Permanently Closed - Pino Alto Restaurant - Cabrillo College

4.6
201 Reviews
$31 to $50
American

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Fall Semester 2019 has begun! We will open for Dinner September 11th and for Lunch September 17th.

Pino Alto Restaurant is located in the historic Sesnon House on the Cabrillo College campus in Aptos. The student-run restaurant is open for dinner Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. The Terrace, with more casual fare, opens at 5:00. The restaurant is also open for lunch Monday - Wednesday 12:00-1:15.
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4.6based on recent ratings
4.5
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4.6
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4.6
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4.5
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Karen
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We all were very impressed with everything. We will definitely be back. Wish all restaurants were as attentive to every detail.

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AnneT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal at Pino Alto and really enjoyed the wait staff. I've given them 5 stars even though there were a couple of service goofs. They were minor and the staff more than made up for them with their attitude. My halibut was perfectly cooked and my husband had one of the best burgers he's ever had. We will definitely go back and will also recommend it to all our friends.

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GeorgeK
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, good service, lots of fun. Thank you.

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SandieS
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have eaten there many times over the years. The food we enjoyed a few days ago was the best yet with the most variety. There was something for everyone at the table. The service was better than usual as well.

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Taffygirl
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall3food2service3ambience5

This venue is not as good as it used to be in years past. They no longer give you a cup of soup and a small salad as part of your lunch. You have to order everything separately. They used to make a variety of great breads, but now, it's the same kind everyday. Also, the food just isn't as good as it used to be, and the cost is higher. I wouldn't mind paying more for really good food, but the fare there lately has been somewhat mediocre.

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CharleneM
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had never been to lunch at Pino Alto, only dinner. It was AMAZING! Honestly, the most delicious fish tacos I've ever had (and I've had many!). Portions were huge! We're going back soon!

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BARBARAB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

i love this venue and that its educational for students, its a beautiful setting and next time if weather permits, I'll sit outside

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lyma
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

This was my first time there. The menu options are few, but there were good vegetarian and seafood choices, and even the (excellent) cauliflower soup was available in a vegetarian form. The food arrived at a slow pace, making for a very leisurely meal, but the service was otherwise excellent. They served an amuse bouche and palate cleanser sorbet between courses. The food was very good to excellent. The sea bass entree was on the pricy side, but it came plated at reasonable size, with accompanying vegetable, and included soup or salad. Plus we saved a lot bringing our own wine (no corkage fee!).
The dining room is elegant and intimate, although perhaps a little too quiet at times.
Overall, an elegant night out that felt like a special treat without breaking the bank.

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LeahA
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor seating with heaters. The food and service was great!

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enjoygoodfood
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Pino Alto was a delightful experience! The restaurant is located in a lovely historic building with a pretty view of trees and garden. The menu is sophisticated and updated, the prices are reasonable and the service is very good. The food was very tasty, and our extra needs to accommodate diet requirements were met. I love giving these culinary students an opportunity to sharpen their skills and enjoy good cuisine at the same time. I will definitely recommend this place to many!

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vipBeverlyM
Central Coast
110 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

We enjoyed our dinner at Pino Alto and found our server to be competent and engaging to tell us how the Cabrillo College culinary program works. There were hits and misses with food, but portions were generous and the menu was very interesting with a Creole theme. Will definitely return next semester.

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SusanR
1 review
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the sharp cheddar polenta as an entree and Tiramisu for dessert and both were excellent. My friends both had the beef and banana cake and they loved their food also. What was really special is that our wait person had also made our two entrees earlier in the day!!!! I LOVE Pino Alto.

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MedusaM
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely setting.
Waitress made us feel welcome and comfortable.
Tapas portions were generous and tasty.
We so appreciate how Very affordable it was for the elegant & fun experience.

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KathrynB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great experience here. The food was excellent and prices were very reasonable.

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CathyB
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love coming here and supporting our local culinary program.

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vipDelightful
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A lovely afternoon with good food and a beautiful venue.
Students are always so courteous and thoughtful!
Thank You

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vipkaboolie
San Francisco
67 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful setting and on a warm October evening you want to sit on the Terrace. The service is attentive and it's fun to talk to a budding chef or restaurant owner. The food is awesome- so many great choices. We had the Dayboat scallops and a wonderful lasagna! It's all so good! There is a wonderful selection of local wines and you have the opportunity of enjoying part of the process. These are wonderful personable students that are making impressive entrees! Go and try it all.

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KolleenO
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wow! These students nailed the food, beautiful plating, service, I was greeted with a smile, everything was perfect! 100% professional ~ beyond impressed. I have only good things to say. What a wonderful experience. I'll be back !

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AnnL
1 review
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We would definitely recommend to friends. Food was delicious, waitperson was excellent and gave us
a lot of personal service as did the chef/instructor. Ambience is lovely, a wonderful use of the historical Sesnon House with photos of its early days. We had such a great experience there that we have committed to many returns, with friends, to help spread the word and reputation of this jewel in our midst. Cabrillo College is a great institution and this culinary program is just one of many ways that it serves the community. I recommend that the community, in turn, give Pino Alto a try and help support the program and its students. You won't be disappointed.

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MarcelaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love sitting in the terrace, ordering from both menus (Terrace and Dinner), and enjoying a nice, relaxed, delicious dinner - or creating a tasting menu by ordering almost everything in the Terrace menu!
The food is expertly executed, the service is flawless. This restaurant offers very good food at very reasonable prices. You won’t be disappointed.

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HeatherD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food2service3ambience3

I think they were understaffed the day I went. The soup was barely warm although very tasty. Foccacia bread was fabulous. Pork belly very good but the panini sandwich was absolutely cold. When I inquired, they said the heat lamp was not turned on. I appreciate their honesty. Will try again....

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WilliamL
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant what closed for repairs when we got there. Maybe some coordination between Pino Alto and Open Table would be warranted.

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antm
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I had a confirmed 8pm reservation but Pino Alto was closed on the Friday they posted as open.
Their website says unexpected schedule changes will be promptly posted but it was not.
Despite leaving repeated messages, on their phone and online, they did not get back to me to cancel.
It takes more than culinary skill to run a restaurant. I can't speak to their California Cuisine but their California flakiness was exemplary. Children pretending to be adults- and no-one in charge that cares about their customers.

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robertc
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall3food5service4ambience4

I was never informed that the restaurant was actually closed on the day of my reservation.....I have been there before and enjoyed it. However, this is not the first time I have had this issue there.

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JollyJim1
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hello, We raved about the delicious food for many days. This is Luxury for Less.

Nicole

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GingerJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was excellent and I would recommend Pino Alto highly!

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JoyH
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

This was our 2nd time having dinner here. The food was delicious and presentation was very appealing. The only issue was really the timing of courses. There were lengthy pauses between courses. The music was also going on and off throughout the evening, not loud or anything but created weird periods of quiet where you could hear all conversations around us. We will definitely be back for the food and hope that the flow of courses improve over the semester

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AnneB
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Our second dinner at Pino Alto, for my birthday. We had to ask for more bread several times, my only complaint. Lovely selection and variety of dishes to choose from. We had the crab cakes, salad and parsnip dumpling soup, and we both had the fish stew. All very good. Yes, would recommend again, and I hope I think ahead to come more often. Most of our dining out is spontaneous. Thank you again for a delicious birthday dinner.

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Hillhikerz
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Beautiful view of the trees and the sunset, very relaxing meal (they are not trying to turn over tables ), enjoyed the intermezzo surprises between courses, nice menu selection...

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food with nice ambience and reasonable prices.

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kris
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

We've been to Pino Alto many times for lunch. This was our first dinner. All of us were very impressed. We skiped appetizers but had salad and/or soup. Both made a tasty start. The rack of lamb was to die for! Crispy chicken was excellent too. Sides were well prepared and paired nicely with the entrees. Wine list was very good. The four of us shared two desserts, the raspberry creme brulee and chocolate mousse. A fine finish to a fine dinner. As I said on the comment card, Pino Alto compares favorably with Shadowbrook. Thank you for a most enjoyable evening!

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mary
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The students did a fabulous job of cooking, serving, and checking back for extra requests. A great place for a date, dinner after a movie, or a celebration.

My only complaint was the dining room temperature was very cold. I needed to keep my coat on during dinner.

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CarolinaL
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent 10/10, the service was impecable, even better than most high end restaurants in town, super recommended, next we will bring our wine, I heard no charge, good job chef your students are doing great, congratulations.

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Jarko
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

The main dish was cold. I had to take it to the
Kitchen to be warmed up.

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Cindy
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience3

I always enjoy going to Pino alto for dinner as the wait staff is friendly and Ernest and the food is always exceptional. I would like it if it was a little warmer in the dining room as I always have to remember to bring extra clothing. I prefer soothing Calm dinner type music when I’m eating my meal not more active lively music. When I was there last I feel the music was a little jarring.

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VijayC
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

pretty setting, the carpets are a bit musty though! Attractive menu, the food was decent but not memorable. Service was prompt for misc items but took their time on the maincourses. Maybe I expected too much ...was overall OK but a bit of a letdown from expectations. Will give it another try tho!

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Mysho22
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really great! We spent our anniversary dinner here. They were great, food was fantastic.

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Robin
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This Cabrillo College gem is a wonderful way ro support the culinary program. The students prepare the menu, do the food prep, service, chat up the customers and attend to any issues or kudos. The pricing is attractive as you are provided a number of courses. My entree was scallops cooked to perfection. My companion had a generous serving of the lamb chops. Decadent desserts topped it all off.
You must visit and see for yourself.

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PattiM
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Pino Alto is an excellent neighborhood restaurant with yumny food and opportunity
/experience for those studying food service!

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SandieS
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience5

This is a program well worth supporting as it is a training program
Hit or miss service but always friendly with pretty good food

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Permanently Closed - Pino Alto Restaurant - Cabrillo College is rated 4.6 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.