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California Grill of the Pajaro Valley

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1970 Freedom Blvd, Freedom, CA 95019-2836
+1 831-722-8052
07:00 - 21:00
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Sun 07:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Northern California
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209 reviews
106 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went here because it’s a local joint and in a small amount of time a local favorite in a small town between Santa Cruz and Monterrey (Freedom, CA--perhaps really a part of Watsonville). It’s obviously popular. Lots of locals on a weekday evening. Service inexperienced but willing; rather extensive menu of meats, pasta and salads. Food ok but unremarkable.

Thank nurealam
Aptos, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 November 2016

There are a few good dining destinations in Watsonville....unfortunately there are NO great dinning destinations. The California Grill is one of the better restaurants in the area. The service is good, the portions tend to be on the big side, and the menu is fairly extensive. Lots of organic dishes to choose from and the salads appear to be the... More 

Thank gerryv59
Huntington Beach, California
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410 reviews
269 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 173 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 November 2016

We had dinner here with family while we were in the area. It's a family owned and operated place and the owner also grows organic produce so that is what is used for this place. We had the fresh mahi-mahi, the Caprese pasta with shrimp, a steak and halibut. All meals come with soup or salad and veggies and a... More 

Thank Loves2TravelALOT_11
Corralitos, California
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55 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

For 20 years, Watsonville and the South County had really only one nice restaurant. It was the Green Valley Grill, and it was always the favorite among local and those willing to make the drive to the Watsonville area. Sadly it succumbed to poor management leaving locals with either fast food, coffee shops or Mexican fare. The California Grill has... More 

Thank pacair
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

The food all uses local produce so it is always fresh and good. Try any of the salads or the loco moco.

Thank Steve S
Anchorage, Alaska
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675 reviews
510 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

Known for being locally sourced, I was impressed with the quality of the food and, while I am not a big veggie fan, the vegetables were fresh...nothing canned or frozen. The entire meal was of high quality and at a reasonable price.

Thank Mike P
Salinas, California
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30 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2016

This is a regular lunch place for me - Very good food and an interesting menu - Their lunch specials change daily and are always interesting and tasty. They also have the best salads around

Thank Bingo52
Soquel, California
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103 reviews
61 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016 via mobile

I had dinner last night with 3 coworkers & enjoyed every single minute of our time. The restaurant is comfortable, the wait staff friendly & attentive. Food selection is interesting with many fun choices using locally obtained ingredients. The specials were fantastic - two of us had the opah coated with sesame seeds & topped with sautéed mushrooms. Yum! Their... More 

Thank ckf722
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47 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

We were in town for a sporting event and Trip Advisor has never steered us wrong so we tried out California grill for lunch. Everything was super fresh and delicious. Service was quick and friendly. Dustin took great care of us. California Grill you represent Watsonville well! Next time we are in town again we will definitely be back.

Thank mrsrcruz
Santa Cruz, California
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71 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

Not really finicky, but particular about what they want and how it's served. A couple vegetarians, a couple dieters and some big meat eaters make up everyone's staff meeting, right? This place will make everyone happy. The food is local and fresh, fresh, fresh. The portions are huge and reasonably priced. Excellent salads and home made dressings. The turkey is... More 

Thank Julie T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 27
American, Italian, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1970 Freedom Blvd, Freedom, CA 95019-2836
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Freedom
  • Phone Number: +1 831-722-8052
California Grill of the Pajaro Valley serves only the finest, locally-grown produce, meats and desserts. In fact, the restaurant owner grows all the organic vegetables and salads right here in the fields of the Pajaro Valley. It's likely the produce on your plate was picked fresh from one of his organic fields just hours before it was prepared for you. Daily specials and desserts reflect the cycle of the seasons so you can experience flavors at their peak.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?