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Buttery

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702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2313
831-458-3020
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7:00 am - 7:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible

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  • 207
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    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 3
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Great cakes, cookies, pastries...AND great meals!

The Buttery is a Santa Cruz tradition that does not disappoint! Outstanding baked goods of all kinds and, well... according to our family and many friends, the absolute best chocolate cake around! We have too many family favorites to list, but my personal recommendation is the chocolate ginger... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Walt W
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
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Santa Cruz, California, United States
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

The Buttery is a Santa Cruz tradition that does not disappoint! Outstanding baked goods of all kinds and, well... according to our family and many friends, the absolute best chocolate cake around! We have too many family favorites to list, but my personal recommendation is the chocolate ginger cookie. Outstanding! You will also find great salads, quiches, sandwiches, and meals.... More 

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Thank Walt W
Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Go for the cookies and cakes, which are awesome, but stay for yummy breakfast, lunch or early dinner. Their chocolate cake is truly the best and I have a real problem with the peanut butter cookies, they are delish!

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Thank Margaret P
Northern California
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76 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Buttery is something you have to experience at least once. Every pastry you can imagine. Its mind boggling that they bake all of this daily! Go for your cup of coffee and pick something out. In the summer you can eat outside. Always busy....fun to watch the Santa Cruz locals....they walk their own path!

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Thank CaptainStevers
Walnut Creek, California, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I love their cookies. We also had a great breakfast here. Love their coffee too. We always try and stop by here once on our visit. Whether its for breakfast or grab a sandwich to take to the beach.

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Thank debbie261
NYC
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210 reviews
154 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Each time visiting Santa Cruz we stop for breakfast or lunch. Wide array of delicious choices and healthy options. Great coffee and bakery items. Clean up can be a bit slow with busy tables. We bussed in order to make room and even then tables are not really clean. Today bathroom was broken. But hey. Laid back California.

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Thank shozgirl
California
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When I cross over the San Lorenzo River toward the East side of Santa Cruz, I often find myself on Soquel Ave. at the corner of Branciforte. What a beautiful sight---The cute wood-sided building housing The Buttery; a delicious reason to head to that part of town. Intoxicating aromas permeate the air in the back garden and inside the bakery.... More 

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Thank MsMouseCalifornia
Smithtown, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed my breakfast with the GF here. Little pricy but we'll worth it for the quality food/drink and friendly staff

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Thank Jared C
Santa Cruz, California
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I live closer than walking distance from the Buttery. This review is based on multiple visits. I often pass the corner on my way elsewhere and The Buttery is almost always hopping. I try to go when it's not too busy, it can be really loud inside, but that doesn't bother some people. It is pleasant to sit outside and... More 

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Thank Mole88
Sterling, Virginia
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19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I ordered a Red Velvet cake (to go) for 25 people from the Buttery, based on a recommendation from a resident of Capitola. It was absolutely delicious! It was for our 30th wedding anniversary and every single person enjoyed the richness of the cake and the yummy cream cheese icing. It was a hit! I ordered on-line and it was... More 

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Thank Donald M
Pacific Palisades, California, United States
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68 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I usually stop here on my way out of town, but then I want to sit and linger. My last time visiting, my daughter and I each had breakfast. It was crowded when we walked in, but by the time we'd ordered and paid, a table had opened up. Karma? Our food arrived and it was delicious. Well prepared, hot,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 702 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2313
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-458-3020

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: French, American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 7:00 pm

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