About Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn
San Luis Obispo, CA 93405
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.
Hours of Operation:
Daily: 7:00am - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
Copper Café and Bakery, at Madonna Inn Ratings and Reviews
We like going to the Copper Cafe for all occasions. The last time I made a reservation through Open Table and I called to confirm the reservation as well, for 11 people, 2 highchairs and Gluten Free Bread. When we got there, they had our tables set up for us, though a little cramped, we made it work. But when we ordered our meals we wanted to order 4 Club sandwiches with the Gluten Free Bread due to allergies. We have ordered these before from there and they are delicious. Needless to say a few of us were disappointed, they only had 6 slices. Our waitress said that she was aware of our large party but they never told her about our request for the Gluten Free bread, therefore someone dropped the ball. They need to communicate better!!! My order was the last to come out it was the Southwest Steak Salad, although we ordered 3 of them, it took awhile I think they forgot mine.
Our waitress was Great!!!
We arrived early for our reservation and were promptly seated, even though they were very busy. This was much appreciated. Our server, Taylor, was extremely friendly and accommodating. Food portions were huge and very tasty. We were staying at the hotel (which was wonderful), celebrating a birthday, and even though we were there for breakfast, she still brought out a huge piece of beautiful, Pink Champagne cake (compliments of the house). It really made the Birthday girls day! We will definitely return :)
We have been told to go there by friends because of the distinctive features and we wanted to experience it by ourselves. It is a nice restaurant full of details. There was live music at night and they have an interesting gift shop. It is really expensive but even the restrooms are worth visiting!
Put us at terrible table even though we had reservations. Booth behind the round counter and next to icecream station and kitchen door, even though resturaunt wasn't busy. Waited 20 minutes for server show. My daughter ordered an item, just to be told they were out later. Cake pieces were smaller than normal. Brought family to show them how wonderful it was, probably won't be back for a long time
The Madonna Inn Copper Cafe offers an (unadvertised) slice of one of their famous cakes on a birthday or anniversary. We usually look forward to the toffee crunch cake with shipped cream, but this time we weren't asked which we wanted and were surprised to be delighted with their choice: white cake with whipped cream and gobs of rich creamy yellow custard, the cake accented with pink colored shavings of white chocolate. The custard was nearly as good as mother used to make!! The birthday girl loves Copper Cafe pancakes and I was very pleased with the Denver Omelette, only $1 more for bagel and cream cheese instead of toast. No leftovers!
Waitress was attentive and did her best. The food was quite awful. Vegetables overcooked. Broccoli is NOT supposed to 'melt' in your mouth. Holiday special duck was tasteless, the dressing had no flavor. Cake - although huge, fluffy and supposed to impress - tasted just plain sugar with a hint of lemon flavor with some coconut thrown in for texture. Heavy Midwestern or rather old European (I mean ooold! like German / Austro-Hungarian) ambiance.
I am sad to write this review. I have been coming to breakfast at Copper Cafe over the last 8 months. I live down the street and was born here in 1969. I never came until recently. It was awesome over the summer. Incredible service and really good food. I recommended it to all my friend. This week alone I have gotten feed back from two friends saying it was sub standard. I thought well maybe its because they went for dinner. But i took 5 people along with me for breakfast yesterday. it was not buy . The service was not good at all. The food was even worse. Did you get a new cook? really, the food was not the same. Or the waitress didn't ask for what we ordered. My dad ordered the belgian waffle. It was so dry. i won't go on and on but I took the time to write this because I really want your cafe to be the way it used to be. Great service and tasty food. I noticed the prices increased but that didn't bother me. What will keep me from making it my new breakfast spot will be if the service and quality of food don't continue to be fantastic. I love your resturant and really hope you make the corrections.
I'll start out by saying the food was good, as it always is. I ordered the Southwest Steak salad, husband got the hot roast beef sandwich and the kids shared a cheeseburger followed by a delicious piece of pink champagne cake!!
I do not think I will be back on a major holiday, though. We fully expected it to be busy it literally took 15-20 min for our server to come to our table to take our beverage oder then it took about 40-45 more minutes before our food came to the table. We have 2 small children (4 & 3) so it was hard to keep them occupied for so long before eating. I don't know if this is normal for holiday dinner time but I know we won't be back for Christmas eve again.
If you want to step back in time and eat something you’re grammy would make...this is the place! I made reservations on line and was seated immediately. For the best seating, ask for a booth near the bar area, very cozy. If you like cocktails that taste like dessert, order a Pink Cloud. If you missed Thanksgiving at home, like I did, order the Hot Turkey sandwich. It’ll fix what you missed. And if you happen to have grown up eating Corn Beef Hash and crave it once again. They have it and it’s great. Even if you’re not hungry....just go to the Madonna Inn. Plenty of gift shops and you can walk around to see the Bold decor of Pink and Gold. It’s a pink dream from a by gone era.
As advancing years take away tolerable driving miles, we've made the Madonna Inn our halfway point home from the family Thanksgiving in San Francisco. The on-premises Copper Cafe is a cast back to the "fancy" eateries of my childhood in the '50s and '60s.
Solid American cuisine, the Cafe serves an upscale dinner menu BUT the dishes available in their adjoining steak house are also available here.
This is our third year straight dining with the Madonna family on the way home. If you are looking for haute cuisine and vegan creations, drive past the Copper Cafe into San Luis Obispo where there are ample choices. But if your taste buds harken for the comfort food of your youth ... or, your parents' youth ... the Cooper Cafe at The Madonna Inn will not disappoint.
Very disappointed at Madonna Inn for Thanksgiving dinner. Made early (6pm) reservation because we had a 3 year old with us. We arrived about 10 minutes early and were told it would be about a half hour and go look around at the shops and decor and check back in. Went back about 6:15 and still no table ready although there were several empty tables we could see. Took the 3yo outside in the cold so he wouldn't disturb the other diners and went back @ 6:30. Asked about the obviously empty tables and were told they were being saved for a party of 17. Also spotted an empty booth at the back but were told that was for the owners and no one else was ever allowed to sit there. Finally got seated about 10 minutes later and sat for 15 minutes before I got up and went to the front to tell them we hadn't even gotten water yet and were about to leave (and then where would we eat on Thanksgiving?)
A server finally came over with water and took our drink order... we didn't dare let her get away for fear of never seeing her again so ordered dinner as well. My daughters coffee and grandsons juice arrived soon but my glass of wine and our friends beer took awhile. The food was a mixed bag. Prime rib was good, Lamb chops were a little overdone and my duck was overcooked and dried out. Mashed potatoes were instant out of a box. Dinner came with an antipasto tray and rolls but we had to ask for them halfway through the meal.
We have enjoyed eating there many times before but will never never go for a special holiday meal again. You go to a restaurant on a holiday to have a stress free meal but excessive waiting, poor service and marginal food made this occasion anything but stress free. By the way, the party of 17 was seated about 7:30. We would have been done by then since we had a young child with us. They even blamed the other guests for sitting too long which should be expected on a holiday. The manager did come over to apologize and comped 2 of our 4 desserts.
never been so disappointed with this place. we have always enjoyed our food and experience here but I will never have a holiday meal here again. was way over priced seemed as if we got what was left over (Little scraps of turkey) the enormous price did not even include dessert so we passed on that too $315.00 did not include the tip and no drinks just water for 7 people 1 being a child. a turkey dinner way disappointed we have been dining here for more than 30 years.
We come here once a year at least from out of town to take a relative for a sort of
pre thanksgiving meal. The restaurant was beautifully decorated for Christmas and
with the outside lit it was very pretty. Our server was very friendly and effecient and
the food was delicious. So for us it was a great experience all the way around.
I got reservations because there was a professional conference with a 1 hour lunch break. I knew all the other attendees would swarm the restaurant at 11:30. The restaurant was so overwhelmed my reservation was ignored and we had to be seated with another couple at the same table. This was disgusting and unprofessional. I will never return. BTW the eggs Benedict was a 4 at best: no Canadian beacon but a huge slice of ham which overwhelmed the entire dish.
We usually enjoy having breakfast here. We were seated promptly but it took almost a full hour to receive our food and when it did arrive 3 of 5 meals were bad and one was returned. Very disappointed. Possibly a new waitress and cooks. Not sure if we'll return.
Breakfast, Brunch and dinner are traditionally served in an old fashioned setting that takes you back a few years. The live music is worth scheduling dinner and dancing. They have their own wine label, house wine is mediocre in an area with superb wine flow from the over 200 wineries in the region. Cocktails are mixed to perfection, Bloody Mary recommended for breakfast with Bacon, Waffles and eggs, lunch must is the Pastrami sand which Or Ruben on rye.
Dinner pick a steak you won't be disappointed with medium rare selection.
Copper Cafe at the Madonna Inn offers a tasty breakfast and an upbeat atmosphere. We were seated immediately and our birthday celebrant enjoyed a balloon with a huge piece of chocolate cake on the house. My coffee cup was never empty! I'd recommend the restaurant to all my friends and relatives.
With 7 people, making a reservation was key! We didnt have to wait, they already had our table set up and ready to go. I love the copper tables and the water goblets and the salt and pepper shakers! And who doesnt love pink sugar! The eggs benedict has always been and always will be my favorite. perfectly cooked and beautifully served. Great coffee, although draw back is the cups are small so if its busy you might have to wait to get a refill. The servers were super friendly and always willing to grab a pot of coffee and fill up our cups when we asked. They got balloons for the little ones and we had a great breakfast!
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