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Bittersweet Bistro

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
+1 831-662-9799
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Ranked #9 of 60 Restaurants in Aptos
Price range: $20 - $35
Sun - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Cuisines: American, Californian, Bistro
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Good for: Bar scene, Outdoor seating
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.
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Hampton, Virginia
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Four of us went for dinner - we had made reservations for six o'clock. The initial disappointing thing that happened was discovering a $30 corkage fee per bottle - really heavy handed, we thought. The next thing that happened is we were still waiting for our entree at seven thirty. When we questioned the long wait time our table was... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We have eaten at Bittersweet Bistro several times and never been disappointed. However, we stopped by for a late lunch and were left scratching our heads at the disjointed service and also by the food (surprise). I ordered the Cobb Salad and my husband had the pulled pork sandwich. When the salad arrive I was really surprised at how plain... More 

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Aptos, California
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73 reviews 73 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went for my birthday and my has been made reservations for inside. There was hardly anybody inside, they were all out on their lovely patio. We soon found out that there are specials out on the patio that are not inside. The food came and it was good. However I did not feel that it was worth the very... More 

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Watsonville, California
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107 reviews 107 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

This is a consistently great place to eat. Nice to have small plate choices & nightly specials. Had petrale sole with capers- perfectly cooked, nice veggies al dente & yummy potatoes au gratin. Small plate was perfect for me. Others had mushroom pasta , very good & mahi mahi. Try to save room for desserts. Fabulous. Great bar & drinks.... More 

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Watsonville, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2014

First of all I love parking under the redwood trees lit with tiny sparkly lights. You can eat outside by a fire or from choose three entirely different venues inside: the friendly, noisy bar, the quiet (during the week) lounge or the formal dining room. Recession busters are a great deal and are plenty of food. Ask for the complimentary... More 

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Aptos, California
19 reviews 19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Bittersweet has been found their recession busters for several years now and as a local I really appreciate it. The value of course is there if one sticks to the special for the night! Food is consistently nice fare. Outside seating is wonderful if weather permits. Otherwise the special menu is only in the bar which is very crowded and... More 

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Aptos, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Lovely Eggs Benedict for brunch two weeks ago on the patio with dogs under every table. The Saint Bernard at the next table had his own doggy dinner while his owner ate. Delicious pulled pork sandwich last week for lunch while my dog lapped at her freshly-filled water bowl. Very attentive service during the week but because the place gets... More 

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Scotts Valley, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

We've visited Bittersweet since it's beginnings on the West Side of Santa Cruz thru its move to Aptos. The food is great and to be honest we love the bar menu and atmosphere on the court yard during summer (and especially September and October when we get to reclaim our area from all the tourists). Good wines by the glass... More 

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30 reviews 30 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Went for dinner.............greeted warmly and seated outside.Along with the two legged diners, we noticed some four legged ones enjoying their own meals. Waiters brought doggie dishes of food and water to hungry patrons. Good selection of wines for the two legged patrons along with a good menu. Service attentive and informative about specials,size of meals etc. Settled on a vegetarian... More 

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Gilroy, CA
13 reviews 13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

My family and I always make it a point to find the best breakfast wherever we vacation. We tried several restaurants in the area but Cafe Bittersweet was the best!! Great coffee, great food, good service. It is rare to find new breakfast items but they have something called an Au Gratin Scramble - WOW, what a treat!! I loved... More 

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Additional Information about Bittersweet Bistro

Address: 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
Phone Number: +1 831-662-9799
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 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 - 10:00 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 20 - 35
Cuisine: American, Californian, Bistro

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