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Ruddell's Smokehouse

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101 D St, Cayucos, CA 93430-1107
+1 805-995-5028
11:00 - 18:00
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Redwood City, California
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105 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

Stopped here while walking in town and asked for a "sampler" plate to go... as we were headed to another town for lunch....we ate the entire sampler (ahi,salmon,albacore) before walking to the next block...it was great..worth the stop next time we will have to try their fish tacos!

Thank LMD331
Long Beach, California
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55 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017 via mobile

We were in our way to Big Sur and decided to stop for a quick bite. Ruddell's is popular and we missed out on the sammies but had the tacos. They were scrumptious. I had the pork which was bbq'd meat and fresh cabbage-apple slaw. They make their own hot sauce which is delicious. My husband had the last chicken... More 

Thank RChop
Seal Beach, California
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77 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

A word of advise TO all travels along hwy 1 heading north or south through Cayucos, California. Near the Cayucos pier is one of my favorite restaurants in the entire galaxy!!!! True Fact!!! The Smokehouse serves up The BEST smoked fish tacos!!!!! or smoked fish salad or smoked fish sandwish. They also do smoked pork & cheese!!!!! Do yourself and... More 

Thank SteveFawley
Waterloo, Canada
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598 reviews
185 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 542 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 January 2017

We had the smoked ahi and smoked albacore taco for lunch. There are only a few seats in front of the restaurant (inside is standing room only and fairly cramped). So, we ended up taking our tacos to go and we sat on the beach. The restaurant is right on the beach, so it's a nice location. Both tacos were... More 

Thank Travel_Bug81
Bayside, New York
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

Go down route 1, and specifically get off at Cayucos FOR these fish tacos. Now let me first say that when you take your first bite you'll be thrown off because these do not taste like typical tacos. However, Keep eating and you'll soon understand that these don't need to taste like typical tacos because they are so much better!... More 

Thank sdalfen
Miami, Florida
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 December 2016

Oh my God. I don't even know what to say. These are far and away the BEST fish tacos I have ever had in my entire life. On my fiancee and I's road trip from Seattle to San Diego, we made it a point to stop in Cayucos to take in the scenery, but most importantly, the fish tacos. I... More 

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Walnut, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 November 2016

This is a very popular place with the locals... especially the surfers, but not limited thereto. We got some smoked tacos and they are not hot but rather cool, and that was the issue with my wife... she does not like cold food. With the smoking, the salmon tacos, with apples and greens, were delicious to my palate.

Thank drribertbewtib
London, United Kingdom
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56 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2016

The tuna (and other fish and meat) are smoked on site and are good, but the smoked shrimps are better in our opinion. Whatever you have is paired with some chopped salad in a tortilla, but that's a bit 'formulaic' (I think you get the same chopped salad whatever it is paired with) and I didn't notice any herbs. It... More 

Thank Peter R
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 November 2016 via mobile

A small business with fantastic food. Smoked fish tocos yum, their pork tocos are amazing. Friendly employees and the food is constantly great!

Thank LorieG67
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79 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 November 2016

Enjoyed the pork loin tacos and this year we used the sauce that we missed the first visit last spring! Took the tacos up to Moon Beach for a picnic and relaxed watching the ocean.

Thank CharlesCity_IASuzyQ

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Fast food, American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Kids, Cheap Eats, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
11:00 - 18:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 101 D St, Cayucos, CA 93430-1107
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Luis Obispo County  >  Cayucos
  • Phone Number: +1 805-995-5028

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?