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Center Street Grill

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1001 Center St, Ste 1, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3796
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11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Sat - Sun 9:00 am - 2:30 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
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    4 of 5 stars
Excellent pot roast with mashed potatoes and green beans . Superb !

Food excellent. Hot , pot roast mashed potatoes and green beans. Service was average . Nice atmosphere.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2014
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Vallejo, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014 via mobile

First of all the staff and owner are wonderful and simply went out of the way and made our anniversary meal special. We both had salads, my wife had the Chinese chicken and I had the Greek salad with grilled salmon. The flavors were exquisite and the ingredients were fresh. We also had the mimosas. We will definitely will be... More 

Thank edharrisbo
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Food excellent. Hot , pot roast mashed potatoes and green beans. Service was average . Nice atmosphere.

Thank Bjorkman55
San Jose
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2013

Center Street Grill is a hidden gem just off the main track in Downtwon Santa Cruz. It is big with a very relaxed feel. My preference for dinner is an entree size salad. They met my desires with a wonderful chicken Chinese salad that was totally yummy. But the prize goes to the chef for the Carmel banan bread pudding... More 

Thank TmomSanJose
Santa Cruz, California
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209 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 121 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2013

Tuesdays there is a special for a beer and a burger. The ambiance is nice. It gets a little loud. This particular evening, there was only one server, Bo. He was a little over worked and our service was not as good as it was on previous nights. The burger is good. There is fresh lettuce and tomato with onion... More 

Thank JeriLG
Atlanta, Georgia, USA
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2013 credit card Amex Card Member Review

We were in town for a family wedding and stopped in based on decent reviews for late Saturday morning brunch. They weren't extremely busy however it didn't seem they had enough help to cover everything. The menu options were good for brunch with several daily special items. We waited a long time for our food to arrive which you wouldn't... More 

Thank Donald C
Oceanside, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2013

We cannot say enough about how great we were treated by the Center Street Grill on September 15, 2013. We hosted a brunch the morning after our son's wedding at the Center Street Grill and Marty along with her staff made sure that the brunch went off perfectly. Their venue was amazing for the over 96 people who attended and... More 

Thank rgando
stockton ca
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013

This was a nice looking place with very good food. We went for lunch on a Thursday and were surprised to find they were almost empty. Loved my philly steak sandwich and the service. If they offered ranch dressing it would have all been perfect. Nice vegetarian sandwich and chicken club sandwich for the family.

Thank tippitendren
Kansas City, Missouri
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4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

Center St Grill is fantastic ! We had a Family Reunion - and Center St. worked with us who were out of town in setting up a time, menu and so forth. When we got here we found the most wonderful owners, cooks, servers and others! They went out of their way to make everything work and work extremely well... More 

Thank rossbeau
Santa Cruz, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2013

Had a great meal here that included Lemon Caper Chicken and a fantastic Chinese chicken salad. The atmosphere is comfortable and modern. Not too crowded. The best part of our meal was the dessert. They make a Carmel Banana Bread Pudding that is out of this world. It's worth going there just for the dessert.

Thank PacificAve
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54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

We have been to the Center Street Grill several times and have always found the food to be well prepared and of high quality. Service has sometimes been slow in the past, but has definitely improved. Our meal, including a yummy limoncello-champagne cocktail, was excellent from start to finish.

Thank olive2eat

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1001 Center St, Ste 1, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3796
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-423-4745

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:30 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
9:00 am - 2:30 pm

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