New Zealand Rack of Lamb
oven roasted rack of lamb with an herbed dijon mustard crust, served with a choice of brandied cherry demi glace, rich red wine mint sauce or shallot bordelaise
pan sauted calamari steak with lemon, butter, garlic & capers
great service and good food. Would certainly dine there again.
The food was tasty-we ordered the fondue (Gigi) as an app and it was underwhelming and watery, my duck was good and my sweetie enjoyed his filet and lobster. I tasted it and it was much better than my duck (a special) that didn’t have a very good sear on the fat. Dessert was ok.
So very glad The Sparrow has reopened for seating. My favorite restaurant in the Santa Cruz area. Ambiance, service, food are all outstanding. We used to visit weekly and plan on renewing that wonderful habit.
We loved our experience here! Such wonderful service and great food.
Look forward to when they restart Sunday Brunch! !
Great twin lobster tails. Clam chowder was excellent
This was the first place my husband and I have eaten at since the pandemic. Sparrow was extremely cautious about safety precautions and tables were spaced out. The food was excellent and it was a real pleasure eating there to celebrate my husband's birthday. We will eat there again when we're back in Aptos. Thank you!
Lovely as always.
Our first time for dinner. We brought two friends and we all loved our dinners.
Food was excellent and service great. It got a little noisy but that is to be expected on a Friday night when the place packs up!
So I’m going to be honest here. I’ve been going to Cafe Sparrow for years so obviously I enjoy eating there. That being said, I felt my dinner, as well as my friend’s since we ordered identical items, fell short. My friend is actually the person who brought to my attention the lack of ingredients in our salads. We ordered Sparrow salads and added chicken. The portion of chicken was very small, the candies nuts were basically nut dust, very few cranberries and the blue cheese was clumped in a mound all together so good luck trying to spread it out. We had an abundance of greens and initially thought they forgot all but the chicken.
So, their sourdough bread is fabulous, their dessert was excellent but the entree fell very short. We were a large group.
Always a most wonderful meal
Sooooo gooood. The pork belly appetizer was some of the best I’ve had. -perfection. and the special salmon was delicious.
I had not been to cafe Sparrow for at least 10 years, shame on me. The food is possibly the best food available in Santa Cruz County. I enjoyed Crab cake appetizers, and then roasted duck breast with some string beans, and small potatoes, all were perfect.
The wine selection is great, by the glass or bottle, I chose a Pinot Noir to go with the duck it was a good choice. The bill came and for two people with one appetizer, one glass of wine and two fabulous entrees the bill was 91.00 so not that expensive.
I think normally this is quiet place, but on the nite we dinned there, it was complemented with very loud and somewhat inebriated retired junior college professors, which did not spoil anything, just saying it could have been and is probably is more quiet than the Saturday nite we were there.
I will return soon, for more good food, they had a Chinook salmon that was blackened that sounds great.
The 4 of us each had a different menu item for dinner. All were delicious and perfectly prepared. Help on selecting wine was excellent.
Wonderful food and service as usual. I would have liked a larger green veggie portion, however. Everything else was outstanding!
I love bringing friends and family to Cafe Sparrow. Everyone is impressed with the menu choices and delicious food. It’s a great feeling when your guests are pleased. It’s small enough to be intimate yet busy with food staff and conversation among the guests.
I hadn't been to Cafe Sparrow in over 10 years and wondered if it was still the lovely restaurant I remembered and it is! Food was delicious. Service fun and professional.
Valentines Day dinner. Lovely
First time visiting here, and we only live a mile away. Decided to go on Valentine’s Day for dinner. Had the sole and the surf n Turf (lobster version), crab cake appetizer (very good), sauces were excellent. Creme brûlée dessert was large and tasty. Wine list was nice. Will go again
Perfect Valentine’s Day date! Love Sparrow!
Perfect food and dining experience. The best blue cheese salad I've ever had and the venison was perfectly cooked. The service was friendly and prompt. I wish I was local and visit regularly.
This is a locals favorite. Need I say any more? It has been around for years and is consistently a special dining experience.
This is our favorite place to go for dinner. The petite filet mignon is just the right size and is always cooked to perfection.
aS USUAL cAFE sPARROW DELIVERED GREAT FOOD, SPOT -ON SERVICE AND VALUE. it's a hidden jewel on Monterey Bay.
This was a great experience. From the food to service it was over the top in my opinion. Everything was delicious and top quality food. I would definitely go back to this place and recommend it highly.
Beth in San Jose
Food was amazing , service was the best, and the pastry chef is out of this world!
Cafe Sparrow is always a great choice.
The duck breast was great. My husband's BBQ venison was fabulous. Loved that there were beautiful veggies on the plate, too. Delicious wild zin wine
Thanks for a beautiful anniversary dinner, and for the gratis anniversary dessert.
We always get great food at Cafe Sparrow, and usually it’s reasonably quiet. This time it was really loud. It’s hard to predict the noise level. You might sometimes get a loud table near you and it is what it is
I have eaten at Cafe Sparrow a number of times, always very good, but this was by far the best. I ordered the surf and turf, which might not be thought of as a particularly strong element in French cuisine. But, somehow, it was French! The cooking, the tastes, the sauces, superb. Keep rolling!
I had the Seafood Capellini and the Prawns and Scallops were very small. Also, the prices on Café Sparrow's website are significantly less than the prices in the restaurant.
I really want to like Cafe Sparrow. I've been there several times to offer my adult-age children a treat. The ambience and service is excellent. The food has been consistently poor and tasteless. Cafe Sparrow really needs a new chef.
Loved it! Thank you,
On a busy first Saturday night of the new year, Cafe Sparrow was warm and inviting. There were lots of yummy items to choose from and the food was well prepared, although sometimes a bit overthought. All in all, a pleasant evening.
Love that Cafe Sparrow is consistently good! Love the prix fixe menu
It is hard to choose an occasion to come here. It fits just about anything you need. This is my favorite place when I am in the area. My lunch was great, well there was three of us and we all had a great meal, service and experience. You must try this place you will not regret it. I think they have been there for at least 39 years. I came here for the first time when I was 19 and I am now 53. Just try it you will be hooked.
Their staff are always open to special diet needs, and their menu is always delicious.
Excellent dinner. My friend and I split the two lobster tails. I think, especially for the price (50$)! That they should have added more sides. And even the lobster tails were smaller than they advertised on the menu. Two tiny potatoes and a couple of brussel sprouts? C'mon, y'all... Would a few more potatoes and sprouts have cost you more than a dollar? It's my usual complaint with this restaurant. Great food and service but overpriced and stingy. It's why I don't eat here more. ☹️
Cafe Sparrow offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 688-6238.
Cafe Sparrow is rated 4.8 stars by 606 OpenTable diners.
You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.