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Bittersweet Bistro

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French, American, Bistro
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787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003
+1 831-662-9799
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8:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in Aptos and Santa Cruz...
Recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in Aptos and Santa Cruz County, Bittersweet Bistro offers an American Bistro Cuisine style dinner menu with Mediterranean influences. Outstanding dessert menu and an award-winning wine list are served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere in the dining room, heated outdoor patio and new lounge.
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  • 41
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 15
    Average
  • 10
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
"Good lunch at the Cafe"

I had lunch here with my cousin and the food is really good! I had the club sandwich and my cousin had the Blue Burger. They have a really nice outside patio with umbrella's if you enjoy sitting outside. It's a really fun place and I recommend it! Enjoy!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 6, 2015
davidsantacruz
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Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Bar scene
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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 90 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

I had lunch here with my cousin and the food is really good! I had the club sandwich and my cousin had the Blue Burger. They have a really nice outside patio with umbrella's if you enjoy sitting outside. It's a really fun place and I recommend it! Enjoy!

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Denver, Colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

great service and great food with a lovely little outside patio Nice landscaping and lots of parking spots...

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Monterey, California, United States
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10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

We enjoy celebrating birthdays with the chocolate desserts and the bar. However we attempted to celebrate Father's Day and were required to dine at the cafe part of the establishment. The sandwich was dry and poorly assembled, the vegan burger did not come with the advertised bread. Service was ok, drinks expensive. Not at all the experience we're used to.... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2015

Rude staff (especially the manager - is she related to the owner? She needs some help in understanding customer relations at a reputable establishment). I've been a regular since they opened on the Westside more than 25 years ago. My husband proposed to me there. I will never go back. The food was mediocre at best, and one dish was... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Good quality food here, including affordable weeknight specials, as long as you have the patience to wait for repeatedly poor service

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015

We eat here about once per month. Sometimes very Average, sometimes very good. Tonite was very good. The Pizza Abruzze was superb - one of the best we've had anywhere. Very reminiscent Tuscany. The fish, wine, bread and Kyle our waiter were first class! Excellent!

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Aptos, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Watch out for the Chocolate deserts! Very Dangerous. Great atmosphere, a wonderful place to celebrate a birthday or romantic date.

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Portola Valley, CA
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

Convenient location, friendly staff, very good food, reasonable prices. Service sometimes slow, high noise level indoors when room is full.

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Watsonville, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Ate lunch at the Bittersweet Bistro Cafe- the smaller version of Bittersweet Bistro Restaurant that is open for breakfast & lunch. Nice day so we opted for patio. Delicious Asian Chicken salad with mango dressing. Just enough dressing to lightly coat. Friend had Panko crusted chicken sandwich on ciabata roll which was also very good. Note- Patio dog friendly with... More 

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California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Great ambience for a celebratory dinner. However you must adore garlic to appreciate the food. If you attend the Gilroy Garlic Festival every year without fail, this is your go-to dining experience. Every item on the menu (except the hamburger) is richly cooked with garlic. Every entrée, every vegetable and all potatoes are flavored or drenched in garlic. I appreciate... More 

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Additional Information about Bittersweet Bistro

Address: 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003
Phone Number: +1 831-662-9799
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: French, American, Bistro

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-662-9799

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
  • Cuisine: French, American, Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene

Description

Recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in Aptos and Santa Cruz County, Bittersweet Bistro offers an American Bistro Cuisine style dinner menu with Mediterranean influences. Outstanding dessert menu and an award-winning wine list are served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere in the dining room, heated outdoor patio and new lounge.
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 9:30 pm

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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?