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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: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 37
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    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
Probably the best in town

We were looking for a nice restaurant and not some fast food and were very lucky to find this one. The service was great, they have a large wine list, we chose the local salmon and rib-eye steak for dinner, both was perfect. We recommend to go their by taxi or uber as there are some strange people... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 13, 2015
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Good for:
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
California
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160 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2015

One of the three partners has moved on and it shows. While the service was great, the food was a bit disappointing compared with other visits. I had the Caesar salad which is typically one of my favorites, however all you could taste was anchovy and I couldn't finish my salad. I then had the rib eye special. The steak... More 

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35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2015

We were looking for a nice restaurant and not some fast food and were very lucky to find this one. The service was great, they have a large wine list, we chose the local salmon and rib-eye steak for dinner, both was perfect. We recommend to go their by taxi or uber as there are some strange people on the... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

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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40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

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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10 restaurant reviews
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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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7 reviews
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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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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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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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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: Doing business, Special occasions, 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?