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2621 41st Ave, Soquel, CA 95073-2136
831-476-3801
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10:30 am - 10:00 pm
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Hours:
Sun 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Sat 11:30 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations
Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Reservations

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Visitor rating
  • 48
    Excellent
  • 41
    Very good
  • 11
    Average
  • 4
    Poor
  • 0
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best meal of my vacation

I dined here with my family of 9 on my recent visit to Capitola. It was the best meal of our entire vacation! We had a large group, including 2 kids plus a newborn baby. They treated us great, total respect. We had a reservation so we were able to sit on the outside patio, which was magical. The... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
JNow917
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Dedham, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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104 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Dedham, Massachusetts
Top Contributor
133 reviews 133 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
62 helpful votes 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

I dined here with my family of 9 on my recent visit to Capitola. It was the best meal of our entire vacation! We had a large group, including 2 kids plus a newborn baby. They treated us great, total respect. We had a reservation so we were able to sit on the outside patio, which was magical. The heaters... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Charming ambience! Good service! Poor but pricey food! Colorless food combination on the plate! No taste! Very poor copy-paste of qualified restaurants' menu. Too much crowded and noisy for a special dinner. Outdoor patio is certainly better for crowded evenings and having a lunch. Squash bruschetta- no charm on the plate, very bad taste in the mouth. Fried calamari: good.... More 

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Soquel, California
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13 reviews 13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

We always enjoy ourselves at Café Cruz!! The place was jumping from early on New Years Eve! It was a beautiful cool evening - so you could sit out side by the fire place or under a heater. There is a conversation lounge area, that is so nice if you want to sit in the patio and wait for dining... More 

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Calif
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Café Cruz is always popular as a go-to classy restaurant for reliably delicious food. My only suggestion for improvement is for the restaurant to try somehow to reduce the noise level. On a busy night -- which is every time we go -- the noise level indoors is so loud that a normal conversation is difficult. Of course, "noisy" means... More 

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Redondo Beach, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2014

We went here for their Christmas Eve dinner, and wow! It was amazingly good. Also, try their specialty drinks. Based on the main menu, there are some all around great options for dining. If its nice outside, make sure to sit on the patio.

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Corona, California
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81 reviews 81 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2014

A group of 4 and we had the Ono and swordfish, both were specials of the evening. Black rice accompanied the ono, which was simply delish!! The swordfish had a butternut squash polenta with and quite frankly, I am not a polenta fan, this was exquisite. We started with the crab cakes with a light lemon sauce, equally as good.... More 

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Red Bluff, California
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89 reviews 89 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Came here recently - two nights in a row. The first night we ate inside and shared an entree (portions very generous) ~ the next night we split an appetizer, salad and entree. This was recommended by friends who live here and when we arrived you could see that word is out - this is a favorite of the locals.... More 

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Scottsdale, Arizona
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014

A family member who lives locally suggested this place for lunch and it was a great idea! The restaurant was fairly crowded at lunchtime, including office and friends holiday lunches so the decor and the patrons were festive! There is a beautiful outdoor patio plus a cozy bar as well bar tables-bar height and regular, plus a dining room. The... More 

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Clovis, California
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Second visit to this restaurant and food was excellent once again. Waiter was average, but certainly not bad. Felt at certain points that my children (13 and 11) were an inconvenience in his eyes. For me personally, I am paying and they are with me, so as far as he should be concerned they were paying. But food was delicious... More 

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Charlottesville, Va
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

We stopped in here after an 8 mile hike in Big Basin. With the reviews we were expecting a "wow" factor. It's a nice place, food prepared well, but pretty simple food- but neither of us felt it was special. The only thing that wasn't good was the calamari- over breaded and really crunchy- that the calamari was lost in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2621 41st Ave, Soquel, CA 95073-2136
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Soquel
  • Phone Number: 831-476-3801

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Continental
Open Hours
Sunday
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
10:30 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
11:30 am - 10:00 pm

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