- Surfaces sanitized between seatings
- Common areas deep cleaned daily
- Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
- Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
- Sealed or wrapped utensils used
- Limited number of seated diners
- Distancing maintained in common areas
- Extra space between tables
- Waitstaff wear masks
- Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
- Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Love the place, the food are fantastic and the service are perfect.
We were a party of 4 with reservations yet had to wait while they set the table. Our waitress took a really long time to bring our drinks and when they were out of the wine my son ordered, she brought him something else without informing him what it was. He had to ask. It took forever for her to bring bread and our dinners. We had a child who was getting impatient.
Oswalds is our favorite restaurant and the food was excellent. I realize it is challenging coping with COVID restrictions, especially on a weekend night. I hope the service improves.
All the staff, including the owner are meticulous, friendly and helpful.
I am honestly kicking myself for not booking Oswald sooner. I feel like I have been missing out on Santa Cruz's best kept secret. It's outdoor set up is right on the corner in downtown, where they've wedged some tables along side the windows. Inside looked well decorated but due to COVID concerns, we opted for the outdoors. The cocktail list was detailed and long, which I appreciated. The menu was unassuming and understated compared to the insanely masterful plates we received. Given the somewhat "standard" ambiance (non-permanent, I assume) and the seemingly basic menu, I had low expectations. I even told my partner, who has lived in Santa Cruz for 27 years and had never been here, after scanning the menu that I was a little bummed that I canceled our reservation at Alderwood for this...after my first bite of the Pork Sugo, I quickly ate my words!! Oswald's food is EXCELLENT. We've eaten everywhere in and around Santa Cruz and again, I am regretful that it took me so long to book here but I guess that speaks even more to how incredible the food is at Oswald's. I want to try everything on the menu, twice over. Thank you Oswalds, for serving food that is beautiful, well-balanced, perfectly seasoned and wonderfully flavorful. We will be back!!
Food was amazing!! Server was knowledgeable and we never had to look for him, super helpful. We will be back!
Had lunch outdoor seating. Very tasty. I had the farro with greens and added trout. Tasty combination. The farro and greens were cooked to perfection and the trout was crispy skin and moist perfectly cooked.
I went back the next day to have the same dish for lunch this time added skirt steak and an egg. OMGoodness was that good.
Kudos to the Oswald chefs and servers!!!!
Always a great experience! Never disappoints.
The food was exceptional but the service was terrible. We sat at a 2-top outside and waited 25 minutes before our wine order was taken while 3 other tables were seated and their orders were taken... the silver lining was that I was able to spend more time with my friend chatting, but the wait was really annoying.
Delicious food. Great drinks. Excellent service! Pork Sufi was amazing.
This was our first experience at Oswald... and will definitely not be the last. Everything from the cocktails to the dungeness crab to the meyer lemon pudding cake was outstanding. Serve staff were gracious and well-informed.
Great to actually eat at what is one of Santa Cruz's best. The food is as good as I remembered, and the service too. We actually ate indoors (first time in a year) and it was VERY socially distanced, and comfortable. Glad to know the quality is still there.
New lemon pudding dessert amazing. Josh's bar creations 100% as always. Great place as ever.
Fantastic experience every time we go there. The food is exceptional
Hamburger was super greasy. Really did not enjoy it. Trout was good.
Overall good. Corner location means outside dining gets plenty of street noise - they played 80's funk on the sound system the whole time, which helped. All the food is great quality and cooked just right, but our dishes were oversalted -- the one flaw in an otherwise good experience. Social distancing was good, restrooms clean, patio heaters came out at the right time.
This is seriously one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz! Fried Chicken was amazing. The staff was fun and attentive and the chef must have some kind of magic! Can't wait to go back! It was not the cheapest place in town but well worth the money!
Excellent but limited Menu due the pandemic. Delicious food. Very polite and courteous staff.
Lovely evening. Nice people dining enjoying thoughtful well prepared delicious meals. Staff was great just the right amount of attention. Will be dining again very soon.
Truly Oswald is the best restaurant in Santa Cruz. The Best.!!!
The food was delicious. We really enjoyed the duck, the strip steak (and the scalloped potatoes) and the chicken orzo soup. They have lots of heaters, so the outside dining was very cosy. Great service as well!
We had a great experience at Oswald. My sister in law gave us a gift certificate to your place. Due to Covid it took us a year to use it. My husband and I loved the food it was very good/ I loved the shrimp salad dish I would like to eat it again soon.
Even in COVID times, Oswald is a special place to go. Took out my wife and daughter for lunch and had a blast.
Stopped by on a Sunday day trip to Santa Cruz. Loved the beer and manhattan! Burger and fries were also fantastic. The fried chicken had a nice crunch but not a lot of flavor (spices). The Caesar salad was just okay. We loved our server (male, possibly manager?) and it was GREAT to be outside on a beautiful day.
The food was great- we had a small snafu with seating and communication but our hostess was lovely and quickly amended the situation.
All our food was exceptional as were the cocktails with one exception- the butternut squash that accompanied the lamb shank was raw.
Outstanding food, great service and a very attentive and pleasant staff around the restaurant. They have made the most of outdoor seating, which felt intimate and relaxing.
Oswald does not miss a beat ever! Still great value delicious food and the outdoor dining atmosphere is very inviting. I'll be returning soon. Oh yeah, did I mention the food is delicious!!! Indeed. Cocktails and wines are top shelf !
Food and service was excellent! Wonderful variety on the menu, very creative takes on classic food, and executed to perfection. Also, so nice to get a view of the action in the kitchen with the large open windows. Exceeded all expectations!
We were outside. The fog rolled in, it was chilly. Outdoor dining is difficult. More heat lamps would be great. Not a lot of appetizers, small menu. The food was very good. I got the mussels. And he got meat lasagna. Small portions and not a lot of side dishes to help fill you. The dessert was great.
Great casual place for Covid dining. First time here won't be our last. Great staff... clean establishment.
But this restaurant is the cat’s meow
We’ve never been to Oswald before, so a first visit during the Covid and days/weeks before outside dining might get shut down is not a fair shot.
First, I’d like to thank everyone for working under such uncertainty! The service was very good and very friendly.
Although it was cold (for Californians) the butternut squash soup warmed us up and we enjoyed the rest of the meal.
I look forward to trying Oswald under more normal circumstances and encourage everyone to support their local restaurants.
The food here is fantastic. We had the lasagna, fried chicken, and lamb shank and all were fantastic. Not to mention yummy cocktails!
Oswald has done a nice job with their outdoor setup! I went with my spouse in the evening, and there was plenty of heat from the heat lamps, the service was friendly as always, and the food was delicious (I had the braised lamb which was fantastic). Definitely on my short list of places to go in Santa Cruz (or get takeout).
We had a great meal at Oswald. Hard to give a simple rating with Covid but they are doing a great job. The menu was full and the outside seating was done well considering they are on a busy corner. Staff was great and the service really brought it all together. I had the lamb and the only complaint would be that it was a little salty and didn’t find the beans worked. The soup was amazing on a cold night, ceased was good and cocktails on point as always.
Oswald is a charming and delicious restaurant. The owner and staff are warm and welcoming and the food is wonderful. The bar is an occasion unto itself: Fabulous cocktails, great wine selection, and wonderful selection of liquors.
Comida muy rica, el rstorant estaba helado, no habia musica y la luz no hacia ambiente
Oswald is doing a GREAT job offering a fine dinning experience even with the restrictions imposed by COVID. Wonderful service, expertly prepared food. All Aces!
Super yum food, very nice staff, covid safe seating distanced and outside.
Wonderful food. Great staff. Great social distance place.
We absolutely love dining here. The food is delicious, beautifully presented, and always fresh and seasonal. We love to try the seasonal cocktails as well. Besides all of their beautiful dishes, they have THE BEST BURGER in town! Oswald is always on point
We wanted to love this place, unfortunately it was very underwhelming.
The menu is extremely limited, perhaps due to pandemic.
The highlight of the evening was the Chicken Orzo soup. The Petrale Sole was ok, nothing
extraordinary. My prawn salad was something I can make at home, and the creme brulee crust was burnt. The service was very friendly, the food was just not up to par.
Sitting on the street was loud and cold, but the food was delicious.
Oswald offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 423-7427.
Oswald is rated 4.7 stars by 1257 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.