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  • DianeB
    San Francisco Bay Area •3 reviews
    Dined 3 days ago
    The natural and peaceful beauty of the outdoor area is a gem, and the delicious food compliment each other, thank you.
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    LailiPrice: Moderate• Mediterranean• Santa Cruz
  • Chateau1
    San Francisco Bay Area •4 reviews
    Dined on Sep 23, 2023
    Always highest quality food here ! Service is outstanding! Will always go back!
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    Gabriella CafePrice: Very Expensive• Italian• Santa Cruz
  • JJdine
    San Francisco Bay Area •10 reviews
    Dined on Sep 22, 2023
    The dishes had a unique and tasty combination of ingredients that I haven't had at other restaurants.
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    Alderwood Santa CruzPrice: Very Expensive• Contemporary American• Santa Cruz
  • Alison
    San Francisco Bay Area •4 reviews
    Dined on Sep 21, 2023
    Never has failed to impress since the beginning at the OLD site. Consistent service, food and ambience. Loved the music too. Staff is always friendly, accommodating and professional.
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    OswaldPrice: Expensive• Contemporary American• Santa Cruz
  • Neiltonyvip
    California Central Coast •64 reviews
    Dined on Sep 10, 2023
    Their bar is not fully stocked, I ordered an Old Fashion. They said they didn’t have the right ingredients, and made it with Simple syrup. Told me if I didn’t care for it, I’d get it free. Well, it wasn’t exactly what I ordered, so it was free. The fresh oysters were really fishy. That speaks for itself. The burger was great, and their giant fries were outstanding. But, we ran out of ketchup, asked one of the servers if she could grab some. She first responded with, “ask your server”…. I kept staring at her, and she then said, “I’ll let her know”. She never did, and by the next time we saw our server, (Mary), at least 15 minutes had gone by. We had finished our excellent fries, without ketchup. The other server should have just taken 30 seconds, and grabbed us some ketchup. This was just totally ridiculous. No team work. If I were the owner, I’d be pretty disappointed! This place has a ton of potential though. If they can get a full bar, with some proper, creative mixologists, it will be a hit!
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    Alderwood PacificPrice: Moderate• Contemporary American• Santa Cruz

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Celebrate special occasion at the best restaurants in Santa Cruz. Our customers recommend la Posta, Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge and Laili

As of October 1, 2023 there are 21 restaurants in Santa Cruz. Filter by “outdoor dining”, “romantic” or “dog friendly”.

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