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Cafe Aroma

54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-5212
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average8%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travelers talk about
“osso bucco” (13 reviews)
“salad” (33 reviews)
“olive bread” (6 reviews)
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11:00 am - 10:00 pmAll hours
American, Fusion, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We were staying at the Grand Idyllwild Lodge, walking distance from this highly-rated restaurant and decided to try it for dinner. We were met by a very nice hostess who informed us that the kitchen was closed because there had been a recent power outage...More

Thank Henry D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Tried the blueberry scone with a white mocha hot coffee and the cinnamon roll. Mocha was perfect and the scone came with a yummy lemon butter sauce on the side. Cinnamon roll was also good and the house bread with olive oil is a nice...More

Thank TSWAce
Reviewed June 12, 2017 via mobile

Cafe Aroma is great, although the food wasn't anything to write home about, it was one of the better places we found in town. The service is great, from the friendly greeter in front to the staff. Prices are a bit high and portions aren't...More

Thank dupyconqueror
Reviewed May 29, 2017

Polite service from everyone, good food-including our desert, relaxed atmosphere with live music. I would def recommend this place to anyone visiting Idylwild, CA.

Thank U6145QWrichardr
Reviewed May 24, 2017 via mobile

We have gone to Cafe Aroma once a year for over ten years. Every single dinner has been exceptional. The setting is wonderful, the choices delicious, and the hospitality exceptional. Definately a must when you visit Idyllwild.

Thank travellover60
Reviewed May 24, 2017

Dined here often and enjoyed every meal. Sometimes crowded. Has a full bar and full menu. Good good and a great atmosphere.

Thank mtismyhome
Reviewed May 10, 2017

The owner of our lodge told us to check out the café, we only had one night and already reserved elsewhere, so only went in for a drink. My friend got in a long conversation with the owner about physics and mathematics, very interesting person!

Thank SIrLancelotBCN
Reviewed May 2, 2017

We have eaten at Cafe Aroma many times during our visits to Idyllwild. It has a great atmosphere and the food is great. You can listen to great music outside on the deck while you eat played by very talented musicians. Give it a try!

2  Thank BCNyaO
Reviewed April 28, 2017 via mobile

We enjoyed an hour and half of excellent service, wine and fabulous food. If you like your food bursting with flavor, this is the place for you! We will certainly come back.

1  Thank Raye54
Reviewed April 27, 2017 via mobile

Delightful find in this small but busy mountain town. Six of us all thought our meals were excellent. Italian fare with variety of meat specials. Delicious sauces, good service and live music at least on Friday and Saturday nights.

1  Thank David 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
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Special occasions, Kids, 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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