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Oswald

121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-7427
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Ranked #29 of 327 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Price range: $30 - $30
Hours:
Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front
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English first
Fremont, California
Top Contributor
128 reviews 128 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2014 NEW

I had dinner with a group of 6 and very much enjoyed the service and the food. It was not extraordinary, but was very good, hence the 4 stars. For a starter, I had the Dungeness crab with avocado and greens. The portion was quite substantial...so much so that I shared with my companion who ordered the Abalone, which was... More

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austin
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42 reviews 42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

My friend took me here for dinner he'd been to Oswald's before and loved it. Sadly, our dinner this time (3 years later) was just average. And I hate to call it average because it's so close to being GREAT. We ordered the specials - calamari and pork belly (cooked three ways)...I'd heard about the fresh calamari here- so now... More

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014 via mobile

good service and good food is hard to come by in Santa Cruz but Oswalds does a great job. Brought a friend here who was visiting from Atlanta. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly and honest. She told us what was the best and what wasn't. Every dish we ordered was great! It is a little pricey but you are... More

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Newark, New Jersey
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55 reviews 55 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

In a location known for attracting artisans in crafts and music, we were pleased to find artists in California Cuisine. Uniquely crafted cocktails like a Tequila & Celery Juice Martini (really good) started things off. I asked the charming waitress to please select my appetizer expand entree. The Braised Pork Belly with Tomatillo Sauce sent me into drug-free ecstasy. This... More

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Pennsylvania
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172 reviews 172 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The food was amazing - rich mushroom soup, excellent lamb & halibut dishes, dessert was lovely. They have a versatile menu, friendly staff and excellent service! The ambience is nice, but the restaurant is quite loud when full which was the only downside. It's easier to talk when the tables start to empty.

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Oswald is a Santa Cruz fixture and occupies a prime location in downtown SC. I have been eating there on and off for years and always enjoy the dinner. It can get busy and noisy around the weekend, so just be aware. Sitting at the bar is often a smart choice as the service is quick and the bar food... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Oswald is a Santa Cruz fixture and occupies a prime location in downtown SC. I have been eating there on and off for years and always enjoy the dinner. It can get busy and noisy around the weekend, so just be aware. Sitting at the bar is often a smart choice as the service is quick and the bar food... More

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Napa
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96 reviews 96 reviews
71 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

Had dinner here the other night with a good friend. I had the filet of sole appetizer and the blue cheese and endive salad. My friend had the nightly special which was the scallops with pea purée. The service was lackluster - just not attentive. It was as though the restaurant thinks it's got a lot of people that come... More

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Oakland, California
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40 reviews 40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

A group of us had ridden our bikes from San Francisco to Santa Cruz on our way to Los Angeles for the AIDS Lifecycle. We had out of town friends who were joining us in Santa Cruz and I wanted something really good, without being to fussy. We were very casually dressed cyclists and did not wish to feel out... More

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Watsonville, California
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29 reviews 29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

We love this restaurant, for the incredibly flavorful and often innovative food, the creative and expertly made cocktails, and the overall experience. Yes, it's often noisy, but lively places usually are. We try to go there as often as we can, particularly when celebrating something.

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