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Harbor Cafe

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535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Danville, California
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51 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

So, there are a few great breakfast places in Santa Cruz that all the locals and regular Santa Cruz visitors know about. However, Harbor Cafe is the best! Why? Because the breakfasts and lunches are beyond the usual traditional fare that you find in breakfast joints. My wife and I have been there 4 times in the last three weeks!... More 

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Hurricane, Utah
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Within walking distance of our accommodations at the Harbor Inn. Good food, good service. The menu is extensive and the service was great.

Thank adele2222015
Missouri, United States
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30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This place was packed! We sat outside for breakfast. service was excellent, food was delicious as were the cocktails. Try the polenta fries, yum! Another plus - dog friendly🐕

Thank Jacoandre
Sinking Spring, PA
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88 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The Harbor Café is a can't miss when we're in Santa Cruz and it certainly did not disappoint this time around. They have an extensive breakfast and lunch offering including very creative takes on standard fare such as omelets, benedicts, scrambles and breakfast sandwiches. Enjoy a mimosa or bloody marry with your meal if you like. This facility is also... More 

Thank Gibbled371
Santa Cruz, California
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38 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We used to frequent the Harbor Cafe but due to work and cross town traffic this little gem fell off of our radar. We were on our way to Aptos for lunch, but due to gridlock on the freeway, we decided to make our way here. We got the next to the last parking space in the lot even though... More 

Thank ed o
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74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2016

I've heard good things about this place, but our breakfast certainly did not live up to the hype. The hash browns were mediocre at best, and the cheese omelets were downright awful. The cheese was like rubber, and in some cases it was so hard that it couldn't even be cut with a knife. Worst we ever had! The extremely... More 

Thank olive2eat
San Diego, California
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65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2016

My son and wife have tried to go here before but it was always very busy and parking is a problem. We took them but went early and had no problem parking or getting seated so I would recommend going early. The food was very as well as the service. Please try this place and you won't go home hungry.

Thank Rodney A
Livingston, Montana
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101 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016

We came across this restaurant totally by accident... in the midst of a driving rainstorm... but we're oh-so-glad that we found it! It's a delightful cross of "young-and-hip" together with SO many marvelous REAL foods... and lots of 'em in generous portions. Off the top of my head, I can specifically recommend: their bacon was fantastic, yummy, chewy (in a... More 

Thank Heanyjw
Flower Mound, Texas
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2016

We ordered a bacon omelet - it was absolutely delicious and plenty of food for 2. The environment is very casual and chill. Nice patio. Full bar - even for breakfast!

Thank Nicole S
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2016

For our group of 6, this breakfast was a hit! This place has a great Santa Cruz vibe and the food was amazing. And the OJ was fresh squeezed! Would have loved to enjoy the outdoor seating area but it was raining. Don't miss this spot.

Thank Lovinphelan

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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 of 5 stars
American, Cafe
Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Local cuisine, 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: 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?