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Cafe Limelight

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1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Mon - Wed 11:30 am - 8:30 pm
Thu 11:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Sat 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Westchester, California, United States
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79 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Here's a nice little spot with atmosphere and enjoyably unpretentious food. I spent an afternoon with my mentor here, in conversation in a friendly and quiet environment. The menu provides an array of panino, served with a salad. While it sounds like a light meal, the sandwiches are hearty and satisfying and quite enjoyable. The menu also includes coffees, teas,... More 

Thank Larry S
Portland, Oregon
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43 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

Ate lunch had caprese panini sandwich it was great!!!!!! Small cozy and friendly! Even have a menu for dogs!

Thank Shannonsassy
Sacramento, California
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2016

Eating on the patio with Ranger I was served a people menu, a doggy menu, and a bowl of water. Ranger was treated with love and dignity and was served a plate of turkey while I had a marvelous panino sandwich. It was delightful.

Thank Rangersmom123
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161 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 23, 2015

Food was good. Sandwiches, salads and soups. Wish they would add a few dinner options. Probably a better lunch than dinner spot. But great paninis, good service and a nice patio for the dogs.

Thank bl1416
Baltimore, Maryland
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2015

Love this intimate restaurant that feels like going to a family dinner. The folks at the Santa Cruz Food Tour recommended this place and they were right. Great favors, good jazz music, and an unrushed

Thank Anders C
Woodinville, Washington
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327 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2015

A very small restaurant with very big food. This little spot is on Cedar Street which is a block off of Pacific Avenue. It's a quiet place with small tables, a wall full of African masks and a a small service counter. The menu is a typical bistro selection, lots of sandwiches and paninis, soups and salads. There are some... More 

Thank Brin651
Santa Cruz, California
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 109 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 25, 2014

Cafe Limelight is one of my favorite lunch places in downtown Santa Cruz. I absolutely adore cheese in all its forms, and a good, toasty, melty, panino is one of my favorite ways to devour it (Grilled cheese for grownups! What's not to like?). Seriously...for a pleasant warm-weather lunch, you just can't beat one of Limelight's panini, with soup or... More 

Thank RedwolfCalifornia
Felton, California
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716 reviews
298 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 223 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014

We had a very nice lunch at this little café. Mostly Panini sandwiches and soups & salads. Very good lunch combos. The chicken tortilla chili is excellent although a bit pricey for a very small bowl. Definitely will return. Good value.

Thank simon s
Quechee, Vermont
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158 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 20, 2014 via mobile

Pleasant surprise on Cedar Street in Santa Cruz CA. Nice furnishings and decor. Entrées, soups & salads were delicious. Nice selection of microbrews. Good service.

Thank Norman W
San Jose, California
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 27, 2014

Happened into this low-key place on a weekend visit to Santa Cruz. It's really charming with a small menu of grilled sandwiches and salads. Very homey atmosphere and good service. I can't wait to go back and try more.

Thank Buffi O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 8:30 pm
11:30 am - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-425-7873

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