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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: Breakfast

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Visitor rating
  • 33
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 0
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Really Good Food. Nuf said!!!

So many places trying to make their mark in the breakfast food market these days. There's only so much you can really do with eggs, beacon, toast and sausage right? Harbor Cafe is one of the stand-outs in my experience. Check out their menu, and go EAT! Easy to find, ok parking, good... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Danny_OI812
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Santa Cruz, California
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Santa Cruz, California
Top Contributor
204 reviews 204 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

So many places trying to make their mark in the breakfast food market these days. There's only so much you can really do with eggs, beacon, toast and sausage right? Harbor Cafe is one of the stand-outs in my experience. Check out their menu, and go EAT! Easy to find, ok parking, good pricing, great service. Awesome Benedict choices too.

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Santa Cruz, CA
Senior Contributor
49 reviews 49 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

The service ranged from relatively snotty (the hostess) to nice but slow. (Servers.) The eggs were okay, though were cooked over easy when asked for over medium. The hash browns are clearly frozen. The toast is just skimply piece of store-bought bread. The french toast was utterly flavorless. The only things that were fairly good were the coffee and the... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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130 reviews 130 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

There is always a line on weekends but they do offer self serve coffee while you wait. Breakfast is delicious and they always have a specials menu with amazing dishes. Drinks are strong at breakfast and the bloody mary is spicy. It is very casual with picnic benches outside. Bring your sweatshirt. This is our favorite place for breakfast.

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KlamathFalls, OR
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128 reviews 128 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Looks like this place used to be a house. Now there are tables and people everywhere! Indoor seating, seating in what used to be a yard, seating on a deck, seating under a blue tarp. Everywhere people. The food was acceptable, service excellent. Waits can be 1 or two HOURS! I put my name on the waiting list, walked 1.3... More 

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San Francisco, California
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Went here numerous times with my kids and usually had the pancakes which were lovely. Unfortunely I descided to be healthy and have the chicken salad one day and paid for it for the next three days.....

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Sacramento, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
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31 reviews 31 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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
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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
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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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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