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Chocolate the Restaurant
Chocolate the Restaurant

Chocolate the Restaurant Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.chocolatesantacruz.com
  • Email: shop@chocolatesantacruz.com
  • Phone: (831) 427-9900
  • Hours of Operation:

    Lunch: Daily 11:00am-5:00pm

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-11:00pm
  • Payment Options: Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, Mediterranean, Dessert
  • Executive Chef: David Jackman
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Farm to Table, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Offsite catering for up to 150 guests. Weddings, or any other kind of occasion. Wedding cakes, or other special desserts. Chocolate mousse truffles. We can work with you to design a custom menu, based on your comfortable budget parameters.
  • Private Party Contact: David Jackman (831) 427-9900

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cooper Street
  • Public Transit: Metro bus station with links to San Jose, three blocks away.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Large multi-level public lot one half block away. Also, several parking spaces in front of restaurant on the street.
A word from Chocolate the Restaurant
Chocolate the Restaurant on Pacific Avenue serves lunch and dinner continuously from 11am to 11pm daily. We offer garden patio dining, as well as full menu late night dining every night until 11pm. Nearly all our produce is locally grown and organic. Our meats are free-range. Pasta GMO free! Our extensive wine list offers wines from the Santa Cruz mountains and neighboring grape-growing regions. We also offer several sparkling Italian and French wines, as well as locally-brewed, organic bottled beers. We are well-known for our eleven kinds of hot chocolate, and our large variety of chocolate desserts. Guests come here not only for our award-winning dessert selection, but also for our wide variety of organic salads as well. Our most popular dishes are Chicken Mole", hand rolled Pasta Rosettes, and our pulled pork in dark chocolate barbeque sauce. Chocolate the Restaurant has been serving local customers and visitors year-round at this location since 1999.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Service was horrible. Everything that you would want a waitress to do, we had to ask for: Bread for the table, asking for more water, asking to place order, was never checked on during the meal, asking for the bill, and having to ask other servers to get us the items that our designated server didn't bring after being asked. The food was good, but not worth being ignored by the servers."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We went for Valentine's Day and were not disappointed. This is not a big place and tables on the patio are small, but it was warm and the ambiance was nice. The food was delicious - the roasted garlic & cheese pot and chocolate sausage were exceptional. Amazing flavor combinations and generous portions. A pleasant surprise was also how quickly food was served after we ordered. The support staff was courteous and attentive bringing bread, water and our food. But we had to shout at our server to get her to even look at our table again after we ordered dinner, and then she was clearly impatient. You could say that her service was "memorable". We will probably return to Chocolate for the food but be sure we get a different server."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I booked this place at the last minute. My wife got a quiche and I got the polenta. The crusts on both were perfect. The waitstaff were a bit confused on table coverage at times, but our primary waiter was quite friendly."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "After viewing the beautiful commercial @ the local movie theater I was really looking forward to having dinner here with 2 friends on a Tuesday. I arrived first and was greeted by the staff and figured out where we wanted to sit and sat down. After my friends came we ordered and the food came. It was all ok. The manager had brought us bread hidden inside a basket with forks, knives and a glass dish piled on top. We didn't know what to do (?) Bread consisted of 2 1/2 slices for 3 people which was weird. No refills. After we ate the server never came to clear our plates. She brought the check and no clearing of plates. Service was non-existent after our food was brought. $2.50 for refill of iced tea?! Puleeze. Even SF is cheaper than that."
    Dined on 12/17/2013
  • "Great food at a reasonable price. Not designed for groups over 6 people. Service was slow but friendly. If you have 2 to 4 people and you want great food in cafe atmosphere its worth the trip."
    Dined on 12/15/2013
  • "I was a little disappointed by Chocolate after having heard about it from friends. I had higher expectations for the service and the ambiance. The food was very good, the service was okay. It's a notable hot spot among locals; perfect setting next to Book Shop Santa Cruz. It's a place I'll go to again, but without presumption of an exceptional experience."
    Dined on 12/6/2013
  • "Great food and drink! We had the Veggie Appetizer plate, full of olives, cheese, grilled onions and mushrooms: it was fantastic. All the dishes were (Chocolate Chipotle Chicken Sausage, Greek Salad, Mole Chicken, Tiramasu!) We've had thier hot chocolate before and it was amazing! None of the food we tried was bad, and we all enjoyed overbite. We would definitely go back."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "This is one of my favorite places to eat in downtown Santa Cruz. The food is good. The desserts are to die for! Service is excellent, fast friendly and patient. Thursday was a cool day, so I'd advise wearing a few layers even if you will be dining indoors during fall/winter weather. Our group was in the side room which was new to me. It's a great private space and if reserved in it's entirety would be suitable for children as it is quite separate from the rest of the restaurant. I've never been disappointed by the food or the staff. Go! You'll love it, especially if you like chocolate."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "The hot chocolates that we ordered was very good. Food wasn't good at all. Not even a little bit. Presentation was so bad that I had to force myself to take a bite; even though we were starving. I was terribly disappointed with the food and its presentation. Salad was falling of the plate. It looked like everything was just dumped on the plate without any care. Hot chocolate was the only thing that looked appealing and tasted great."
    Dined on 12/1/2013
  • "My husband and I were in town from Portland, Oregon. We are very spoiled by great food places in Portland, so we are becoming rather picky eaters. My husband had their homemade pasta special and I had the quiche special. The waitress recommended my husband order the half order pasta and add a salad because their pastas are so rich. Good advice. So balanced, delicious, and flavorful. The pumpkin-ginger pie and americano coffees topped off our meal perfectly."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "before a movie , we ate at Chocolate. the bread was the best I have possible ever had. both entrees sooo good, my daughter had a seafood salad, and I had the pasta rosettes. we shared and the waitress brought an extra plate when she served the food. the salad was large, greens fresh and delicious, seafood plentiful, and dressing was perfect. The rosettes were huge, so good and between both plates we were full, but not too full. we ordered triple choc cake and a cannoli. even though we ate every bite, we were not stuffed...it was delightful all around. great service great food."
    Dined on 10/19/2013
  • "It was really a lovely experience. I arraigned for dinner to be a part of my good friends bachelorette party. All the girls had a great time. All 8 gals loved the food and the service was great and very patient with a group of obnoxious and a bit tipsy gals out on the town. Thank you all so much!"
    Dined on 9/19/2013