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Kiantis Pizza & Pasta Bar

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1100 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4415
831-469-4400
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Today
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night

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  • 30
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  • 36
    Very good
  • 20
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 5
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Busy place but very tasty pizza

We came here at New Years Day and the place was absolutely packed in the late afternoon. The open kitchen provides wonderful pizza and pasta in the speed of light. But everything is freshly prepared, tasty and the staff is very friendly

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 2, 2015
Angela B
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Berlin, Germany
Good for:
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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English first
Berlin, Germany
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

We came here at New Years Day and the place was absolutely packed in the late afternoon. The open kitchen provides wonderful pizza and pasta in the speed of light. But everything is freshly prepared, tasty and the staff is very friendly

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Ventura, CA
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
42 helpful votes 42 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

While drinking a Hawaiian Beer & eating a calzone, a 70's retro disco dance show broke out by the staff members wearing feather boas juggling pizza dough, in a restaurant called Kihanti's (spelled w/a K) only in Santa Cruz, California. Good food & unexpected show provided a memorable dinner experience. Worth a return visit.

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Lemoore, California, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2014

Try the antipasto salad for first course then fettucini. Enough for two and then some to take home! On a balmy day, be seated outside as restaurant is in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz.

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Sonora, California
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77 reviews 77 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

Cocktails and appetizers yes! Had a great drink "Pair of pink panties" and the pesto flat bread, and I would recommend them both. Great service and very nice outdoor seating right on Pacific for some fun people watching. We will be back here!

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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16 reviews 16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

We had dinner here one Thursday night, and it was a really nice place. The atmosphere was good, there were TVs showing baseball (I still don't understand it) and tennis. Our server was pleasant and willing to offer suggestions on what to eat. We had a cobb salad, which was delicious, and a pizza to share - which had to... More 

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San Francisco, California
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28 reviews 28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 via mobile

We came over here instead. The serving staff was pleasant and helpful. A nice outside eating area, filled with happy people. However, our pizza was not what we expected. The crust was tasteless, and we ate only 1/2 of it. Probably will not return.

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Novato, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
53 helpful votes 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Whenever we visit Santa Cruz, my teen daughter insists on coming to Kiantis since she loves their pizza. We visited recently on a Saturday night about 8pm. No problem getting a table inside. Parking is a hassle since it is downtown. Go about a block past and use the city parking garage. Their downtown area is quite lovely with all... More 

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California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

It's been several months since our last visit, and it was no surprise to see people waiting outside Kianti's. At the height of the dinner hour, we were given a 25 minute expected wait for an inside table. There is outside, street side tables (heaters available) as well as a banquet room in the back of the restaurant where we... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014 via mobile

When we got to our table it took a while for a server to even come over which wasn't impressive. The menu had a good variety of choices with make your own pizza, pasta or calzones and we all had very nice meals. Getting drinks also took a long time and we had to ask for refills but the pizza... More 

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Thousand Oaks, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

Great choice for the wide variety of preferences in our group of 6. I loved the Piz'salad (pizza crust with salad on top!) but the Caesar salad ordered at our table was less than spectacular. Thumbs up for the pizzas and build your own pastas. We loved our spot inside at the front window. Great location in downtown Santa Cruz,... 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 0 - 15
  • Cuisine: Italian, Pizza, Pizza & Pasta
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
10:00 am - 10:00 pm

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