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Kiantis Pizza & Pasta Bar

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Italian, Pizza, Pasta
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1100 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4415
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10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Takeout, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
fun, casual dining

We have tried numerous salads, pizza, and pasta here and enjoyed them all. My son's favorite is the spinach and feta pizza!! Feel is contemporary Italian, with Mexican and creative American rounding out the mix. A nice blend!!

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago
Valerie A
Nipomo, California
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Bar scene
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Nipomo, California
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31 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have tried numerous salads, pizza, and pasta here and enjoyed them all. My son's favorite is the spinach and feta pizza!! Feel is contemporary Italian, with Mexican and creative American rounding out the mix. A nice blend!!

Thank Valerie A
Santa Cruz
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a fine place for reasonable Italian food. They have a happy hour from 4 till 6 where draft beers are 3$ and appetizers are cheap. On weekends they put on a pizza parade and show which is great for the kids.

Thank paulsL732ZS
Mariposa, California, United States
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We brought in an unplanned party of 28. The staff handled it like pros. We were seated with drinks in less than 15 minutes. If the staff was not amazing enough the food was even better. We had pizza, salads, sandwich's and more all the food was great tasting and good sized portions. The entire meal was outstanding!!

Thank Steve S
Edinburgh, Scotland
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41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We visited with 4 kids aged between 5 and 13 and they loved this restaurant. The pizza was good and the danced by the staff was an unexpected bonus. Fun evening.

Thank glamourgil
Folsom, California
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2015

Great pizza and pasta dishes at reasonable prices. The staff comes out a couple of times on Friday nights and sings and dances while tossing pizza dough.

Thank TheDataMan
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17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

We had a table at the window. Good for people spotting in the street. Wow, like a 1960 convention, but the people never left. The restaurant itself was very nice, good food end efficient service. We had the restaurant specials in pasta and in salad, both were delicious.

Thank Plaszicht
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2015

We chose this place based on Tripadvisor reviews and were very pleased. It was early Monday evening and we got our food really fast. The pizzas were imaginative and very tasty. It might not be the best interior and atmosphere for a big dinner, but it was good for our needs.

Thank Karoliina K
Orangevale, California
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273 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 119 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

We have been to Kiantis several times thru the years and we keep coming back because the food is always good. We love the Kiantis signature pasta dish with a pesto cream sauce, bacon, sundried tomatoes, artichokes and bow tie pasta. The small will serve two people. they also have family size that serve 4-5 people. We tried the meat... More 

Thank NorCal-traveler08
Rochester, New York
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67 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

There were 10 of us in our party, and we were seated almost immediately without a reservation (it was on a Monday night). The service was prompt, the food was wonderful, and our server (Nina) kept our order straight.

Thank tpr244
Santa Cruz, California
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145 reviews
107 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2015

Kiantis is located in the shopping district in Santa Cruz. It's a casual Italian place full of atmosphere and some really good food. Our group ordered bruschetta off of the appetizer menu; it was like a mini pizza made with fresh ingredients. Very good. We tried a family serving of their gourmet pasta which was a bit heavy on the... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1100 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4415
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-469-4400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pasta

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Bar scene


Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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