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Zachary's Restaurant

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American, Cafe, Diner
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819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4433
831-427-0646
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7:00 am - 2:30 pm
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Hours:
Tue - Sun 7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 4
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Still goof 25 years later

We were up visiting Santa Cruz and of course had to go to Zachary's like we used to when we were students over 25 years ago. It hasn't changed much. Get there early on the weekend if you don't want to wait. We had a Mike's Mess and the Sourdough Pancakes, and of course an order of the incredible... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
wired2theworld
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Los Angeles
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Los Angeles
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41 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We were up visiting Santa Cruz and of course had to go to Zachary's like we used to when we were students over 25 years ago. It hasn't changed much. Get there early on the weekend if you don't want to wait. We had a Mike's Mess and the Sourdough Pancakes, and of course an order of the incredible coffee... More 

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Thank wired2theworld
Italy
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58 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I came back to this restaurant after a couple of years, to get my usual "Mike's mess" breakfast, but I was very disappointed. Both service and food were mediocre.

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Thank PickyRoam
Santa Cruz, California
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very popular local restaurant for breakfast lunch. Go a little early or a little late. I never tire of the basic burger or basic breakfast. Lots of good quality food. And you can cut out coupons for them in the local newspaper, "Good Times". You will love the breads they use and you can usually buy some to take home.... More 

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Thank frsaccomd
Culver City, California
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267 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Its s really good. and large portions.. the local specials are the best.. coffee great.. .eggs very very good. .

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Thank Jerry P
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is the best place for breakfast - delicious omelet, great and friendly service (our waiter was so great) and just a charming little place in town. Wish there were more places like this in Pasadena!

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Thank Montecito2014
NH
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82 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

A group of 9 of us went here for breakfast on a Friday morning. I am sure that this place is probably swamped on a weekend. A great large menu, so plenty of options for everyone. I didn't get the omelet but it looked fantastic, as did the two people who go it verified. I was told the pancakes were... More 

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Thank Christopher L
Glendale, California
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106 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2015

In a college town this place feels like its always been here. This was my first time here but it won't be my last. Everything feels comfortable, like being able to pour your self a cup of coffee while you wait.The service is so good you never want to leave. The food is healthy and filling. My French Toast was... More 

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Thank NoHoMike
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

told wait was 10 mins and then told 2 more times wait would be another 10 minutes. Oatmeal and pancakes good. Eggs just ok

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Thank lisustain
Santa Cruz, California
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24 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015 via mobile

I've eaten here numerous times. Some of my favorites are the corned beef and hash, they brine the meat there. The old fashioned, like a mix between a benedict and biscuits and gravy. The mike mess is humongous, delicious and way too big. Go for the junior mess. Also you can swap out toast for many different items. They bake... More 

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Thank Ryan831
Brooklyn, New York
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162 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 13, 2015

Nice breakfast location slightly out of the main downtown area. Half a mess will fill you up, as will a small omelette. Fast, friendly service and older ambiance make it a nice less-than-touristy location.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4433
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-427-0646

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 20
  • Cuisine: American, Cafe, Diner

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 2:30 pm

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