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Pino Alto Restaurant - Cabrillo College

4.6
144 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
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Spring Semester 2016 is under way: The last week for Spring 2016 is May 12 & 13.

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 5:50 - 8:30. The Terrace, with more casual fare, opens at 5:00. The restaurant is also open for lunch Monday - Thursday. We only accept lunch reservations for groups of 6 or more.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lunch: Monday - Thursday, 12:00 - 1:30 No Reservations

Terrace, Wednesday - Friday 5:00 - 8:30

Catering for up to 250 on Saturdays at the historic Sesnon House
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(831) 479-6524
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Cross street: Cabrillo Colleg Drive
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on December 8, 2017

This is a restaurant run by the Cabrillo College staff and students of the culinary program. The food is always very good to excellent. The service is usually a little quirky but it is fun to talk to the servers about their future plans in the restaurant business. We happened to go to the wine makers dinner this time. Dinner was great and the pours were very generous!

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 8, 2017

The meal we enjoyed was the Wine tasters special, 12.7.17. Unfortunately we have no wine palate at all so I couldn’t comment on the wines, however the 5course meal was among the best ever, anywhere! Pan fried scallops and pastry-wrapped beef were celestial, the smoked duck on a bed of greens was merely excellent. The cheese tray and desert tray were good, but spartan in contrast to the rest of the dinner. The experience with the staff was warm and attentive above and beyond the level of “great service” into the realm of memorable experience. It was an anniversary experience that we shall treasure.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on December 1, 2017

Enjoyed our food! Will recommend it. A great taste treat & wonderful value. Way to go students and teachers.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on November 18, 2017

We really enjoyed the tapas menu! The food was delicious, creatively conceived, and beautifully presented. Service was attentive without intrusion. The wine was a great deal and perfect accompaniment to the meal. The restaurant even serves a house made hard cider. Great ambiance.... we enjoyed our meal and look forward to coming back!

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Sue2steak (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on October 27, 2017

The duck dish entree was disappointing but the halibut was great

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MarkF (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on October 6, 2017

Every bit of the food was exceptionally delicious.

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MeatLovingVegetarian (Central Coast)
4.0
Dined on September 30, 2017

The food was fantastic. Fresh, flavorful, and creative dishes. The service was good but pretty slow. They seemed understaffed. It's so cool that the students make and serve all the food. You can detect their pride in their work. I would definitely go here again and would recommend it to others as well.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0
Dined on May 12, 2017

Unfortunately, Pino Alto called to say they did not have a table for us at any time, even though we made a reservation on Open Table. Very disappointing!

The rating I gave is from previous visits.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on April 14, 2017

Pino Alto is located inside a lovely historical mansion on the Cabrillo College campus. Easy directions to find it and a big parking lot.
Servers and chefs are students at the culinary school. The food, every bite, was fantastic. Would love to go again as they change the menus. Service is not perfect, but they try very hard which is to be commended. Knowing that these people are "in training", you will come to respect their hard work quickly and enjoy the evening.
Kudos to everyone at Pino Alto. Highly recommend sitting outside on the patio if the weather permits.

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vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0
Dined on March 16, 2017

I've eaten dinner here 3 times now, once many years ago and 2 times in the last 8 months. Every meal has been delicious and a great value plus the menu was totally different each time.

Here is a review of my most recent dinner. Booking a reservation on Open Table was easy. At the beginning of the meal the server brought us an amuse-bouche and some lovely bread and butter. I had a light salad to start and my companions had curried zucchini soup. The soup was fantastic, I wish I had ordered it instead of the salad, however the salad was light and refreshing. Next was a yummy sorbet palate cleanser. Then, onto the entrees, two of us had the filet mignon and one had the pork belly. All 3 of us loved the food and it was beautifully presented. At the end we shared one order of dessert, a panna cotta infused with flowers, and it was very good.

Everything was delicious and the pace was low key, we ended up spending 3 hours there chatting and dining and not once were we pressured to leave so they could turn the table. I really appreciate that!

AND you can BYOB with no corkage fee!

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Hours, Transportation, and Details

Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Dinner: Wednesday - Friday: 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Lunch: Monday - Thursday, 12:00 - 1:30 No Reservations

Terrace, Wednesday - Friday 5:00 - 8:30

Catering for up to 250 on Saturdays at the historic Sesnon House
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Cross street
Cabrillo Colleg Drive
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Price range
$30 and under
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Payment options
MasterCard, Visa
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Phone number
(831) 479-6524
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Catering
A perfect venue for weddings. Let the Cabrillo Culinary Arts department cater your wedding or event. Groups up to 250. Contact instructor Sue Slater at 831-479-5205 for food details. Contact Margitta Dietrick - Welsh at 831-479-6229 for information on availability and pricing.
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Liquor, BYO Wine, Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine