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Hoppe's Garden Bistro

78 North Ocean Avenue (Cayucos Drive), The Historical Way Station, Cayucos, CA 93430 (Formerly Hoppe's Garden Bistro & Wine Shop)
(805) 995-1006
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Ranked #3 of 19 restaurants in Cayucos
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $20 - $35
Cuisines: European, Seafood, Continental, Californian
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Dessert
Description: Hoppe’s Garden Bistro has been serving the highest quality Continental cuisine and the finest International and local wines, from our historic location in the heart of Cayucos, for over 13 years. Our team of professional, knowledgeable servers have devoted themselves to pampering our guests and delivering a sophisticated level of attentive service. The kitchen and bakery are abuzz early each morning as our chefs start their daily craft of making virtually everything by hand: breads, pizza dough, ice cream, cakes, pastries, stocks, sauces, pasta, smoked meats, sausages, cured fish – it all begins from scratch with our dedication to fresh flavors and creative seasonal cuisine.By the time Chef Wilhelm Hoppe opened Hoppe’s Garden Bistro in 2000, he was already recognized as one of the Central Coast’s most cutting edge chefs. His years in Morro Bay at Hoppe’s 901 and Windows on the Water won over the palates of many critics and the dining public. Chef Hoppe’s uncompromising use of the finest ingredients, skillful saucing and masterful plating won him respect as someone truly devoted to his passion. Chef Hoppe graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and trained in Switzerland before settling here. His numerous accolades include Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator and Le Cordon Bleu. Sadly, Chef Hoppe passed away in 2010.Today, Hoppe’s honors the man and his legacy: sourcing fresh, high quality ingredients, creating seasonally inspired flavors, and building long lasting relationships with growers, winemakers and patrons.
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san clemente, ca
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40 reviews 40 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We were happily surprised by our dinner here. Loved the abalone/pork belly appetizer, oysters. wine selection and dinners. People were casually dressed but the atmosphere was fairly formal, which when combined with great food, makes for a relaxed, memorable evening. Our waiter was great and knowledgeable about the locally sourced foods/wines. Would definitely go back.

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Redwood City, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

If it weren't for the exquisite dining experience at Cass House this would probably be the best place to eat in Cayucos, My wife had an excellent duck where they used candied kumquats to create the orange flavor in the sauce-outstanding. I had scallops prepared perfectly. The chef is obviously well trained. Check out their menu on the website as... More

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San Francisco, California
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

On a beach weekend in Cuyacous, we were delightfully surprised by the quality of the food at Hoope's. The albacore tostada and warm brussel sprout leaves appetizers were a great start, followed by the wonderful halibut and the pepper bacon flatbread.Brendan one of the owners, worked with one of us in advance via email to plan a birthday desert for... More

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Long Beach
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Had a nice dinner here and then went to their bakery the next day - fantastic. Good menu choices and good service.

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Atascadero, California, United States
16 reviews 16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014

Tucked away in an old building, this bistro is a real gem! We were greeted warmly by the maitre d' who guided us to a table in a small area on the garden side of the kitchen hallway from the large main dining room. It was a windy and bone-chillingly cold evening, so the garden was not open for seating.... More

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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67 reviews 67 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We went to Hoppe's a couple of years back and because we were impressed we returned. The service is spot on. The decor and atmosphere are quite nice. The highlight, however, is the food. The abalone is farm raised but is delicious. All of the side dishes are very nice. An easy five star rating!

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Northern California
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104 reviews 104 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2014

This is a major dinner (and lunch) restaurant. We had been here years ago and the quality and service have certainly kept up. In nice weather it is a pleasure to eat outside in the garden. Food and wine are both of very high standard. Let's call the food "continental." Service is way above the usual.

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Santa Monica, California, United States
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50 reviews 50 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2014

I was smitten with this restaurant the minute I saw it. It has a quaint atmosphere, but superior food. They allowed us to enjoy fine dining while our dogs sat next to us. If you are traveling with dogs, do not miss this restaurant. You'll love it, and your dogs will be jealous. We ordered the Chef's tasting menu, and... More

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San Jose, California
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38 reviews 38 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

We had our anniversary dinner here and were very pleased with everything, from the starters, to the entrees, to the wine and beer offered, to our desserts. We were seated immediately; the service was excellent and everything arrived at the right time and temperature for a leisurely yet not sluggish meal. The scallops entree was delicious and the lamb special... More

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SchoonersCayucos, General Manager at Hoppe's Garden Bistro, responded to this review

Hello moot54, Congratulations again on your anniversary. We are honored that you chose Hoppe's as the destination of your celebration. We're delighted that you enjoyed the experience and appreciate your gracious comments. We particularly like that you added a photo of your dessert with the rim painted in chocolate. We look forward to your next visit. Jeff Tolan General Manager... More

Top Contributor
73 reviews 73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2014

This wasn't our first time to Hoppe's and we brought a group of ten for a special Friday night dinner. Our reservations were at 7 and we were all seated on time. We still didn't have any food until 830PM~ and that was cold soup and hasty salads. The poor waitress tried but even she seemed to know it was... More

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SchoonersCayucos, General Manager at Hoppe's Garden Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Triangletravel, Let me first apologize to you, and the rest of your group, for our poor execution on the night of your visit. It is unfortunate when, for one reason or another, either the food or the service disappoints our guests. I am sorry that we fell short and hope that you do not consider my apology an excuse.... More

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