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  • CraigYvip
    San Francisco Bay Area •20 reviews
    Dined 5 days ago
    Very special neighborhood restaurant. Crispy cauliflower to start, excellent, followed by local beet salad. Portions generous. Culminated with the filling truffle raviolis. Topped it with the light pecan pie with pomegranate in the whipped cream topping. Set for the evening!
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    Gabriella CafePrice: Very Expensive• Italian• Santa Cruz
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    Las Vegas •1 review
    Dined 6 days ago
    The hot chocolate was amazing and all the food tasted great. The service was beyond excellent.
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    Chocolate the RestaurantPrice: Moderate• Californian• Santa Cruz
  • FourDinersvip
    California Central Coast •65 reviews
    Dined 6 days ago
    One of the nicer restaurants in the downtown Santa Cruz area. Our party of four diners were very impressed with the selection, quality, and reasonableness of price. Desserts were awesome. We sat out on the patio under heat lamps which worked well.
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    LailiPrice: Moderate• Mediterranean• Santa Cruz
  • watermossvip
    California Central Coast •30 reviews
    Dined on Nov 20, 2023
    It’s pricey but worth every bite. The cocktails are fabulous. Popovers to die for with the cured ham jam and butter. Ate so many of the appetizers plus a Cesar salad didn’t have room for an entree. Can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu.
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    Alderwood Santa CruzPrice: Very Expensive• Contemporary American• Santa Cruz
  • KatharineP
    San Francisco Bay Area •14 reviews
    Dined on Nov 18, 2023
    We really enjoyed our dinner at Oswalds tonight. We were seated in one of their wallside tables which was quieter and cozy. The waitstaff was attentive but not overbearing. The food was delicious. Oh and my cocktail was delicious too.
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    OswaldPrice: Expensive• Contemporary American• Santa Cruz

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As of December 1, 2023 there are 22 restaurants in Santa Cruz. Filter by “outdoor dining”, “romantic” or “dog friendly”.

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