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Bittersweet Bistro

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787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
+1 831-662-9799
Sun 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tue - Thu 8:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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Aptos, California
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20 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Bittersweet Bistro is located right off the freeway just as you're pulling into the Rio Del Mar neighborhood of Aptos, CA which makes it a nice and convenient spot for travelers to take a break from their journey to grab some good grub. The restaurant has an indoor/outdoor restaurant option and the outside gardens are our favorite tables of choice.... More 

Thank EileenM17
Sacramento, California
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22 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

FOR THE CAFE. Beyond wonderful. Food is amazing. All around. It did however take 20 minutes to get a couple hot chocolates and a mocha which is a little ridiculous. This is a MUST stop whenever we are staying anywhere in the General Aptos area. The staff is always happy and helpful.

Thank Megan H
Carmel, California
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great menu selection. Everything we had was prepared perfectly and very reasonably priced. Nice little gem of a restaurant.

Thank Sultan2
Rio del Mar, California
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Happy Hour is the time to go. The drinks are the thing. The snacks and salads are rather overpriced. The bar can be noisy, but sometimes that's fun. A summer evening sitting outside the patio would be my first choice. And you may be interested in having someone tell you the history of the Bittersweet. Not many can top it.... More 

Thank Richard D
Santa Cruz, California
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32 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016 via mobile

But I am worried! So sad to see the service at Bittersweet Bistro go down hill. Bittersweet used to be one of my local favorites, but no more. The last few visits have been peppered with poor service and mishaps and tonight was absolutely the worst. It takes an awful lot to inspire a negative comment from me. I normally... More 

Thank LisaAnnToo
Soquel, California
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

The ambiance and the service in no way reflect the astronomical pricing for simple fare like salads and such.

1 Thank Melmoemoe
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Very nice place beautiful patio dining and great bar. They have these nightly nibbles all sorts of fun foods at great price. We love the tempura longbeans with spicy sauce. Fishnchips very good nice selection of wines, beers and creative cocktails. Super friendly and professional staff.

1 Thank Marco I
Aptos, California
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141 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016

An updated review of a very good restaurant. Recently had dinner here and ordered the filet of sole on the smaller portion. what I got took me by surprise. A piece of fish approximately 2" wide by 2" long. In four bites I was done at a smaller dish price of $23.00. I found this rather strange as common sense... More 

1 Thank margiesmemories
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195 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2016

I guess it was about timing. My food was quite good, but my server seemed to have mentally clocked out about 45 minutes early. Lunch is served until 2:00 and I arrived at 1:10 and the level of service was in steady decline as her off hours neared. Not even an effort to offer to replenish my beverage until the... More 

2 Thank Blaine C
Miami, Florida
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790 reviews
607 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 163 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2016 via mobile

I really liked it. We had the fish taco salad and the fried chicken sandwich with fried avocado. They were very good. We also had the mouse chocolate and the bread pudding they were also very good. Service was excellent.

Thank Albertomiami

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$20 - $35
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Private Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-662-9799
Recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in Aptos and Santa Cruz County, Bittersweet Bistro offers an American Bistro Cuisine style dinner menu with Mediterranean influences. Outstanding dessert menu and an award-winning wine list are served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere in the dining room, heated outdoor patio and new lounge.

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