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“Tango Night @ Star Bene!”

Star Bene Incorporated
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Ranked #112 of 372 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Burlington, Vermont
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202 reviews
136 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
“Tango Night @ Star Bene!”
Reviewed July 9, 2012

While we easily found Star Bene, we had to drive by a few times before we figured out which drive/parking lot to go into. It's a cute restaurant on East Cliff which is a lovely drive. We just happened to be in town for their monthly tango night, where they set up their back room with tables around a dance floor...okay they get an extra point from this travelling tanguera!

We arrived early so we started out at the bar and chatted with the owners. It is rather interesting that the restaurant is Italian but the owners are Argentinean!

While the food was yummy, and of course the dancing was wonderful, I have to say I felt forgotten in the back room. I had to walk to the bar any time I wanted something...like our forgotten water, could we have more water, could we have our bill, etc. I heard from one of the regular attendees that usually the waitress is very attentive but she didn't appear to be working that night. They were accommodating when we requested to split our salad and meal and I thought the presentation of our table was beautiful.

  • Visited July 2012
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English first
San Jose, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great little place for Italian food”
Reviewed January 20, 2012

Small, cozy atmosphere...a 2 minute walk from Pelican Point Inn. Sergio, the owner was really friendly and helpful. Food was lovely and not terribly expensive. I would go back, definitely.

Visited January 2012
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23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
“perfect italian/ argentine food with a lil romance”
Reviewed December 5, 2011

The staff here is amazing and the food is good food. Haven't had a bad dish yet. GOod for smaller groups say 5 or less.... walking distance from the Pelican Inn... You won't be disappointed

Visited September 2011
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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not Italian, maybe not Argentinian, and definitely NOT GOOD!”
Reviewed September 21, 2011

We ordered a pasta with funghi, zucchini, and melanzane. It came minus all of the above, and was simply penne with tomato sauce. My seafood risotto was not a risotto. It was warmed over rice with a few freshly cooked mussels and clams, and two shrimp. There was also some sort of miniature shrimp or some tiny pink tasteless objects in it. I was unable to tell the waitress that the food was not acceptable because she disappeared until it was time to pay. At that time, she asked if everything was ok, and I said "no". She said "ok" and walked away.

  • Visited September 2011
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Great ambience, location and food.”
Reviewed July 18, 2011

This is a locally owned restaurant with great food--ranging from excellent to good. The Gamberetti Alla Arrabbiata was very spicy and delicious. We live in the Santa Cruz area and like the cozy setting--it's a house that was converted to a restaurant years ago so the dining areas are small side rooms, which makes for intimate spaces. The owners are often there and very friendly as is other staff. Prices are quite reasonable.

  • Visited July 2011
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