Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn

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The Copper Café is popular with tourists and locals alike for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all served in a continental atmosphere. Elaborate wood carvings, red leather seats, and hand-painted walls create a charming, old-world experience.

Adjacent to the Copper Café, guest enjoy the Madonna Inn Bakery featuring world-famous cakes, pies, cookies, along with French and Danish pastries, all made daily with the finest ingredients.
What 455 People Are Saying
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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C
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place!!! It was first time and I loved it! Will be back again!

D
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 3

Really average roadside dining. Nothing more, nothing less. Food was ok. Service was excellent.

OT
Palm Springs
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great

KY
Orange County
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great vibe, great food and great staff! Would absolutely go back when in the area.

RP
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

This was, in all honesty, the worst time that we have spent at a restaurant in years. We were only going for dessert. I followed local recommendations for places with good desserts in SLO and found this to be the exact opposite of top reviews. Most of the menu items were not in stock. The few that were, milk shakes, sundaes, etc. , were horrible. Even the cakes and pies that everyone raved about were like eating week old items from the discount table at Safeway. I was so disappointed and embarrassed to have taken family, in a limo, to this place. I promise that it will never happen again.

GA
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good food and service. The noise level is loud, but I'm not sure you can do anything about that..

A
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Funky decor worth seeing. The menu has good choices and the food was tasty. The server was courteous and we didn’t have to wait long for our meal. The restaurant next to it is even funkier and worth seeing or dining at. Reservations are recommended.

RP
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steak was amazing! We also had a slice of lemon coconut cake and banana cream pie for dessert. This restaurant is 5 star all the way!

DR
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were first timers at the Copper Cafe. It was a “girls day” for us and we were celebrating 3 birthdays. Wanted some place special, and we definitely found that at Copper Cafe! Thank you for awesome service and really good food!!

OT
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 5ambience 5

Bad food, great service fixed all left happy. Bachelorette party next to us at noon on a weekday very innaproproate language

RL
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

My wife ordered the halibut and says it was good. I ordered a Rueben sandwich, not good. There was no thousand island dressing on it, very little sauerkraut, bread was stale, meat dry. Also had coleslaw as a side. It was also very dry, basically just cabbage. Would not recommend this restaurant. Very expensive, all show and no substance.

NA
San Diego
23 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely one of my favorite places took beautiful pictures in front and worked up an appetite was not disappointed great meal. Treated to a pink cake for an early birthday party! So yummy!

MJ
Sacramento
23 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent breakfast fare in a pretty trippy place. Our large group was sat 10 min after reservation. Service was great!

BM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed our lunch at the Copper Cafe and stroll around the property. It was a very hot day, over 100 degrees, and the restaurant felt pretty warm. But it wasn't uncomfortable and I'm sure it was hard to keep up with the heat that day. The food portions where big and delicious. I was told we must order a slice of cake to share but alas we were all too full LOL. Would definitely come back again.

IJ
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really charming place and good food. Service was very friendly. We didn’t try any of the pastries or cakes but they looked delicious!

WC
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

The cafe had good food but it was very hot inside. Hard to enjoy your food.

c
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing place with amazing food and awesome service

n
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

our waiter sky was so nice and made our experience absolutely wonderful

AM
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 5ambience 5

The place is amazing and the customer service is outstanding but the food is such bad quality. No taste at all.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

It was a very busy Sunday so the opportunity to make a reservation on line AND request and get a booth was incredibly convenient! We were greeted with welcome smiles and seated quickly. Staff on every level was very congenial. Since we're locals there was lots of people there that we knew, so that's always a treat. Our food was great, we had lunch, nothing fancy just real good food. And the Inn is always so clean and inviting. It's like a getaway close to home! Thank you and LOVE Opentable!!! Thanks for being so progressive!

CW
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I went there to share a moment with my daughter who will be grown and flown in a blink of an eye. Everything was perfct. Then it came time to souvenir shop. I cannot express my disappointment and sadness and embarrassment to find out the gift shop is upstairs! And im in a wheelchair. In this day and age ive never come across this. My daughter was heartbroken. And it was so embarrassing. You obviously have no respect for the disability community. Shame on you!

OT
Central Coast
13 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday breakfast was great! Food and service was very good! Great place for a special occasion!

S
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We were seated quickly, service was quick. Had water very quickly and a special balloon and dessert to help us celebrate our anniversary. We were on the second to the last leg of a week long road trip. It was very nice to be treated for our anniversary!
Thank you.

LC
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

The atmosphere at the Cafe was nice; could use better lighting due to all the wood. The Toffee Crunch Cake is one of the main reasons we dine at the Cafe.

LB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Always wonderful food, very generous servings the tables look beautiful with the colorful goblets

D
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 1ambience 2

Here visiting with my wife. Great location and history entering the inn I was impressed and looking forward to a great meal. We were seated and after that we were ignored 15 minutes before the manager brought water and let us know our server would be there soon. Food was great 50 dollar steaks deserve not to be ignored after seating. Food was great bad taste for service.

CL
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This was such a fun place to eat. My kids loved their grilled cheese sandwiches but then all fought over my husbands delicious monte cristo sandwich, too. My clam chowder was amazing, though my deviled egg sandwich was a bit bland. I bought a bottle of Madonna inn’s white Zinfandel wine since I enjoyed that with my dinner. Would love to return next time we’re in town.

DC
1 review
Dined on August 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

We had 3 orders.
The biggest disappointment were the GF raviolis. They tasted great yet there was an IMMEDIATE GLUTEN REACTION. This can be even dangerous for some people.
The spinach salad was delicious.
The Deviled egg sandwich was extremely bland yet the sweet potato fries were delicious!
The ambiance was wonderful but because of the reaction from the food and the bland sandwich, I cannot give a better rating.

G
San Joaquin
13 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Huge portions. Delicious. Fun environment. Took out of town guest to see Madonna inn and had to feed them at the copper cafe

NN
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

If you’re in the area you have to visit The Madonna Inn - it’s a landmark. For lunch the food is good and standard coffee shop fare. The highlight is the bakery and the amazing cakes and pies. It is a local tradition to dine on your birthday and receive a generous complimentary slice of your choice of cake or pie. They have the Pink Champagne Cake that you don’t find very often.

B
Raleigh
10 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

Far and above the WORST meal I have ever not eaten. One bite of this disgusting Tri-tip and even with the very strange sauce, the terrible taste couldn't be covered up. It was kind of poached. Not wanting to send it back and create a scene I spoke quietly by sending the whole thing back. Even the poor broccoli didn't have a chance just plain steamed, no, salt, no pepper, no nothing. Madonna Inn is relying on unsuspecting tourists and the past cachet of excellence. Send the chef down the road to learn how to cook Tri-tip from it's birthplace in Santa Maria.

We moved back to the area after being gone for many years and promptly ordered a cake for a family birthday. Remembering the wonders of Madonna Inn cakes. That too was disappointing. The cake was dry and tasteless. Guess we will cross MI from any future meals, baked goods or taking out-of-town guests to a special place. What a shame that time has eroded what was once a wonderful place to eat and to order cakes that were extraordinary.

BL
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Food very good! Big portions. The cake was delicious!! Service was good. Cocktails were horrible.

KN
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on July 30, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Wow, I've been getting the frittata for years! And this one was not only small but had maybe one veggie in it, spinach was the only one I could find. I asked for salsa which our waiter was busy and I waited awhile but that added tomatoe and onion. Not what I was use to at all. It was my granddaughter's Birthday and what happen to Madonn inn making your Birthday special? Gone the free cake, gone the special plate, gone the singing staff. Sad, such a special place. I've gone on my Birthday for as long as I can remember and it was always magical. Hoping to pass that along to my granddaughter but 2nd year I've been disappointed so it looks like I need to find a new place.

BP
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. Since we had reservations we just walked in and was shown to our table. Best experience at the Madonna Inn to date.

C
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

What a fun place, it makes you smile, all the pink and 70s nostalgia. Our server was lovely. I have driven by a million times & finally stopped. Its picture worthy, its a good time.

AH
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whole experience of our stay just fabulous.
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JS
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place. Dont miss it and be sure to try their cake!

GA
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. The place is noisy but expected. A unique restaurant and hotel.

VT
Cornwall
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Nice setting, good service. Not too expensive. Steak sandwich was juicy, properly done, well worth trying.

AN
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on July 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Copper Cafe is a family favorite. We went for my 20 yr old daughter's birthday. Can beat the free slice of amazing Madonna Inn cake!!! Food was good, service was great! The atmosphere is Disneyland in SLO!

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