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Cafe Aroma

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Italian, American, Fusion
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54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-5212
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11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Reservations, Takeout
Description: TripAdvisor's #1 Rated Restaurant in Idyllwild for 2014 Working in tandem...
TripAdvisor's #1 Rated Restaurant in Idyllwild for 2014 Working in tandem with amazing culinary talent, some of which have gone on to The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY and Le Cordon Bleu, the Aroma kitchen team uses classic recipes infused with unique, original ingredients, to create beautiful dishes with French, Nuevo Latino, Asian and SoCal influences. Cafe Aroma proudly supports our local farmers, wineries and brewers and features fresh, organic, and sustainable products, along with vegetarian and gluten free options. A unique bistro-gallery experience, featuring some of Idyllwild's most well-known and accomplished artists, featured in two-month, rotating exhibits. Idyllwild's hippest and funkiest dining establishment, Cafe Aroma is the hot spot on "The Hill." Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, along with great snacks and desserts and an assortment of bottled micro-brews and local, artisan wines, indoors or out, on our free Wi-Fi enabled patio deck, the inspiration of Cafe Aroma's "accidental owner" for the last 12 years, Hubert Halkin. Hubert's list of deeds is long, including being an Idyllwild resident for many years, Professor Emeritus and Department Chair of Mathematics at UCSD, a mean bridge player, and all around groovy Frenchman. Not to mention...You won't believe what he can demonstrate table-side with a straw and your Osso Bucco bone! Music is one of the cafe's cornerstones, and features an amazing array of talented musicians, known locally, regionally and nationally. It's no wonder that, among musicians, Cafe Aroma's outdoor stage is known as the Madison Square Garden of Idyllwild! The community of Idyllwild is an eclectic collection of souls, comprised of entrepreneurs, artists of every flavor, hipsters and church-goers, authors and meditators, some really cool, old school jazz cats, and a few belly dancers and ballerinas. Cafe Aroma is the gathering place for everyone, the place to "see and be seen" and features the most dog-friendly patio around. Restaurant, Art Gallery, Social Club and a Home Away From Home...If your home was this cool!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Consistently good food, great atmosphere!

Cafe Aroma has recently remodeled its outside deck, it's beautiful! Food is consistently good, but somewhat limited by a very small kitchen;good planning allows Aroma to creatively use the same ingredients in multiple entres and meal times. Great wines, great coffee and great atmosphere!

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Richard92549
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Idyllwild, California
Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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Idyllwild, California
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12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

Cafe Aroma has recently remodeled its outside deck, it's beautiful! Food is consistently good, but somewhat limited by a very small kitchen;good planning allows Aroma to creatively use the same ingredients in multiple entres and meal times. Great wines, great coffee and great atmosphere!

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Encinitas, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2015 NEW

I had read good and bad reviews of Aroma before we came, so I wasn't sure about having my birthday dinner here. Am I glad we decided to go ahead with our plans. We originally were going to sit outside, but then they showed us the "library," where there was a nice quiet table perfect for us. My wife had... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

For years this restaurant has been a staple in Idyllwild. Formerly run by Frank Ferro (who opened his own incredible restaurant in Idy on July 4th. 2015), the setting at Cafe Aroma is beautiful. Indoor and outdoor seating is available. Their Blue Pine Salad is our favorite. Live music is offered nightly and adds to the whole experience. Sometimes there... More 

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San Diego
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176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 415 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

We made a second visit to this restaurant, since it was great for us on the first time around. It had been a few years and it was just as wonderful. They did a great remodel of the patio but the interior is the same quaint and charming spot we loved. The menu offers a great variety of choices, mostly... More 

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Long Beach, California
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3 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

Great ambiance, even though we were inside the restaurant really brought the outdoors in with how open it was. Great service and the Food was excellent.

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Palm Springs, California
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

After a day walking around town I enjoyed a nice relaxing dinner with a friend. The weather was perfect so we are outside on their deck. I had the gnocchi which was yummy and filling. Finished the experience with desert and coffee. Indoor seating and a bar are also available. If you are from the area you will likely run... More 

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San Diego, California
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

A neighborhood gem, Great place to get out of the heat from Palm springs great place for or early dinner

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2015

Great people, great music in the morning - just a wonderful breakfast experience. We were there with the family and just made the start of our stay in Idyllwild perfect.

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Murrieta, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

The Cafe Aroma has indoor and outdoor dining. We happened to be there mid-week and they had live music on the patio. Musicians were excellent. Played jazz and appropriate dinner music although we had to sit in an enclosed area by the patio so we could talk over the sound. This appeals after a day of sight-seeing, hiking or shopping... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015

Hands down the best restaurant in town! None of the other local restaurants even compare to the amazing food here. Cafe Aroma has great food, service and atmosphere. Try to go a night when there's a band playing on their newly renovated deck. I highly recommend the blue pine salad!

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Additional Information about Cafe Aroma

Address: 54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
Phone Number: +1 951-659-5212
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Idyllwild
Open Hours:
Sunday 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
Cuisine: Italian, American, Fusion

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Idyllwild
  • Phone Number: +1 951-659-5212

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Italian, American, Fusion

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Doing business, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special occasions

Description

TripAdvisor's #1 Rated Restaurant in Idyllwild for 2014 Working in tandem with amazing culinary talent, some of which have gone on to The Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, NY and Le Cordon Bleu, the Aroma kitchen team uses classic recipes infused with unique, original ingredients, to create beautiful dishes with French, Nuevo Latino, Asian and SoCal influences. Cafe Aroma proudly supports our local farmers, wineries and brewers and features fresh, organic, and sustainable products, along with vegetarian and gluten free options. A unique bistro-gallery experience, featuring some of Idyllwild's most well-known and accomplished artists, featured in two-month, rotating exhibits. Idyllwild's hippest and funkiest dining establishment, Cafe Aroma is the hot spot on "The Hill." Enjoy breakfast, lunch or dinner, along with great snacks and desserts and an assortment of bottled micro-brews and local, artisan wines, indoors or out, on our free Wi-Fi enabled patio deck, the inspiration of Cafe Aroma's "accidental owner" for the last 12 years, Hubert Halkin. Hubert's list of deeds is long, including being an Idyllwild resident for many years, Professor Emeritus and Department Chair of Mathematics at UCSD, a mean bridge player, and all around groovy Frenchman. Not to mention...You won't believe what he can demonstrate table-side with a straw and your Osso Bucco bone! Music is one of the cafe's cornerstones, and features an amazing array of talented musicians, known locally, regionally and nationally. It's no wonder that, among musicians, Cafe Aroma's outdoor stage is known as the Madison Square Garden of Idyllwild! The community of Idyllwild is an eclectic collection of souls, comprised of entrepreneurs, artists of every flavor, hipsters and church-goers, authors and meditators, some really cool, old school jazz cats, and a few belly dancers and ballerinas. Cafe Aroma is the gathering place for everyone, the place to "see and be seen" and features the most dog-friendly patio around. Restaurant, Art Gallery, Social Club and a Home Away From Home...If your home was this cool!
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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