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About Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn
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.
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 7:00am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews
There was an hour wait according to the Host when we walked in at 6:45 pm on a Saturday night - so we stepped outside and I made the reservation on Open Table using my phone. Open Table confirmed my reservation for 7:15 pm so we walked back in at 7:10 and (surprise!) were immediately seated! We had a secluded booth that easily sat six with plenty of room making it quiet and easy to chat. The service was a bit slow (hence the lower rating) but the food was excellent. It was my step-mom's 89th birthday and she especially enjoyed the free piece of carrot cake! We go to the Madonna Inn for special occasions and will definitely go back - but will always use Open Table to book our reservation!
We have lived in north county for 12 years, and have always wanted to eat here. We could not get reservation to the Steak House on Thanksgiving, but was able to get in to the Copper Cafe. We figured it was at the same place, and we still could order from the Steak House. What a disappointment in the food. We placed our order soon after we were seated. The waitress came back a few minutes later to tell me the steak I ordered would take an additional 40 minutes. My wife ordered the turkey dinner and my daughter order the ham dinner. I didn't want either that's why I ordered the steak. I ended up ordering the madonna burger. The food here flats sucks. The food is bland and could be compared to 10 for $10.00 TV dinner. That might be giving them a little bit to much credit. The service from our waitress was good, and heard the dessert we good. Most places that have Holiday Specials include a dessert. Not at this place. After the over charge you for your TV dinner they want to screw just a little bit more. Don't waste your time or money here.
Made reservation based upon website advertising a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner prefix menu for $39.99 per person ! The dinner was hardly traditional nor a good valve as the quality of the food and portions where similar to cafeteria quality at best ? We were seated in the cafe portion that shares the same kitchen as the main dinning which also had the exact same below par food as the cafe. The dinner and portions where limited choice of soup / salad? Turkey or Ham, mashed or sweet potatoes ,rolls and butter and the kicker sugar snap beans and a antipasti appetizer in all my 67 years I never heard of these items as part of a traditional Thanksgiving Dinner? We choice one soup and one salad and a Turkey and Ham Dinners! The portions were small and appeared institutional like cafeteria food NOT restaurant quality nor worth the $39.99 paid for a two course limited dinner. The soup was cold pumpkin that was bland serviced in a cup . The salad was chopped whited ice berg lettuce with shredded carrots and red cabbage with two cherry tomatoes . The dinners where under whelming as well Turkey Dinner had about a tablespoon of rice based stuffing with about 8 ozs of all white meat Turkey breast meat only coved with minimal gravy that tasted of flour . The mashed potatoes where fine however served with a ice cream scoop and with no gravy ? The largest portion was the snap beans which in my opinion where just weird would of preferred another traditional item like squash or green beans. Neither of us eat much of our snap bean. The Ham Dinner consisted of 2 slices of roasted ham total portion size same as turkey about 8 ozs tptal. The sweet potatoes where mashed and nothing special . I need to note nothing was served piping hot. The bread basket was 3 cold dinner rolls with whipped butter! The antipasti was more like a relish tray celery & carrot sticks, olives, mild peppers, 3 slices of American cheese and small salami slices
My husband and I ate in the cafe for Thanksgiving dinner. We ordered the open-faced turkey sandwich off the menu rather than the special. We don’t eat big meals and the turkey sandwich (without the bread)was perfect. The best turkey we have had ! Everything was prepared very well and was served hot. Our server was excellent. Our only disappointment was that there was no more pumpkin pie left and I was told you don’t offer the French pastries any longer., even though they are still on the menu.
ABSOLUTELY THE WORST restaurant I have ever eaten in. Carpet was filthy, tables were left with dirty dishes, food was disgusting. Hamburger had absolutely no flavor. The BLT sandwich fell apart and could not be eaten. The meat in the STEAK salad was not steak...not even sure if it was beef. Smelled and tastes terrible. One bite did it. Their specialty pink cake was;'t even worth a second bite. STAY AWAY.....maybe it was good 50 years ago....but certainly not now.
I've always wanted to stop here on my way through SLO.
So I made a reservation for 3pm on a sunday because we had 6 people.
Let's just say that a reservation didn't appear to mean anything to them. I mentioned at 3:20 that we were still waiting for our reservation for 3pm (for which we were early) and that nobody seemed to be addressing us or even realize we've been standing there waiting. Her response was that they got busy. She says this as there are open tables near us. It didn't help that the bus boy was moving at a snails pace for being so "busy".
I really hate to complain about service. I've been in the industry and I know it's tough and it does get busy, but I haven't had an experience like this for a long time. The hostess was rude and didn't seem to care that we had a reservation at all. Anyway. We finally got a table and our waitress was great. She was so on the ball. It really saved the experience for us. The food was meh and overpriced. Portions are huge, but that's not a plus for me. I prefer better quality.
The place and grounds are certainly something to see and I do recommend that.
Was there to attend the Jo Koy performance. Arrived an hour and a half early. Service was terrible. Our waitress came, took our drink order and we never saw her again and ended up with another waitress after approx 15-20 minutes. She didn't even introduce herself. After she took our order she didn't come back again for another 35-40 minutes, and the show was scheduled to start in 25 minutes. We had to scarf our food down (and all we ordered was sandwiches). Bad experience and will never eat there again.
We had a great dinner here. There were eight of us, and everyone liked their food. It’s cafe fare, but delicious. The decor made us feel cozy and happy. The service was notably friendly and efficient. All the meals came together. And we topped dinner off with a couple of HUGE pieces of cake.
Incredibly disappointing. My husband had been wanting to go here since we visited SLO on a college touring trip and we finally made it for breakfast this weekend while moving our son into his dorm. The place is a spectacle for the eyes and interesting but the food is nothing to write home about. Our son ordered belgian waffles and it came out overdone and so crisp he couldn't cut into it. My toast was almost burned - and I know it wasn't a one-off because I saw the same at the table next to us. My husband's meal also came out wrong the first time.
None of the food had much flavor to it and it certainly was nothing special. We were much happier with our breakfast at Apple Farm. Much more charming, tasty, and worth it.
We made our reservation for a family breakfast and had requested a booth. When we arrived on a VERY HOT morning we walked into the Copper Cafe and the heat inside was stifling. We asked if the restaurant had air conditioning and we were assured that it did. We were seated in a booth close to the kitchen and had to ask to be moved. The waitress in that area was clearly warm and there was NO air movement. Fortunately we were moved to another area of the restaurant where the air conditioning was working. I have to say that for a busy restaurant owned by the Madonna Family who are in the construction business - the air handling system needs to be updated to manage the load. People come to the restaurant expecting to eat in comfort and had we not been moved we would have had to leave - it was unbearable. We felt bad for the staff who have to work in those conditions. While it was an abnormally warm weekend for San Luis Obispo, there is no excuse for the air conditioning not functioning properly.
With regard to the food and service - both were good. Our waitress was extremely responsive and the food came out quickly. Two of us had Eggs Benedict which were excellent while the rest of our party had the standard sausage and eggs.
It was nostalgic, I was there about 50 years a go as a child. Unfortunately the decorations and stained glass lamps don't look as if they have been dusted since I was last there. It was kind of icky! The food was ok, really nothing special. The place does have an old time charm.
Stopped through for lunch on an August Friday afternoon on the way to Monterey. We have stayed at the Madonna Inn at least 3 times and decided to stop in just for lunch with our 12 and 16 yo children. We love the atmosphere and the fun and friendly vibe. It was our 21st wedding anniversary weekend. My thoughtful 12 yo daughter told the staff up front. They made a special booth table for us and greeted us with a balloon at our table. At the end of the meal we were treated with a big complimentary slice of pie. It was delicious and big enough for each of us to take a few hearty bites.
We will return again.
Was in San Luis Obispo for the night and decided to treat ourselves to this restaurant at the Madonna Inn as had always wanted to try. The initial hostess/reception people were completely unfriendly, unresponsive, ignored us, and we had to go back to them several times to find out the status. We noticed several other groups with the same problem. There was no place to wait except a coffee bar which had dirty dishes/food at every place setting & was never cleared during our 45 minute wait. The decor was so dated & gaudy it looked like a 1960's princess dream. The pastry displays, cookie jars and all counters were utterly filthy. When we finally sat some of the silverware had dried on food. My veggie plate was stone cold and nothing was worth the price. We should have turned around and walked out the door at the start. I have never rated a restaurant before & I never complain or return food. I tip well & leave people alone but couldn't live with myself without comment on this one. Kept hoping there was going to ba a saving grace. Just nothing good. So hope this can spare someone else their health, time & money.
The cafe is separate from the formal restaurant but you can order from either menu. The madonna inn is famous for its kitschyness and eccentric design, therefore attracts the tourist crowd (reflected in their entree prices). But if you're traveling by 101, it's just off the highway and worth a look.
We loved Copper Cafe!! The staff is extrememly friendly and attentive, the food was super yummy and it's such a gem of a restaurant; part of an utterly unique and enchanting Inn that delivers quite an awesome experience!! Thanks to all who serve at the Copper Cafe and Madonna Inn with the utmost professionalism, yet friendly and engaging dispositions!!
Waiter was terrible never asked for drink order, very slow. For the price they charge for food and drink much more is expected. First off was told waffles were available on dinner menu then waiter said hostess was wrong no waffles available. Which made seven year old granddaughter break down. Got appetizer and never received drinks. Finally food arrived missing one dinner. Most of us were finished by the time final meal arrived. Mention this to manager who told waiter and then change server. Poor management style made my spouse very upset that waiter was told while we were there. Should have been done in private after we left.
Wasn't sure what to expect from a restaurant that is part of a tourist attraction. The food at Copper Cafe was surprisingly very good and plentiful! Both adults and children in our party enjoyed the experience. The decor lived up to its hype! The children in the group felt like they were at Disneyland with the over-the-top decor and the beautiful giant cakes!
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