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Cafe Aroma

54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
+1 951-659-5212
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  • Excellent61%
  • Very good25%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“osso bucco” (13 reviews)
“salad” (33 reviews)
“bisque” (14 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 - 21:00All hours
American, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
54750 North Circle Dr, Idyllwild, CA 92549
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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

Thank bocadeleo
Reviewed 1 week ago

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 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 August 2017

There were five of us staying at a nearby cabin in lovely Idyllwild. We made a 7:30 reservation for dinner on a Wednesday night. Arriving on time we were told our table was not ready. We certainly did not mind waiting for a few moments....More

Thank joangosewisch
Reviewed 26 July 2017

My favorite place for dinner in Idyllwild! Lovely atmosphere, attentive service, and delicious food. Being recent converts to a plant-based diet, we were very pleased to see that Cafe Aroma has introduced a new "Seasonal Menu", with a great choice of vegetarian and vegan entrees...More

1  Thank SusanGinLA
Reviewed 10 July 2017

We were staying at the Grand Idyllwild Lodge, walking distance from this highly-rated restaurant and decided to try it for dinner. We were met by a very nice hostess who informed us that the kitchen was closed because there had been a recent power outage...More

1  Thank Henry D
Reviewed 7 July 2017 via mobile

Tried the blueberry scone with a white mocha hot coffee and the cinnamon roll. Mocha was perfect and the scone came with a yummy lemon butter sauce on the side. Cinnamon roll was also good and the house bread with olive oil is a nice...More

1  Thank TSWAce
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Cafe Aroma is great, although the food wasn't anything to write home about, it was one of the better places we found in town. The service is great, from the friendly greeter in front to the staff. Prices are a bit high and portions aren't...More

Thank dupyconqueror
Reviewed 30 May 2017

Polite service from everyone, good food-including our desert, relaxed atmosphere with live music. I would def recommend this place to anyone visiting Idylwild, CA.

Thank U6145QWrichardr
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Joseph B
6 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
US$10 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Free Wifi
Good for
Kids, Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
07:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
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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