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Cafe Aroma

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54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
7:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Sun 7:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wed - Thu 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Southern California
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40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The ambiance at Cafe Aroma is very relaxing. On weekends, they have music out on the patio. The food is good. The staff are helpful. We don't eat here often, some of the patrons are a bit snobby.

Thank cgal41go
Los Angeles, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We showed up for dinner without reservations with 2 dogs, but were promptly accommodated by the friendly staff. Ribeye special was great value! Draft beer choices limited due to introduction, hope it improves. Excellent garlic oil dip for the breads.

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10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

the logo for Café Aroma is a clove of garlic... need I say more?! Everything we've ever ordered here is excellent. make reservations as this is the most popular dinner spot on the mountain.

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San Diego, California, USA
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31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

We had only one night for dinner during our recent Idyllwild stay and our host at the Rainbow Inn suggested we try Cafe Aroma. The food, the presentation, the decor, and staff were all outstanding. Definitely worth a visit.

Thank SanDiego_MK
Miami, Florida
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70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

This is such a wonderful and romantic destination- it's well worth a drive from the Palm Springs or Los Angeles. The wine list and food are divine. This is the ultimate choice to kick off a romantic mountain weekend. Check the roster for musical headlines- as there are quite often musicians - including jazz - that make this even more... More 

Thank shayshay321
Bainbridge Island, Washington
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37 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

Great choice for alfresco dining. Menu options are better for meat eaters than non-meat eaters but the food is beautifully prepared and presented.

Thank Molly M
La Quinta, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

It is a bit to noisy for us ..Especially, since we wre in a romantic mode. But when the great team of Pine woods Resort sent us there, we went, to celebrate our engagement. It is a buzzy place, huge portions of food. The bar id not full alcohol. The service is friendly. Music makes it happening. As I said,... More 

Thank toniroman2016
Philip W, General Manager at Cafe Aroma, responded to this review

Thank you for your review but FYI, we do have a full bar, not just beer and wine. The Cafe Aroma Team More 

Laguna Hills, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

Beyond delicious!! And they offer a great gluten free menu.. Ambiance is great. My husband and I loved it!!

Thank angislaughter
Honefoss, Norway
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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 5, 2016

This is an really great restaurant with great service right outside the "centre" of Idyllwild. Situated in a cosy "house" with great staff to help you out. Very tasty food and local beer.

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Culver City, California
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

This wonderful restaurant has been an Idyllwild hot spot long before we began visiting the town and is still going strong. There is no better rustic, outdoorsy environment than the lovely Cafe Aroma patio. The owner, Hubert, is the town raconteur. If he stops at your table to chat you up and you manage to engage him in a lively... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $30
American, Italian, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Kids, Families with children, Business meetings, 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: 9516595212
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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