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1522 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Ranked #65 of 327 restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $30 - $30
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cooper Street
Transit: Metro bus station with links to San Jose, three blocks away.
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55 reviews from our community

71% Recommend
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English first
Santa Cruz, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

This little restaurant is a great place for lunch and the food is quite good. We have visited twice and haven't had a bad experience yet. We have sat in the outdoor patio both times and it is always a good experience. The tables are small, but the patio is gorgeous. The only downside is that the bathroom is shared... More

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California Bay Area
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51 reviews 51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This place works for everyone! I had about given up on Santa Cruz as a place to accommodate everyone's palate and dietary requirements and then chanced upon this warm, charming bistro. I had a 1/2 order of the gorgeous pasta rosettes with marinara sauce and a side of mushroom soup, while my companions (meat eaters) chowed down on beautifully presented... More

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Lyons, Colorado
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24 reviews 24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW via mobile

We had been here one time in the past and decided to visit again for lunch. It is a relatively small restaurant, but easy to get a table for lunch without a wait on weekdays. The Sangria was excellent. The meals were reasonably priced. Everything is hand made from high quality ingredients and very flavorful and unique. As you would... More

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Hong Kong
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150 reviews 150 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Sat in the outdoor patio area which was quite shaded from the busy street by plants and a large canopy, so it was quite nice. However, I didn't think it was so clean and the outdoor furniture seemed a little old. The food was quite good, though. Service was ok.

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Hillsboro, Oregon
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38 reviews 38 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Chocolate has a cute little indoor area to eat as well as a lovely patio. The patio was very inviting and a relaxing place to have a meal. The service was friendly. I had the rosette pasta stuffed with ricotta. Order this! I had it with the artichoke pesto but it can also be ordered with a marinara sauce. My... More

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los gatos, CA
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27 reviews 27 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

They make the smoothest, richest hot chocolate with a large number of variations with added ingredients - cinnamon, chili, ... As you might guess, they serve a chicken mole' entree (chocolate in the mole' sauce), but I'm hooked on the slow roast pork with mole'-like sauce. They also make quiches, salads, soups, and, of course, chocolate desserts.

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Santa Rosa, California
12 reviews 12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

We visit this place every time we go to Santa Cruz, and to be honest for the item Sofia's hot chocolate on the menu. I think we owe it to the owner to leave this review here! The best hot chocolate ever.

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Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014 via mobile

We found this gem while walking around downtown Santa Cruz for their First Friday monthly art festival. Or main courses included a Greek salad, and a couple of their pasta dishes. The pasta is made fresh rather than reconstituted from dried pasta, and it does make a difference. They don't have their own rest rooms, relying upon the ones at... More

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Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2014 via mobile

For a great treat, stop in and try the hot cocoas! I had the Fuego, a dark cocoa with cinnamon with a kick!! Awesome!! Give em a try!,

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bloomington, IL
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65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2014

We were shopping in the area and decided on Chocolate due to reviews we had read. We chose to sit outside for lunch. Was a wonderful place to enjoy lunch in a busy area tucked in behind potted schefflera plants for a neat, private garden feel. This restaurant has a Venezualian feel and food choice. We had the chicken pot... More

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