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Ruddell's Smokehouse

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Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen
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101 D St, Cayucos, CA 93430-1107
805-995-5028
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11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Takeout

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
It ain't pretty, but the food is excellent.

We were walking around Cayucos on a beautiful summer day, checking out menus and prices, looking for a place to have lunch. We came upon Ruddell's Smokehouse, saw the list of offerings on a whiteboard just inside the door, like the outdoor seating, and decided have lunch there. I had a smoked... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 2, 2015
olblu92
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Arroyo Grande
Good for:
  • Dining on a budget
  • Local cuisine
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

We were walking around Cayucos on a beautiful summer day, checking out menus and prices, looking for a place to have lunch. We came upon Ruddell's Smokehouse, saw the list of offerings on a whiteboard just inside the door, like the outdoor seating, and decided have lunch there. I had a smoked pork loin sandwich. My wife had a smoked... More 

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Auckland Region, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2015 NEW

This little place on the corner right beside the beach is a must visit! The food cooked is very good, great some might say and will not disappoint.

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

A must visit! These came highly recommended and I must say that it lives up to its reputation. It isn't open very long so make sure it's a lunch outing!

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Cayucos, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Funky and delicious! Sit outside or take to go and eat on the beach wall or home! So dang good! This has become a real icon in Cayucos. I've had the fish tacos twice. The serving portions are good, too. You won't leave hungry!

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Palm Desert, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

We had smoked shrimp and fish tacos at the Smoke House on 29 December 2014. This is something different to try while in the Cayucos area. We found our tacos to be tasty but nothing to rave about or really go out of the way to get. This is essentially a take-out food place with a few tables outside on... More 

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Desert Hot Springs, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015

While on the PCH for a trip up the Coast, we got hungry, my mission on this trip was fish tacos. Anyway, we got off in Cayucos, drove to the pier, parked, and opened the door. The smokehouse smell drew us to it, I love that smell... The smoked fish tacos were the BEST on our trip, they are not... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

We come for the fish tacos, love sitting outside near the ocean enjoying the them. The albacore tacos are crunchier than what you usually get other places. It is worth making a special trip for lunch. The seating is limited and is literally on the sidewalk so don't expect anything fancy but that is part of the charm.

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Arizona
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Only tried the tacos which were pretty tasty! Smoked salmon and ahi were very flavorful. Will come here again next time we're in Cayucos.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015

Got shrimp tacos and albacore tacos...the best ever..mouth still watering..loved the apple celery slaw..so yummy..no wait..still can't decide which taco I liked best..RUN HERE TO EAT..IT IS THAT GOOD!

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Riverside, ca
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

Heard a lot about this place from different sources...finally, after 4 trips to Cayucos for mini-vacations, we headed there for lunch one day, an easy walk from our motel on Ocean Avenue. My husband ordered the smoked shrimp taco, and I ordered the smoked albacore taco...both were amazing and unique in both flavor and composition. The veggies and seasonings were... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 101 D St, Cayucos, CA 93430-1107
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cayucos
  • Phone Number: 805-995-5028

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Sandwiches, Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Saturday
11:00 am - 6:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?