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Cafe Mare Italian Restaurant
Cafe Mare Italian Restaurant

Cafe Mare Italian Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.cafemare.com
  • Email: contact@cafemare.com
  • Phone: (831) 458-1212
  • Hours of Operation: Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 AM - 2:30 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 11:30 AM - 4:00 PM;
    Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM, Saturday - Sunday: 4:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Seafood
  • Executive Chef: Jean-Pierre Luliano
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Please contact the restaurant for details
  • Private Party Facilities: Cafe Mare is the perfect place for your next private party or a group event. We can accommodate groups up to 150 people and offer private and semi-private seating inside and outside. We offer custom preset menus that will surely satisfy everyone’s craving.
  • Private Party Contact: Jean-Pierre & Andrea Mura (831) 458-1212
  • Entertainment: Private Parties.
  • Special Events & Promotions: Contact us at 831-458-1212

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cooper street
  • Public Transit: Metro bus station 1 block away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Parking is available behind the restaurant, at the "Galleria Parking" alley or next to it, at the River Street Garage.
A word from Cafe Mare Italian Restaurant
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 seven days a week, large groups welcome, patio dining, house made pasta, desserts and bread, gluten free options, all organic produce and sustainable sea food, fresh meats including free range veal. Ample public parking.Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Service
  • Diners' Choice WinnerFit for Foodies
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
Diner Reviews
  • "They had creative specials, and so many interesting dishes on the regular menu, we had no trouble finding something for everyone. They have wonderful staff that are always present but not interfering.The wine menu is full of local finds, with a few imported thrown in for good measure. They even had a special cocktail menu with original and inventive combinations. One of our group tried the 'Silence of the Lambs'! And the dessert was spot on, with a beautiful presentation. This restaurant has become a regular go-to for me whenever I want a place to take my friends and family for a great dining experience. It has a warm and inviting vibe, the staff is always helpful, cheery, and attentive, and the food is delicious!"
    Dined on 4/12/2014
  • "This past Tues. (4/8/2014) I dined at Café Mare at its outdoor patio. Along the edge of the patio was a riot of gorgeous daisies, cosmos, and other flowers. I had the luncheon special of chicken (unbreaded) with an artichoke sauce. Accompanying this dish were quarters of broiled potatoes and steamed Swiss chard. I also had a Mojito with my lunch. I'm afraid that too few people take advantage of Café Mare at lunch time. Perhaps they prefer saving it for dining at night.. My meal and service was good. The only thing that did not accompany my meal was a basket of bread. I recommend Café Mare for delicious Italian foods."
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "Great Italian food, great service and warm atmosphere."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "Service was meh food was not good, pasta tasted frozen not homemade and my veal cannelloni was cold"
    Dined on 4/4/2014
  • "I was looking forward to dining here since it was owned by two Italian owners. The reviews were all very good however they certainly did not follow thru to our experience. The pasta carbonara was prepared improperly with the eggs be scrambled. The chicken with artichoke dish was tasteless to say the least, however the arugula salad was delicious and the panna cotta was excellent. The waitress was great and super attentive and the restaurant itself is very. nice"
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Everything was cooked to perfection, flavorful, and delicious. We were a party of four and all our food came hot to the table. We dined early. The waitress was lovely and patient. A most enjoyable meal. We will return."
    Dined on 3/30/2014
  • "Our group of 12 is a motley bunch of well mannered "foodies". We were met with excellent food, wine, and service."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "A local favorite (especially for Happy Hour) but this time the food was uneven. Some items were good, some were overdone and dry. Attentive service and some nice reasonable choices on the wine list. The limoncello semifreddo dessert was absolutely delicious!"
    Dined on 3/22/2014
  • "Service from our Belarus server was TERRIFIC! The cannelloni was delicious as was the walnut filled pasta with butter & sage. We would be happy to dine here again."
    Dined on 3/21/2014
  • "Cafe Mare never disappoints. Their small pizzas are great, very authentic. Traditional dishes like linguine with clams always well executed. The waiters are charming, efficient, and aim to please. This is one of our favorite places to eat downtown on Symphony nights. My only issue, and it seems to be an issue with most restaurants nowadays, is the noise level."
    Dined on 12/25/2013
  • "My son, his wife, and I ate at Café Mare at 4 p.m. My son chose this time because (1) he and his wife live in San Jose and traffic over Hwy 17 can be bad too early in the day and (2) he had to watch an NCAA basketball game before he left home. I've eaten at Café Mare two other times in the evening and thought the food and service was very good. It's a true Italian restaurant. This particular day when we ate there, I found my eggplant and zucchini dish not as hot as it could have been. But the dish was very good."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "My girlfriend and I went to cafe mare for v day dinner. The waiter was very polite and attentive, the food was spectacular. The only issue was that our food took forever to come (about 40 min). We did however get free dessert; I liked this restaurant and would definitely come back!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "The food was alright. The service however was outstanding. The waiters do a really good job,"
    Dined on 10/6/2013
  • "Good food, very good service, It had been years since we had dined here and we were pleasantly surprised by the over all experience from the service to the food, every thing was very good. We will certainly be back."
    Dined on 1/10/2014
  • "sat us right away near the front door by a loud party. Then we had the time to look over the menu and waited 15 minutes before we even met our waiter. Finally after we placed our orders and didnt see our waiter once until it was time to leave no one even came to refill our drinks or ask us how the food was. When we where finished we just wanted to leave but stayed for 30 min waiting for our non existent waiter to give us our check. After 20 min the bus boy came to take our plates and I ask him if we could get the check he nodded but the check never came. So we stood up got our jackets on and still no one came over we seriously thought about just leaving. Then I saw my waiter finally and he gave us the check. Unless ur a party don't eat here"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "We typically celebrate special occasions at Cafe Mare because the food and service never disappoint. We went for new year's dinner arriving earlier than our reservation time and, despite a near-packed dining room, we were seated right away. My husband chose the tagliatelle with prosciutto in cream sauce and I had the involtini de maiaele (pork scaloppine) specials and both were crazy good. We didn't see our favorite appetizer on the menu - chicken liver pâté on crostini - and when we inquired our server immediately accommodated us. We've been dining at Cafe Mare for about 8 yrs. We've travelled to Italy & we're food snobs. From their penne with bolognese to their braised duck or rabbit or fish specials, you will not be disappointed."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "My wife and I reserved a table for New Year's Eve. We had dined at Mare previously. We had a lovely table. Our waiter was nice but seemed to be in a huge hurry, running about. Our food was excellent and the prices equal to the quality. We wondered why we hadn't tried this restaurant previously. Our bill was brought promptly. After signing the credit card ticket we were getting ready to leave, discussing our evening. The waiter quickly returned to pick up the credit card portfolio and informed us that people with reservations were waiting for our table. Essentially he asked us to leave. We'd been there just an hour. I've never experienced such rudeness from a waiter. Needless to say we won't be returning."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The restaurant was attractive. We were seated promptly. The waiter was helpful. The bruschetta appetizer had pink, unripe tomatoes and it was on a strong tasting bread. The "wild salmon" didn't look or taste like any wild salmon I had ever eaten and was tasteless. The cannelloni was swimming in a bland sauce. Two people had pasta. The seafood pasta had lots of seafood and the person who ordered it found it enjoyable. The second pasta dish (don't recall which it was) was deemed pleasant by the person who ordered it. We all rejected dessert. So---this is definitely NOT a gourmet mecca. If you stick to a simple pasta your meal will be edible."
    Dined on 12/28/2013
  • "Once again we enjoyed our Christmas Eve dinner at Cafe Mare. The food and service were excellent. They were crazy busy but everything was running smoothly. We always get a good meal here with good and friendly service."
    Dined on 12/24/2013
  • "Mid week surprise, early meet my bride for dinner...it was perfect, appetizer salumi was fresh and tasty...my salad was good ..we chose gnocchi for a Primo and they were better than most..the pork shoulder secondo was even better still..the service was very good and our waiter was truly Italian and very fun and patient with my really poor Italian.."
    Dined on 11/20/2013
  • "Cafe Mare has been our favorite italian Restaurant in Santa Cruz for years. We are never disappointed! The food is always fabulous and the owners and staff make you feel like family! They make most of their own pasta and their butternut squash gnocchi is to die for (seasonal only)."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "We got a table for 6 on a Sunday evening at the last minute. The food was great with a nice selection. The wine list was better than adequate. The service was superior."
    Dined on 11/17/2013
  • "Six of us had a great visit, good service , good wine, food and will return."
    Dined on 11/10/2013
  • "Excellent dinner.... Professional staff.. Great cocktails"
    Dined on 10/24/2013
  • "Our food was pretty tasty. My husband thought the pasta was too al dente. But it seemed like we waited a long time for our food to come."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "The food was good, but the meal arrived after a long wait. We had lasagna and seafood ravioli. Both were average. We also had bruschetta which was very good. The waiter was pleasant but we waited a long time for the food. We had panna cotta for dessert which was excellent! I would go back to this restaurant, but I might try another one first."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "I found the food and menu selections quite authentic, having lived in Italy. I wish I could have tried more options! The cocktail menu looked very interesting, too, but I stuck with a traditional Italian red wine, which was excellent. The waitstaff was friendly, knowledgeable, and efficient. This was a great find while traveling. Not a great view, but internal ambience was nice."
    Dined on 10/14/2013