Part of large natural foods supermarket chain. Has fresh fruits and vegetables including organic produce, deli and hot food bars, vitamins, supplements, personal care products, grocery, and more. Open daily. more-less
687 S Coast Highway 101 (downtown)
Encinitas, California 92024
Now Open

Mon-Sun 7:00am-9:00pm

  • Accepts credit cards


First Review by Chia
  • vegan

A bit disappointing

Posted on 08 / 15 / 2013

This is the second-smallest Whole Foods I have ever seen, and as such, selection seems to be a bit limited - i.e. for some reason, this store does not seem to stock regular, Chinese-style tofu - only silken or sprouted.

Do note that the staff at this location are *not* well-educated about vegan diets or about food allergies. (To give just one example, I asked an employee in the bakery department about vegan bread options. She tried to sell me gluten-free bread that had honey and eggs in it!)

Be sure to read labels VERY carefully in the frozen foods aisle - in this particular store, I've never *not* seen meat/fish items in the section marked "Vegetarian/Vegan." During every single visit, I've seen several non-veg frozen entrees stocked in the "Vegetarian/Vegan" section (and since there are multiples of the same items neatly stocked in the wrong section, it's clearly not a case of an uninformed customer putting something back on the wrong shelf). I politely complained about it once (it would be very, very easy for an unsuspecting veg*n to trust the signage and pick up a meat entree by mistake) but received only a blank stare.

If you are able to go to the Del Mar store instead, it's much better. They know what "vegan" means!

Pros: Convenient location, Free parking
Cons: Uneducated staff, Meat entrees in "veg" freezer section, Limited selection
  • vegetarian

in downtown Encinitas

Posted on 06 / 29 / 2012

I had read about this place on happycow and stopped in here in June 2012. Here's my Encinitas Whole Foods review.

It's similar to the typical Whole Foods market. Stocks a wide range of everything. There's even some seating outside for eating and resting.

Located right in downtown on the main shopping & dining drag.


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Last updated: 2012/06/24


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