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Saturn Cafe

145 Laurel St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4498
831-429-8505
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Ranked #47 of 325 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $0 - $20
Cuisines: Vegetarian
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Hillsboro, Oregon
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2014

Huge portions, tons of options.Giving up cheese is difficult, so many vegans opt out of Mexican food,giving this place a special WAHOO in my mind. They use Daiya brand cheese and a couple of their own.All super fresh, endless options, loved it!

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Montreal, Canada
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19 reviews 19 reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2014

A nice place to stop to eat after visiting the boardwalk & fairly reasonably priced. Recommend the onion strings and the burgers! The bathrooms were gender-neutral ("Robots" and "Zombies"), which I found very cool as I have never seen it at home.

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Dublin, Ireland
Top Contributor
208 reviews 208 reviews
167 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

Recommended by various vegetarian and vegan and gluten free Blogs as the best casual place to eat in Santa Cruz, I went here with expectations of having a reasonable lunch. I was not disappointed but neither was I pleasantly surprised. This is a no-frills experience; but what they do, they do well. My server was very helpful and explained that,... More

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Vallejo, California
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59 reviews 59 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014

Enjoyed a nice meal with some local organic beers. Dinner meal of burgers, incredible salads that were delicious, had plant-based protein. The proprietary "Saturn Pattie" was tasty, good texture and seasoning. Saw some amazing-looking vegan milkshakes go by on the waitstaff tray: would have ordered one if not enjoying beer. Good vibes, fun decor, good music, environment good for everyone... More

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Gimpo, South Korea
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18 reviews 18 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

The decor is a fun, quirky, old-school diner. The staff was friendly, prompt, and helpful. I felt that there was a decent selection on the menu and I was impressed by how well they catered to vegans and people with gluten sensitivities. I ordered the Space Cowboy burger but substituted the fake chicken patty for the black bean burger. It... More

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Vacaville, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2013

This is one of my favorite places in Santa Cruz. It was a perfect place of compromise for my friends, some of whom are vegetarians and vegans. They have great fries, so the omnivores were pleased. I feel that it's quintessential Santa Cruz, open late, veg and vegan options, eco-friendly, quirky, and delicious. I don't know which type of visit... More

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charlottesville
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73 reviews 73 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2013

The diner is kitschy-cute and charming but the food is just about dead center average. I've been veggie for 20+ years and found plenty of things to eat on the brunch menu but none of them sounded like anything more grand than what i could whip up in my own kitchen. The home fries were more "bland curry" than "home... More

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Flagstaff, Arizona
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2013

If you are a carnivore like me, don't worry...you won't miss the meat here. My wife, who is a vegetarian, first brought me here and I was skeptical, a diner style vegetarian restaurant. I must say, I'm a believe now. I've been to both locations, Santa Cruz and Berkley, this location is by far better. I suggest trying their shakes,... More

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Santa Cruz area CA
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2013

Humongous portions! And, nothing but fresh, imaginative fare - superior service and conscientious business too. Salads to LIVE for - and, I mean HUGE! Even a small one is BIG! Great values - great desserts - the BEST! Healthy food and if I could cook this way I certainly WOULD, however, you actually save money for it would be impossible... More

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Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

It can be a bit pricey, but it is delicious. Taco Tuesday gets you yummy vegan tacos for two dollars. Add a side of black beans and boom. A good vegan lunch for under $5. In general it has an amazing array of burgers and sides, diner-style but without the dead animals.

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