Nice local Italian restaurant
Nice local Italian restaurant perfect for a meal before or after a show. Menu included vegetarian options, one pasta, one an eggplant parmigiana which I liked. Wine was nice, bread was nice, the insulata mista very good and my entree rich and wry Italian but not heavy with cheese. I would go back again. ,
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
One of the better restaurants
One of the better restaurants that I have eaten at in Santa Cruz. I am usually somewhat leery about restaurants in strip shopping centers but the ambiance of thiis place was good, the service and food were excellent and we had a great time.
3/20/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was very well prepared
The food was very well prepared and presented! The highlight of the evening was the friendliness of the staff! We will definitely return for lunch or dinner.
3/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
Amazing food and service.
Amazing food and service. I got the seafood stuffed raviolis which were delicious.
3/28/2013 5:00:00 PM
The food was amazing and the
The food was amazing and the service was outstanding! I live in this town and am exceptionally pleased that the service and food was so good! I had the chicken stuffed with Gorgonzola cheese and wrapped in pancetta...so delicious! I highly recommend this restaurant and will definitely be going back!
4/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
We took my mother to lunch for her birthday. After reading reviews on YELP, I chose Cafe Mare. What a pleasant surprise. We are locals and had never dined there. What a shock to learn that it's been there for 10 years. Where have WE been? The food was excellent...the bread, the salad, the entree (wild salmon, roasted potatoes and vegetables), the desserts, the coffee! The service was superb and the prices very reasonable. Thank you for a lovely lunch!
5/2/2013 4:00:00 PM
We were celebrating birthdays and an early retirement. The staff was attentive, the restaurant was lively - but we could converse easily, and the food was delicious! Some of us are vegetarian, and there were enough choices to feed us well. We have also taken out of town guests here and have had an equally great experience.
6/6/2013 4:00:00 PM
We love Cafe Mare. The food is always very good and the service is excellent. Tonight, the food was its usual excellent. The service seemed rushed and the restaurant had several large parties which made the place much noisier than usual. We might just have to skip Saturdays if we want more quiet. This will not keep us from going again, but maybe checking on the crowd before we go.
6/7/2013 4:00:00 PM
Since there were 12 of us
Since there were 12 of us so it took a while for the kitchen to get the food out to us all at the same time but the waitress was fantastic.
6/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
Dowtown Italian Eatery
The dining room is surrounded by glass windows and is below street level making for a nice ambience. All the food was quite good. My wife had the special red snapper and was thrilled with it. I had the Zuppa de Mediterraneo, with prawns, calamari, mussels, clams and scallops in a tasty broth which is actually a soup. Delicious. My son had gnocchi with Prawns in a cream sauce and his girlfriend had the gnocchi in tomato sauce and they both loved them. all the other dishes- bruschettas, salads, and pastas were also very tasty. the desserts- tiramisu and panna cotta were outstanding. The service was outstanding despite the fact that this was dinner on Father's Day! Glad to have found this place!
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Beautiful spot to celebrate
We chose Cafe Mare to celebrate our daughter's graduation from UCSC. Coming from out of town, we had to depend on reviews from previous customers. The reviews were correct. It was a perfect setting for a college graduation, service was spot on. There to be sure all was in order. The food was fresh and clean tasting. The kale salad was a hit as was the veal piccata. Love those giant capers! DOn't miis the souffle for dessert.
6/16/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food, good prices
We had a fine meal for my husband's birthday dinner. Everyone was very satisfied with their dinner. The service was a little spotty, but I think it's just because our server was kinda dingy. Just minor things that were easily overlooked. I'd recommend the seafood raviolis. I could take a bath in the sauce!!
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
If you are looking for authentic fresh Italian, this is the place. Unique specialty offerings and willingness to put together whatever you desire. It's obvious everything is homemade and they offer great variety at a very reasonable price.
7/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
This will be one of our special places to dine. The service was great and the food was better.
7/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
I found this place on yelp as we were in need of a place to carb up for a soccer tournament. Had reservations but it didn't look like I needed them at first. Our wait person forgot to tell us the specials. Ordered the gnocchi with meat sauce and the typical Alfredo dish with prawns (about 8 were on the plate). Both were good. Portion sizes were great for us since we don't eat a lot. It's a full plate but not enough for leftovers.
Bruschetta was prepared a little differently, but nice and garlicy. Had a few cocktails from the bar. Good bar-keep!
Service was slow. A lot of attention from the front end, but I think waitsttaff is stretched thin. Kitchen needed to be faster considering we waited over 45 min for pasta for the 1 of 1st there
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
W went on a Saturday night, they were short a waiter we were told, but other than a delay getting bread to the table, our waiter (Adrian) was prompt and attentive without being obtrusive. The pasta and salmon dish was fantastic, the drinks well made (hard to find a good Old Fashioned, but this place does it right) and we saw no delay in service. Highly recommended.
8/3/2013 12:00:00 AM
Comfortable - Tasty - Reliable
We've eaten at Cafe Mare over the years and always enjoyed good meals and good service.Their pizza is terrific, a lot like what we ate in Italy. We appreciate that they offer gluten-free pasta and pizza dough choices as one of us has celiac disease. The service is friendly and competent without being intrusive. Recently one of our party had a rolled pork thing that was super delish and the fresh halibut that night was tasty and perfectly cooked. I am very sensitve to noise and never have a problem here with loud music, clatter from the kitchen, tables too close together, etc. Cafe Mare one of our downtown favorite places.
9/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
An italian gem
Cafe Mare is a delightful Italian restaurant in downtown Santa Cruz. We have been here several times over the past five years, and it never fails to please. Excellent service and wonderful food make the perfect combination for an evening out.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Authentic Italian food
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.
10/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
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.
10/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent dinner.... Professional
Excellent dinner.... Professional staff.. Great cocktails
10/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Six of us had a great visit,
Six of us had a great visit, good service , good wine, food and will return.
11/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
No crowd and great dining
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.
11/16/2013 4:00:00 PM
Cafe Mare is the Best!
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).
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM