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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
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout

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  • 155
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  • 47
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 3
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  • 2
    Terrible
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
Best fish tacos anywhere!

Small at-beach site where you order/pick up food. Few outside tables but sitting along the beach wall and watching the ocean provides ambiance and spectacular views. As for the tacos - we have been vacationing in Cayucos for years and most lunches include a walk down the beach to Ruddell's... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
KCJ715
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Small at-beach site where you order/pick up food. Few outside tables but sitting along the beach wall and watching the ocean provides ambiance and spectacular views. As for the tacos - we have been vacationing in Cayucos for years and most lunches include a walk down the beach to Ruddell's! Yesterday we treated a friend - passing through on his... More 

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Clovis, California
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64 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We had eaten at this establishment before and not realized it. The smokehouse had a catering truck at an event we attended last August in Paso Robles. The food was just as good at the restaurant.

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Thank Stacy W
Tehachapi, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My wife and I went here during a trip to the coast. Absolutely amazing! We went back the next day for lunch before heading home. We will be visiting Ruddell's again for sure.

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Thank sizedawg
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Driving down Highway 1 we stopped into this cute little town for a break. Smoke house made us a delicious smoked chicken sandwich. Very filling and tasty feed. I enjoyed the extra fillings.

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Thank NatalieFrancis
Los Angeles, California
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18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is the best kind of beachfront "dive." Basically just a stand, with a couple of outside tables, looking out on the surf. The albacore and ahi smoked fish tacos are fantastic -- it was genius to put chopped celery and apple on them (even though it sounds weird, it really works). Service is fast and friendly, and they... More 

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Thank 32655Lisa
Warrington, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this place, a great, quaint stop-off on the way to Big Sur. The food is excellent, all cooked fresh and seriously tasty - well worth a stop of for lunch!

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Thank lennybaker
Mojave, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On the central coast of California is a small beach town called Cayucos. Many people have never heard of it since it is overshadowed by its neighbor, Morro Bay. But trust a" hard-to-please" person who loves to eat, but only, out of this world, food. Ruddell's Smokehouse will not disappoint. I ordered the smoked salmon tacos with avocados and intended... More 

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Thank avidhiker2
Central Coast
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150 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 460 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I went here a few years ago and I had the smoked salmon taco, and the smoked oysters and it was so good, that I went back later that day for the oysters. I went back ordered the same thing, and to my surprise, they no longer smoke the oysters, because according to the guy behind the counter,they no longer... More 

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Thank CentralCoastWine
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2015

My husband and I tried the albacore, salmon, and shrimp tacos. The three tacos were just about right for the two of us, without either of us feeling like we ate too much. I loved the albacore, but all three were very good. The hot sauce is great, too. Mind that it's a bit of a messy meal, and also... More 

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Thank Marilyn T
San Diego, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

I had the smoked albacore tacos at Ruddell's. They are made with a vegetable slaw that is amazing. Yum!

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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: Barbecue, Delicatessen

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Dining on a budget, Families with children, 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?