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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%
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“osso bucco” (15 reviews)
“salad” (48 reviews)
“bread” (41 reviews)
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American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Reviewed 28 January 2018

We were checking out several places to have dinner in Idyllwild during our stay and parked quickly on the side of the road after seeing the "Cafe Aroma" sign. After checking out the menu we made a reservation but upon returning to our car a...More

Thank itsmejude
Reviewed 17 January 2018 via mobile

Popped in for a cup of coffee and found a delightful, cozy place to have a little break. Delicious items and beverages.

Thank Christie V
Reviewed 26 December 2017 via mobile

Great for lunch or dinner outdoor patio and music in evenings. Friendly staff and full bar is available. Pet friendly.

Thank tlcalive
Reviewed 2 December 2017

I've been here many times. Food is always good and I LOVE their garlic-olive oil dip with the bread plate that's brought to the table. Service has usually been very good as well and they often have live music. Give them a try...

Thank Joel B
Reviewed 27 November 2017

Being my first time in Idy and not knowing where to go for eats I picked Cafe Aroma due to the number of cars parked around it and the layout inside. The hostess got me a great table and the band that night was really...More

Thank COSSPEarth
Reviewed 12 October 2017

We enjoy driving to up Idyllwild from San Diego when we have a chance. We have to stop here various times to have lunch. They gave you some fresh bread that is the soft and warm and yummy. The food is good enough to go...More

1  Thank Daniel C
Reviewed 17 September 2017

We came here in winter and in summer food is delicious service is excellent, salads sandwiches and the pasta is wonderful.

Thank bocadeleo
Reviewed 12 September 2017

Good food, very dog friendly, nice staff. One of my favorite places in Idyllwild. It suffers from an abundance of live music which detracts from the charm of breakfast, but that is kind of common issue in Idyllwild and I'm sure some people enjoy it....More

Thank m D
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Arrived at Cafe Aroma for lunch and they were not very busy. We were seated right away by a somewhat stern hostess who indicated we could sit wherever we wanted to. The waitress appeared promptly, explained the specials and all was going well. They were...More

Thank James S
Reviewed 7 September 2017

It was 116F in Palm Springs and there is nothing like a great drive up the Palms to Pines Highway to "cool" Idyllwild and a lunch at Cafe Aroma. Theresa was our server and was both friendly and professional. She added to our experience at...More

Thank Phil C
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Jolene W
13 September 2018|
Response from UFODave | Reviewed this property |
I do not know. One would think so.
Joseph B
7 October 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
USD 10 - USD 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, Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
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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