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Cafe Sparrow

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8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
(831) 688-6238
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Open now
All hours
Sun 9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Sun - Sat 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Mon - Fri 11:30 am - 2:00 pm
Sat 11:00 am - 2:00 pm
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San Jose, California
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133 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

An unexpected detour led us to Aptos and Cafe Sparrow. We are glad we visited. What to Expect? Food: A smaller menu full of unusual dishes. Lunch was all very tasty from the salad to the entrees. We were impressed by the thoughtfulness of the presentation. Ambiance: The place was packed. It’s an older building and the interesting decor makes... More 

Thank MrGaucho1987
Salinas, California
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37 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I've been coming here for about 20 years and it's always excellent! The food is always fresh and delicious.

Thank Annandale2
Kings Canyon Sequoia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

I love Cafe Sparrow. Food has always been excellent. It's on the pricey side, but worth it. I've been dining here for 30 years.

Thank elmo1945
Santa Cruz, CA
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016

I almost dislike writing about the Cafe Sparrow, because I don't want it to get any busier than it already is! We go at least twice a month and consider ourselves "regulars." The service is friendly, the food consistently delicious, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. We've been coming for years and know everyone there. My husband always gets the... More 

Thank AnnieSantaCruz
Santa Clara, California
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 11, 2016

Five friends descended upon Cafe Sparrow. One was gluten-free, with no dairy. We all got fabulous choices. My fettuccini with the filet was to die for, and two of the people has the venison which they both raved about, and my wife had a pork chop the she loved. and our one-off, loved her meal. We will be back.

Thank David A
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 31, 2016

The service was very good. The meals were served quickly with a nice presentation. This small, cozy atmosphere is pleasant for dining. The wait staff were friendly and accommodating.

Thank CaptainDennis
Capitola, California
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123 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 27, 2016

Had not been to this local restaurant for a number of years and thought to try again. I recalled portions of small size at prices a bit high. Found the same quality good food, with even smaller portions and even higher prices. If you're into little plates for a sum, then go for it.

Thank RonCentralCA
Santa Cruz, CA
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153 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 22, 2016

We live nearly an hour north in the mountains north of Santa Cruz, so we don't get to Sparrow as often as we otherwise might. Last night we celebrated an anniversary, and my wife chose Cafe Sparrow. Everything about our evening was special, from the warm greeting by staff, really thoughtful service from a great waitress, a really broad menu... More 

Thank JimBrown
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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016 via mobile

Sat down greeted warmly got roasted garlic app immediately with cup of curried beef lentil soup Very attentive to refilling drinks my husband had the polenta salad he liked and I loved the warm chicken pear spinach salad we plan to come for dinner -great find!

Thank Marjorie V
Lafayette, California
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121 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 14, 2016

Other reviews labeled this as a lady’s restaurant, however I would say this is more like a perfect knock off of a New Zealand/Australian Tea Room. It has the same vibe (cheery pastel décor, weathered wood floors, interesting wine racks, etc) that I’ve experience on vacations abroad. The menu has a wide variety of lunch selections with a good selection... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
American, French
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Special occasions
Open Hours
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:30 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
11:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: (831) 688-6238

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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?