Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar

4.6
801 Reviews
$30 and under
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.

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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 801 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipNancyB
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The mushroom soup was soooooo yummy and served hot!
The service was great!

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1Portlandvisitor
Portland
1 review
Dined on December 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food, wait staff. atmosphere and value, keep me coming back time after time.

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ColleenB
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great wait staff and ambiance.
Comfortable and warm with heat lamps while dining on a cold December night.
A plus in every way.

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vipVictoriaS
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Food & service was great. Nice cover and heaters well spaced tables on the outdoor area. We will come back for sure.

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PeteC
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great dining experience 👌
Super friendly and attentive staff, great local restaurant

CB
ColleenB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were both perfect.
Always do a great job. Attentive and lack for nothing.
Water glasses filled, plates cleared, asks how everything is and if we needed anything.
Greeted warmly.
WELL DONE

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SusanH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in Santa Cruz!!! Every birthday. Some New Years'

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Polenta Bolognese and local fish were both great. We loved the artichoke appetizer. They have lots of heat lamps and a covered tent. There were only a few other tables filled on a Sat night, it felt very safe.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was great! The birthday boy enjoyed the evening.

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Holly
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, great food, great outdoor patio!

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Valleypoet
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

We recently moved back to the coast and were looking for a place to have a special lunch for a birthday event. We chose Cafe Cruz because it was a favorite and because it has a patio. I had the Blackened prawn and three beet salad, and my husband had the calamari caesar salad. I had the Soquel chardonnay & my husband had the Corralitos Red Ale microbrew. We shared a bread pudding. It was a perfect lunch and made us feel special and forget about the restrictions.

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Mountain
San Joaquin
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite place in the area! Returns at least monthly!

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Boom47
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal as usual! Outdoor patio is very well spaced for COVID-19 considerations. Highly recommend this restaurant for any occasion.

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vipMikeCurtis
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining experience. Great food, great service !

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OpenTable Diner
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always great service and awesome meals!

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We eat at Café Cruz frequently because we are so well treated, the food is consistently fresh and extremely well prepared. We’re never disappointed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

My go to place to eat in Santa Cruz.

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DavidG
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our waitress was outstanding. Her name is Michelle

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vippete
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Café Cruz! The food is always great and the waiters are incredibly friendly and kind. It's one of our favorite restaurants. We also love the charm and warmth of the outdoor seating area. This is a local gem!

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KarenD
New England
1 review
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service even though they were very busy (and short a buser). There was a good amount of outdoor dining and while it was a cool afternoon the outdoor heaters kept the area comfortably warm. The food tasted great and came out immediately after it was cooked so it was steaming hot. Thank you to all the servers that made sure we had everything we wanted. Next time I am having dessert!

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vipDebbyB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and drinks were great. Gave us the specific table I requested

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Cafe Cruz never disappoints! Always top notch service and food

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MargaretM
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Consistently terrific food and service.

I sure wish that you would consider using a tray to bring drinks instead of holding them in your hand. Especially when it comes to shaken drinks that are supposed to be ice cold. It’s not just here but I see it in a lot of restaurants now. Especially during Covid I would love to see people start using a tray like they are supposed to. It’s a small thing but it’s a big deal to me. It not only warms your drink, but it’s kind of gross pit in your mouth or somebody’s hand just was

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vipNancyZ
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I, so love Cafe Cruz for its delicious food, yummy and strong drinks, beautiful, homey, and intimate ambience, and service, and excellent and friendly service.
That is why I went this particular evening, for my birthday.

This particular evening, everything was as wonderful as I expected, except the food was only ok. And my dirty martini tasted like grain alcohol.

And I haven't lost my taste from Covid! LOL!

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Garbo43
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always a good choice for dining. Good food and mostly good service. Recommended

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Pork Chops are the best I've ever had.

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Diby
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always good food and good atmosphere

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OpenTable Diner
Montreal
4 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Café Cruz never disappoints. Friendly service and great food. Perfect for everyday or a special occasion.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dining at Cafe Cruz was a delightful break from COVID prison. Looking forward to our next visit.

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ALATLAS
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Fewer choices than expected. High quality food. Was not given choices of sides. Rice and shredded Brussel sprouts not appreciated. Will return.

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Soqueler
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was very good, but very slow coming to the table

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joannae
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Fantastic day! Celebrating a birthday luncheon. And it was wonderful as usual at cafe cruz! They know what they are doing correctly there! We did ask for bread and oil and they brought us out! Always a fantastic day

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DianeM
Sacramento
5 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing! Food was delicious and outdoor seating was perfect!

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BarryW
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience2

Quality of food served has deteriorated during the pandemic from good to average/poor only. I realize these ar difficult times, but it is unfortunate that this is reflected in a restaurant that has traditionally had both good service and good quality food
At this time I cannot recommend Cafe Cruz.

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vipkadidiac
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was only my second time here and the last one was years ago but it was just as good as I remembered. The service was impeccable, and the food was great. MY husband ordered the Ahi Tuna sandwich which I was not sure is a good thing. The tuna was perfectly seared and against my expectations did make a good sandwich. The Polenta Bolognese I ordered was fabulous, the polenta vert creamy - I am not usually a fan of polenta.

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vipRobin
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Consistantly good, awesome fish dishes, great friendly personal service and hardworking chefs! Love it

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Newyork2014
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience celebrating daughters birthday.

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GaryC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience5

Food was so-so. Service
Was ok. It was much better the last few time we ate hear

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KarenP
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very good food and perfect for visiting with friends.

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MarkF
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience4

Nice atmosphere, food was just average or below , nothing special, service was not great! They did try to make up for the experience so they do deserve credit for the effort .

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 801 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.