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535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
831-475-4948
Today
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
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Visitor rating
  • 32
    Excellent
  • 20
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good looking breakfast, super shrimp tacos

this place popped up in our search for a seafood restaurant. We were hesitant after we saw the menu--the only seafood item was the shrimp tacos. They were delicious, moist, with just the right amount of zip. The small outdoor patio seating was very pleasant. We would go back to this great... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 10, 2015
Nickie B
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Sacramento, California
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
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Sacramento, California
Contributor
13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

this place popped up in our search for a seafood restaurant. We were hesitant after we saw the menu--the only seafood item was the shrimp tacos. They were delicious, moist, with just the right amount of zip. The small outdoor patio seating was very pleasant. We would go back to this great accidental find. PS The breakfast/brunch items that went... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

I always go early. The service is excellent...very mellow atmosphere. The food is extremely average. The outdoor seating is fun...but if you don't get there early the wait can be long.

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Jackson, California
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

Harbor Cafe usually has a line outside due to its size and its popularity with locals and travelers who know about it. There is seating outside and food is delicious. The Frittata is excellent! Very filling and enough for two people to share. Flavors galore! Service was prompt and polite. Servers went out of their way to accommodate us.

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Seattle, Washington
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The two days and nights before eating here, we stayed at the Ritz-Carlton in Half Moon Bay, and enjoyed the posh foods of that establishment. They were fantastic. This was a welcome change. We are NOT by nature posh people. We love a variety of foods, including the gourmet and refined flavors served at a $100+ per person brunch. But... More 

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Mariposa, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

Busy for a reason and a fun little place to eat good food! Bloody Marys were yummy! I suggest a reservation if you are a party of 6 or more. Would like to go back to try the other items on the menu that I wanted. Next time I'm in Santa Cruz.

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Hollister, California
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2014

This restaurant is always packed for a reason. The food is excellent, and everything is fresh. Bloody Marys and mimosas are worth the wait in line for a table. The plates are generous and you will leave with leftovers.

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stockton
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

The food is outstanding. This is a funky little place off of 7th avenue. Very casual but do not let this fool you. Imaginative sandwiches made from locally sourced ingredients. I enjoyed a California breakfast scramble on a croissant with home fires wich was delicious, the serving was so big I saved half for the next day. Good coffee and... More 

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Santa Rosa Beach, Florida
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Funky little place that has the nicest people working there... Only open like 7am to 2:00 pm ... And not a Huge men, which is, I think why they get it SO RIGHT! Nice playlist adds to the funky ambiance😍😍

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Great brunch, had 2 pancakes with berries and tasted many other things my friends had. Everything perfect

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Okemos, Michigan
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Off the beaten path and you definitely need GPS if you're a tourist. About 3-4 miles from downtown and the beach but worth the trip. We stopped in about 10am on a Monday and still had to wait about 10 minutes to get in. But the service was excellent. This place is known for its range of egg benedicts and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-475-4948

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 2:00 pm

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