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1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
831-425-7873
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12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • 9
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
My favorite Santa Cruz lunch place

Cafe Limelight is one of my favorite lunch places in downtown Santa Cruz. I absolutely adore cheese in all its forms, and a good, toasty, melty, panino is one of my favorite ways to devour it (Grilled cheese for grownups! What's not to like?). Seriously...for a pleasant warm-weather lunch, you... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 25, 2014
RedwolfCalifornia
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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69 reviews 69 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
99 helpful votes 99 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

Cafe Limelight is one of my favorite lunch places in downtown Santa Cruz. I absolutely adore cheese in all its forms, and a good, toasty, melty, panino is one of my favorite ways to devour it (Grilled cheese for grownups! What's not to like?). Seriously...for a pleasant warm-weather lunch, you just can't beat one of Limelight's panini, with soup or... More 

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Felton, California
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487 reviews 487 reviews
200 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We had a very nice lunch at this little café. Mostly Panini sandwiches and soups & salads. Very good lunch combos. The chicken tortilla chili is excellent although a bit pricey for a very small bowl. Definitely will return. Good value.

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Quechee, Vermont
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116 reviews 116 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Pleasant surprise on Cedar Street in Santa Cruz CA. Nice furnishings and decor. Entrées, soups & salads were delicious. Nice selection of microbrews. Good service.

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San Jose, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2014

Happened into this low-key place on a weekend visit to Santa Cruz. It's really charming with a small menu of grilled sandwiches and salads. Very homey atmosphere and good service. I can't wait to go back and try more.

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Santa Cruz, CA
Senior Contributor
48 reviews 48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This place serves panini almost exclusively. And the one I had was absolutely delicious. My companion's choice was also great. So the food really is top notch. The only negatives were that the appetizer came at the same time as the entrees, and the service, though really friendly, was very, very slow. Because we were having a leisurely lunch, it... More 

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Santa Cruz, CA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Cafe Limelight is casual, intimate and funky. It's a bit like eating over at a friend's house. Always great jazz on the stereo. We have some favorite grilled sandwiches here, but we always get the house-made hummus. It's served with bell peppers, bread, carrots and cucumber. It so so good it's worth trying this place just for it.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2012

I fell in love with this place initially because of the unparalleled panini. I fell deeper in love when I realized that if you sit outside you can bring your dog and order a treat for your pet from a special dogs' menu. But it's the pace and friendliness of this restaurant that's so special. Owner Farouk likes to know... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2012

Food is good but the menu is very limited. cozy atmosphere and nice staff. The soups are tasty and paninis yummy.

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Bay Area, CA
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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
35 helpful votes 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2012

I love the paninis here. The salads are very fresh too. It's a cute little restaurant that is decorated very nicely.

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Phoenix, AZ
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37 reviews 37 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2012

De-lish panini sandwiches right down the street from Penny Ice Creamery. Make your day that much better and have lunch at Cafe Limelight and a sweet treat at Penny Ice Creamery afterward. My idea of an ideal afternoon!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-425-7873
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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