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Harbor Cafe

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535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
831-475-4948
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8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 44
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  • 32
    Very good
  • 0
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  • 3
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  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Blueberry Crumble French Toast!!

We waited about 40 minutes to eat breakfast, but it was worth the wait! We had friends already dining, so we were able to grab bloody mary's and sit at their table while we waited. Once they had finished, we moved outside where they had a nice little patio area and complimentary coffee, which is a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Kaelen K
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We waited about 40 minutes to eat breakfast, but it was worth the wait! We had friends already dining, so we were able to grab bloody mary's and sit at their table while we waited. Once they had finished, we moved outside where they had a nice little patio area and complimentary coffee, which is a plus in my book!... More 

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Thank Kaelen K
California
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12 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

I had lunch at the Harbor Cafe this afternoon. As a party of three on a sunny Sunday, we waited close to 30 minutes to be seated but there's seating for your wait and we used the time to go over the menu. You can specify a preference for indoor or outdoor dining if you'd like. They will seat you... More 

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Thank TingNa
Brasil
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37 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016 via mobile

Top homemade cooking in a cool place where you also can get a chance to make new friends. Allow some time to start biting something because this place is usually crowded.

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Thank Ricardone
Shaker Heights, Ohio
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

This place is absolutely the best. Maybe Santa Cruz is the best and the Harbor Cafe adds to that, nonetheless..I ate breakfast here every day of my vacation. The frittata with avocado and housemade hot sauce still leaves my mouth watering. now perhaps it's because I was in California, but the fruit cup I ordered on the side was ridiculous.... More 

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Thank vrronica
Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015 via mobile

I love this place. Sit outside if weather permits. The food is great. Dog friendly. Cocktails are amazing. Staff are always prompt. Only drawback is wait on the weekends, but put your name in and grab some coffee or one of their famous bloody Mary's. Try the polenta fries, biscuits and gravy, or any of the eggs Benedict-salmon,avocado or classic.... More 

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Thank CindyandTy2015
Seal Beach, SO CA USA
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154 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2015

The crowds waiting at a table on weekend mornings testify to how good this small cafe is. It just seems fun to be there. Waitresses are friendly, fun, and efficient. Good is great! I look forward to going back again!

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Thank SteveTraveler
Santa Cruz, California
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310 reviews
257 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

This is a really nice place to sit outside and have a great lunch! I had "The Works" a great juicy hamburger, the polenta fries and an awesome Bloody Mary. They are also dog friendly as long as you have a leash. Enjoy!

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Thank davidsantacruz
Buena Vista
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36 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2015

This is nothing fancy, but it's good. It's mostly open-air with no AC, but the weather was mild. It appeared to be open only for breakfast and lunch, and I wanted lunch. I had the fish tacos, and they were excellent, with a yummy habanero cream sauce, although it wasn't hot, just tasty. The cole slaw was made with a... More 

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Thank Jeanne B
Sinking Spring, PA
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61 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

Highly recommended for breakfast. Large portions and outstanding service. This is a can't miss place in Santa Cruz.

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Thank Gibbled371
Oakland, CA
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49 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

After reading some reviews, I decided to bring Lanie dog and check this place out. There was a huge crowd out front, several with dogs, so I expected a long wait (it was Saturday morning after all). Imagine my surprise when I asked the hostess about how long the wait was and she pointed out the first come, first serve... 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: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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?