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Hoffman's Downtown
Hoffman's Downtown

Hoffman's Downtown Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.hoffmanssantacruz.com
  • Phone: (831) 420-0135
  • Hours of Operation: 8:00 am to 9:00 pm weekdays;
    8:00 am to 11:00 pm weekends
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Californian, European, American
  • Executive Chef: Jayson Holzworth
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live Jazz 7 nights a week starting at 6:30!

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cathcart
  • Public Transit: Metro station located less than 1 block away.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Limited Parking available directly behind Hoffman's from Carthcart ave. Multi-level garages, public lots, and street parking available nearby.
A word from Hoffman's Downtown
Hoffman's Downtown Santa Cruz serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8am daily. Famous for our DELICIOUS Eggs Benedict, and with our fabulous NEW full bar, Hoffman's is the perfect place for everything from Sunday brunch to an evening martini with the cool jazz humming in the background. Now open even later on Fridays and Saturdays, stop in for a cocktail and a snack off our UN-spendy $3 Bar Bites Menu served until 11pm! Continued
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGood for Groups
  • Diners' Choice WinnerGreat for Brunch
Diner Reviews
  • "My date and I stopped by Hoffman's late Saturday to get some dinner after a movie, and it was the perfect restaurant for us. Great seating, amazing service, and zesty entrees. We both left with a smile, and Hoffman's made a great evening just that much better."
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "Good old Hoffman's. We've eaten breakfasts, lunches, & dinners there for years. Recently their long luscious bakery counter has been replaced with a bar which seems very popular (Ed Hoffman is a master European baker who still makes wedding cakes & other goodies; their scones are the best in town). I almost always order the Pacific Rim Salad: a salmon filet & plump prawns over fresh greens, red & yellow bell pepper, macadamia nuts, puffy rice sticks & a sensational lime cilantro vinaigrette. My mom said the French Dip Sandwich was really good (meat sliced paper thin). A friend always goes for the meatloaf. Their French onion soup is well known. I only wish they'd skip the live jazz at night; it raises the noise level past my comfort zone."
    Dined on 2/27/2014
  • "As always the Eggs Benedict did not fail me! I had the California Benedict with crab and avocado and it was yummy and enough for two! I also ordered the cranberry scone and it was delicious too. Good amount of food for the price, attentive service. I mostly come here for breakfast of brunch, but have been once for dinner as well and it was yummy too!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "Really enjoyed our Valentine's Day outing, and a few visits before. The kitchen is somewhere between German, French, and Belgian, so no crazy spices or funky eastern European ingredients. Renovation a couple of years ago has really perked the place up, and the kitchen is clearly dedicated to home-made details, from sauces to dressings. The veggies are locally grown and fresh, so the menu is not massive, but everything is delicious. Service is lovely, unpretentious, and come after 7 and you'll likely catch one of several jazz ensembles grooving gently in the front corner. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "We were looking for a quiet cafe that serves breakfast all day. We lucked upon Hoffman's. My omelette was perfect. The veggies (spinach, mushrooms & tomatoes) were fresh. The jack cheese & bacon was generous without being too much. The eggs were cooked just right. The Yukon Gold potatoes were hot and crunchy - just how I asked for them. The server was pleasant, helpful and kept our water glasses full without us having to ask. She also provided some commentary on local historical sites in Santa Cruz. All in all, it could not have been a better dining experience and we will DEFINITELY be going there again. My only regret is that we live nearly two hours from Santa Cruz, so we won't be able to eat there as often as I'd like."
    Dined on 2/12/2014
  • "I know they have struggled over the years to find a center, something that defines them. Unfortunately they continue to confuse the diner with confusing selections that ultimately are not great. Many far better choices within walking distance."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Food was good and service members were nice and engagin. One issue I had was with the music, live by the way, was just too loud to talk normally."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Ordered Crab & Artichoke Dip for starters, then boyfriend and I had the Baby Back Ribs and Lobster Ravioli. For dessert we finished it with the Double Chocolate Brownie Sundae... I can't stand it! Food alone was so delicious it cancels out everything else"
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Great time and even better food! Really enjoy the service and atmosphere! Had a great time and will be back!"
    Dined on 2/9/2014
  • "I booked my reservation last minute, and the food was amazing. The service was excellent, and we did have some special requests, and they were all taken into consideration with care. I recommend the Green Giant omelet for sure!"
    Dined on 1/11/2014
  • "We were looking for a place for a nice dinner for New Years Eve near downtown, and found Hoffman's on Open Table. The place was hopping, but our table was ready on time, and we had friendly and prompt service from Callie. All the servers were dressed festively with New Years hats and lots of sparkles. There were special holiday cocktails, and a varied and reasonable menu. Food was great, service was prompt and friendly! Can't wait to go back!"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A lovely meal and excellent service all around. Only one thing. Server brought a CAN of beer w/o a glass and w/o pouring."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "Went there for dinner before a movie. Service was wonderful and the interior is very pleasant. However, the food was bland and rather ordinary. For example, the chicken satay was undercooked and fleshy, as opposed to thin bbq'ed strips that one would expect. Peanut sauce was good, however. Been there for breakfast, which is excellent. Dinner, so so. We might try it again but will stick with burgers."
    Dined on 12/7/2013
  • "My first time here... and I'm not ready to make a recommendation yet. We went mainly to see what kind of music is being featured, and decided to have dinner instead of something off the bar menu. I had the Jaegerschnitzel. A nice mushroom sauce - but I expected something more tender. Cabbage & spaetzle were excellent, though, as was the berry cobbler dessert. I hope they have varied musicians. These guys played ok, but kind of a depressing 60's ballads playlist. I would have chosen something more upbeat, or maybe sought out some student jazz groups from one of the local colleges. Anyhoo... I'll give them another chance, as I liked the place."
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "We had dinner here with a group of 6. Unfortunately there were two people performic live music so loud, that is was sometimes hard to understand each other. Service wasn't that qualified to answer all questions of our group properly. But 5 of us were really satisfied with the food, e.g. the meat loaf was outstanding! But one of our group ordered a medium-well steak and got a dry and absolutely dead well-done steak. Personally I would go there again but I would prefer a day when the musicians are not in the restaurant."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "With our home kitchen out of service, we went to Hoffman's for Thanksgiving dinner. Hoffman's made the classic recipe, with just enough style and originality. I loved the host and the servers, who were at once welcoming and efficient. I only wish we had come later, because musicians were arriving as we were leaving. If you will forgive the Thanksgiving metaphor, Hoffman's ran it into the end zone!"
    Dined on 11/28/2013
  • "Reasonably priced with a nice variety of options--both traditional entrees and small plates. I've found their service at times to be lacking, but this Saturday night, despite the place being full, the waiter was very friendly and attentive. Lots of wines by the glass and now they now have a full bar. It is a good location for before/after a movie--it is comfortable and casual. The live jazz was a nice addition."
    Dined on 11/23/2013
  • "Hiffman's is known for their brunch, but they also have excellent dinners. Very good food and service, but a bit hard to talk over the noise."
    Dined on 11/9/2013
  • "1st off, the scones and bacon are great. Outside of that, our brunch was tasteless. The potatoes were inedible, mushy, no seasoning and it tasted like freezer burn. I will eat most any breakfast potatoes, but couldn't stomach these. The scrambled eggs were flavorless, perhaps they thought I wanted Eggbeaters. We had to ask for refills of coffee and water. Perhaps it was an off day, but too many missteps to warrant a return trip in the near future for us."
    Dined on 10/26/2013