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Cafe Limelight

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1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
+1 831-425-7873
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good46%
  • Average3%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible3%
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“lunch” (5 reviews)
“panini” (7 reviews)
“sandwiches” (6 reviews)
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11:30 am - 8:30 pmAll hours
American, Cafe
$$ - $$$
1016 Cedar St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3828
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Reviewed November 23, 2016

This is a cute homey spot and perfect for a quick bite to eat. Patio & inside dining. Dog friendly :) Tomatoe Bisque soup came nice & hot & yummy. Turkey-Brie & pesto panini was wonderful as was Turkey Club panini. This was a perfect...More

Thank Kerryloves2travel
Reviewed September 19, 2016

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,...More

Thank Larry S
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
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
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
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
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...More

Thank Brin651
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...More

Thank RedwolfCalifornia
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
Reviewed February 20, 2014

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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout
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: +1 831-425-7873
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