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“Excellent food and service.” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Hoppe's Garden Bistro - CLOSED

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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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.
San Luis Obispo, California
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39 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Excellent food and service.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2013

Hoppe's is one of the best restaurants in SLO County. Their dishes reflect the taste and training of their German-born founding chef (who unfortunately died recently; it will be interesting to see how the restaurant's menu evolves under new direction.) Service is top-notch, and they have an excellent wine list.

Visited September 2012
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English first
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Wonderful food worth wearing shoes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2013

Who knew we would have such fine cuisine in Cayucos? We've been vacationing in Cayucos for about 12 years and finally broke down and ate at Hoppes last year. We've been there twice since then. We love fine food but we have always enjoyed casually noshing on raw oysters while wearing flip flops, the type of ambiance we associate with our favorite small town. We resisted Hoppes for so long because we didn't want to have to "dress" for dinner while in a town with no stoplights (the real reason we bolt from SoCal). We regret wasting all those years we could've been eating at Hoppes if we'd only put on shoes! Wonderful, unique, perfectly prepared French influenced California cuisine. Delicious soups and meats and appetizers. Professional, talented wait staff (ask for Trina, she's so nice). Ambiance is definitely a step up from the smoke house but you're fine in nice jeans and a nice shirt. Prices are what you would expect for this quality of food. We and our shoes will be back next week eating at Hoppes for our anniversary once again and cannot wait!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Los Angeles, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Great Restaurant and just-as-great next door bakery/cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2013

We've always adored the restaurant.. BY FAR THE FRESHEST, MOST CREATIVE AND INTERESSTING FOOD ANYWHERE ON THE CENTRAL COAST .. and the fact that they allow good dogs in the patio, if other customers don't object. The next door bakery/cafe is much simpler fare, much cheaper (order at counter, paper plates) , also dog friendly and excellent food.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Culebra, Puerto Rico
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24 reviews 24 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great Lunch”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2013

We stopped in for a Sat. Lunch and were very pleased with what we found. The menu was very creative the staff was very polite & knowledgeable. The wine list is very extensive and the gardens are spectacular. The prices are good and overall this is a great find and an enjoyable time.

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Vienna, Austria
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5 restaurant reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Nicest restaurant in town...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

It is a little pricey for the atmosphere of the small beach town, but for sure the best meal you will have in the area. The service has always been nice and does everything they can do make your nice memorable. I've been coming here for years and never had a bad meal. It is for sure a 4-5 star dining experience but casual enough where you can come in flip flops.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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