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1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
831-425-7873
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11:30 am - 8:30 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
Dining options: Lunch

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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
Small Cafe with Big Food

A very small restaurant with very big food. This little spot is on Cedar Street which is a block off of Pacific Avenue. It's a quiet place with small tables, a wall full of African masks and a a small service counter. The menu is a typical bistro selection, lots of sandwiches and paninis... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 14, 2015
BrinMoreson
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
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120 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

A very small restaurant with very big food. This little spot is on Cedar Street which is a block off of Pacific Avenue. It's a quiet place with small tables, a wall full of African masks and a a small service counter. The menu is a typical bistro selection, lots of sandwiches and paninis, soups and salads. There are some... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 107 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 189 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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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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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
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44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 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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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 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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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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9 reviews
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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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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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Additional Information about Cafe Limelight

Address: 1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
Phone Number: 831-425-7873
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
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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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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