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Harbor Cafe

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
+1 831-475-4948
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Great breakfast. Consistently voted best in Santa Cruz. Best to visit on a week day due to crowds. Also offers full alcohol bar.

Thank David H
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 8, 2017

The food is yummy but the wait is super crazy long. Plus the hostess screwed up on our four-legged head count. We told her 4 people with two dogs. When she told us our table was ready (about 1 hour later), she didn't know we had dogs. So we waited for another 35 to 45 minutes. Ugh! So be sure... More 

Thank RLM B
San Francisco, California
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 5, 2017

All of us really enjoyed our breakfasts at the Harbor Café, but particularly the California Croissant. The "small" mimosa was served in a good-sized glass, and was delicious. Sitting outside, even in December, was fun. The service was quick and friendly. Only the frittata was a bit rich for my daughter's liking, being a bit too heavy on the cheese.... More 

Thank kragusa
Shanghai, China
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016

This place was always bustling but with good reason. You can get lost in the shuffle a bit but we never had to go looking for service. If one waitress/hostess got tied up, another would ask if we needed anything. We sat outside in the sun where we could people watch. There is seating out front by the busy sidewalk.... More 

Thank CPax99
Washington, DC
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 14, 2016

I came after rush hour so was seated pretty quickly. Having read reviews, I didn't want to come at peak rush and wait. I ordered coffee. Over the course of waiting for my meal, eating my meal, ordering an extra pancake at the end, no one refilled my coffee. I asked and someone forgot, I waited, and finally got a... More 

Thank rebkitty
Manteca, CA, USA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 9, 2016

Excellent breakfast and lunch. Only open until 2pm. Great inside and outdoor seating. OK to have your dogs outside. There is always a wait, but the turnover is quick and it's DEFINITELY worth the wait! This is our "go to" spot when friends come to visit.

Thank Manteca_Traveler
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 7, 2016 via mobile

The hot spot for breakfast in town. Big lineup on sunday before they even opened. Good and broad menu choices. A must on sunday

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
New York City
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Nice local vibe here. I ordered the Captain's Fritatta, good and very filling for a reasonable price.

Thank Yoritomo
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 25, 2016 via mobile

Harbor cafe is a fun restaurant for the whole family, even your pooch is welcome! We have been frequenting the cafe for years. Our kids love it and it is always a favorite of our friends when they come to town. Good music, friendly staff and yummy food. My husband and I like the captain's frittata! Our kids love the... More 

Thank Kenda H
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 10, 2016

Loved everything about this place. Everything felt extremely relaxed and friendly. We had the frittata supreme (which I strongly recommend) and the 3-egg omelette with sausage. Portions were huge and the food was delicious! Honestly the best breakfast we had during our 2 week trip in California.

Thank Odile S

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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 of 5 bubbles
American, Cafe
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Families with children, Dining on a budget
Open Hours
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-475-4948

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