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Oswald

121 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, CA 95060
(831) 423-7427
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Ranked #22 of 329 restaurants in Santa Cruz
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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
Newark, New Jersey
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

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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170 reviews 170 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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3 reviews 3 reviews
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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92 reviews 92 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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39 reviews 39 reviews
24 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
15 helpful votes 15 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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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

Traditional American cousins. very good presentation and far superior to many other restaurants in Santa Cruz

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Menlo Park
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Oswald's for dinner last night for First Friday in downtown Santa Cruz. Well designed menu with a lovely selection of creative and garden-fresh salads. We enjoyed the scallop special which was served with a tomato garnish over butternut squash risotto. Delicious! Glen opted for the sautéed seasonal vegetables, which were perfectly cooked. Very nice... More

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Boston, MA
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50 reviews 50 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2013

Not the least good thing about this place, is it is directly connected to a large multilevel public parking lot! The chattering, noisy bistro setting works well with the layout, friendly and prompt service and great food. Wine list was a bit skimpy and West Coast-centric, but adequate. We lucked out to find ourselves at Oswald during Restaurant Week, and... More

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