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Cafe Cruz

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American, International
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2621 41st Ave, Soquel, CA 95073-2136
831-476-3801
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11:30 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: Lunch, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 69
    Excellent
  • 60
    Very good
  • 17
    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 of 5 stars
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Have been to this restaurant soon after it was know as the Grapesteak and have enjoyed the food and lively atmosphere. You have to love this place despite its lack of parking (arrive early and be prepared to possibly walk a ways). On a recent visit unfortunately I was not impressed by the food as... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
RonCentralCA
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Capitola, California
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Capitola, California
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82 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have been to this restaurant soon after it was know as the Grapesteak and have enjoyed the food and lively atmosphere. You have to love this place despite its lack of parking (arrive early and be prepared to possibly walk a ways). On a recent visit unfortunately I was not impressed by the food as I once was. A $25... More 

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Thank RonCentralCA
Peoria, Arizona
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016

This restaurant offers wonderful food and fantastic service. We had a large family post-Christmas dinner there, and couldn't have been happier. We had drinks, appetizers (calamari and artichokes were excellent), a variety of meals (pork, hamburgers, steak and chicken). A few desserts were shared - Caramel and Sea Salt Cake...need I say more? Unbelievable. With our large party, not a... More 

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Thank Kathie H
Santa Cruz, California
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106 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

My husband and I went to Cafe Cruz for dinner (for my birthday). As always the food is great. We ordered salad (which we split) and chicken plate as well as one of their specials. Each was tender and moist....they definitely know how to cook a good meal. We were talking about the food here and decided that we have... More 

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Thank Jackie L
Carnelian Bay, Ca
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215 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2016

but my husband is over the top with his dinner of the mahi special where he could substitute the two sides. He ranks it in his top 10 meals ever. My steak sandwich and crispy onion rings that comes with caesar salad was soooooo good too. And will be tmrw as well. Cafe cruz is consistently good, therefore the great... More 

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Thank roamingnoni
New Hampshire
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95 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2015

My wife and I shared a fried calamari appetizer, a Caesar salad, and a rotisserie chicken entree. The fried calamari was excellent while the salad and entree were above average. The service was attentive without being overbearing. Although the room was energetic, we were still able to have our own conversation without raising our voices.

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Thank zippo46
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269 reviews
224 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2015

We eat here about every 6 months or so. This place usually is a 4 star, but last night it was superb. The service was outstanding, our pork was fantastic and the wine special was very good. I'm giving this place a high recommend for anyone looking for good quality home cooked style food.

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Thank soifdawg
Oceanside, California
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28 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015 via mobile

Getting together with my brother and sister along with spouses, we choose an 8 pm dinner time on a Saturday night. The reservation for 6 was ready on time. Wait staff was attentive and knowledgeable of the menu. Although busy with folks still in the waiting area, service was timely. Food items very from sea food to rotisserie chicken to... More 

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Thank Doc_Dern
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37 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

First of all you MUST have a reservation especially at night. This place is small and can be crowded at times. For more relaxed dining asked to be seated on the patio. They have the portable heaters and fire places outside but take a jacket just in case. The food is good and you get a nice portion, desert was... More 

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Thank microbug95
Santa Cruz, California
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This high activity place has it all. Beautiful brick and light- filled areas and a comfortable friendly atmosphere serving unique,huge, tasty salads and sandwiches as well as a full bar. My all time favoritemeal is the grilled prawn sandwich-so,so great! I can only eat 1/2 as it filling and large but what a treat. The wait staff is especially friendly... More 

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Thank MaxtheCat2014
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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69 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

I almost hate to write another review for Café Cruz, since it's crowded as it is, but it deserves a good review. It's a lovely restaurant with different areas of indoor and outdoor seating (I like the little enclosed garden best), and a nice bar area. They do wonderful roasted chicken and other meats. Their grilled artichokes are excellent. Their... 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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?