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Cafe Sparrow

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8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
(831) 688-6238
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
5:30 pm - 9:00 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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Capitola, California
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104 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

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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150 reviews
126 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

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 stars Reviewed 1 week ago 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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117 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 

Thank casilva54
Calistoga, California, United States
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29 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Let the French Country decor... Make you feel right at home... Awesome calamari Piccata... Killer seafood cappelini...

Thank Stan B
Santa Cruz, California, United States
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17 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Although I have occasionally seen men in Cafe Sparrow, I consider the restaurant a ladies' lunch spot. It is so charming and lovely it jest seems to call out to me and my lady friends. The service is always exquisite and the experience just can't be beat. I'm embarrassed to admit that I can hardly review the food because, as... More 

Thank Willow C
Ontario, California
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great restaurant. Every member of our family loved their food. Really fresh perfectly cooked and presented. Plenty of variety on the menu. We loved this place food was amazing.

Thank DAndreasen
Santa Cruz
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27 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Have eaten here a number of times and have always had a good experience. Service is very good, food is exceptional the only negative is that it is a bit noisy.

Thank Rumrunner68
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food, very quaint. Good wine selection. Locally owned always fresh consistent food. We've been dining here for 30 years. Do yourself a favor and fine at Sparrow

1 Thank Jerry S
Aptos, California
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The cozy white cottage atmosphere is light and friendly. Food and service are great. It is our go to place for business lunches and dinner for two to six.

Thank Richard83144

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
American, Gluten Free Options, French
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Romantic
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?