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About Chocolate the Restaurant

At Chocolate the Restaurant, we provide an attractive dining environment for couples on dates, friendly meetings, family meals, and for groups up to 20. Dine outside on our covered, heated patio. Celebrate special occasions with up to 20 guests in our private street-side party room. Slow-roasted meats, fresh baked pasta, delicious seasonal salads are all a prelude to our many chocolaty desserts. Our wine list focuses on local and on Italian wines. We are at your service from 11:30am straight through dinner until late every night! We are open every holiday except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

1522 Pacific Ave
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Californian, Mediterranean, Dessert

Hours of Operation:


Lunch: Daily 11:00 am-5:00 pm

Dinner: Sunday Thru Thursday 5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Friday & Saturday 5:00 pm-11:00 pm

Cross Street:
Cooper Street

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 427-9900

Website:
http://www.chocolatesantacruz.com/

Catering:
Offsite catering for up to 150 guests. Weddings, or any other kind of occasion. Wedding cakes, or other special desserts. Chocolate mousse truffles. We can work with you to design a custom menu, based on your comfortable budget parameters.

Parking Details:
Large multi-level public lot one half block away. Also, several parking spaces in front of restaurant on the street.

Public Transit:
Metro bus station with links to San Jose, three blocks away.

Executive Chef:
David Jackman

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Cafe, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
Weddings, birthdays, graduation, rehearsal dinners and intimate anniversary dinners.

Chocolate the Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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4.2

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

3.9

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

89% would recommend it to a friend

Good for a Date (11)
Neighborhood Gem (11)
Fit for Foodies (9)
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Romantic (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Great for Outdoor Dining (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Cozy (7)
Casual (7)
Special Occasion (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Healthy (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Authentic (5)
Comfort Food (5)
Fun (5)
Great for Lunch (5)
Organic (5)
People Watching (5)
Quiet Conversation (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Good for Groups (4)
Worth the Drive (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (3)
Afternoon Coffee (2)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Great for Brunch (2)
Business Meals (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Notable Wine List (2)
Scenic View (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Quick Bite (1)
Seasonal (1)
Spicy (1)
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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Love this place! One of my favorite spots in DT SC!

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Lunch was good but we were disappointed with the desserts.

Tags: Sunday Lunch
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on November 9, 2017

Our meal was excellent and we ordered take out the next day to try some other items on the menu that we didn't order the first night. The Coconut Cheesecake was excellent.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Gluten Free Options, Casual, Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2017

Always great tasty food and fabulous desserts...and friendly efficient service....thanks Chocolate!

Tags: Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Cozy, Good for a Date, Comfort Food
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 (Monterrey)·Dined on October 19, 2017

This was my first time to Chocolate even though I live here! We went during Santa Cruz "Restaurant Week" specifically to experience a restaurant that we'd never been to in town. The Restaurants participating provide Pre Fixe meals for a reasonable price. The meals were just beautifully presented and the flavors were exotic and oh so yummy! Instead of chatting about what we did earlier in the day, we chatted entirely about the food and how amazing it was. The service was unobtrusive but "spot on" with refills and plate removal. Our server was knowledgeable , engaging and obviously loved her job. We so enjoyed sitting outside to eat and felt as though it was Paris along the Champs -Elysees!

Tags: Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Outdoor Dining
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 (Phoenix)·Dined on October 18, 2017

This place is wonderful. Food was delicious and pricing fair. Bench seating inside, though, not friendly to those with back trouble. Nice outdoor sidewalk area.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Afternoon Tea, Cozy
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 (Sacramento)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Fantastic spinach salad, great roasted salmon, and the dessert with the Truffle and Sofia hot chocolate was out of this world! Can't wait to take my friends there!

Tags: Scenic View, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on October 17, 2017

We went for restaurant week where there were 3 courses for $25. Portions were ample, food was nicely prepared and very tasty. Service was good, too. Since it was a lovely, warm night we were able to sit outdoors and have a drink and dinner.
I have also had drinks there several other times where we sat outside on a warm afternoon. Very pleasant.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good for a Date
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·Dined on October 16, 2017

3 of us went for restaurant week 2017. THIS WAS THE BEST ONE. All 3 choices were spectacular! Love that they also paired wine, no other place even made recommendations. Love this place and I learned they are great for dinner, not just desert!

Tags: Romantic, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, People Watching, Organic, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Bad service, mediocre food that can't decide what type it wants to be and cramped tables. I would recommend this place for dessert only.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2017

One of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz! Great, innovative, tasty food. Charming atmosphere. Yummy, chocolate drinks. Good wine selection. Love this place!

Tags: Comfort Food, Gluten Free Options, Good for Anniversaries, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Romantic, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Paleo Friendly, Authentic, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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·Dined on October 14, 2017

Dining at Chocolate during Restaurant Week was a fabulous experience! Everyone working there was so kind and helpful. My friend and I both felt like we were being pampered. Of course, the food was amazing! I highly recommend eating at this restaurant for a delicious meal, excellent service, a lovely calm environment, and one of the sweetest owners in town... David!

Tags: People Watching, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Afternoon Tea, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem, Afternoon Coffee, Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Seasonal, Hot Spot, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Casual, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Organic, Romantic, Healthy
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I love the restaurant week menu. The shrimp cocktail, the pork, chocolate indulgence was a wonderful meal for our 37th wedding anniversary dinner.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on October 12, 2017

Wonderful find. Will return service was lovely, food excellent.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Good Vegetarian Options
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·Dined on September 17, 2017

Very fast service! The staff was great.

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·Dined on September 10, 2017

This is a favorite restaurant and we have been eating here for years.
The service was great.
The disappointment was in that we reserved an outside table for five people. We reserved it a day beforehand with a note that we wanted to sit outside. When we called, we were told that we could sit outside and that to make a note in the reservation.
When we arrived, there were no outside tables available for this special occasion with out of town guests.
So...it was a total waste of time calling and making reservations.
Probably not bring friends here again for anything special.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Looking forward to going again. I had shitaki mushroom soup and a spicy pulled pork appetizer and 2 scoops of gelato. Very good. Ate outside on their charming patio. Smiling service. Would go for just dessert for sure.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 3, 2017

Lovely! We had never been to this area of Santa Cruz, and thought the restaurant looked wonderful. Great wine, eclectic dishes, fresh salads, and the desserts were to die for. Our server was attentive and swift, and we also enjoyed the outdoor seating. Will definitely be back here if we come into town again. After eating, we walked up and down the main drag, looking at all the shops. Great experience!

Tags: Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

I'm a semi-regular customer. My favorites include the Polenta Plate (incredible), the pasta rosettes with marinara or artichoke cream sauce (I ask for 1/2 and 1/2), the organic baby green salad (very fresh and tasty), and the shitake mushroom soup. I'm fussy about marinara sauce. Chocolate's marinara is rich and delicious. They also carry my favorite red wine - Cinnabar's Mercury Rising. I'm always too full to order desert but they look fantastic.

Ambiance is lovely, inside and on the garden patio. This is not a place where you can rush through a meal. This is a place to take your time and enjoy your food with good company.

Tags: Special Occasion, Romantic, Casual, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Organic, Fit for Foodies, Healthy, Disabled Access, Good for a Date, Notable Wine List, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining
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·Dined on August 19, 2017

The seats indoors are benches and uncomfortable. The chicken in the chicken mole was dry. However the wine was great, and the ambience is nice.

Tags: Late-night Find
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

The idea is great. The Mole and Pulled Pork were delightful, as were the corn breads.
Hot Choc (sofia) was good. Chocolate desserts were, shockingly, a disappointment. Tasted stale and weak.

Tags: Fun, Spicy, Special Occasion
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·Dined on July 29, 2017

Used open table to make a reservation, but when we arrived (4 minutes before our reservation time) there was no table available, the only table they had for our sized party had just been used to seat another party. LAME.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on July 22, 2017

Went for dinner a few nights ago. The cheese pots are delicious! I had the Chicken Mole for dinner and it was perfect! The chicken was very moist. The dessert - well you have to have dessert at a restaurant called Chocolate right? I got the Chocolate cream pie - and it was super yummy! Highly recommend!

Tags: Casual
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 (San Diego)·Dined on July 1, 2017

We were excited to try this restaurant, I mean, it's called Chocolate after all! Sadly, it was disappointing all around. Service was terrible. We waited at our table, almost to the point of letting the hostess know we wanted to place our order, but instead continued to patiently wait for a server to come by. As a side note, we were there for a very early dinner, and the restaurant was not very crowded. We did appreciate that the hostess was friendly and polite. Finally our server came over, no introduction or smile, and quickly asked if we were ready to place our order. Our daughter's meal was incorrect and it was another long wait to get the item she ordered. We were finished eating, and our daughter was still waiting for her food. To be fair, they volunteered to take that entree off our check. We had to ask twice for water, and the person who finally brought it was not our server. Food was mediocre, but the hot chocolate was very good. Desserts were disappointing to be honest, the flavors were just not great in our opinion. After the long delays, ironically, our server informed us he was leaving and asked us to close out our check right away. We did and still left a generous tip, because we understand people are working to make a living, but we don't need to ever return there.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Great table, lovely time with my lovely, good food, great service. prompt service, attentive waiter, did not have desert of hot chocolate but have in the past and they are to die for.

Tags: Fun, Seasonal, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Had a change in schedule which necessitated relocation of our family celebration of a graduation to Chocolate. The staff was very accommodating and very quickly were able to put together several tables in a private room to make it a memorable occasion for all of us. Food was great, tasty and fresh. Service was great. Thanks to all the staff.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Yum!! I dream of this place and hit it every time I make the 5 hour drive to Santa Cruz!!! Rosettes are my favorite, but everything is delicious. Desserts are unbelievable!!!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Not good for large groups though. Had 11 people reservation and they initially wanted to have us at 3 different tables that were not attached.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Great for Outdoor Dining, People Watching, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Good food marred only by so-so service. Limited kids menu of pasta, grilled cheese or PB&J (which ended up being marinara sauce and peanut butter?!). Sandwich was supposed to be removed from bill (wasn't), had to ask twice for more water.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on June 4, 2017

Great selection of specials! We tried a couple of the dishes on the front page (salmon and sausage). They were amazing and the hot chocolate at the end topped it off nicely.

Tags: Casual, Seasonal, People Watching, Paleo Friendly, Tapas
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 28, 2017

I enjoyed a birthday lunch here with my family. I love their poblano mole dish! It is not as authentic as I can make myself. Nevertheless, it is complex and delicious! I also loved their mousse chocolate cake...so creamy and light! Their hot chocolate drinks are also great. I enjoyed the "Frieda". Beware that these almost feel like dessert! So have at the end of your meal. Only bummer was that they did not have any birthday candles, even though we mentioned we were celebrating a birthday. I would not hesitate to recommend Chocolate!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Casual, Cozy
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Who knew you could put chocolate in so many different things with so many different tastes! While they didn't have the salmon on the menu (for a slow food place this isn't surprising when they had a salmon special) both what my wife and I ordered was amazing! Definitely worth the experience and do get hot chocolate to start and a desert to finish up with.

Tags: Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 14, 2017

If you love chocolate like us, this is worth the trip. Gluten free options abound so the combination is very hard to find. The only issue is that there was one server for the whole restaurant. Service was slow and he had to be reminded of several items. Don't know if someone called in sick or it's always like this, but I'd give it one more try on a less busy time than Mother's Day dinner.

Tags: Great Beer, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Healthy, Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Casual, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 29, 2017

Everything was outstanding. The food was creative (swordfish, coconut/citrus with cheese potato pie). Something for everyone fish, meat, salads, veggie. Large variety of decadent hot chocolates. Don't miss out on the coconut/chocolate cheesecake. Delicious!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 29, 2017

This is my wife's favorite restaurant. We get a table by the sidewalk, yet it seems as if we are alone. The food is excellent and the service is outstanding. It is pricey so we don't go often. It is Santa Cruz's best. Make it a date.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 28, 2017

We were bummed. We came here on our anniversary based on recommendations from locals, and this place just didn't deliver a great experience. We sat outside, which was a nice setting except that there were flies all over the place. The menu looked good and we ordered chicken mole and the pork and while they were both pretty good, we weren't wowed by them. The mole sauce was too sweet and gloppy, and the pork that was cooked like carnitas had some off flavors. We were given a side of lettuce (strange) and a cheese-polenta cake that was dry and crumbly and not very good at all. We ordered a Caesar salad that was just ok and the Artichoke cheese pot where the cheese was not creamy, and was really oily and coming apart. Dessert was the only winning dish when we got the chocolate pot and chocolate gelato, but it was tough getting there. The service was good, we had no complaints there, but we won;t be coming back. Too bad.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Palm Springs)·Dined on April 12, 2017

Not knowing what to expect, all three of us were pleasantly surprised when we met for a good friend's birthday dinner. Well appointed and authentically decorated, Chocolate began by being a feast for the eyes! We decided to make our dinner "family style" by sharing several appetizers and entrees. The house made sausage and chicken parmigiana were the hits of the evening.

Tags: Late-night Find, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Casual, Special Occasion
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on April 11, 2017

We decided to try this restaurant after reading several Yelp reviews. The indoor ambience is interesting and decor is very eclectic. I was a little nervous as my daughter has several food allergies and I was concerned they may not be able to accommodate. I was wrong. There were great options. She enjoyed the small fresh baked gluten free bread loaf , portabello mushroom , pasta rosette and chocolate mousse cake. We ended up ordering another loaf of bread for the table as it was light and airy. The chicken pot pie slice ( interesting way to see be a slice with gravy on the side) and Caesar salad was delish! We also ordered chicken parmagian and sausage dinner plate which were good too. My husband really loved the dark chocolate sinful cake a la mode. Last but not least our server Carolina was awesome! She seems to run the show there. She takes care of so many tables on her own. She is well versed and will suggest from the menu. I would recommend this restaurant for both lunch, dinner or just dessert. The truffle variety was amazing. We may swing by to try some this week. There is a very extensive dessert, beverage and coffee menu.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 8, 2017

Service was great. Seated immediately. Orders taken promptly. Food served promptly. Portions excellent. I had the chocolate sausage dinner, which was unique and quite tasty. The chocolate deserts offered were numerous....we had the chocolate cupcake, the chocolate lover's experience and the extra dark chocolate gelato......all were just wonderful. The wine selection, though small, had a good balance and contained several local selections. Would dine there again.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Afternoon Coffee
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 4, 2017

I have loved this restaurant for a long time. It's a little on the pricey side for me to come in on a very regular basis, although in the winter I'll come just for their amazing hot chocolate menu! On special occasions I always love the chocolate BBQ free range pork or the chicken molé, but last night my boyfriend and sister both got the pasta rosettes (which I can't have because I'm gluten free) and they looked amazing. Everything here is delicious, I love the ambiance and decor, and I love that they are so gluten free friendly as well as organic and local with so many ingredients. I don't mean to draw too much attention to one of my favorites for fear they may be overrun, but they deserve the stellar review. Staff are always amazing, too!

Thanks, Chocolate!

Tags: Tasting Menu, Healthy, Local Ingredients, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Romantic, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Organic, Creative Cuisine, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good Vegetarian Options, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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