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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: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 95
    Excellent
  • 39
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Great Quality food

Love this place, when you want a great dinner, high quality and quaint atmosphere. Their sauces are amazing, they offer additional sides but the main dish comes with small sides, no need to order more.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
Meridthg
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Aptos, California
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Aptos, California
Level Contributor
6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Love this place, when you want a great dinner, high quality and quaint atmosphere. Their sauces are amazing, they offer additional sides but the main dish comes with small sides, no need to order more.

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Thank Meridthg
Aptos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is consistently our favorite place to eat in Aptos, or for that matter the entire Santa Cruz county. The decor is shabby country french chic and at first visit gives the impression that it will be none too special. Don't be fooled. The food is served creatively and is absolutely delicious. The menu here is pricey and worth every... More 

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Thank EileenM17
San Jose, California
Level Contributor
16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved the dining experience! So many yummy items on the menu to try. The salmon special was very very good & the venison was awesome! Nice selection of wines by bottle & glass. Super friendly wait staff & the head chef walks around chatting with folks through out the evening. Highly recommend!!!!!

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Thank Sixpacktravel
Aptos, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Consistently delicious French food. Excellent service and friendly atmosphere. Make sure to leave room for dessert!!!

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Thank Casamareaptos
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

We go to Sparrow 10 times a year, usually for pleasure, but also when we have guests to please. Casual feeling, yet crisply professional staff and consistently perfect food preparation. We own a winery, so I'm particular about wine lists, and Sparrow has a superb collection at fair prices.

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Thank Wells S
Marseille, France
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

This is definitely my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz county The food is delicious, always. The permanent items on the menu are perfect, AND everytime the specials make me dream. It could be fish, meat, soups, salads or cheese, it is everytime SO tasteful. Being a french in the US, I can attest this is real good french cuisine, not... More 

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California
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We live in Aptos and we have gone here several times for brunches, lunches and dinner. Usually when we take out of towners out to dinner. Also enjoyable and good meals. Its a small place comfortable.

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Thank highsz
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015 via mobile

Great neighborhood gem. Has extensive wine selections and a super desert menu. Leg of lamb and fondue is out of this world.

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Thank santacruzcat
northern california
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2015

I have always enjoyed the sparrow café because of the atmosphere and food. While it is classic country French type dishes, it has wonderful salads as well.

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Thank ashley w
California
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2015

Wednesday night we ate here and could not believe how good our dinner was. Both my husband and I had surf and turf (petite filet with crab cakes) served with 4 vegetables, what a plateful. Done to perfection! For dessert we had profiteroles. On Friday night we decided to go back - again a wonderful meal. My husband had venison,... 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: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?