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Oswald

4.4
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1208 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Oswald is a contemporary American restaurant and bar that focuses on the abundance of delicious ingredients found on the central coast of California. Oswald features an eclectic, international wine list and an exciting, seasonal bar program. While the decor is spare and modern, the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • 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
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 1208 people are saying
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4.4based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.3
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86% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipAliciaEatsWell
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Oswald. The food is always delicious and the cocktails on point. The staff is attentive and fun to be around.

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vipSteven
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We had an early dinner outside on the sidewalk with good distancing between tables. Traffic noise faded pretty quickly into the background, not unlike evenings outdoors in Europe and actually quieter than a full bar scene. Food, as always was very good and the cocktails very strong. Staff are very friendly. Nice way to re-enter the dining scene, though everything is also available for takeout. Big shoutout for their chicken orzo soup. And they’ve expanded their lunch hours, so I’ll definitely be back soon.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Overall we had another great dining experience at Oswalds. The woman who may have been a manager but was helping with seating was extremely welcoming. The duck was cooked and seasoned to perfection. The lasagna and flank steak were on point. The chicken orzo soup left something to be desired.

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MarkP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice evening for curbside dining. good food and the bartender makes a nice drink. Given the challenges covid restrictions present, they did a nice job.

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JerR
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oswalds is the best. Our fave spot in Santa Cruz. The food is consistently great, and service is top notch.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing. The food, the service, the hostess, and the people.

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Kali
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great, fresh, simple food. We'd never tried this place and really enjoyed it. We'll go back.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service,amazing cocktails, delicious food. Would definitely dine here again!

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BernadetteS
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

The menu is limited which I understand, but they were out of the only fish option.
The meals were not their regular deliciousness, which I do not understand.
I guess I'll try again in non-COVID times.

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vipPeggy
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Every bite was delicious, beautiful presentation!

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Andy179
Central Coast
15 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Had the pleasant experience of being the very fist customers for Oswald's re-opened lunch service the other day as we were celebrating my retirement! We started with an excellent cocktail before moving on to our main courses: Caesar Salad with fried chicken for my wife, and my usual, the sautéed greens and farro for me, which I always gussy up with the optional fried trout and over easy egg. We had a small table in the shade on the Front Street side of the outdoor seating area, which was generally very pleasant. Glad to see this gem of a Santa Cruz restaurant back in the mix. Well worth a visit

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NickS
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on July 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very friendly environment.
Excellent food.
Great service

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saguarobear
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good. Halibut perfect. Soup xlnt.

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JasonB
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome staff and service. Great food and drinks. Will be be back, again.


Jason

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food and cocktails, friendly staff

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Jacquie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oswald dine in is back! Delicious menu, well prepared and excellent service. Oswald hasn't missed a beat! Glad Oswald is back.

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vipTerriP
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were seated at time of reservation.
Old fashion made to perfection.
Started with a pear arugula salad. It was medium size so able to share but a good size for one also. We ordered petrale sole and beef tenderloin. We would order it again. They were cooked as requested and presented very well! The staff was very attentive.

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KarenA
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience3

The filet and chocolate soufflé were amazing! The dining room’s modern design isn’t my taste and creates a noisy environment. You can also be sitting quite close to other diners. The service was definitely sub-par, particularly at those prices. The waitress delivered our dinners and didn’t return until we were done eating. We also had a long wait time between beverage delivery and her return to take our order. There was a time it seemed she wasn’t anywhere to be seen, and the restaurant isn’t that large. We probably won’t return despite the food.

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Winni
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had the special of the day - a salmon/veggie omelette with a side salad. The omelette was seasoned and cooked perfectly. I sent my compliments to the chef. If you ever see it on the menu, give it a try or ask if it is available. My companions were also pleased with their choices - the squash soup and portobello mushroom burger.

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JenniferJ
Seattle
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We happened on Oswald our first night in Santa Cruz. We had been traveling all day and just wanted some tasty food and a glass of tasty wine! Boy did we score. I will long remember the Sweet Potato Soup , in fact will try to replicate it. Am told it uses a Japanese sweet potato and I suspect, a really good vegetarian stock as a base. I also had their Endive, Pomegranate Salad. I could not have been happier. A glass of Valley Vista Pinot Noir was perfect.

Both nights my husband was to enjoy a perfect Gin Martini.

Five nights later, our last in SantaCruz, we celebrated out anniversary there. I opened w a cup of the same delicious soup. Then my husband had Black Squid Ink Risotto w seared Scallops. I had the same risotto but with sautéed chard. Both of us thrilled. For dessert he had a perfect Chocolate Soufflé, I an interesting and really successful Pomegranate Sorbet.

I guess you can tell that if we go back to Santa Cruz, Oswald is high on our list.

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LizM
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food at Oswald is outstanding. Unfortunately the service on Sunday was pretty terrible. You can usually count on Oswald to have excellent, gracious service. So that’s why we were surprised when we got subpar service on Sunday. Hopefully this was just an aberration.

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Saucierer
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a stupendous dinner 2 years ago for D's bd and our suprise return for the V-day FEAST to be remembered was even better. Despite the lack of marrow bones. We'll be back for more.

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Melissa
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, fantastic cocktails and wine selection, marvelous food.

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MenloM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Salty, salty, salty scallops but everything else was delicious!

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Angela
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious, really worth the money. The flavor was so well balanced and the cooking was perfect. This was the perfect special occasion dinner spot for my and my boyfriend!

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vipPostTheater
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious dinner, drinks and great service. Highly recommend!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food and drinks are always good. Thank you.

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MichaelN
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Can't wait to eat here again! The black cod was to die for!

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RalphT
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Oswald could be an awesome restaurant if it had another location. The entrance is situated directly by a sewage manhole. The stench of raw sewage wafts thru the door every time it is opened. It made the whole experience rather disgusting

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OpenTable Diner
Tahoe
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Anniversary

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SamanthaS
1 review
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Must have came on a bad night. They were short staffed so service was really slow. Food was just good, but wasn't as amazing as it has been in the past.

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LindsayA
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Found this place on trip advisor while I was in the area for work. Limited menu which tells me they do few things really well. Did not disappoint. Don’t leave without getting the chocolate soufflé! Wish I could remember my waitress’s name because she was lovely as well :-)

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MelissaF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We recommend Oswald to anyone who asks for a place to enjoy a really great dinner. Hands down, this is our favorite, go-to restaurant in Santa Cruz. The food is always phenomenal, the staff (especially Danielle and Josh, but honestly everyone we've had contact with there) are always friendly, professional, and on top of it. We couldn't ask for a better experience for our nights out. Don't let the prices discourage you, it's worth every penny for the meal and drinks they'll provide. Quality from start to finish.

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CVinSF
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience4

I enjoyed our dinner there mostly because of the ambiance and the service. The food itself I thought was over priced, the $70 prix fixe (with out drinks) menu was not a value deal for a main entre of skirt steak and fries. Nonetheless, we did enjoy the ambiance and service on a festive night, but the bill was a high for what it was.

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vipPostTheater
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Years Eve prix fixe dinner was perfect for us! We enjoyed the festive atmosphere, good service and delicious food and drinks. Especially enjoyed the crab fettuccini! Very happy we picked Oswald’s for our last dinner of the year.

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inkpen
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience4

As with past experiences, food was excellent at Oswald. Unlike past experiences, however, service was sub-par from beginning to end. To begin with, we had to wait for several minutes before a hostess appeared to confirm our reservation and take us to our table. Once we sat on the table, nothing happened for a good five minutes. Then our server finally appeared and told us about the one special of the night. She returned to take our order and then the appetizers came before the bottle of wine we ordered was brought to the table. And then we had to ask twice for our water glasses to be refilled. Overall, service was rather poor this time, and the restaurant was not even completely full.

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VictorR
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall3food5service5ambience4

Food and service was good. Poor selection. Pricey.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfection

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vipTouringTesla
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Fantastic service!

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vipILoveToEat
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Oswald is always fantastic!

FAQs

Oswald offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 423-7427.

Oswald is rated 4.4 stars by 1208 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.