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Permanently Closed - Hoffman's Downtown

267 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Neighborhood Gem (210)
  • Great for Brunch (196)
  • Kid-friendly (147)

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This restaurant is permanently closed. Hoffman's Downtown Santa Cruz serves breakfast, lunch and dinner from 8am daily. Famous for our DELICIOUS Eggs Benedict, and with our fabulous NEW full bar, Hoffman's is the perfect place for everything from Sunday brunch to an evening martini with the cool jazz humming in the background. Now open even later on Fridays and Saturdays, stop in for a cocktail and a snack off our UN-spendy $3 Bar Bites Menu served until 11pm!
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Californian, European, American
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Hours of operation
8:00 am to 9:00 pm weekdays;
8:00 am to 11:00 pm weekends
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Phone number
(831) 420-0135
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Jayson Holzworth
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Cross street
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Parking details
Limited Parking available directly behind Hoffman's from Carthcart ave. Multi-level garages, public lots, and street parking available nearby.
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Public transit
Metro station located less than 1 block away.
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Live Jazz 7 nights a week starting at 6:30!

Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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Overall ratings and reviews
3.7  based on all time ratings
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75% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
1.0  Dined on December 28, 2017

To say we were disappointed would be kind. My wife’s ribs were lukewarm. My son and I both ordered a burger, mine medium, his medium well. They both came out rare. It took 10 minutes to refill his water glass. The sever got our bill wrong twice, once giving us the wrong bill.

The real kicker was my son being violently ill every half hour from 3:00 AM until 7:00 AM and most f the following day.

We won’t return.

KarAye (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

We ate here on Thanksgiving. Our server was very nice but not very efficient. We had to ask for water, utensils, bread... Still, the food was very good. We sat outside which was very enjoyable, inside is nice too.

KenNsf (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Hoffman ‘s is great for thanksgiving dinner. Strongly recommend.

bobnbetty (Los Angeles)
3.0  Dined on September 24, 2017

This place is better than a greasy spoon, but didn't appear upscale enough to be an Open Table Reservation kind of place, and the waiters seemed kind of surprised that such a thing existed. It's right downtown and seems to have had a steady supply of customers at all hours for a long time. While that's not a bad thing, it might stand with a day off to give it a good once-over. BUT don't turn away, the food was fairly decent for our busy Sunday Brunch.

Wibber (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on September 9, 2017

I had a burger and my companion had the Reuben. Both of these meals were fine. The service was quite good. What was alarming was the extremely high price of the tiny portions (less than a shot) of cognac and scotch that we naively ordered after dinner.

vipEliz (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on August 29, 2017

I have mixed emotions, since I'd generally had good experiences at Hoffman's over the years, and the food (we split the burger with fries and a side salad with the lime-cilantro dressing) was still delicious. Our waitress was very good, but the front-of-house guy was pretty surly when he immediately informed us that the credit card reader was down and it would be cash or check only (and then seated us in a booth where the seat was repaired with tape). My mom's coffee cup wasn't clean, and the restroom was not up to par. Something is amiss, and I'm sad.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 4, 2017

My husband and I have been coming to Hoffman's for years and have never been disappointed. First and foremost when choosing a restaurant, the food has to be "the thing." The food here is ALWAYS top notch and delicious. The portions are generous and a great value for the price. They are adept at picking out just the wine you would like best if you give your server just a few details of what your preferred taste is. I fear the decline of Hoffman's with the arrival of so many new downtown restaurants. I wish more people new about this place. Don't stand in line and wait for a table at a trendy new restaurant. Come to Hoffman's Downtown. Perhaps It could use a bit of updating but by and large this is our pick every time.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on July 15, 2017

Attentive staff, above average food, fun to people watch if you get an outside table. But food and drinks were slow to come out. Love the live music.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on July 2, 2017

Horrible experience. I took my parents there while they were here visiting. I'm not even sure if we had a designated server. We had to ask for water 3 times, took about an hour to get our food. All of it was cold when we did. We sat on the patio, because it was nice out but I'm pretty sure we and everyone else on the patio was forgotten about. The server came by maybe twice. Other than that we had to get up and ask the hostess when we needed something and when we were ready to order and to get the bill.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 30, 2017

Really good food. Music was great. Not the same old jazz crap.