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Cafe Mare

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740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536 (Cooper street)
Metro bus station 1 block away.
(831) 458-1212
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11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Description: Old world charm in the heart of Santa Cruz, authentic Italian cuisine with...
Old world charm in the heart of Santa Cruz, authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on weekends. Ample public parking.
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Good for:
Casual Elegant
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 16
    Very good
  • 3
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Delizioso

Cafe Mare (pronounced MAH-ray) is located at the intersection of Front Street and Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz. White linen tablecloths, votive candles and fresh flowers make this a romantic dining spot. A fringe of icicle twinkle lights decorates a bank of windows that looks out onto... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 15, 2015
BrinMoreson
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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58 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Top Contributor
98 reviews 98 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

Cafe Mare (pronounced MAH-ray) is located at the intersection of Front Street and Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz. White linen tablecloths, votive candles and fresh flowers make this a romantic dining spot. A fringe of icicle twinkle lights decorates a bank of windows that looks out onto Pacific Avenue. An Italian dictionary will help you figure out how to... More 

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Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

I got a very good carpaccio, delicious lamb, very good wine! Everything was very good, including a very friendly service!

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Capitola, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Great Italian food! My favorite in Santa Cruz. I love that it is great food and great service every time. There is never a wait and time is everything these days. The best part is the Gelato, the best around!!

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Lafayette, Ca
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

the food was sorta OK. The service was good. The special filet mignon pasta was not worth the price. The noodles had been microwaved, I guess, as completely dried out and the sauce was not really present. I felt ripped off for a bad meal.

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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Upon arrival to the restaurant on Thursday evening, we were welcomed by Adrian ( the tall gentleman) who in my opinion is the best waiter in California. He is very charismatic and with a passion to offer a great customer service. He looked after us very well and made our last evening in Santa Cruz very special. The spaguetty with... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

We had no idea this place has been in town for over 10 years. We tried it for lunch and we were blown away. Next, we tried brunch and then several times for dinner. Great food, wonderful service every time! How has this place been kept secret?

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Corona, California
Top Contributor
81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

I ate at the bar for my dinner. The bartender was very cordial and helpful. The risotto was ok, not the best I have had. The tricolore insalata was very good and presented well. They also offer fresh hot bread.

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Silicon Valley, California
Top Contributor
97 reviews 97 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Located conveniently downtown, Cafe Mare offers a delicious selection of Italian-themed fish and meat dishes, in a fun setting, with a friendly, helpful staff. Our waiter was in fact Italian, and was charming and funny throughout the evening. He was not afraid to make helpful suggestions for what we might like to have, and all were just outstanding. The price... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Me and my wife decided to visit while staying for a night in Santa Cruz. I can't praise this restaurant and staff enough. Our meals were delicious! Some of the nicest Italian food I have eaten outside of Italy!

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Contributor
11 reviews 11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014 via mobile

Used TA to find a nice place to eat for dinner for Glen's birthday and were thrilled with this place. Fantastic food and great service, particularly Adrian our waiter. Thanks for a lovely evening.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
    (Cooper street)
  • Public Transportation: Metro bus station 1 block away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: (831) 458-1212

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 31 - 50
  • Cuisine: Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

Description

Old world charm in the heart of Santa Cruz, authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on weekends. Ample public parking.
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 2:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm

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