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Ruddell's Smokehouse

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101 D St, Cayucos, CA 93430-1107
+1 805-995-5028
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 11:00 am - 6:00 pm
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Houston, TX
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95 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This was a short walk from our hotel, so we had several fish tacos to try out. We had the smoked salmon and the smoked albacore tacos and took them back to our hotel room. They were delicious and went well with our view of the ocean and some beverages. Good meal!

Thank SandwichFamily
Cayucos, California
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

The food here is fresh and the atmosphere authentic and casual. The flavor is a rich smoky one so it's not for everybody but locals swear by the place and the owner is a big friendly guy who uses the best ingredients in his food.

Thank Katybird32188
Exeter, New Hampshire
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56 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

once you have the smoked fish tacos here, you will not understand why every town in America doesn't have a Ruddell's Smokehouse. The guys that work there are cool, happy to give you some advice on the area. This is worth driving far out of your way for. Can't wait until I get back there again.

Thank Tom P
La Quinta, California
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89 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

After a fun morning on the beach with our dog Satie, we stopped here for lunch. Wow! What a great local place. We both ordered the shrimp tacos and ate them outside with Satie (our exhausted dog) under the table. Nice view of the beach. My husband liked the taco so much he went back for a smoked albacore taco.... More 

Thank Susanleeco
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Recommended by a friend and what a find! Pick your fish from the daily list and then get ready to have a fish taco like you've never had before! Most places make fish tacos in a standard fashion; fried fish square, cabbage, sour cream, etc. Not these folks, they have a whole new way of doing it, including the fact... More 

Thank Harold R
Manchester, United Kingdom
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350 reviews
204 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
Reviewed April 8, 2017

Stopped off at this local town on route to Santa Barbara. My husband had sourced this local beauty which had fab reviews, so we were both looking forward to it. Gosh, we were not disappointed, it was amazing! The venue is only small, with a few tables and chairs outside, however the food, was different, very fresh, tasty, priced well,... More 

Thank gillian p
Durango, Colorado
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127 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
Reviewed April 6, 2017

Wow, great smoked fish or meat taco's and take away some smoked albacore, salmon or whole chickens for another meal. They do it right!!!

Thank fletchandsus
Dalton, Georgia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed April 3, 2017 via mobile

The shrimp tacos were absolutely amazing. The sauce was wonderful and the lettuce was great. Make sure you stop by here!

Thank Purplejarrod11-19
Redwood City, United States
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed April 2, 2017

Found this place on TA and have never been so impressed with my fellow TA reviewers. The sandwich did not disappoint especially when I added the special sauce provided at the tables outside. I can be very hard to please when it comes to cleanliness and atmosphere but I don't let looks deceive - an amazing lunch awaits if you're... More 

Thank Nick P
Santa Barbara, California
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed March 30, 2017

This is the first place I go to eat when ever I'm near Cayucos. The smoked salmon and smoked albacore tacos are the best I have ever had. We had lunch and dinner to go from this place both days we were in town for the Sea Glass Festival. They made a great side salad "to go" also. If you... More 

Thank Michael H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Seafood, Fast Food, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
11:00 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 D St, Cayucos, CA 93430-1107
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cayucos
  • Phone Number: +1 805-995-5028

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