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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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Sun - Sat 11:00 - 18:00
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Miami, Florida
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39 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

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 

1 Thank Peter P
Walnut, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago 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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77 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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
Cayucos, California
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18 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

This little outdoor resteraunt is a favorite with tourest and localss alike. They specialize in fresh smoked fish and on weekends usually have live music. Eating is outdoors, or you can take it with you. A fun place.

Thank wedelbysea
Cambria, CA
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43 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The smoked fish tacos are really great. Smoked albacore was my personal favorite and an outstanding value!

Thank docred
Mission Viejo, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 November 2016

I had the smoked salmon and my wife had the smoked chicken taco. The mustard aioli sauce is excellent. The apple combination seemed strange but it all works together. One taco was good but I was not super hungry. No bad picks at this place.

Thank WolfNRed
Munich, Germany
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229 reviews
147 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 220 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016 via mobile

After reading all the good reviews, I decided to have an early dinner here (the place closes at 6pm). I've never had a fish taco before and I generally don't like smoked salmon. Despite not knowing how the smoked fish here would turn out, I decided to give it a shot and ordered the smoked albacore taco. Definitely did not... More 

Thank franinmuc
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016 via mobile

Cayucas, CA is one of my favorite towns on the California coast, but it had been many years since I had visited. It was a treat to be able to visit the place again, and discovering Russell's Smokehouse made it even more special. I had the albacore taco which made for a great lunch.

Thank Bence B

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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
American, Seafood, Fast food
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?