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Bittersweet Bistro

787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste B, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
+1 831-662-9799
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good27%
  • Average16%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“brunch” (5 reviews)
“crusted fish” (2 reviews)
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American, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
787 Rio Del Mar Blvd, Ste B, Aptos, CA 95003-4727
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Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is excellent for it's food and service however expensive. My wife and I really enjoy dining at the specious bar where the complete dining room menu is available as well as a happy hour menu and nightly food specials. Flat screen TV's at...More

Thank jeffreyf503
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very nice American food. Dog friendly if you are willing to sit in the outdoors area. Friendly staff. Large variety of food. Pizza, burgers, fine foods.

Thank SnapshotNewEngland
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My first visit in the later '90's impressed me. Casual elegance. Fair prices. It has been many years since I visited, and things have changed. My latest visit found a bit more elegance, good food, and prices leaning toward exorbitant.

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 16 October 2017

In the competitive Santa Cruz county restaurant market, Bittersweet Bistro became a little too complacent about pricing and service, and their business must have suffered. We went for Happy Hour only because we had another event nearby, and found smaller crowds on a Friday, more...More

Thank JohnInItaly
Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Wife and I ate here with family. Sat in the bar area. The service was good. Drinks were decent. The food is a bit pricey, but you can get a half plate and it was h honestly enough food. The sesame seared tuna was spot...More

Thank Keith M
Reviewed 1 August 2017 via mobile

Family get together for Brunch while we are here visiting. When we arrived only 4 tables occupied so was seated right away, orders taken but took awhile for the orders to come. Orders sitting on the table No silverware, took asking 5 times for silverware...More

Thank Linda C
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

We visited Bittersweet Bistro for a 75th birthday party and elected to dine in their outdoor patio. We arrived shortly after 6pm and were seated to a half empty patio even though they told us there were no reservations available after 6pm and before 8pm....More

1  Thank Bobzmcishl
Reviewed 15 June 2017 via mobile

Bittersweet is a great restaurant in Aptos, CA. There is a very spacious outdoor eating area with heaters and we managed to get a table for seven out of the breeze and close to the heaters. As usual food was excellent and service very pleasant...More

Thank rhunter796
Reviewed 3 June 2017

Muffin tops as a starter is the way to go, waffle and chicken were the best Amount of food is enough for a second meal at home Service is very good. Good coffee. Always the food and the variety is very good.

Thank catc0x
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Had lunch here twice and was not disappointed. A little on the pricey side but consistent and good food and service.

Thank Ron B
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 20 - USD 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, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Groups
Open Hours
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:00 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
8:00 am - 9:30 pm
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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