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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

I wasn't too adventures there. Eggs and their house potatoes. I did myself the favor of ordering Carnitas which were excellent. I would go back just for those.

Thank David P
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Best breakfast in town! Get there just before opening at 8:00 or else you may be waiting a while (even on weekdays). Lovely picnic table seating outside in addition to indoor seating. Portions are generous! Delicious pancakes, French toast, omelettes, and huevos rancheros. We saw someone else get a frittata that looked amazing! Service could be better (faster, more attentive).

Thank travelequalsbliss
El Cerrito, California
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23 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Wow! Did we love this place! My son attends UC Santa Cruz and we were visiting. The morning before we left, we decided to check out the Yelp reviews for local eateries and the Harbor Cafe was at the top of the list. So why not? The HC did not disappoint. We were especially impressed with the fact that they... More 

Danville, California
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25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

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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13 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2016

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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31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 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
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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 

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74 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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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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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

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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, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Dining on a budget, Local cuisine, 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: 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?