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Harbor Cafe

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$$ - $$$
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535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-3911
+1 831-475-4948
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 2:00 pm
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Washington, DC
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47 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago 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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93 reviews
59 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
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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39 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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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15 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
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
Long Island, New York
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60 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 2016

First time here and I came with others who raved about the mimosas and deliciousness of their brunch. They have a great variety of dishes to choose from, indoor and outdoor seating, and a slew of hot sauces. I enjoyed being able to have a generous serving of fresh fruit and healthy options (it would be nice if they made... More 

Thank RollingStoneRolling
San Jose, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 3, 2016

This is a popular locals place to have breakfast and lunch. You can only make reservations if you have 6 or more and then is usually a wait, but they serve coffee while you are waiting. Its very popular, but worth the wait!

Thank NancyCrowell
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49 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2016

We don't understand why this place gets such good reviews. The items on the Breakfast and Lunch menu are very run-of-the-mill - nothing special to choose from. The preparation of the food is average at best (we had undercooked home fries and soggy English Muffins with our Eggs Benedict.) Drinks are expensive and watered-down. The outdoor seating is uncomfortable and... More 

Thank Greg H
San Francisco, California
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 27, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by on the way to Monterey bay. We came in and they sat us right away. The food came out really quick and delicious. The server very attentive . The place got filled up really quick, make sure you come early. They open at 8 am.


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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, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Local cuisine, Dining on a budget, Families with children
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?