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Cafe Sparrow

8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
(831) 688-6238
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Ranked #2 of 60 restaurants in Aptos
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: French
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014 NEW

Walking in (a party of 4) without reservations, we thought we might experience a wait. However, a "reservation" had not shown so we were immediately seated in this little jewel of a restaurant. (NOTE: DO make reservations unless you don't mind sitting for a while on the outside bench!) Although I have enjoyed lunch at "Sparrow" many times, I had... More

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San Leandro CA
Top Contributor
75 reviews 75 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

The menu is limited but everything is cooked to perfection. We especially like the nightly specials....

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Aptos, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

This is a true story and a study in human behavior, a real slice of life: The Review Overpriced, overrated, slow service, good food..... Arrogant and incredibly rude owners. Made 5:30 reservation. Arrived promptly. Appetizers and drinks arrived in a timely manner. Appetizer was roasted garlic which was good. My Petite Caesar salad was drenched in dressing, but still tasty.... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

I came here with my friend for nice lunch. We had to wait for over an hour for our food. The restaurant was empty. When we complained, the hostess yelled at us that they were not a fast food place. We could barely eat our food after that and our drinks were not re-filled and we were not given a... More

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Livermore, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

this long time personal local restaurant owned by a local family just makes you feel special....low key no rush personal attention .....besides enjoying meals I had my nieces wedding shower there and what a LOVELY time with their attention totally set up by them weeks ahead of the special occassion ....can NOT go wrong......

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Santa Cruz, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This is one of my favorite go-to restaurants that remains special. There are two main seating areas - the smaller, more intimate one is very romantic or even girly with a fabric covered ceiling, cushy banquet seating and large bunches of dried lavender spilling out of baskets on the wall.. There's a view into the kitchen, but unlike other restaurancts... More

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Aptos, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

A great place to take your mom for a special day, great food but a bit on the pricey side. Butter warning! They do love the heavy sauces.

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San Francisco, California
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41 reviews 41 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We decided to give this place a try with 2 young kids in tow. It's definitely more of a ladies lunch out kind of a place, but our family enjoyed it. The food was delicious. I remember it being on the pricey side though... so it was a splurge for us.

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Fountain Valley, California
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 via mobile

We thoroughly enjoyed our meal here. Food was tasty and well prepared. The ability to buy a half glass of wine allows pretty risk-free opportunity to try something new. The decor is pretty without being overly feminine.

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Aptos
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Cafe Sparrow has a charming, relaxed country style and is comfortable, especially in the lower room, as the front room has rather close seating. Excellent varied menu and wine list, reliably good food, friendly, attentive service. Always satisfying. Prices are moderate.

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