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832 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-7017
+1 805-735-4085
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59 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2016

When I am traveling, I want to eat in a place that is local (not a chain), and that locals patronize. This seemed to be the place. I got hot coffee right away (and refills when I was low). The menu had lots of choices, and I found what I was looking for. I felt relaxed, not rushed. The food... More 

Thank cj02139
San Diego, California
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26 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 September 2016

It's not fancy, but the food reminded me of my grandmother's. There's a small salad bar, but I recommend the daily specials and the pie. Try the pork chops!

Thank escapeartist49
Covina, CA
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 August 2016

Had a late breakfast here one morning. Didn't expect much out of a place called the Budget Café, but we were pleasantly surprised. My husband had eggs benedict with hash browns and I had a BLT with potato salad. My husband really enjoyed his meal and so did I. The potato salad was homemade and really tasty. Our waitress was... More 

Thank JeanY091
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48 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 April 2016

I try to stay positive, but I think people need to be warned. For the positive, the waitress was professional. Food was terrible, I had the ribs special, barely edible. The kids had french toast and pancakes, said it was the worse food they ever had. All other questionable food is now graded against this place. My girlfriend had the... More 

Thank Mike K
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75 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 April 2016 via mobile

We have reviewed this place before and it wasn't a good due to a lack of cleanliness. We were pleased to see they have put a lot of effort into cleaning the place. Maybe they finally listened. The breakfast was great! Machaca and eggs were perfect, and the pancake breakfast good too. Service was great and much improved. And this... More 

Thank spark1
Los Angeles
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157 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 April 2016

Nice folks & friendly service. Extensive menu of old-time favorites. Don't expect gourmet food here and you'll get a decent meal at a fair price.

Thank bud9845
Mountains Near Yosemite
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18 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2016

Service was good....nice waitress. That's about it for the positives. Floor and walls were dirty and run down. Food was mediocre at best and not really worth the effort to eat it. I had the vegetarian lasagna. It was like a cheap frozen dinner. Would not return.

Thank MakarForestHaven
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 January 2016

If you're staying at O'Cairns or any motel near that, stop in this little Mom & Pop place. Great breakfast that will fill you up, great afternoon menu as well. Friendly place and seems to be a favorite of the locals and I can see why.

Thank Digger D
Lompoc, California
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41 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 October 2015

if you want good breakfast thats not too overpriced this is the place, be careful about the substitutions and extras , they will not tell you that its extra and charge you accordingly, bacon eggs and pancakes great, make sure you ask for meat in your biscuits and grav, and be specific on what kind of sausage.

Thank Kroane
Gardner, Kansas
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81 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015

We stopped by for lunch and enjoyed a couple burgers with fries. Price was right and the food was tasty. What more could you want?

Thank KansasHank

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
    2.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 832 E Ocean Ave, Lompoc, CA 93436-7017
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Lompoc
  • Phone Number: +1 805-735-4085

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