Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar

4.5
350 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Cafe Cruz is a popular and lively local restaurant. We offer casual/fine dining with a full bar, and heated patio dining. Guests enjoy watching the "magic" created in our open copper-backed kitchen each night by our talented team of chefs. Notable features include many locally sourced foods, nightly sustainable seafood specials, and many creative salad and vegetable options. Our innovative pastas and sandwiches are always a hit.
Spit-Roasted meats are featured each night, cooked on a french Rotisol rotisserie. The lush garden room can seat larger parties of up to 35. Guests enjoy our warm friendly service, our many seating options, and exceptionally delicious food.
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Seattle
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A wonderful place to relax and have a meal with family and friends. Definitely make a reservation as soon as you know you want to go there. Unless it's raining, sitting outside is fun.

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E
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 5

Ribs were dry and overdone. Caesar salad was flavorless. French fries were greasy.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Loved the place! Our server was wonderful and attentive. Fun ambiance, great location in general. Not the best food I’ve ever had but definitely good. Thanks!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great, had a wonderful meal by the fireplace:)

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KJ
Hawaii
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We arrived just as dinner began at 5:30 pm and were seated in the beautiful indoor patio. Our server was friendly and helpful as we chose our drinks and dinner. The food arrived fairly quickly and was excellent! We have been to Cafe Cruz several times and the overall experience is always excellent!

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best place to eat in Santa Cruz, everything is fresh, local, and delicious! It’s our go to, reasonably priced with a variety of seating options...outdoor garden, garden room, fireplace, etc. Service is top notch as well.

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BR
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent food, drink and staff. The seating was next to the kitchen, and it's always loud at Cafe Cruz (the kitchen staff love to yell), but I suppose that is part of the ambiance. Go for the excellent food and service!

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nancy is the best! So much fun, attentive, knows when to check on us and knows when to let us be! This is one of my favorite spots in Santa Cruz!

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l
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disappoints! Always our go to restaurant for a great meal!

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JL
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 3food 5service 5ambience 3

Way too noisy. Great food but couldn’t hear my dining partner dur to noise.

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M
1 review
Dined on March 11, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 4

Terrible service , our server neglected to attend our table more then three times during our visit when he had one other table

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, very friends and kind staff, great food and happy environment thank you!

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Central Coast
18 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely and Delightful. Halibut was a 10++

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s
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the service and food was impeccable! Thanks for a great night!

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San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Overall a great experience with the exception of our location. We had asked for a quieter location but ended up in the bar. It is fun but not particularly quiet. I guess it depends upon what you are looking for in a particular visit. We'll be back but will try to avoid the bar if we're looking for a quiet spot in the restaurant.

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c
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, as usual! The three-beet salad was a table favorite! Service was attentive. We were seated in a side "room/patio" that we didn't even realize was there and it was nice.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Daughter birthday

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San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We go to Cafe Cruz frequently, never dissappoints. Had the baby back ribs/flavored mash potatoes/broccoli and linguini Cruz this time. Wine selection is very good, bar tender made a nice Moscow mule, and everyone was very friendly including the nice girl filling the ice water. Nice dinner again. Still very noisy in the bar section due to energetic patrons.

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SD
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We always enjoy Cafe Cruz the food is consistent.
The service was outstanding

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KT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is one of my favorite eateries in our area. The ambiance is warm, welcoming, and cozy, while also being spacious. Th service is excellent and attentive. I took a guest who had not been there before, and she swooned throughout her meal because every bite was so crazy delicious. I’ve tried many menu items and always been more than happy with every meal I’ve had there. It’s a great place, and I highly recommended it.

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CS
Tahoe
2 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have not been her in a while. We were very pleased with the food, service and ambiance!

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MW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Very poor table ( again) right by the constant squeaky door To the kitchen with their loud music on .

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RF
San Diego
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food experience overall, loved the extended menu and the specials. Great local wines list

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MH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Went here for the first time on Saturday night. It gets really busy so make a reservation! The food and service were both great. We will be back.

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RM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

This was always our go-to place in Santa Cruz/Soquel. The last 3-4 times we have been there, several of the dishes were overcooked, dry, and/or tasteless. Not up to its usual standards. Sorry to see this happen. Not sure if they will get back to their previous quality.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely meal and very good service. We had one of their specials, a halibut dish. Delish!

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RR
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great fresh food and service is excellent! Been going there for many years and I'm never disappointed!

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J
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 3

Food was ok but very disappointed with our server.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

Took my mom for her birthday and told the staff ahead of time. Had a great meal but When it came time for us to leave no mention of my moms birthday but funny enough the table behind us got the candle laden dessert. Ha

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

Our server was covering too much area. Hi

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KM
London
20 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

So loud you can't talk to the person sitting with you.

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K
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Cafe Cruz. My husband and I like to come here on date nights. The food is always great! We even brought the kids once for my husbands birthday! They loved it too! I had my wedding shower here too! We like to sit on the enclosed garden patio room. It’s a bit quieter there and always warm with heaters and the greenery is awesome! We love the salad with beets and blue cheese, the crab cakes, the filet mignon, fish specials, and the ribs are to die for!!! Never had a bad meal here!

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MF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

good food, friendly staff, a little loud in some areas, tables a little close for my taste, but overall a good experience

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SL
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We are large people and they sat us in a tiny cramped up table with the waiter hitting my spouse evertime he passed by to serve the table next to us. Then they put us in the bar. So much for making a reservation. What a waste of time.

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C
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great food for price and quality. Nice ambience and friendly staff.

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Portland
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

I expected better quality food for the price. Harris Ranch steaks are feed lot sad cows. Always have liked the ambiance.

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L
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 3ambience 3

Usually pretty good but, food was cold. Felt a bit like they were trying to turn tables quickly, which took away from the ambiance.

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San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and the service was amazing!

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Z
San Francisco
84 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love their salads, nice and fresh. Love to sit at the bar for dinner and catch sports. They are willing to customize some of the menu items. Wait staff is very attentive. Parking can be difficult when they are busy. They have many nooks and crannies for seating which makes it fun. Also great outdoor seating with heaters.

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Tahoe
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Valentine’s Day. We were seated right away. Overall the restaurant was fine but the service was VERY SLOW! Yes it was Valentines Day and busy but we think our waiter had a large area to take care of and he didn’t pay much attention to us!

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