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Cafe Aroma

54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-5212
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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“salad” (48 reviews)
“osso bucco” (15 reviews)
“bread” (41 reviews)
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American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great breakfast menu. I had a simple stack of pancakes with maple syrup. Also their espresso drinks are quite good. Very friendly, helpful staff.

Thank Tradingcomet
Reviewed May 6, 2018 via mobile

We had dinner at Cafe Aroma this evening. The restaurant is fairly nice looking; the wait staff is good. There was nothing wrong with the spaghetti I ordered, but I didn’t like it much. My husband did like his ahi. There was live music (a...More

Thank bobnancylynch
Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Lovely heated patio setting surrounded by pine trees with some very comfy couches to enjoy a 50% off wines, beer and well drinks during their daily happy hour. They serve breakfast until 4:00 p.m. and the menu is varied and reasonably priced. They have a...More

1  Thank lee9
Reviewed April 22, 2018

We walked to this restaurant from our cottage to check out the music and have a cocktail. Warm and friendly is the feeling and the service is excellent. Music is a nice touch. We checked out the menu and it looks like there is a...More

1  Thank dreamdestinations
Reviewed April 15, 2018

We came for a late lunch. Happy hour, 1/2 off for bar drinks, is 2-6pm. Interesting varied menu. We started with the Garlic Bisque, which wasn’t anything I would highly recommend, and 2 types of really tasty bread with olive oil. We both really liked...More

Thank chitownsam
Reviewed April 10, 2018

Every time my husband and I are in town, about 4 times a year, we stop in at Cafe Aroma, even before their extensive renovation of their outdoor eating area, and we just love it! Music nightly, and tonight was no exception, as well as...More

1  Thank Jen T
Reviewed April 2, 2018

The food, drinks, service, ambiance and music (we happened to be there on St Patrick’s day for dinner, just by chance), were all great. Although classified as Italian, i would say its more eclectic. The menu was extensive and varied (which i appreciate). So many...More

Thank Greg B
Reviewed March 9, 2018

Had a great day trip from Palm Springs to Idyllwild. Cafe Aroma had been recommended and it lived up to billing. Great experience. Fun, quirky atmosphere. We were there for lunch and the food was very good. Very interesting menu. One suggestion: Waitress should have...More

Thank Larryray
Reviewed March 3, 2018

If you like Italian, (not talking pizza), great entertainment while you eat inside or on a outdoor patio, you will like this stop. Great pan steaks, specialty soups and salads as well.

Thank ronnorton2017
Reviewed February 26, 2018

Coffee is really low quality. Espresso bad too!! Wish they had organic. Food is great and place is nice.

Thank why951why
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Joseph B
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Response from Rene V | Reviewed this property |
Sorry, not celiac, so I am not aware of which foods are gluten free.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$10 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Open Hours
7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
7:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Idyllwild
  • Phone Number: +1 951-659-5212
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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