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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500 (Front)
+1 831-423-7427
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2015

Awesome and unexpected in downtown Santa Cruz...VERY SF like resturant in funky Santa Cruz..excellent cocktails, AWESOME food and friendly service..makes Oswald your choice for a big night out! I’m going to stay in Santa Cruz for a whole month! based on eating at Oswald’s for at least 5 nights a wk! Enjoy! you will be a fan too!

Thank nancush
Santa Cruz, California
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37 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 7, 2015

Had my birthday dinner at Oswalds. This restaurant never disappoints. Dinner was simple, but outstanding. Caesar salad followed by mussels in a saffron and sherry broth. Then came the foie gras which was fresh, sautéed to perfection and absolutely melted in your mouth. Main course was a super juicy and delicious burger with crumbled blue cheese. How can something so... More 

Thank Cruzer20
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12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2015

We stumbled upon this restaurant one night and managed to get a seat at the bar. I would suggest to get a reservation if you can. They had a very good drink special and it seems that bartender enjoys coming up with new drinks. I had Chilean see bass which was cooked perfectly and went very well with the salad... More 

Thank Tom M
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90 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 2, 2014

We went here with friends, hoping to be able to enjoy a conversation while we dined. No such luck! The food is good, but nothing extraordinary. What IS extraordinary, though, is the noise level - off the charts! It took several minutes for us to decompress after leaving... and we couldn't wait to get out of there. There are many... More 

1 Thank olive2eat
Santa Cruz, California
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51 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 29, 2014

One of our favorite meals since moving to Santa Cruz a year ago. We had the pork belly and crab salad appetizers; duck and lamb as entrees and a wonderful warm fig and walnut tart with house made ice cream as dessert. The service was impeccable and friendly. We will be back!

1 Thank Ellen M
Fremont, California
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322 reviews
191 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 147 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 26, 2014

I had dinner with a group of 6 and very much enjoyed the service and the food. It was not extraordinary, but was very good, hence the 4 stars. For a starter, I had the Dungeness crab with avocado and greens. The portion was quite substantial...so much so that I shared with my companion who ordered the Abalone, which was... More 

1 Thank Ono O
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 23, 2014

My friend took me here for dinner he'd been to Oswald's before and loved it. Sadly, our dinner this time (3 years later) was just average. And I hate to call it average because it's so close to being GREAT. We ordered the specials - calamari and pork belly (cooked three ways)...I'd heard about the fresh calamari here- so now... More 

1 Thank marnietravels
Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 6, 2014

good service and good food is hard to come by in Santa Cruz but Oswalds does a great job. Brought a friend here who was visiting from Atlanta. Our waitress was very knowledgeable, friendly and honest. She told us what was the best and what wasn't. Every dish we ordered was great! It is a little pricey but you are... More 

Thank HarborHill313
San Francisco, California
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76 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2014

In a location known for attracting artisans in crafts and music, we were pleased to find artists in California Cuisine. Uniquely crafted cocktails like a Tequila & Celery Juice Martini (really good) started things off. I asked the charming waitress to please select my appetizer expand entree. The Braised Pork Belly with Tomatillo Sauce sent me into drug-free ecstasy. This... More 

1 Thank Serendipityquest
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272 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2014 via mobile

The food was amazing - rich mushroom soup, excellent lamb & halibut dishes, dessert was lovely. They have a versatile menu, friendly staff and excellent service! The ambience is nice, but the restaurant is quite loud when full which was the only downside. It's easier to talk when the tables start to empty.

Thank lovenyc210

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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
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special occasions, Bar scene, 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: +1 831-423-7427

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