Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar

4.6
1136 Reviews
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Cafe Cruz is a popular and lively local restaurant. We offer casual/fine dining with a full bar, indoor 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.

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
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 1136 people are saying
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esfassett
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good food and excellent service. This is more of a local spot. Nice decor and comfortable vibe. I enjoyed the fish tacos. The berry crisp ala mode for dessert was excellent!

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vanessag
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Good food, nice ambience outdoors. Will go again!

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a pleasurable time! Thank you

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a treat to dine on the patio!

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service4ambience4

We had a 6 pm reservation for the patio outside. One member of the group arrived a few minutes early and was told there was no reservation. We had called to tell them we were running a few minutes late. When we arrived less than 10 minutes late we were told we had to leave the table by 7:45 because it was committed to another person. This announcement was abrupt, harsh, and confrontative. It sounded like a scolding, in front of other patrons, and made us feel uncomfortable. And it was also pointless. When we left around 8 pm there were 4 empty tables. The waiters and the food were very good. Too bad for a start like that for us and our guest on his birthday evening.

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MarciaM
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I thoroughly enjoyed my dinner at Cafe Cruz last night. The waitperson was friendly and knowledgeable with the wines offered. She was upbeat, and easy to chat with. I am sorry I don't remember her name, but she did say that she had worked there for 32 years and coincidentally was friends with an old friend of mine who used to work there. The food was delicious ! One of the things that I appreciated the very most was we were not rushed. In Europe when dining you ae never asked "If you were still working on it!?" I don't know how such an inane phrase became common in the Us?
Anyway I look forward to dining at Cafe Cruz again.

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Nice place, really enjoyed the food!

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Greg
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Specials were excellent, salmon and boneless short rib. Our server David was a great addition to our meal.

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FoodLovers
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

POSITIVE: For a 1st visit, we enjoyed it. We were seated in the bar, at first which was naturally noise. Host accommodated us by seating us in the dining room. We had excellent service & food. NEGATIVE: A bit nervous about parking. Restaurant parking was full and we took a chance by parking in next door (business was closed).

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LeiRoos
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service, wonderful ambiance. Its a premier destination on our annual vacation. Tried and loved the 3-beet salad.

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vipKMH218
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All Aces, as always, at Cafe Cruz!

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dawim
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Had a very pleasant dinner and would recommend this place for when
you want to have an above average experience

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vipRobertR
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Even during the pandemic Cafe Cruz is really good. We were seated immediately outdoors, at our preference. Nice table, great atmosphere and relatively low noise. There were a few short delays during our meal, but otherwise service was great. We ordered soups and salads for lunch and all w4ere excellent.

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TonyM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always consistently good quality service, food and value. Can’t beat their fresh fish dishes

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Neek
1 review
Dined on October 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the lunch special
Rockfish and potatoe sun grautin.
Delicious!

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vipSmooth01
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food! Limited parking and a little bit of an “old school” vibe but all of our entrees were wonderful!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
8 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful as always!

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EdLkjgjhfjgfytr
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Came on a recommendation from a friend and it did not dissapoint. We were looking at our calendars as to when we can get back to Santa Cruz to dine at Cafe Cruz once again!

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vipDeliaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food/cocktails and our server was amazing !!

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LoriH
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going here for years! The food never disappoints!

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GeorgeN
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

2nd time here. Both have been excellent. Food is wonderful and the staff have been friendly and attentive

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Soqueler
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 24, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently good food, pleasant patio, and an excellent, well informed server. A lovely place for an outside lunch

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Koooooo
1 review
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The food was pretty nice. We enjoyed the ambiance but they seemed understaffed and we had to wait despite having a reservation. Our server wasn't really making eye contact and nobody cleared our dirty dishes until we asked. The drinks were okay, I would have gone somewhere else.

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RAnderson
Portland
6 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good! I all the years I have been going to Café Cruz, I can honestly say I have never been disappointed. I am still not comfortable eating indoors, so the lovely outdoor patio is a go to choice for dining. Staff are professional and welcoming the food was great.

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Dallas
Central Coast
5 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful lunch with a dear friend. The outside patio is perfect, and the reservation system was easy. The service was impeccable.

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TammyS
1 review
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Cafe Cruz! It is my go-to for special occasions and date nights. The ambiance is spot on and the service impeccable. I would highly recommend it!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Montreal
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place and its outstanding staff and food!

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TammyT
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Consistently good food and great service. We always enjoy dining at Cafe Cruz.

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JeffW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Appetizers were so tasty and good; artichoke hearts were zesty!! Highly recommend those & the brussel sprouts. The cocktails were also very delicious too! The ladies really liked the cucumber martini & I liked the blood orange mule. Rock fish tacos were perfect! I was worried about the papaya salsa being sweet and it wasn’t. Our waiter nailed all of the flavor profiles for each of our palates!!

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StaceyC
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat here almost every time we are in Soquel. The food is always good and so is the service! The only issue is parking. Give yourself a little extra time to find parking if you have a reservation.

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ALiCE
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Made a 7pm reservation around noon, no issues. Arrived and we were seated promptly. The restaurant was full. Smelled great. Service was prompt and efficient. Food was spectacular! We will be back.

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SteveC
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was our first visit. The bar drinks were not skimpy. the bread with crushed garlic was served as we were seated. Our serve was helpful and knew the foods well. Our peppered Flat iron steak with bourbon sauce was cooked to perfection and was most tender.

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BettinaA
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the food here, a d flexibility to add something to a dish. Service is always excellent.

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SophieM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great staff, lovely evening. We enjoyed it.

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PhilipH
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

I would have rather been on the patio than inside, my fault, should have reserved earlier. That said, the noise level inside can get to the point where it's difficult to hear people at your own table (5 people).

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vipEMEM
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding! We had a wonderful dinner. Had not been to Cafe Cruz in years, remembered why we love this place.

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foodie6
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Great outdoor area - inside dining is good but a different experience than outside.

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Siss
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great date night, great meal and superb service!! Cafe Cruz never disappoints! A+ experience!

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VineBuzz
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely environment secluded from the street. I liked the salad and deep fried artichokes. My hamburger, not quite so much.

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vipBobC
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, very enjoyable ambiance. Will definitely return!

FAQs

Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 476-3801.

Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar is rated 4.6 stars by 1136 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.