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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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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The food is excellent whether fish, steak, pasta or salad (and whatever else), the service always attentive and helpful, and the unpretentious ambience relaxed. The bar is also excellent with a separate menu, and they now serve a happy hour bar menu in addition to their fine mixology. It is my favorite restaurant in SC and the surrounding area. And,... More 

Thank Teren E
Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We've been there twice at the same week while we were visiting in Santa Cruz and twice they delivered. The duck, the ribeye, the skirt steak and the lamb chops, everything was delicious. And don't forget to order the cruated almond torte with the vanilla ice cream - it's amazing!

Thank Ella_cohen
Santa Cruz, CA
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79 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

Thank bixatthebeach
Fremont, California
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016

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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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68 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles 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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133 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 172 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles 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
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles 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

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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
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, Special occasions, Romantic
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?