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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.
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Wednesday - Saturday 11:30am - 2:00pm; Dinner: Tuesday - Sunday: 5:30pm - close
$30 and under
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
Oswald is located on the street level of a four story public parking garage with very reasonable rates.
Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Wine
Oswald Ratings and Reviews
We visited on Valentines Day to find a prefixed menu which was not that big of a deal, but the choices were limited. The biggest disappointment was the skirt steak and fries option for $65 (salad & dessert included) Not only could you have done this at home for $10, the presentation was steak, fries and a ceramic ramekin sliding around on the plate. The artic char ordered by my better half was great! We’ll be back, it was just a bit disappointing and unexpected
We shared a bowl of sherried mussels. They were cooked perfectly, and the sherried juice was just the right amount of sweet/buttery. The aioli was light and lemony. It was a very good representation of aioli. We shared the pasta which was good but nothing special. We also shared the fish special - NZ snapper with squashes. It would have been perfect - the squashes were a dynamic addition, but the fish was overcooked. Probably just an unfamiliarity with the fish itself. No dessert - the servings were just the right amount. The service was impeccable! We love the wine list.
We chose Oswald because it was close to our movie at the Nick. We didn't have a full menu, instead 2 starters & a shared salad, plus a cocktail & glass of wine. Our waiter was excellent & behaved as if we had ordered a 4 course meal w/ 2 bottles of wine. We've been to Oswald several times & it's always very good.
We've been to Oswald several times in the last 30 years. The food is reliably excellent. The ambiance is lovely - pretty and relaxed, but not spectacular. My objection is the price. Portions are smallish, which is not such a big deal, but the two of us spent $90 on two entrees and an arugula salad. We probably won't be back for a while.
Being a beach and college town, Santa Cruz is funky and fun. Oswalds offer upscle food at upscale prices. We split a Caesear salad and it was large enough for three with anchovies on top. All of the entrees were exquisitely prepared with ingredients that were both surprising yet complimentary. We ordered the duck confit, scallops, skirt steak, and the homemade fettucine, each bite a delight. Prices are on the high side $32-38 per entrée yet delicious. Our waitress knew how to elegantly describe the food. Corkage was $15. Strolling thrugh downtown Santa Cruz is a blast to the past.
Experience was 'ok'...
couple of issues:
1 - got seated to the left of the front door...if you are facing the street at one of those tables, there is a gigantic, BLINDING street light out side that really kills the ambiance of the restaurant, which is otherwise great
2 - ordered a glass of wine, which was more like a third or half a glass...at $12 a glass, i expected a nice pour...
3 - food was actually very good - we had the skirt steak and rack of lamb, but overall, the meal was a bit pricey for what we got...
that said, i want to try lunch some time...heard the burgers are great.
Excellent food and service. I had very tasty grilled scallops preceded by delicious persimmon/squash soup. My dining companions had equally tasty meals.
We were all happy that the noise level seems to have been softened somewhat since our last visit a few years ago. It made for much easier conversation .
My family absolutely loves this restaurant . We have been coming here for years and we love it EVERY time.
Fabulous food, service, and ambiance.
Our favorite thing they serve is their creme brûlée. The best we have every had. Made with simple real food ingredients. We also really enjoy sipping on their aperitif, made with herbs.
Get a reservation if you want to dine in the restaurant because they are usually booked up. They do have a nice bar area (much louder) where you can eat if you don’t have reservations.
Overall this restaurant tops our list as one of our favorites. ❤️
I only go to Oswald for lunch; it's way to noisy at dinner time. In fact, even at lunchtime we had to ask them to turn down the music so we could talk to each other (they were very accommodating about it). But what a lunch! The soup that day was butternut squash and persimmon, with smoked paprika oil and toasted walnuts - sensational! The texture was like a cloud! My wife has celiac disease and they don't offer GF options so we opted for sandwiches without the bread - one was chicken, with bacon & cheese & avocado. So good. The other was a marinated and grilled portobello mushroom with a nice cheesy topping and all the fixins. We had to pass on the french fries because they are cooked in the same oil as the fried chicken, but the side salads we ate instead were delicious! For dessert: the most perfect crême brulée ever!
We had been trying to get together with another couple, our good friends, for some time to celebrate both of us guy's October birthdays. Even though it was a month late for us, Oswald did a great job in preparing and serving a terrific meal and making us feel very welcome.
We returned to Oswald as a celebration of when we were engaged 6 years ago. That night was magic. Tonight was merely good. With so many restaurants to choose from, we likely will seek others on our next visit to downtown Santa Cruz. We found that few of the dining options were suitable for a person allergic to dairy products. Yes, cheese can be withheld, and olive oil substituted for butter, but at the cost of flavor, versus developing a dairy free dish from the beginning.
We had a very nice dinner at Oswald’s. The only thing I wish they had one more vegetarian or fish options. I husband had lamb and loved it. I ended up just getting a couple of sides which were good but I would’ve preferred a good piece of fish or vegetarian plate.
We were a table of four persons, and all of us felt our different dishes were too seasoned. My friend had the lamb dish and couldn't eat it (but didn't complain to the server; the server did not inquire why she hadn't eaten it, which I thought was strange) and my sea scallops were extremely salty. My husband's flank steak was too salty, also. The salads and desserts were much better than the main dishes. If I go back, I will just order a salad and dessert.
Oswald is ALWAYS our go-to place when we want to celebrate...this was an anniversary, so there is no place in Santa Cruz County that will do other than Oswald...real professional from beginning to end!...nice greeting...Superlative Service and Outstanding Food and Cocktails!...it’s our go-to place...bottom line...thanks to all!
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