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Gabriella Cafe

4.6
4.6
785 Reviews
$50 and over
Italian
Zagat rated as "OUTSTANDING". Gabriella Cafe is a 50 seat, picturesque and romantic dining experience in downtown Santa Cruz.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:15 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 457-1677

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Gema Cruz

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    Church Street

  • Parking details

    Parking Garages are very close

  • Entertainment

    Come listen to the acoustic jazz guitar on Thursdays and jazz vocals (no amp) on Fridays.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 785 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.3Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Value

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Outdoor Dining

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Special Occasion

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  1. T

    Travelwise

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall3food2service5ambience5
    The foccacio bread and olives were delicious . The raviolis were okay but the bell peppers in the sauce were big chunk and seemed like an afterthought. The halibut was dry, the romanesco sauce didn’t go with it. There was only one wait staff trying to accommodate everyone. Very pleasant but they need additional help. The owner just sat around and wasn’t very helpful or welcoming.
  2. AA

    AmandaA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorite places to eat. Staff is always professional and food is consistently good. There was a little bit of a delay with entres but staff apologized, even though we didn’t really notice. Food was super hot and presented well when it came out.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Good food, big portions. Mimosa was a bit sour…even though orange juice was freshly squeezed. Coffee was good. Service was good…very attentive. Great, peaceful ambience for a Sunday morning.
  4. BH

    BryanH

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    One of our favorites - always, always, wonderful. Great food, great service; beautiful atmosphere. Food is always fresh; great wine menu.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience3
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  6. J

    Johnnie

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Out door seating has little if any ambiance. We were seated right by the exterior display menu, so from time to time passers by would stop to read the menu right over my head, pretty intrusive and interrupted our dinner repeatedly. Food was OK, but not spectacular.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    The service and food were great … seating outside on the street, not the best experience, noisy and felt apart of the restaurant … but we will come back and will request to seat in the patio.
  8. t

    tideview

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The restaurant seems very intimate. Service is excellent and the food never disapoints.
  9. SA

    SAMS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience3
    Our waitperson was very sweet and friendly, but my food was cold when I got it and my iced tea wasn’t replenished. However, my dining companion raved about the Live Earth Crispy Cauliflower. Overall, it’s a lovely place so I will return - and tell them to reheat my dish!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Overpriced food, was not well cooked,, raw salmon, chewy steak among some things. Food took a long time to come and when it did one course was missing. The place doesn’t feel clean - if it wasn’t for our daughter we would have left. Do not understand the reviews about this place?!!
  11. B

    Britandpal

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The Gabriela chefs present the best lox sandwich I've ever tasted, The flavors matched: open face, slightly thicker slices of brined salmon, tiny capers, sprigs of arugula, and something else too. My companion spooned his creamy roast veggie soup slowly, savoring every bite. Those French! We shared this meal, plenty to go around. The french press coffee invites the significant quiet conversation that goes with the cozy Euro ambiance. The staff gave us all the time in the world, no rush to get us moving. You can tell a restuarant's good when the owner is sitting out front, enjoying his dessert. What a pleasure!
  12. G

    Greg

    San Francisco

    52 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Another wonderful dinner at Gabriella Cafe. Steak was awesome. Appetizers were delicious. Service was on point.
  13. D

    Diner

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great downtown Santa Cruz dining and good value. One of our favorite places to take out of town friends.
  14. LS

    LaSundraM

    Canberra

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had friends in town, so I took them to my favorite spot!! Gabriella Never disappoints. Great food , Great service!!
  15. JB

    JanB

    New Orleans

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Gabriella Cafe is a lovely place for intimate dining. Good food, good service, very accommodating. Definitely worth a visit!
  16. l

    lynn

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    they forgot our caprese salad and brought out our entrees first then they brought the salad thought they should have given the salad on the house since it was their fault prices are a big high, but the food was good
  17. JD

    JaDa

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience4
    Definitely better places in Santa Cruz to go to! Food was overpriced for what you got, and it was just ok. Not much flavor. Service was bad - our server was very nice, but she rarely came by, so we ended up sitting around waiting for long stretches of time - first to order, then to actually get our food, then again to order dessert and then finally to get our check. Very frustrating. At one point, we honestly thought our server had left for the night because we hadn't seen her for so long! When we arrived, we asked the man at the front if we could sit inside, rather than outside where, over the course of the evening, we watched more than one homeless person walk by and ask the diners outside for money. Although almost every table inside was empty, he looked around confused, finally pointing to a table and then just handing me the menus. That was the end of our interaction. I know it's a small restaurant, but he could have helped us over to the table, rather than brushing us off so quickly. Also, they really NEED to clean their blinds - they were covered in dust. This isn't the first time we've been to Gabriella Cafe, so it was a shame that this encounter was such a disappointment, but there are better restaurants to spend your time and money at that are not as unnecessarily expensive.
  18. MP

    MarianneP

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. This is our second visit. The beet salad is amazing.
  19. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly excellent! Duck confit was amazing, as was the peach salad and the phenomenal dessert.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and service was outstanding!! We will definitely go back for any occasion.
  21. LG

    LoGo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything we had was delicious! This is the place my family always wants to go to when they visit from the east coast.
  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    We went for brunch Sunday we were not greeted at all I had to get the attention of someone when there are 3 people just chatting away by the register area. Afterwards when I finally got someone to let us sit because we've had a reservation they offer to sit us by the kitchen door in the dingy area when there are a lot of other open areas both indoor and outdoor. But I requested to be seated by a nice window away from loud banging noise by the kitchen and a much better airy and calmer. We waited for about 5 minutes and no one gave us any menu to look at. Again I had to ask if we could have a menu. Once we got a menu and look through it AGAIN I had to ask for someone so we can order and get some coffee. After we finally got some food which was fine we quickly paid and left. That was the most exasperating experience I have ever had in a restaurant. I already expect the fact that ALL service are short handed due to Covid-19 and I've prepared myself to wait patiently. However they made me feel unwelcomed. I can't help to feel as if I'm less than human. I will NEVER set foot on this establishment ever again. I felt a strong vibe of racist tendency against minority. I hope I'm wrong but they didn't made me feel at ease.
  23. DM

    DebbieM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous food. Creative menu & beautiful presentation. Service & ambiance are amazing. Loved every minute of the evening.
  24. SB

    StephanieB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabriella’s never disappoints. Food is fresh and delicious and the servers friendly and professional. It’s not only a great romantic dining experience but great at any time. If you haven’t been here, you are missing out on one of Santa Cruz’s best dining experiences!
  25. T

    Travelwise

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely perfect.
  26. LP

    LauraP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The evening was wonderful, delicious cuisine and beverages in addition to the live music by Irene Herrman.
  27. KB

    KathB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    It was our anniversary and it couldn’t have been more lovely. Amelia, our waitperson was great- warm and attentive- great suggestions on food and pairings. Great atmosphere- quaint, perfect!
  28. EL

    EventsLady

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service. Connie took great care re: our food allergies.
  29. JH

    JillH

    London

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food server was new and he was amazing! Brought some kids they were treated very well by the staff and also enjoyed their meals. Nice to sit outside and let the kids wiggle around.
  30. M

    Mtnpoet

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience3
    Father's Day brunch was a total disaster! We have been here several times for dinner and always enjoyed the food AND the service. Mimosas were "watered" down in a large white wine glass My order of waffles were pre-cooked and warmed in a toaster which made them hard and tasteless. We never saw our waitperson after she took our order. We were going to order sparkling water and immediately received warm tap water. The wait between our being seated and our order taken was approximately 12 minutes. My wife had to go to the check-in station to ask for our check after the table had been cleared 10+ minutes. Will definitely not return.
  31. LG

    LoGo

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Delicious as always. My NY family’s favorite whenever they visit, now 4 generations love it!
  32. b

    bayareadiner57

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and delicious pasta
  33. a

    ashleyp

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious seasonal food and great wine selection, sad we were too full for dessert!
  34. CM

    CarlyM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Great Italian place in downtown Santa Cruz. The sweet potato ravioli was amazing!
  35. JD

    JaneD

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful time. The staff were amazing, friendly and knowledgeable. The food and wine were delicious and reasonably priced
  36. N

    Nmmsf

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server Cassius was sincerely welcoming, knowledgeable about all the menu items, offered suggestions when we asked Making our dining experience truly memorable
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    58 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    58 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience4
    The setting was nice, service good. The food was a mixed bag with the grilled peaches, the beet salad and the primavera ravioli good. The lamb shank was a little dry and I didn’t like the horseradish sauce on top. The lemon tart also was a little dry and not that good. We enjoyed the evening, but the was a little disappointing. Also, nothing special done even though we made it known it was our 50th anniversary
  38. C

    Cassi

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    Comfortable setting and yummy brunch! We ordered the waffle and chilaquiles, both delicious and would order again!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience2
    Birthday celebration. Service was wonderful. Some food was great such as Beet salad. Other stuff just ok like halibut. Polenta was dry. When I set the reservation on Open Table, I was asked whether I wanted inside or outside seating. Requests are not honored for seating. Hostess said they don’t offer that kind of a thing. Soooooo; take it off of the app. Beware! It gets cold at night.
  40. S

    Sophia

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best food I've had in santa cruz so far (lived here for 9 years). Also the best date spot! A little pricey, but 100% worth it.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Physical distancing

    • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Gabriella Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 457-1677.

Gabriella Cafe is rated 4.6 stars by 785 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Gabriella Cafe

910 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Church Street

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 10:00 am–2:30 pm Lunch Tue–Fri 11:00 am–2:15 pm Dinner Tue–Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Italian, Californian

  • Dining style

    Fine Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking Garages are very close

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gema Cruz

  • Entertainment

    Come listen to the acoustic jazz guitar on Thursdays and jazz vocals (no amp) on Fridays.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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