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Main Street Garden & Cafe
Main Street Garden & Cafe

Main Street Garden & Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.mainstreetgardencafe.com/
  • Email: events@mainstreetgardencafe.com
  • Phone: (831) 477-9265
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner:
    Wednesday & Thursday: 5:30pm-9pm
    Friday & Saturday: 5:30pm- 9:30pm
    Sunday Brunch: 11:30am- 4pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Chris Carloni
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Chef's Table, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Special Events & Promotions: Neighborhood Night every Wednesday! Choose an appetizer, entree, and dessert for $30. (A la carte menu also available.)

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Soquel Dr.
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Free off-street parking in the church parking lot across Main St.
A word from Main Street Garden & Cafe
Main Street Garden & Cafe is located in downtown Soquel, CA and serves California - Italian cuisine inspired by local and seasonal ingredients. We use vegetables, herbs, and flowers harvested from our onsite garden. To book a reservation for 8 persons or more, please call the restaurant.
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Diner Reviews
  • "Friendly staff greeted us and suggested a glass of wine and garden stroll while our table was being readied. It was lovely, and you could "see" where the food that would soon arrive on your table. This is "slow food" and leisurely dinner, do not expect fast food....that is not the point of this restaurant experience. We chose the Monterey Ranch 32 Pinot Noir and it was perfect for both the Smoke Pork shoulder (fall apart good!) and Fried Whole Trout with Manilia clams. The fish was fried with no breading just a dusting of sea salt, perfection with the broth and clams. Evening was brought to close with a soft and creamy panacotta topped with fruit and coffee...we will be back!"
    Dined on 4/19/2014
  • "Our new favorite dining experience. We have been multiple times and never disappointed. The food is fresh and expertly prepared. Keep up the good work"
    Dined on 4/17/2014
  • "Everything I eat was delicious. Can't wait to eat there again"
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "This was our second visit and we were both pleasantly surprised (again) by tge innovative yet comforting food experience. We loved it!"
    Dined on 3/29/2014
  • "We went with friends for my wife's birthday. This was our third time here and both food and service were great. I had trout and she had clams on some homemade pasta that was both tasty and perfectly al dente. The service was great. Our friends were a tiny bit late and the staff made sure we were comfortable with some wine whilst waiting. Overall, a fabulous experience."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "Main Street Garden cafe is one of my favorite dining locations in Santa Cruz. They grow many of their own veggies and herbs in the back garden and the meat is sourced right up the hill. In fact a chalkboard shows where all of their food served that evening came from. The service and food was excellent. If they have it on the menu, try the pork shoulder. Tap it with a fork and the meat falls off. A larger wine selection would be nice, but the wine they do serve is primarily local and there are always a few I enjoy. You might be able to drop in without a reservation mid-week, but reservations are best."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "It's so great to have a neighborhood restaurant that is reliable, fresh, and comforting, from both the food and the staff!"
    Dined on 3/1/2014
  • "We had 5 for my birthday....soooo nice...what a great little tuck-away...beautiful garden in the back for the freshest greens and veggies...they had chickens until the City of Soquel decided they couldn't...another DUMB call from local government. We are headed there tonight for another dip into their interesting menu!! Great place to take a sweetheart or out-of-town guests...pure CA!!"
    Dined on 2/20/2014
  • "Love the food especially the house made buratta. I recommend this place highly. Can't wait for better weather for outdoor dining near the garden."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "We decided to try this spot because we could walk to it from the house. Once inside we found the ambiance comfortable and inviting along with some great smells coming from the open kitchen. I'm not usually a proponent of an open kitchen because usually you wind up looking at stuff that detracts from the overall experience (dirty dishes, poor hygiene of the cooking staff, etc.) However, this time it was a pleasant surprise to see fresh herbs and vegetables being brought into the kitchen from the garden and to watch them become part of the meal. The wood-fired brussel sprouts ( this vegie is not usually something I personally like) were outstanding and had a great smokey flavor paired with a tangy salsa verde. Overall a delightful adventure."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "Main Street Garden & Cafe is a wonderful restaurant. We especially appreciate the homemade quality of the food, including meats and sausages and breads and the home-grown greens and vegetables (grown in the garden of the restaurant, which also offers outdoor dining). The wood fired pizza/bread oven allows for some of the best pizzas in the Bay area. The restaurant is elegant, intimate and comfortable, and the service is impeccable and informed. It is obvious that the staff and management of this restaurant deeply care about quality and presentation. Highly recommended!"
    Dined on 2/19/2014
  • "We started with the Dungeness crab appetizer which was over-fried (dark color) and not tasty at all. Then, both our entrees were a disappointment. Mine was the pastry filled with vegetables and ricotta. It had a flavorless sauce and was generally bland. My husband got the crab mixed with squid in ink fettuccine. He ate less than half of it before he pushed his plate away. I like the idea of the restaurant having garden fresh produce and supporting a neighborhood local restaurant but when seeking out fine dining with higher prices, I expect the food to taste better!"
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "This is my husband and my new favorite restaurant. The staff is attentive, the ambiance is warm and inviting and most importantly, the food is delicious. They use fresh, local ingredients - some of which they grow themselves! We had a wood fire oven pizza, a couple of salads to start and the artichoke and kale pot pie. Delicious!"
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "A little disappointed with the sorry excuse for diners in this restaurant. They were all out of the trout which was one of only three menu choices. However the beef dish I ordered was quite good and the waitress comped me a soup since they were out of everything which made up the difference for me."
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had a New Year's Eve dinner here. There were three of us so we each ordered a different item, so we each tasted everything...everything was delicious"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The food was fabulous and service delightfully attentive without being invasive."
    Dined on 12/20/2013
  • "We take out-of-town and in-town friends to Main Street when we want excellent local food and some quality time together without a lot noise and fuss. We're regulars! Thanks guys and keep up the good work."
    Dined on 12/13/2013
  • "MSG had a pig roast this Saturday. It was fun! Prix fixe and a glass of wine included. Pork was roasted in their pizza oven and carved expertly by Chef Chris. Sides included roasted cauliflower, brussel sprouts and cannelloni beans with kale. Pork was separated between shoulder and leaner cuts. Sauces included a hogwash, Carolina red bbq and a verde sauce. Home made bread and panna cotta gelato for desert. Service was attentive. Food was great. Main Street Garden cafe is always a hit."
    Dined on 12/8/2013
  • "Everything's good...wonderfully dressed salads, starters...interesting and adventurous, wood fired pizzas...generous and flavorful, entrees...seasonal and thoughtfully prepared, desserts...always one that catches my fancy. The owners are always there to see to it that everyone is satisfied. We're lucky they're in lil" ol' Soquel !"
    Dined on 12/5/2013
  • "Every time we eat here we can count on having a great meal. We have taken a number of friends, and nobody has been disappointed. The padron pepper and burrata/eggplant appetizers were memorable. The restaurant was full by the time we left and still it was quiet enough. We prefer to eat outside in the summer because the garden is so lovely."
    Dined on 11/22/2013
  • "Lovely restaurant in a remodeled small home. Italian food was somewhat uninspired overall although their soup was excellent."
    Dined on 11/13/2013
  • "My friends and I enjoyed the cozy atmosphere and menu options featuring local ingredients (and even ingredients from the restaurant's on-site garden). The portions were just right, and left us feeling satisfied, but not stuffed. Be sure to get dessert...it's yummy!"
    Dined on 10/26/2013
  • "Great date night spot. My husband I have been there twice for dates. This last one was a double date ;) had a blast ;)"
    Dined on 10/25/2013
  • "We've eaten here several times before and have usually had excellent service & wonderful food. This time,however, even though there were several empty tables and what looked like plenty of servers, the service was terrible. Our salads were so overly salted they wete almost inedible. And when I asked for a glass of chardonnay, I was told that they weren't serving any chardonnay wines right now. Hard to imagine a restaurant only having a pinot grigio as an option for a white wine. Just not a great experience...,"
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Found out about this place from going to a local brewery that serves their food on a limited basis. All local grown and fresh. Had a wonderful dinner with a great bottle of Italian wine. Will go back again, one of Santa Cruz's hidden gems."
    Dined on 10/18/2013
  • "Good overall but they were busy. Went out of their way to accommodate out late reservation but we were forgotten a couple of times. Food as usual was quite good."
    Dined on 10/11/2013
  • "This is a lovely garden restaurant. Farm to table meats and produce some of which is grown on site. This is my fourth time there. Four of us shared three pastas and two pizzas. We also had the burrata appetiza and Salumi appetizer. The burrata was wonderful. Tasty and smooth! The Salumi was a little meager and one was a bit chewy. The pastas were all fabulous. They were pappardelle lamb ragu, bowties and gnocchi. The pizzas were a pork belly and one of their regular fare. The crust was thin and excellent in texture and taste coming right from the wood burning oven in the back near the garden where we sat under the heat lamps. It was fun watching them prepared. We finished off with pan a cotta and flour less chocolate cake. Delish."
    Dined on 7/17/2013