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Cafe Aroma

54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-5212
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  • Excellent62%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“osso bucco” (15 reviews)
“salad” (49 reviews)
“bisque” (16 reviews)
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7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m. Hours
American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Open lunch and dinner. Next to art gallery. Has good menu along with wine list. Live music in the evening

Thank Margaret G
Reviewed October 13, 2018

First time we’ve been here. My husband said it was the best salad he ever had. Large portions, nice staff and great atmosphere.

Thank Kau53
Reviewed September 11, 2018

The restaurant was closed by owners Kathy and Hubert Halkin on July 23, according to the Press Enterprise: Standing on the steps of Cafe Aroma’s sprawling wooden deck Wednesday afternoon, Aug. 8, Kathy Halkin explained that her husband’s health is deteriorating and they’ve been looking...More

Thank Debby C
Reviewed August 27, 2018

Fantastic food and service. This restaurant has much to offer, seafood, Steaks, Italian, all very good. Nice atmosphere and friendly staff. Will go again, next time I am in Idyllwild.

Thank Hotinaz60
Reviewed August 5, 2018 via mobile

We love the ambiance here at this beautiful restaurant. We sat in an area that was covered but outdoors by a tree and watched the rain. The food is delicious! The jalapeño pasta has been the best thing we’ve had! Must try, but not our...More

Thank Annelisemartin
Reviewed July 19, 2018

Really liked this place. Fine food, good service and the music that night was really good. Paul McCabe I believe was his name. We sat at the covered patio was the doggie tagged along. They are pet friendly, dah. The host was very nice. Wyatt.

Thank UFODave
Reviewed July 16, 2018

The food here was fresh and excellent. We stopped after coming up the mountain and my daughter was feeling a little ill. The waitress went out of her way to help my daughter feel better. The setting is nice, being surrounded by local art. They...More

Thank marshmallowMN
Reviewed July 1, 2018

My wife and I went there for coffee and dessert after a disappointing dinner at Gastronome. Great coffee and great tasting desserts.We will return there to try their dinner options. A very interesting place with eclectic art on the walls! By the way: very attentive...More

Thank jbmvan
Reviewed June 26, 2018

This restaurant is a gem for its location. You feel you dine in a tree house, surrounded by trees. It is peaceful for lunches when there is no music band playing, and the server was very friendly. However, the food was very average and a...More

Thank hiker2705
Reviewed June 20, 2018

Whenever we visit Idyllwild, we make it a point of dining at this wonderful café just up a ways from Idyllwild village. A combination gallery, restaurant and gathering place, its ambience is a delightful mix of laid-back mountain town and artsy cool – not to...More

Thank HBSnowFlower
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Jolene W
September 12, 2018|
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Response from Hotinaz60 | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. I was there visiting from out of state.
Joseph B
October 6, 2016|
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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
US$10 - US$30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Kids, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
7:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
11:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. - 10:00 p.m.
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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