartier fare like fried chicken and waffles.

404 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

11. Bagby Beer Co.

601 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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This multi-level brewpub boasts bars, dining areas, and patios, including a central dog-friendly courtyard. Dishes are full-scratch with seasonal weekend specials and a breakfast burrito bar on Sundays. House and guest tap lists range from local beers to English, German, Belgian, Bohemian, and Baltic style brews.

601 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

12. Primo Foods

606 Morse St, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Be ready to wait in line at this beloved hole in the wall joint. Attached to Primo Market, it has been serving up authentic street tacos and carne asada burritos (among other deliciousness) for over 20 years. For $4.99 burritos and 69 cent tacos and swing by on Mondays and Taco Tuesday, respectively. 

606 Morse St
Oceanside, CA 92054

13. Buccaneer Cafe

1508 S Pacific St, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Tucked beside Buccaneer Park right across the street from one of Oceanside’s smallest beaches, this local counter spot serves up killer breakfast burritos, avocado toasts, and breakfast tacos from 8 a.m. daily. Grab a seat on one of the picnic tables or pop across the road and sit down to eat on the sand. 

1508 S Pacific St
Oceanside, CA 92054

14. Beach Break Cafe

1802 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Family owned and operated since 1988, this essential breakfast spot is well known and loved for its generous sized portions of hotcakes, banana crunch French toast, and homemade corn beef hash, among other dish standouts. Counter-culture fans will enjoy the surf memorabilia, photos, and decor.

1802 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

15. The Whet Noodle

1813 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Sam Wells

Davin Waite’s ‘West Coast Izakaya’ specializes in ramen dishes (many made with bases from kitchen scraps) with his signature creative twist, including The Hangry Vegan with spinach noodles and The SPAM a hot n’ sour mixed-beast broth (duck, pork, and fish) topped with honey spam.

1813 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

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16. Wrench and Rodent Seabasstropub

1815 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
Sam Wells

More than just a standard sushi joint, chef/owner Davin Waite’s unconventional nigiri, sashimi, and house roll creations, not to mention his unique and worth the splurge omakase menus, are as eclectic as the “surf shack” decor.

1815 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

17. Captain's Grounds

1832 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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Located inside vintage consignment store Captain’s Helm, grab a custom tailored drip coffee, dirty chai latte or Mexican mocha and a pastry from the walk up bar before taking a seat with the laptop (there are plug in stations and free wifi) or browsing the racks for denim, t-shirts, bags, boots and accessories.

1832 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

18. Revolution Roasters

1836 S Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92054
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A South O fixture since opening in late 2015, Revolution (whose actual roasting hub is in Leucadia) serves up creative coffee drinks - think peanut butter mochas and vanilla rose lattes - alongside yummy fresh baked pastries and breads. Some pretty exciting expansion plans, including doubling the production space for coffee roasting and baking, plus a beer and wine bar, are in the works for 2020.

1836 S Coast Hwy
Oceanside, CA 92054

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