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Kiantis Pizza & Pasta Bar

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1100 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4415
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 11:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sat - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Belfast, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The title says it all. I had buffalo "chicken" pasta. Since when was chicken dense and powdery? Also where did they find such cheap tasting pasta? My wife had an average enough hawaiian pizza. Although the toppings stopped approx 2 inches from the edges which were so overdone she couldn't eat them. Service was also relatively poor.

Thank Andrew M
Capitola, California
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our family really loves Kianti's. We try something new every time and it's always delicious. We had ravioli with garlic sauce and a Capresi pizza. I think this pizza is my new favorite. The drinks and cocktails are always great too. I had the equivalent of a Lemon Drop. Boy was it good!!!

Thank danammf
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170 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

The food was decent, but nothing remarkable. We got individual size salad and pizza and it was enough for my wife and I. Unfortunately, the center of the pizza wasn't crispy and a little soggy. The salad was good but not great. All in all, it was a decent meal, but for the price I expected a bit more. I... More 

Thank Robert M
Tracy, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016

We visited the restaurant for late lunch when we arrived in Santa Cruz on March 28th for spring break. I had 3 teenage boys with me and they were hungry. We had the buffalo chicken pizza with pepperoni and the cheese bread appetizer with marinara sauce. It's hard to believe but the boys were full, Everything was delicious. The consensus... More 

Thank johnsonfamilyof3
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57 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Casual restaurant in the center of Santa Cruz--I guess the atmosphere could just be described as "Santa Cruz". Lots of tv's showing sports over the bar, and an outdoor area with heaters. No need to dress up. Come for the food, and the people watching. We have been here twice, and the food has been good both times. This time... More 

Thank JaneT013
Hanoi, Vietnam
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22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I came down to Santa Cruz from Sonoma county for a couple days and we took a chance with Kianti's for dinner/date night and it was great. I had the creamy pesto pasta and my husband had a calzone. We came in Monday night and sat in the bar and our waitress was very attentive and really... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

For 10 years our favorite place for appetizers and drinks. The window seats or outside area is great for people watching . It seems every time we spy a window seat open , in we go! Split a small shrimp salad and a pizza roll and wings , and the cheese bread is a must. They of course have pizza... More 

Thank john v
Nipomo, California
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38 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2015

We have tried numerous salads, pizza, and pasta here and enjoyed them all. My son's favorite is the spinach and feta pizza!! Feel is contemporary Italian, with Mexican and creative American rounding out the mix. A nice blend!!

Thank Valerie A
Santa Cruz, California
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61 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

This is a fine place for reasonable Italian food. They have a happy hour from 4 till 6 where draft beers are 3$ and appetizers are cheap. On weekends they put on a pizza parade and show which is great for the kids.

Thank Paul S
Mariposa, California, United States
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26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2015

We brought in an unplanned party of 28. The staff handled it like pros. We were seated with drinks in less than 15 minutes. If the staff was not amazing enough the food was even better. We had pizza, salads, sandwich's and more all the food was great tasting and good sized portions. The entire meal was outstanding!!

Thank Steve S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
Italian, Pizza
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Television, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
11:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1100 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4415
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-469-4400

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