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Cafe Limelight

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1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
831-425-7873
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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, Seating

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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
Lovely

Food was good. Sandwiches, salads and soups. Wish they would add a few dinner options. Probably a better lunch than dinner spot. But great paninis, good service and a nice patio for the dogs.

4 of 5 starsReviewed October 23, 2015
bl1416
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California
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91 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015

Food was good. Sandwiches, salads and soups. Wish they would add a few dinner options. Probably a better lunch than dinner spot. But great paninis, good service and a nice patio for the dogs.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

Love this intimate restaurant that feels like going to a family dinner. The folks at the Santa Cruz Food Tour recommended this place and they were right. Great favors, good jazz music, and an unrushed

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Thank Anders C
Santa Cruz, California
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156 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
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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Thank BrinMoreson
Santa Cruz, California
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74 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 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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Thank RedwolfCalifornia
Felton, California
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616 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
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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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Thank simon s
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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Thank Norman W
San Jose, California
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8 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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Thank Buffi O
Santa Cruz, CA
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53 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 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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Thank Rosiq
Santa Cruz, CA
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 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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1 Thank PacificAve
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 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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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 allow dogs on the outdoor patio?