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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500 (Front)
(831) 423-7427
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Santa Cruz, CA
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73 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This restaurant is my personal favorite in Santa Cruz. The menu is fairly short, which is a good sign. I'd rather have a short list of well prepared dishes than a huge menu of everything tastes the same. I had the fish special, which was perfectly prepared. Fish preparation is so important--not too overdone, not raw and they always do... More 

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Fremont, California
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39 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful time one Xmas season- festive menu and spirit Must go if you would like to impress someone of your taste and selection in restaurant! ENDIVE SALAD for starters & had RACK OF LAMB with garlic mashed potatoes & mint pesto for the main course. Washed it down with an amazing cocktail - midnight express!

San Francisco, CA
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98 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were six people, ordered 6 appetizers, 6 main dishes and three desserts. Each and every dish was wonderful. For six people to all be very happy with the dining experience is amazing. Service was attentive and professional. Our server was knowledgeable when we had questions. For dessert, order the chocolate soufflé. Wow.

Thank judygecko
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2016

Oswald is one of Santa Cruz's best intimate dinner venues. The decor is elegant, modern, with special attention paid to conversational noise control. The staff is delightful, attentive, and knowledgeable. The wine list is diverse and excellent - you are sure to find something that will complement your meal - either by the glass or bottle. The menu is small... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We walked here from the boardwalk, probably not the safest walk but managable. Food was okay, service was very good.

Thank E-202
San Diego California
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65 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Oswald. The quality of food and presentation was great, as was the service. Will definitely return again if ever in Santa Cruz.

Thank Dory92064
San Leandro CA
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132 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

Our dinners were wonderful, I had the roasted duck breast and my wife had The filet mignonette. For dessert I had the almond custard torte and my wife had the chocolate soufflé. So far this is the best meal we've had in SC (Soif is a solid second). It's a little loud, but it is definitely a great social scene... More 

Thank byoung3rd
Moscow, Russia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

Was late so the main menu was unavailable, but bar menu dishes (lasagna and crab dish) were super good. Desserts were absolutely awesome!

Thank Oleg M
Carnelian Bay, Ca
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231 reviews
151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 104 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016

The food here was top notch, absolutely. The crab avocado salad and the special salad of flash fried oysters over spring mix with uber sweet pear tomatoes were nothing short of excellent and satisfying. The crispy polenta cakes over ratatouille, ditto. The star of the show~ tah dah!!!~ the skirt steak that you can cut with a fork! What? All... More 

Thank roamingnoni
San Francisco, California
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24 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

Went on Wed PM - prix fix menu -- delicious !! Try the Seafood Linguini !! Desserts were top notch, all 3 of them !! (Table of three, so we shared). Waiter, service were on top of everything - nicely done.

Thank Patrick S

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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
Average prices
$30 - $30
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: (831) 423-7427

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