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121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Front)
(831) 423-7427
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8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 36
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 6
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 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
Wednesday Night Fixed Price Delight

Oswald offers a prix fixed menu on Wednesday nights which allows diners to enjoy a high end 3 course around the price of a regular main. Generous servings, this is not a cobbled together menu but rather a sampled selection of items on the regular menu list. Staff were excellent, there's a very good... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 2, 2015
TomFromOZ
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Melbourne, Australia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Romantic
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English first
Melbourne, Australia
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015 NEW

Oswald offers a prix fixed menu on Wednesday nights which allows diners to enjoy a high end 3 course around the price of a regular main. Generous servings, this is not a cobbled together menu but rather a sampled selection of items on the regular menu list. Staff were excellent, there's a very good supporting wine list including some half... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 144 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015 NEW

The food at Oswald is excellent, but the menu changes frequently based on what's fresh and available. This is a good thing—return visits let you try different food—but it makes it difficult to recommend particular dishes. Location is convenient to downtown, and there's plenty of parking in the garage next door. However, while the restaurant is cozy and decorated well,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2015

I been here before when it's been better but I was disappointed this time in the Prix Fix menu that we had after my daughter's graduation from UCSC. Very expensive for slightly better that average food. Salad of fried calamari on greens was good I've had as good other places. Skirt steak was a good tender cut and cooked perfectly... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

A great selection of food that is worthy of sharing but great alone too. I had the crab salad and the scallops and both were outstanding.

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Fremont, California
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Oswald's has become our go to place in downtown Santa Cruz. We are always greeted like friends and given royal treatment. The ever changing menu and featured cocktail specials makes this place always new and exciting. Parking is easy with the parking lot right next door! You won't be disappointed. Be sure to look in at the kitchen from the... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Awesome and unexpected in downtown Santa Cruz...VERY SF like resturant in funky Santa Cruz..excellent cocktails, AWESOME food and friendly service..makes Oswald your choice for a big night out! I’m going to stay in Santa Cruz for a whole month! based on eating at Oswald’s for at least 5 nights a wk! Enjoy! you will be a fan too!

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Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Had my birthday dinner at Oswalds. This restaurant never disappoints. Dinner was simple, but outstanding. Caesar salad followed by mussels in a saffron and sherry broth. Then came the foie gras which was fresh, sautéed to perfection and absolutely melted in your mouth. Main course was a super juicy and delicious burger with crumbled blue cheese. How can something so... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant one night and managed to get a seat at the bar. I would suggest to get a reservation if you can. They had a very good drink special and it seems that bartender enjoys coming up with new drinks. I had Chilean see bass which was cooked perfectly and went very well with the salad... More 

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California
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51 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

We went here with friends, hoping to be able to enjoy a conversation while we dined. No such luck! The food is good, but nothing extraordinary. What IS extraordinary, though, is the noise level - off the charts! It took several minutes for us to decompress after leaving... and we couldn't wait to get out of there. There are many... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

One of our favorite meals since moving to Santa Cruz a year ago. We had the pork belly and crab salad appetizers; duck and lamb as entrees and a wonderful warm fig and walnut tart with house made ice cream as dessert. The service was impeccable and friendly. We will be back!

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Additional Information about Oswald

Address: 121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Phone Number: (831) 423-7427
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
Open Hours:
Sunday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (Front)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: (831) 423-7427

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 30 - 30

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Good for: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Monday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:30 pm

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