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Sin of Cortez

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) #32 of 260 Restaurants in Chico $$ - $$$ American, Cafe
2290 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-2200
+1 530-879-9200
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good32%
  • Average8%
  • Poor6%
  • Terrible3%
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“brunch” (4 reviews)
“beans” (3 reviews)
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7:00 am - 2:00 pmAll hours
American, Cafe
$$ - $$$
2290 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-2200
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Reviewed January 7, 2014

I went with 9 other people over the holidays. They seated us pretty quick- surprise. This is not your fast food American Breakfast selections. I had Pesto Scrambled Eggs - to die for Had a taste of the hearty Beef influenced with rosemary hash- WOW...More

Thank ManOfC0nstantS0rr0w
Reviewed May 3, 2013

Choice of fresh food, good service and quality food. Our family loves it..everybody leaves satisfied.

Thank Bobbi C
Reviewed April 26, 2013

I'm not sure how to describe this restaurant. I like there rosemary fried potatoes, but they have rosemary toast and strange, maybe Bohemian food. Love their coffee Think I will stick to the drive through, and just get coffee.

Thank Slueless
Reviewed March 28, 2013

We'd read the rave reviews about this place, so we decided to try it. It was close to our hotel and a convenient place to stop for breakfast on our way out of town. The atmosphere seems more like a coffee house with prepared meals...More

Thank RJ748
Reviewed February 20, 2013

Hubby and I both wished we were staying in Chico longer so we could try some of the other delights on the menu. I had berry pancakes that were lite fluffy and moist without anything being added. Hubby had spinach eggs with fruit substituted for...More

Thank Rebekajean
Reviewed February 2, 2013

Danielle runs a tight ship with great service and food... Our favorite for a mid-day snack... The staff has always been well trained and attentive too...!

Thank clavius r
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Excellent omelets and French toast. They also serve good coffee and fresh squeezed orange juice. This is a popular restaurant, so sometimes there is a wait.

Thank Discusdoc
Reviewed December 21, 2012

Stumbled across this treasure the morning after seeing Tribal Baroque performance in Chico. Beyond interesting offerings of beverages and food alongside known standards. Exceptional coffee and Mexican cocoa. Vegan-friendly breakfast and lunch dishes that were delicious. Features fresh, local and high quality ingredients. You get...More

Thank swilrgirl
Reviewed November 23, 2012

Told the wait was 20 minutes. Waited 35 minutes. Good food, but only take cash. Nice atmosphere. Cramped seating.

Thank Michael M
Reviewed November 6, 2012

Hands down my favorite breakfast spot in Chico. You must try the jalapeno scramble and Mexican hot chocolate. All the food is healthy and amazing. Berry pancakes that are to die for. You must make this a priority when visiting Chico.

Thank ChristinainCali
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $15
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
7:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2290 Esplanade, Chico, CA 95926-2200
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Chico
  • Phone Number: +1 530-879-9200
Sin of Cortez has become a true Chico hotspot over the past 15 years. By blending the creative and operational forces behind the cafe with a “never settle for second best” philosophy, Sin of Cortez has done just that.

The breakfast and lunch menus were originally created by chef Isabel Cruz. Everything served at Sin of Cortez is made in-house. The salsa is fresh. The bread is baked fresh. The beans are cooked fresh. Pancake options, scrambled egg breakfasts, sausage from our local university farm.

House Coffee rated ‘Grand Cru’, the top 2% of all the world’s coffee, using Single Origin beans to ensure consistent flavor and texture. Decaf is brewed cup to cup, not by the pot. Vietnamese coffee and Mexican hot chocolate, too! Vegetarian, Gluten Free, and Paleo Options.
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