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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
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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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: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 76
    Excellent
  • 28
    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
Lovely, friendly, and delicious

I walked in right off my road trip--wind blown and alone. The staff welcomed me with smiles. Such a charming cafe. The food was excellent and reasonably priced.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 11, 2015
Kristen J
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Special occasions
  • Local cuisine
  • Doing business
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115 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • Italian first
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English first
Auburn CA
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

I am only reviewing this for breakfast as I have not tried lunch or dinner here. I have heard many good things about this restaurant but I must say I was not impressed. the seafood omelette was tasty but the bill at over $20 per person for breakfast was a little much for what you get. I can think many... More 

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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

I walked in right off my road trip--wind blown and alone. The staff welcomed me with smiles. Such a charming cafe. The food was excellent and reasonably priced.

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Pacific Grove, California
Top Contributor
220 reviews 220 reviews
86 restaurant reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

Of course there are other places to eat in Aptos, but this one is by far the best. If you're from out of town, as we were, you'll have to keep an eye out, because the sign is a bit confusing, the way the two words are spelled out. We drove by it, turned around and happily found it just... More 

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Scotts Valley, California
Top Contributor
115 reviews 115 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Have eaten here many times, mostly for brunch or lunch, once for dinner. It's an odd little place on 2 slanted levels, with a

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Kihei, HI
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015

Cafe Sparrow still has the charm, great service and delicious food that we remembered from years ago when we lived in the area!

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Santa Barbara, California
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98 reviews 98 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

We visited our daughter in the Santa Cruz area and asked her to make dinner reservations for the three of us. We met at the restaurant. Pat and I each had the New Zealand Venison, which was a special and our daughter had steak risotto. The venison was cooked perfectly for each of us and acompanied by a nice selection... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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63 reviews 63 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Extraordinary variety of salads in a quaint setting, a bit for grannie with paper embroidery mats, an excellent wine list, we went with great grannie and the meal never failed from an hors d'oeuvre of roasted garlic and chutney, to delicious plates, mine a grilled tuna with salad (after all this is California salad master state), and this is not... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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21 reviews 21 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Doing business
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?