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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.

100 Madonna Road
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
American, Dessert

Hours of Operation:
Daily: 7:00am - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Highway 101

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(805) 543-3000

Website:
http://www.madonnainn.com/

Executive Chef:
Jacqui Hanover

Additional:
Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Specials

Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Details

Welcoming you with seasonal favorites such as Prime Rib and Baked Honey Cured Ham or classic entrees Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail , chicken, fish, or vegetarian options. All served with homemade soup or salad, baked potato and fresh baked dinner rolls. Shops at Madonna Inn open all day!

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Monday, December 25, 2017

Details

Welcoming you with seasonal favorites such as Long Island Duckling, Roast Tom Turkey and Baked Honey Cured Ham, or classic entrees: Filet Mignon, Lobster Tail, fish, chicken and vegetarian options. Served with traditional sides, or seasonal favorites. Shops at Madonna Inn open every day till late!

Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.1

ambience

4.2

value

3.7

Noise

Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (11)
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Good for Anniversaries (6)
Good for Groups (6)
Scenic View (6)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Casual (5)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Special Occasion (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Neighborhood Gem (5)
Fun (4)
Quiet Conversation (4)
Authentic (3)
Business Meals (3)
Kid-friendly (3)
Cozy (3)
Good for a Date (3)
Romantic (3)
Seasonal (3)
Bar Seating (2)
Disabled Access (2)
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Vibrant Bar Scene (1)
Great Beer (1)
Live Music (1)
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People Watching (1)
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 (Central Coast)·Dined 3 days ago

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!

Tags: Special Occasion, Great for Brunch, Good for Anniversaries, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

copper café is always a very good place for family gatherings and breakfast and lunch, dinner is ok.
service has greatly improved and the history behind this place is worth the experience

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 26, 2017

Our table was very dirty with food squished on it and our water glasses turn upside down on it. Breakfast was not good, Waffles were burnt.

Tags: Scenic View, Cozy, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 24, 2017

Had a delicious thanksgiving dinner and finished the meal with pink champagne cake. It’s so kitschy and over the top “pink” and it’s worked for many years. Bravo to The Madonna Inn.

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 24, 2017

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

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

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.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Authentic
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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We had a lovely Thanksgiving meal last year. We wanted to enjoy another meal here this year. We will not return next year.
Did not feel welcome. We were told the wait time even though we had confirmed reservations.

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·Dined on November 24, 2017

We always eat there for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
We had dinner in the Copper Cafe but the ham dinner looked like the just throw it on the place, also it was like we got the end pieces. Just sad for them.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on November 23, 2017

high quality food / service at a high to moderate price- it was great for Thanksgiving get away!

Tags: Special Occasion, Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on November 23, 2017

The Copper Cafe at Madonna Inn never disappoints. We ate our Thanksgiving dinner there and each bite was delicious. They we very busy but we did not wait long for any of our food to arrive.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Kid-friendly, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion
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 (Tallahassee)·Dined on November 18, 2017

We took my grandson and his wife for brunch here for her birthday. Everything was great and they enjoyed the restaurant .

Tags: Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (San Joaquin)·Dined on November 18, 2017

Our server was horrible. She didn’t refill our glasses ever I had to ask someone else. She never asked if we needed anything. The food it self is very bland and not very good.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 12, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 10, 2017

This was a great stop between Santa Cruz and Ventura for a very special birthday lunch. The artistry and craftwork in this historic building are breathtakingly beautiful and a must-see!

Tags: Quick Bite, Special Occasion, Scenic View, Good Vegetarian Options, Fun, Authentic, Bar Seating, Good for Birthdays
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 29, 2017

The service was incredibly slow... it took 25 minutes to receive two cups of soup. Maybe they can bring in more help for the lunch hour when an event like the Bridal Expo is taking place. Cake is fantastic here. Save room!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 26, 2017

Had a wonderful Birthday celebration for my friend!
They saved the perfect table for us too! Great food and great service! Thank you!!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 8, 2017

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.

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·Dined on October 6, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Such a fun place to visit. The history behind the Madonna is also fascinating. Definitely want to come back and stay in one of the rooms.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on September 17, 2017

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.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Love breakfast and desserts! Haven't eaten there for any other meal, but when I'm in town two or three times a year, I always make a stop there.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Afternoon Coffee, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2017

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.

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 (London)·Dined on September 7, 2017

Excellent meal in a unique venue, great service and lovely ambience.

Tags: Fun
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 4, 2017

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.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on August 5, 2017

First visit here. Lovely! Will definitely be back.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Happy Hour, Business Meals, Afternoon Tea, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on August 4, 2017

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.

Tags: Scenic View, Worth the Drive, Fun, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Kid-friendly, Casual, Afternoon Coffee, Good for a Date
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Worst pancakes we had on our travels, burnt and really salty.

Didn't fit with the rest of Madonna Inn experience.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 30, 2017

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.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Always a fun place to go when visiting from out of town

Tags: Afternoon Tea, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 23, 2017

Great stop on a road trip for a must see beautiful property. Good food, great atmosphere. Recommend making a reservation
The place gets packed.

Tags: Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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·Dined on July 23, 2017

We came up on the train, it was my Mom's birthday. We came for dinner at the Cafe. A lot of food. Shared a piece of cafe. Walked around inside, she had a fun time. All good!!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 11, 2017

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!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Gluten Free Options, Quick Bite, Afternoon Coffee, Casual, Kid-friendly, Afternoon Tea, Fun, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Worth the Drive
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Had a wonderful experience. Everyone was lovely and helpful. Great food and ambience.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 1, 2017

Food was fine, service average minus. Feels like waitress knows people will come to this attraction anyway, effort is not needed.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch, Afternoon Coffee, Afternoon Tea
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 28, 2017

Much better then dinner. Still a bit pricey for what you get. Server was much better still slow.

Tags: Casual
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 (Orlando)·Dined on June 27, 2017

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.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 18, 2017

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!

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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