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Tortilla Flats Restaurant Santa Cruz

4616 Soquel Dr, Soquel, CA 95073
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Ranked #10 of 29 restaurants in Soquel
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $20
Cuisines: Southwestern, Mexican, Seafood, Tapas
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
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38 reviews from our community

78% Recommend
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English first
Santa Cruz area CA
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
90 helpful votes 90 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2014

The atmosphere here is fantastic - pretty restaurant - features a rather exclusive menu and special offerings. Innovative cuisine and integrity at all times. Great place for a special occasion - try to visit at off-peak hours if possible as it is popular and rather small environment. Delicious specials - your favorite menu items are dependable and exciting at the... More

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Felton, California
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313 reviews 313 reviews
137 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

Good selection of Mexican style food. they have very good specials and a great variety of Margaritas. Limited wine selection. Can be crowded and noisy at dinner. Good service and tasty all you can eat chips & salsa. A bit pricey for some items.

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Soquel, California
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

As for the staff, we had a different experience from the previous review. We were promptly seated and everyone was friendly. We had to wait for another party and the staff was understanding, brought drinks and took our order only after we were ready. We picked a table beneath the speaker, but the waiter graciously turned down the volume for... More

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2014

Though I will give Tortilla Flats Restaurant kudos for the food the staff there rates poorly for congeniality. First time there they refused to seat us because our whole party had not arrived. Second time there we were asked to leave because they needed the table for people who were waiting. I personally find it rude for a staff to... More

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Top Contributor
107 reviews 107 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2014

Some friends had told us this was a great place to eat, don't know what was not going on the night we ate there, the 26th of march. The service was slow and bad, the food was just so so, and to top it off the price was tooo high. They could of had a off night, but when 3... More

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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87 reviews 87 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

O.K. Not every review can be as easy as the Swan Oyster Depot in San Francisco. Tortilla Flats is just what everybody says: cozy, friendly, etc. But really? Refried beans without cheese? The Chili Relleno was very good, but lacking any ZIP. C'mon, man! Flavor this puppy up with something! The tamales saved the day! VERY GOOD tamales! My Grand... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2014 via mobile

Not only best margaritas but excellent food! We've been there several times an never been disappointed . Well worth the wait! The salmon crepes was excellent I want to go back tomorrow for more. A little noisy for a romantic dinner but I think the food will over ride that . Advise...don't drive after more than one original margarita !!!!!!!

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Santa Cruz, CA
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

There's much to like about this tiny local eatery - food is innovative, a cozy and friendly vibe, and I love their collection of Mexican pottery on the walls. But I have issues with paying $14 -$15 for an entree that arrives with no rice, beans, or even a parsley (or guess I should say cilantro) sprig. This isn't Ruth's... More

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Senior Contributor
42 reviews 42 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2013

We were regulars at Tortilla Flats until a month or two ago. We loved the food and margaritas; it was our favorite Mexican restaurant in the area. The food is still great, but they've weakened the margaritas. When we commented that the ($12) margaritas didn't seem to have much tequila in them any more, our server said that the owners... More

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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2013

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. The food is more of a Mexican-Southwestern fusion than purely Mexican. So, for us lovers of the green chili, it is hands down the best place in Santa Cruz.

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