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Star Bene Incorporated

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21245 E Cliff Dr, Ste B, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4842
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Sun - Thu 4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I went there and had a hard time finding something yummy for me to eat. I don't eat cheese or fried food. I was stuck getting the one thing that I didn't really want because it was all I could eat.

Thank Anne B
Danville, California
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2016

My wife and I came for dinner last week. Split a caesar salad that was very good, had a couple of empanadas for appetizers (ground top sirloin was the best), and each had an entree. She had chicken pesto bow tie pasta and I had pasta carbonara. Both were excellent. Service was friendly and efficient. Great neighborhood casual restaurant that... More 

Thank emptynest1234
Santa Cruz, California
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31 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We went as a group for dinner to Star Bene after wanting for months to stop by since we moved to SC. The food is very good, though the portions are far too large. As with most Italian food, the dishes can weigh heavy in the tummy, so even smaller portions would have been adequate. The most unfortunate part is... More 

Thank vu2mel
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

My girlfriend and I went to Star Bene due to a Groupon. When we arrived, we were pleased with the atmosphere. The waiter was pleasant as well. And the carpaccio was very good (although a tad oniony) Unfortunately, that was it. The entrees were bland. My gf and I normally do not season our meals. When I saw her reach... More 

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Aptos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2016

Food was delicious and the service was great. It was a small, cozy restaurant with a romantic feel about it!!

Thank rebecca_larussa
Kihei, HI
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2016

Cozy warm restaurant. However the dinner meals, although good, were overpriced. Tasty pasta, but the caesar salad was mediocre.

Thank sandebeachkihei
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015

We stayed once again in the Belle Notte hotel, and decided, because it was in the next block, to try the Star Bene restaurant. We first went in, after a walk on the beach, to warm up and partake of their $4 glasses of wine during happy hour. We were the only ones there and were able to visit with... More 

Thank Don H
El Paso, Texas
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69 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2015

Star Bene is likable if you're out on a date and you want a romantic setting with some italian-traditional cuisine and ambiance. After dinner one can take a stroll down 14th to the beach! The food is "okay". Sometimes it is really great - other days it is good. The staff is friendly always. Definitely recommend it.

Thank Monica Micah R
Santa Cruz, California
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254 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

Overpriced for mediocre food. Yes, I was with a group of 6 people, but the restaurant wasn't crowded so the slow service was hard to comprehend.

Thank Judybookdoc
Santa Cruz, California
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

Had a delightful dinner with a friend outside on the patio on Sept 28th. There was some traffic noise around rush hour, but it quickly subsided. Very attentive wait persons tho we were the only ones eating outside. Good to bring a hat and sweater. I had the steamed clams in a delectable white wine and butter sauce that was... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    3.5 of 5 stars
Restaurant features
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Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:00 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
4:30 pm - 9:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21245 E Cliff Dr, Ste B, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4842
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-479-4307

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