Best Pizza in town
We always order pizza. It's the best in town. The rest of the menu is very good too.
3/14/2013 5:00:00 PM
I dined at Main Street Cafe
I dined at Main Street Cafe and Garden with a group of friends during a recent visit to Santa Cruz. The food was great. Locovores take note! This restaurant has a huge garden in the back and makes good use of the herbs and veggies in the dishes. Nice service, simply furnished, but the food is really creative and the star of the show.
3/21/2013 5:00:00 PM
one of our favorites. not
one of our favorites. not a fan of the wine list but everything else about it shines. I highly recommend this over any other restaurants in the area.
3/26/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great local restaurant. Best Pizza in California. Organic everything. Always leave satisfied.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
A neighborhood garden restaurant that keeps getting better and better. The new owners have made a real Italian-California local gem here in Santa Cruz County. Everything goes more and more smoothly each time we return, a sign of true professional restaurant management and passion for the profession of serving excellent food. Thanks!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Found this great restaurant when our son took us for a special occasion. We have been back with friends many times. Never been disappointed. Outstanding food and just a fun low key dining treasure!
4/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
The fries are to die for!
The fries are to die for! Our food was delicious. The service could be a little friendlier and more attentive. All in all, do not miss an opportunity to try this neighborhood gem.
4/24/2013 4:00:00 PM
The Cream of Asparagus soup was delicious. The best entree was the Halibut--yummy. They were very accommodating of my gluten-free needs. The garden is beautiful and the menu reflects the fresh veggies and herbs straight out of their garden.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We visited for the first time last Friday night and were so satisfied with
the excellent food, fresh produce, creative appetizers, simple yet lovely
little arrangements of garden-grown flowers on our table, we tried to come
back for lunch the next day. Alas, not to be had on a Saturday. The servers
were helpful, friendly and knowledgeable, as was the owner, who came by to
be sure everything was to our liking. We agreed we hadn't eaten such excellent
fare in a long time. A definite and delicious dining experience! Thank you.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
Exceptional quality and value
This is truly a great restaurant. They pay careful attention to details and to the quality of their ingredients (they grow many of their own greens and vegetables). We have eaten here several times and have always thoroughly enjoyed the experience (afterwards, we actually ended up having glowing conversation about the exceptional food food and overall experience).
Both the inside and outdoor areas of this restaurant are intimate, peacefully pleasant, and tastefully presented. We highly recommend Main Street Garden and Cafe; it is definitely the kind of place you will want to return to.
4/25/2013 4:00:00 PM
We stumbled upon this restaurant, recommended by a local we met at a nearby farm. We were thrilled. The food was fresh, delicious, current and interesting. The service was warm and friendly...efficient too. We were a party of six and the waitress even pointed out that my dad had mistakenly tipped twice. We will go back. Next time I'd like to try the outdoor garden area. It looks inviting, like being in someone's backyard. A gem.
5/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food, very high quality,
Great food, very high quality, delicately seasoned and paired well with wine choices. Make reservations, has become quite popular under new ownership.
5/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
This is a very charming restaurant
This is a very charming restaurant with delicious food. I will return again! The food choices are too complex for children, however my child was able to order pasta with butter and cheese sauce.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
It was a wonderful experience
It was a wonderful experience to be at the Main Street Cafe for Mother's Day. The garden was beautiful, the food fresh and lovely. The wait staff was cheerful, welcoming and competent. I would return.
5/11/2013 4:00:00 PM
Treated myself & my mother to a special brunch, enjoyed the food, the ambience & the garden where all the ingredients are from
5/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Veggie heaven, foodie bliss.
Everything this restaurant makes is divine. The model of local sustainable food and beer / wine is awesome. Every meal I've had here is outstanding. The service is awesome. In fact the only place in Santa Cruz county I've dined where they actually know what restaurant service should be. Totally recommend Main Street Garden & Cafe.
5/14/2013 4:00:00 PM
Staff very friendly, attentive
Staff very friendly, attentive and knowledgeable about menu; owner stopped at our table (and others) to say hello. Menu changes every day, fresh ingredients (from their own garden and local farms). Delicious, well-prepared, nicely presented. My husband and I shared the bruschetta appetizer (unique), pizza (perfect crust, wood-fired), pork ragu papardelle (super fresh pasta), and panna cotta for dessert (just small enough to top off a satisfying meal). We brought our own wine, corkage $15, very reasonable. We will dine here again for sure, and we'll pick up gift certificates for our friends and family as birthdays / anniversaries come around.
5/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Went for a Sunday Lunch
Lovely patio with view of garden where they grow some of their food. Everything from salads to dessert had delightful flavors. Will definitely be a repeat visitor.
6/1/2013 4:00:00 PM
Main Street garden
We've dined here several times now and introduced several friends to the restaurant. It has Italian/California fusion cooking with emphasis on fresh local ingredients. Limited choice of food and wine; a few things done well rather than trying to do it all, flexible attitude and reasonable prices.
6/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Nice Father Day lunch
We went for lunch. We sat on the garden patio. Our lunch experience was great, we had great food, the atmosphere was relaxing even with our 2 year old. She was busy visiting the garden and the chickens in the lower vegetable garden. The food was very tasty and the portion were right on, not too much and not too little. We enjoyed the bruchettas for appetizer. Our main course were pork and the day special salmon in Italian crepe. This was delicious and very flavorful. The dessert was not to my taste (chocolate cake and Marionberry sauce), I found it dry and my husband did not find the strong dark chocolate flavor he was looking for. Overall, we spend 2 hours for lunch and loved every minute of it.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Had a beautiful outdoor table near pizza oven-under arbor draped with kiwi vines. Looking out over flower garden, lawn towards organic garden. Wine list isn't expansive, but had a good italian varietal. Came to have prix fixed meal-but ended up ordering off menu. Excellent mustard green and white anchovy salad. Good soup--squid ink pasta with clams and wood fired pizza with great thin, crisp crust. Most veggies are from garden. For Santa Cruz attentive service. Owner from Naples checked in several times.
Wonderful dessert--apricot ice cream and panna cotta. Great meal!
7/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Garden Restaurant
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.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Should Be a Destination Eatery
Garden to table, fresh, fresh, fresh, inside or outside dining, delicious wines. A smoker, a woodburning pizza oven and an organic garden behind the restaurant. What else could you want? These utilities allow for endless options. For example, a grated beet and strawberry salad, served with creamy burrata cheese, lightly dressed mound of arugula and crunchy crostini. Smoked pork shoulder on creamy polenta and green beans from the garden. Please! After our second experience, can't wait to go again!!!
7/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great date spot
This is a high end spot for Santa Cruz. A bit on the expensive side with smallish plates but worth the price. Two enthusiastic thumbs up.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Service. I will deffinently return soon.
7/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very special evening
The food was amazing. Fresh. Prepared just right. Delicious flavors. We had the pork shoulder cooked to perfection. The gnocchi so light and flavorful. A delicious heirloom tomato and burrata appetizer. Perfect crust and delicious ingredients on pizza and clams and linguini. All of it excellent. Windy oaks Pinot was perfect. Dessert was out of this world. Blackberries with light meringue and bite size shortbread cookies. Perfect finish. Nothing was too heavy. Tastes were all distinct.
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
Everything was perfect
from the scenic setting, to the service and seating, to the sumptuous selection.
We had originally hoped to be seated outside, but due to a private event the garden patio was full. This resulted in a lovely silver lining - our waitress put us right by the fireplace and near the french doors, the perfect combination of warmth on a cool night, a romantic atmosphere, and natural lighting and fresh air. What's more, we arrived a bit early, so while our table was being prepared we were allowed to stroll the garden despite the private event. It was a beautiful precursor to a beautiful meal.
Service was excellent, the food unique and delicious. The atmosphere struck a divine balance - simultaneously elegant , creative, and down-to-earth.
8/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of our favorites
After moving back to Santa Cruz after several years in the East Bay, we were so happy to discover Main Street. It's almost more Berkeley than Berkeley, with it's garden to table theme and seasonal menu. Thankfully, the food holds up as well. We enjoy the wood-fired pizzas especially, and the burrata appetizer is a must. It's one our our top two or three spots in the Santa Cruz area.
The service is always solid, and when we celebrated our 4 year anniversary there the other night, they comped us a celebratory prosecco. What's not to love?
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Just Love This Restaurant
The menu is unique. We've been there several times, have ordered a variety of courses and have never had anything less than a spectacular meal.
8/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Setting the bar for fresh and local
Restaurant sourcing can't get much more local than having its own private, beautiful, edible garden. The menu changes with what is in season. Everything is very fresh. The food is innovative, creative and tasty. And the service is very friendly. What a wonderful place to have a meal. I'll hope to be back frequently.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Love this place
Love this place. Same excellent menu and service as I have written about before. I did notice quite a few grammar mistakes in the menu printing this time around....is someone new writing it out because some foriegn adjectives were used as nouns making the writing sound pretentious....like foodie words were added for effect. Odd.
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
best restaurant in S Cruz County
I wrote a rave review on Yelp. I emailed all my friends in Santa Cruz County to recommend it.
The meal was PERFECT , we brought foodie friends from San Francisco and they were wowed. We've eaten there a number of times and will keep coming back.
8/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
It was just a night out to dinner with a couple of friends, but the experience at Main Street Garden was really special. The food was wonderfully presented and knowing the ingredients are locally grown and organic made it that much better. The service was the best! I highly recommend a visit to Main Street Garden - it's truely a neighborhood gem!!
9/12/2013 12:00:00 AM
Another nice meal!
Enjoyed the simple but tasty salads and olives.
Local salmon entrees were outstanding.
9/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
Once again we enjoyed a delicious lunch at this wonderful spot in Soquel. Our guests were truly delighted to be introduced to Main Street Cafe. The servers were not only knowledgeable but also polite.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Hidden gem for Soquel
I honestly hadn't heard about Main St. Garden & Cafe before I received an email for a chance to win a free meal there during restaturant week. The menu intrigued me and I suggested it to my husband and sister. The whole evening, the setting, the food, the wine, the ambience was perfect!
We have told several of our friends, including my FB friends, about our wonderful experience. We will definitely go back!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good quality food expertly prepared
My wife and I do not get to dine out much due to the demands of caring for our special needs son. Also, we have become very concerned about the quality of food being served today. So, when we do dine, we seek out those restaurants that try their best to provide good, wholesome, locally sourced organic foods as much as possible.
Main Street Cafe does this, and more. Exquisitely prepared menu items bring out just the right flavors in their dishes.
Good quality, wholesome food, expertly prepared. What more could one ask?
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
The unique menu and delightfully fresh dishes are just the best!! The fresh pasta is so very light, home made gnocci are superb and the garden fresh veggies.... delicious.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Never been before and came for SCRW. Appetizers were good. Burrata kinda hard to eat, should use a different bread or thicker piece. Papardelle was excellent. Panna cotta was to die for! Flourless chocolate torte could make you die - of thurst. Too dry, too bad. Overall, a good experience. Slight problem with the bill; but nothing too terrrible, fortunately I caught it before we left!
I would return to experience their regular menu.
10/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Loved the food!
Yummy food, beautiful garden patio but the chairs are uncomfortable. I will definitely go back !
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great food in a garden setting
We love Main Street Garden Cafe. The patio is our favorite spot for a table as you are facing the garden. They have ample heat lamps if it gets chilly. Their organic garden is beautiful and it's fun to go see the chickens. They have a wood fired pizza oven and make some of the best pizzas in town. The wine list is small, but it's a pretty good selection. The owner makes an effort to talk to each table and see how you're doing. This place makes you feel at home.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Country Italian gem
We loved this restaurant! Homemade pasta was outstanding as was the buratta. Service was friendly and attentive.
The pizza was perfect. We will come back!
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great local restaurant
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.
10/18/2013 12:00:00 AM
Double Date Night
Great date night spot. My husband I have been there twice for dates. This last one was a double date ;) had a blast ;)
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fresh and local deliciousness
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!
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Every time we eat here we
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.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
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 !
12/4/2013 4:00:00 PM