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“No Longer A Destination”
Review of Hoppe's Garden Bistro - CLOSED

Hoppe's Garden Bistro
Price range: US$20 - US$35
Cuisines: European, Seafood
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Good for: Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Hoppe’s Garden Bistro has been serving the highest quality Continental cuisine and the finest International and local wines, from our historic location in the heart of Cayucos, for over 13 years. Our team of professional, knowledgeable servers have devoted themselves to pampering our guests and delivering a sophisticated level of attentive service. The kitchen and bakery are abuzz early each morning as our chefs start their daily craft of making virtually everything by hand: breads, pizza dough, ice cream, cakes, pastries, stocks, sauces, pasta, smoked meats, sausages, cured fish – it all begins from scratch with our dedication to fresh flavors and creative seasonal cuisine.By the time Chef Wilhelm Hoppe opened Hoppe’s Garden Bistro in 2000, he was already recognized as one of the Central Coast’s most cutting edge chefs. His years in Morro Bay at Hoppe’s 901 and Windows on the Water won over the palates of many critics and the dining public. Chef Hoppe’s uncompromising use of the finest ingredients, skillful saucing and masterful plating won him respect as someone truly devoted to his passion. Chef Hoppe graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in New York and trained in Switzerland before settling here. His numerous accolades include Awards of Excellence from Wine Spectator and Le Cordon Bleu. Sadly, Chef Hoppe passed away in 2010.Today, Hoppe’s honors the man and his legacy: sourcing fresh, high quality ingredients, creating seasonally inspired flavors, and building long lasting relationships with growers, winemakers and patrons.
Reviewed 26 June 2014

Same name, same decor, same nice service but…not the same Hoppe's. We hadn't been in this area for over 3 years and were unaware that Chef Hoppe had passed away until we opened the menu. Gone was the Red Abalone in Mango Hazelnut butter sauce that we'd been dreaming about. The abalone was still on the menu, but the new savory preparation masked the delicate flavor of the abalone, which is now paired with pork belly - but not happily. Fortunately, we opted for the appetizer rather than the entree so we were only out $18 not $60. The yellowtail appetizer wasn't much better. I can understand the new owner/chef's desire to "go in a different direction," but when customers drive 40 miles out of the way to eat the most expensive dish on your menu, that's a recipe you might want to hang onto (see Classic Coke).

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Reviewed 23 June 2014

We celebrated our anniversary on a three-night stay in Cayucos and our anniversary dinner was at Hoppe's. We had eaten here many years ago because of the availability of abalone, which was in short supply at the time. Hoppe's has both an appetizer and entree with abalone, and it's still expensive. The appetizer is $18 and the entree is $60. We had the $18 version! For our main, we both had the orange glazed king salmon, which was wonderful. The wines were a Gruet sparkling wine with the abalone (after all it was our anniversary), and a Kenneth Volk pinot noir with the salmon. Not a fancy place and not cheap, but a nice experience.

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Reviewed 17 June 2014

We have once a year returned to Hoppe in Cayucos for 15 years. We have had outstanding meals there, and have tried almost everything on the old menu, which is somewhat similiar to their current menu. However, I was disappointed this trip. The service was not as good, the waiter forgot who wanted what dish, did not ask me how I wanted my meat cooked, the bread and butter did not arrive until near the very end of the salad(we had to ask for some.) The bread was smaller than before, and a tiny bit undercooked-or improperly sliced. Interestingly, there was no starch(rice, mashed potatoes) with the main entree, but the vegtables were perfectly cooked. Both the fish we ordered and our meat were lovely. The cheesecake was a very small portion and not well presented....maybe hastily put on the plate? The vanilla creme brulee received mixed reviews from our group...I enjoyed the hint of ginger, others didn't, but it was well prepared, if plainly served. So, while the basics are still there for a good meal, we felt it lacked what could have made for an exceptional meal as in the past.

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Thank jan h
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

Beautiful place for Sunday brunch. Four of us had a large table in the sunken garden surrounded by lots of flowers in bloom and butterflies. Food was good. Fixed price menu on Sundays. Seemed pricey at $30 but did have three courses (good choices of breakfast/linch items) and a glass of champagne. The third (dessert) course could have done with a pastry option - the choice of cheesecake, ice cream or chocolate mousse-type cake were rich after our breakfast options. The eggs benedict were excellent! Would definitely go back there again if in the area.

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SchoonersCayucos, Owner at Hoppe's Garden Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

Hi FC,

Thanks for your very kind words. We're happy that you and your friends could enjoy the gardens. The property owner spends many hours each week tending to the beautiful plants and trees, and is always thrilled to hear that our guests enjoy the setting as much as he does. Thanks also for your input on the dessert options - with our bakery located right next door, adding a lighter pasty option is certainly something that we can consider.

Thanks,

Brendan & Amanda

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Reviewed 28 May 2014

Took family that was visiting to Hoppe's Garden Bistro and we all had delicious sandwiches along with a flatbread pizza. Lovely setting area with beautiful gardens. Highly recommend this place for lunch.

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Thank CayucosGirl
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SchoonersCayucos, Owner at Hoppe's Garden Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 14 June 2014

Hi CayucosGirl,

Thanks for your glowing review. We're glad that you were able to share a great experience with your family in the beautiful gardens. We look forward to seeing you again!

Thanks,

Brendan & Amanda

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