Thursday – Sunday: 11:00 am – 6:00 pm (closes Mon, Tues, Wed)

101 D Street |  Cayucos, CA 93430
(805) 995–5028

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In the Press


We’ve been featured in Sunset Magazine several times now. We were highlighted in the October 2013 issue, and their kind words can be found here. What can we say? We’re flattered.

We even appeared on the popular Food Network TV show, BBQ with Bobby Flay. The show examines local culinary flavors across the U.S., and they made a stop here to get a taste of our special recipes.

AAA Westways Magazine

“You can watch the waves from just outside Ruddell’s Smokehouse, a tiny barbecue shack in Cayucos that’s practically on the beach. There are enormous smoked oysters that taste something like a beach bonfire—briny, smoky, and purely of the sea. But here it’s all about the smoked fish. The smoked albacore and salmon tacos are locally famous, toasted flour tortillas packed with enough tender fish to sustain me through a long walk along the shore. I like to buy vacuum-packed smoked fish from the deli case—the perfect snack as I wind my way up the coast.”

Sunset Magazine

“Fantastic smoked tacos! The salmon and the albacore are served cold in the tacos, and the shrimp is served warm. Great blend of flavors with chunks of apple and celery served in the topping. Fantastic local BBQ sauce from Pepper Plant and hot sauce. If you like smoked fish or chicken, this place is a must! This will be a regular stop for me every time I’m in the area.”

NY Times

“Our next stop turns out superb tacos, but with a beachside surfer appeal. At Ruddell’s Smokehouse, a bubble-gum-colored outpost on Cayucos Beach, the owner, Jim Ruddell, owns up to his “gringo tacos” with a laugh, but his house-smoked meats and seafood are no joke. We feast on cumin-dotted pork loin and sweet smoky oyster tacos, to the thrum of the crashing waves.”

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Pet Friendly

We’re on the beach, so come get a great bite to eat and bring your best friend 2 legs or 4.

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