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Bittersweet Bistro

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787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste B, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
+1 831-662-9799
08:00 - 21:00
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Sun 08:00 - 21:00
Tue - Thu 08:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 08:00 - 21:30
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San Jose, California
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301 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

I usually frequent this restaurant once a year for a birthday celebration and found the meal and atmosphere enjoyable. Ordered the chicken club sandwich on a ciabatta loaf with bacon, spinach, lettuce, tomato and avocado; it was very good. Sandwich was $16. Ordered a cup of beef/barley soup which was thick with barley and not so much broth. The outside... More 

Thank EdUrias
Soquel, California
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105 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I had a very disappointing lunch with friends at Bittersweet, where normally I find evening food & service very good. I ordered a Ruben sandwich ($16.50) which comes with fries. Most restaurants let customers substitute salad for fries but the menu indicated any substitution at all was an additional $2.50. That brings a sandwich (before tax & tip) to $19.00.... More 

Thank ckf722
Silicon Valley, CA
1 review
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

We were casually dressed on an impromptu date night and were treated so wonderfully by our server, Jessica, and staff. Jessica was attentive and our food was served on perfect timing. Our meals were delicious! We ordered a pulled pork pizza as an appetizer which was a meal in itself. My steak sandwich was delicious and easy to bite into... More 

Thank shigd
San Francisco, California
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18 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 January 2017 via mobile

Drove by from out of town needing a place to eat with our therapy dog. It was a very cold night but they turned up the outdoor fireplace for us. Dinner was very tasty! The Truffle Chicken Gnocci was a delight! The gnocci was like little pillows of heaven. Planning to return during the summer months and enjoy the patio... More 

Thank Numbergyrl
Santa Cruz, California
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389 reviews
334 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 264 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 December 2016

We had a very enjoyable dinner at this nice restaurant! I had the short ribs and they were to die for! The crusted fish was excellent also. The wine pours were good and I tried a cocktail called the "Mule", very tasty! There was a large party next to us, but the server made sure that we still got great... More 

Thank davidsantacruz
Alamo, California
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22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Good service. Food is a cut above but so are the prices. Not for a cheap lunch with the kids but a nice place for an adult meal or with kids if you don't mind a little higher price ( and compensated by the quality) range than say the local cafe.

Thank keithwilton57
Watsonville, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 September 2016

Just got home from a disappointing breakfast at Bittersweet Cafe. Hopefully, for their sake, it was an off day, but we will not be returning. We've had a better experience in the restaurant (for dinner & happy hour) than here at the cafe. Here are the facts from our experience a couple of hours ago: 1. The noise level inside... More 

Thank MexnMc
Santa Cruz
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45 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I have enjoyed the bar & patio here for many years. It often left me with a surprisingly high bill, but the food & beverages were good & the atmosphere pleasing. My most recent visit made me angry. Maybe it was because I was there on a weekend instead of my usual weekday visits. But the amount of food served... More 

Thank Sid569
Artois, California
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18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 August 2016 via mobile

Looked around for someplace for a late night dessert and came up with this place. Wow, awesome ambiance and decor! The desserts were beautifully plated pieces of art and tasted delicious. Spendy, but if you're going to eat the calories, what a great way to do it! I had the Bread Pudding, my friend had the Chocolate Walnut Bread Pudding.... More 

Thank Melinda T
Bay Area, California
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42 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2016 via mobile

We've enjoyed both meals and appetizers w drinks here. Laid back atmosphere. A popular appetizer is their "pizzetta." It's a tasty, thin crust pizza, to be shared between 2-3. Have loved their soups. Extensive bar menu - warning: tab runs up fast, and cocktails are tasty. Some dining rooms and the patio have a fire going - very nice. Some... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$20 - US$35
Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:00
08:00 - 21:30
08:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste B, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-662-9799
Recognized by locals as one of the top restaurants in Aptos and Santa Cruz County, Bittersweet Bistro offers an American Bistro Cuisine style dinner menu with Mediterranean influences. Outstanding dessert menu and an award-winning wine list are served in a casual, relaxed atmosphere in the dining room, heated outdoor patio and new lounge.

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?