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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

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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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103 reviews 103 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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Santa Cruz, California
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71 reviews 71 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
101 helpful votes 101 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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512 reviews 512 reviews
211 restaurant reviews
156 helpful votes 156 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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118 reviews 118 reviews
74 restaurant reviews
82 helpful votes 82 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
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49 reviews 49 reviews
42 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 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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87 reviews 87 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 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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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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