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“Cafe Mare is a gem!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe Mare

Cafe Mare
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Ranked #49 of 357 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $31 - $50
Cuisines: Italian, Mediterranean
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Cooper street
Transit: Metro bus station 1 block away.
Description: Old world charm in the heart of Santa Cruz, authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on weekends. Ample public parking.
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cafe Mare is a gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Lovely staff and owners are very personable. Nice place to sit at the bar and have a cocktail with appetizers. I like the cozy atmosphere.

Visited October 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Always good!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2012

We love this restaurant and have always had excellent food and friendly, attentive service. The menu is varied but reasonably priced, the meal is always beautifully prepared and presented, and special requests will be accommodated whenever possible.
The chef takes advantage of local organic foods to present creative salad and entree specials, all served in a warm environment. We especially appreciate the fact that the restaurant is quiet enough, even when very busy, that you can actually carry on a relaxed conversation! Highly recommended for a quiet couples lunch or dinner as well as for large or small family gatherings.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank foodie306
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California
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22 reviews
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“Very good Italian”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2012

This place is run by Italians, cooked by Italians, and served by Italians. The food can be pricey, but I've never had a bad meal here. It's a great place to go for lunch or dinner.

Visited March 2012
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Thank minimous
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Zurich, Switzerland
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22 reviews
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“Food excellent, Service very friendly, sad that the restaurant was half empty!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2012 via mobile

We looked for a restaurant in Santa Cruz and found Cafe Mare in a backstreet. We had an amazing meal. The atmosphere was a bit strange. There were hardly any people!

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Thank LJDelz
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Santa Cruz
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14 reviews
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“Just Keeps Getting Better”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

Cafe Mare is under new ownership. Two of the employees purchased the restaurant and the food is now better than ever! We've eaten there 3 times over the last 2 months a loved it every time. Last night my husband and I had the lasagna special (soon to be on the new menu) and loved it. It had homemade egg noodles and a beautiful bolognese sauce along with bechemel-yum! My niece and her boyfriend, visiting from out of town, had the stuffed chicken and penne pasta alla vodka. The both said their meals were outstanding. Our family loves Italian food and this food tasted like it was made it a small Italian village-fresh, rustic, and great flavors. We are now making this our "go to" place for a great night out. The other thing to mention is that the prices are reasonable!

  • Visited July 2012
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