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Cafe Sparrow

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8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
(831) 688-6238
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Today
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 72
    Excellent
  • 26
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best restaurant in Santa Cruz county!

Cafe Sparrow is the best restaurant for miles around! -- the menu is inventive and the food is excellent -- the rack of lamb is a personal favorite! -- and there's a good, reasonably-priced wine list. The service is first class and very friendly -- if you have any special requests for food or... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
John E
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Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
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108 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Santa Cruz, California
Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Cafe Sparrow is the best restaurant for miles around! -- the menu is inventive and the food is excellent -- the rack of lamb is a personal favorite! -- and there's a good, reasonably-priced wine list. The service is first class and very friendly -- if you have any special requests for food or tables, just let them know. It's... More 

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Aptos, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

This is my favorite restaurant in the region. Never had a bad meal, the menu is fun and consistent, and the ambience is romantic and top star. I often recommend "the Sparrow" to people visiting from out of town.

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Salinas, California, United States
Contributor
14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

I have been to the Café Sparrow many times and just wanted to share with everyone this great place. Service is really good, let them know if you are in a hurry. But don't be go when you can enjoy and have fun. The food is great and the Chef makes every plate a masterpiece when placed in front of... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Went here with my kids and their boyfriends. The table was beautiful. The specials board was filled with yummy sounding entrees, and so was the menu. It was hard to make a choice! So we all chose a different entree so we could each have a bite! I had the Bouillabaisse, other entrees on the table were the rack of... More 

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aptos
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Shared a meal here with my niece. I had the Venison. It was fabulous. Really want to try the brunch!

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Santa Clara, California
Top Contributor
233 reviews 233 reviews
152 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We had a very tasty appetizer - Fromage...see pic! YUMMY! Melted Brie cheese on bread. (See pic) I had potatoes with garlic and sautéed spinach. (See pic). I loved it! The tuna was supposedly very good as well. My Husband liked his mushroom risotto Would definitely go back again soon! It's pretty pricey as well...but to me worth it.

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aptos
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The best restaurant in Aptos. Amazing food, great service. Great value for such a creative menu with a varied wine list.

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Copake
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We have had several meals here both lunch and dinner and have never been disappointed. The dishes are well presented and cooked just right. This is not a fancy city restaurant with white linen table cloths but more of a country experience with helpful, attractive staff and interesting dishes. Worth a visit!

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2014

This is a normal restaurant, if you are from San Francisco or New York, but rare for Santa Cruz. Since 1989, the owners have walked the fine line between uncompromising quality, and the ability to survive a difficult economy and limited client base in the immediate area. In southern Santa Cruz county, two restaurants stand out above all others, Cafe... More 

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Watsonville, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

We arrived early Friday evening, and fortunately there had been a cancellation. (Thanks to everyone who takes the trouble to do this!!! You're building up great karma.) My wife's large tenderloin was cooked perfectly to her request, and was "the best I've ever had." My bouillabaisse was so tasty, and filled with sea food, properly cooked. It was a bit... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: (831) 688-6238

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?