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Ruddell's Smokehouse

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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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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Good for:
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 4
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  • 2
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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
Authentic coastal cuisine!

You could describe it as a tiny "hole in the wall" restaurant; that's what makes it so awesome! Local, fresh, delightful! Arrive with time to kill. Waiting line for these mouth-watering tacos! We got one of each and tried them ALL! Only a small amt of outdoor seating, so be prepared to relax on the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 9, 2015
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Takeout
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Baraboo, Wisconsin
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44 reviews 44 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

You could describe it as a tiny "hole in the wall" restaurant; that's what makes it so awesome! Local, fresh, delightful! Arrive with time to kill. Waiting line for these mouth-watering tacos! We got one of each and tried them ALL! Only a small amt of outdoor seating, so be prepared to relax on the beach with your lunch/dinner, walk... More 

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Carmichael, California
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88 reviews 88 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Every time we go to Cayucos we stop in at this Smokehouse for their great Taco's. They have a variety of smoked fish, ie: salmon, tuna, shrimp and also smoked chicken or pork. They put chopped salad that has celery, apple, etc. on them which is a great addition.You can't go wrong with any of them and they are a... More 

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Los Osos, California
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132 reviews 132 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

If you are in the market for smoked fish this is the place. We are especially fond of the smoked salmon.

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23 reviews 23 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015 via mobile

take out only. I had the shrimp and albacore tuna taco. The shrimp was just ok and the albacore so-so. My wife had the Salmon and we both agreed we would have the salmon again.

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Glendale, CA, USA
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36 reviews 36 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Open 11 to 6. Don't miss out, there was a crowd there. They serve tacos and sandwiches in all sorts of smoked fish, pork and chicken. We had a smoked albacore taco. The mix with the albacore was amazing, lettuce, apple, carrot, celery and more. A very satisfying lunch with one taco. A tiny but powerfully good restaurant.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

For many years my husband and I have ridden our bikes from San Luis Obispo to Cayucos saying "taco,taco...taco,taco" as a destination carrot! We also plan our drives down Hwy 1 around Ruddell's tacos!

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Cayucos, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Their smoked fish tacos are great. Very small place. Best to take your food and go sit by the beach which is across the street. Tacos lend themselves to that since they come wrapped in tinfoil. Or take the food to a park. Or take home if you are a local. They are consistent. And I love the apples in... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

Great tacos smoked. Not your typical taco. Smokehouse has created it's own version offering a choice of smoked fish on a flour tortilla with an apple slaw. Extremely enjoyable! The smoke pork tacos are delicious too!

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Marin County, Northern California
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Was puzzled how a takeout only restaurant could be #1 in town. Now we know. We drove back from Cambria one day for more tacos, and there are stories of people coming from MUCH further afield. Warning, there is nearly always a line. Second warning, one day by noon they had sold out of bread so could not make sandwiches... More 

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Chico, California, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

Excellent menu if you like smoky flavor. The fish tacos are very tasty but a bit messy for takeaway food.

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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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
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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