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Gabriella Cafe

4.7
4.7
758 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 10 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 758 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.7Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.5Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

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    Best Ambiance

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    Best Value

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Neighborhood Gem

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Special Occasion

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  1. EL

    EventsLady

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service. Connie took great care re: our food allergies.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. LG

    LoGo

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

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

    bayareadiner57

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and delicious pasta
  6. 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!
  7. 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!
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    55 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    55 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
  11. 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!
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal pasta with perfect pairing of veggie sauce. Romantic yet relaxed atmosphere with great staff. Most excellent evening
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, wonderful staff. A real pleasure.
  16. s

    sirir

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Delicious fresh good sources locally! Brussels sprouts and salads fantastic- great raviolis too!
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a lovely lunch
  18. R

    Robert

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The entire situation was A++. The food, service, musicians playing, customers having a fine time. Very mellow
  19. R

    Rebecca

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a wonderful lunch. Highly recommend this restaurant.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabriela’s is my favorite restaurant it is always delicious!
  21. H

    Happybirthdaytome

    San Francisco

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    The food was good, as always. Unfortunately it took over an hour to get served after we put our order in, as if it was forgotten by someone. The place could use some deep cleaning and updating, especially the ceiling tiles, which look gross.
  22. TP

    TomP

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food for decades in a charming venue just off the Pacific Garden Mall
  23. m

    markk

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent as usual, our go to special place in Santa Cruz.
  24. d

    daisy

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience3
    Birthdays I wish they would have provided a free birthday dessert 😀
  25. JA

    JoannA

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food4service1ambience4
    The food and ambiance was great - but the service was not great. We had a seven o'clock reservation, our table was not ready until 7:20 - which was fine except that there were empty tables around, and then the waitress and hostess kept telling us that the other party at our table was taking too long, and they had to tell them to leave multiple times - which didn't seem kind or respectful to the other customers. We were rarely checked on, and after asking for my pasta without beets, it came with beets (which was not the problem), the problem was that the waitress rudely blamed. the kitchen and said it wasn't her fault - it didn't have to be anybody's fault. It just was not good service! But the food was good overall, and I have had good experiences there in the past, so maybe it was just a fluke.
  26. s

    skpe

    Seattle

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    OMG❤️- Gabriella’s was recommended to us by a local and now we know why -this was one of the BEST small cafes we’ve encountered!!! The staff were ALL WONDERFUL, no kidding. And the food …. A delightful menu of tasty assortments! You could pick any one (or a several, as we did) and you would not be disappointed. Will definitely be back on our next visit to Santa Cruz.
  27. S

    Steve

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 27, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Dinner was outstanding!
  28. LK

    LynnK

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 19, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Butternut squash ravioli was very good. Caesar salad with rock fish was a little disappointing. Lettuce was soggy, not romaine? Dressing non descript. Fish was the best part. Arrived 1pm. Ordered 1:20. Food arrived around 2pm. We enjoyed wine and yummy focaccia bread while waiting.
  29. RC

    RobertaC

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great all around experience no complaints!
  30. PA

    PaulaA

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food, service, and ambience. And while their prices have increased a little bit, they give generous servings, so my friend and I were able to split several items. Everything was superb, from the crispy brussel sprouts to the asparagus wrapped in Brie and prosciutto, to the incredibly delectable duck breast. And the patio dining has really added to the whole experience. It's lovely!!! I highly recommend Gabriela's Cafe!
  31. TZ

    TabiZ

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabriella is never a miss! It’s cozy and the food is always great!
  32. JB

    JacobB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Waitress was very helpful with helping me select a wine as I hadn't tired many before
  33. SK

    ShawnK

    Seattle

    6 reviews

    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on March 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    We had a lovely birthday dinner for our first visit at Gabriella Cafe. Our expectations were high having heard from others about the farm to table fare. Great quality food for a reasonable price. Amazing service. The food was good, but not amazing. The restaurant was a little run down and needed some cleaning. We'll give it another try and hope for some improvements.
  34. G

    Gabrielle

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Hadn’t been here for awhile so decided to try it out again. Food was an interesting blend of flavors. Service was friendly and willing to accommodate requests but as is usual for Santa Cruz, definitely on the slow side. If you aren’t in a hurry definitely worth the visit.
  35. P

    Pollen

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gabriella is our go-to nice sit-down restaurant in Santa Cruz. The service is great and the food never disappoints. With a rotating menu that is well-curated, you really can't go wrong with any of the dishes. The portion sizes are generous and we always leave feeling satisfied. This restaurant clearly cares about everything going onto the plate, the protein is always cooked to perfection, but they don't neglect the veggies or other sides either. Everything is always delicious and we look forward to occasions where we can splurge on a nice meal here. Not to mention that the ambiance is comfortable and also very Santa-Cruz-quirky in the best way. Adore this place and can't wait to go back!
  36. RS

    RebekahS

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate outside and had excellent service and food!
  37. k

    kathyn

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 19, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience4
    Great place overall with delicious food. Service was slow but likely short staffed like everyone is these days. Would recommend it!
  38. CA

    ChefAlyssa

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Spot was recommended to me by a close friend from the area, we were not disappointed!! Great recommendations from our server and wine pairing. The only thing I didn't like was the table behind us was EXTREMELY LOUD and it was difficult to have a conversation with my husband without feeling like I had to yell at him. We will be back!
  39. RR

    RebekahR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing service, food was delicious, very personable staff :) highly recommend this gem
  40. d

    deelish

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on March 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our second visit to Gabriella, and we were not disappointed. Our waitress, Kat, was professional and personable, the atmosphere feels European, and the food was creative and delicious.

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 4.7 stars by 758 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 10 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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