Serves meat, veg options available. An American breakfast, brunch, and lunch place with several locations. Offers some ovo-lacto vegetarian dishes in addition to a few vegan ones. You can order grilled tofu in a wrap or stir-fry or a custom sandwich. Has soymilk shakes. Honey is used, so vegans to ask. This cafe is situated in a plaza with a courtyard. Price: Moderate more-less
Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Ovo, American, Take-out, Non-veg
300 Carlsbad Village Dr
Carlsbad, California 92008
Now Open

Mon-Sun 7:30am-2:30pm

  • Outdoor seating
  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by GeorgeR
  • vegetarian

Makes the Effort to Provide for Veg Diners

Posted on 11 / 06 / 2012

I had read about this place on HappyCow, and was here in November 2012 for lunch. Here's my Naked Cafe review.

Naked Cafe is located in Carlsbad Village which is quaint and near the ocean. The plaza it's in houses many other shops. There is both indoor and outside seating. On the day I went, 2 musicians from the music shop (also in the plaza) played string instruments in the courtyard for all to hear.

If you do not care about cross-contamination or don't think about what goes on in the kitchen, then you would be okay eating at Naked Cafe. As with most non-veg restaurants that provide veg options, the food (meat + veg) is prepared in the same kitchen, on the same grill, using likely the same utensils.

The menu is Southern California American fare: egg and toast kind of breakfast, wraps, sandwiches, burritos, and the like. Dairy, eggs, and meat are prevalent; however, you will also find vegan options. Grilled tofu is an option as accompaniment to a stir fry, a rice bowl, wrap, and build your own sandwich. Soymilk is on stock.

I ordered the "transcendence wrap" which is chili grilled tofu in a tortilla wrap served with a side of quinoa and salad greens. It was very tasty. The coffee is organic and tasted okay.

If you are vegan, let your waitstaff know.

For a town like Carlsbad, which is predominately upper class income and caucasian with no pure veg restaurants, Naked Cafe is about as good as it gets, and it's all right. The owners also operate a few other Naked Cafes in the area (Solana Beach, Encinitas, San Diego).

Pros: tasty tofu wrap
  • vegetarian

Naked Cafe

Posted on 11 / 05 / 2012

This place is amazing! They have the best healthy whole grains EVER! Great service and great atmosphere~!

Pros: WHole grains, Atmosphere is amazing, Friendly staff
Cons: The chairs kinda hurt my butt, long wait fo the bathroom, they serve too much eggs
  • mostly-vegetarian


Posted on 06 / 04 / 2012

prices are reasonable & the atmosphere is nice. I've had about 4 different plates there, but food was only mediocre in flavor.

Pros: healthy

  • vegetarian

Good Food, Nice Variety

Posted on 01 / 03 / 2011

We ate at the Naked Cafe in Carlsbad for lunch and they had a fairly good selection of vegetarian and vegan items. My wife had the Yin and Yang without the dairy and it was great; I had the Ginger Rice and Black Beans which had some wonderful flavors. We switched plates half way through eating, and neither of us could decide which we liked more. Prices are fair. The location and atmosphere is simple and casual. Nice place, we'll eat there again.

Pros: vegan options, reasonable prices
Cons: limited hours


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Last updated: 2012/11/04


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