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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500 (Front)
+1 831-423-7427
08:00 - 20:30
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103 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Four of us had dinner and found the food interesting and well prepared. The staff were very friendly and responsive to our requests and questions. Our best meal in Santa Cruz

Thank Stephen B
Rocklin, California
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

When weather cancelled plans for dining at another area restaurant, my grandson (lives in Santa Cruz and works in food industry) chose this cozy restaurant for my birthday dinner for the two of us. I had heard very good things about it from several sources and was pleased that they were true. He enjoyed the rib eye steak and highly... More 

Thank lucysmom47
Central Coast, California
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We went to Oswald for a birthday dinner with our son and girlfriend. We wanted somewhere special with great entrees, since our son is a "foodie." We weren't disappointed! We had skirt steak, sea bass, and pork chops. All were outstanding, and the prices were $28-35 each. They have some great desserts, too. The service was top-notch.

Thank lolly63
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Visited Oswald on a rainy night and had a fantastic meal. We tried the mushroom soup (rich and creamy) and mussels as an appetizer. Both were very good. For our entries, we had the scallops with a saffron cream sauce (amazing flavor) and Chilean Sea Bass. Dinner was topped off by a chocolate souffle. An excellent dinner in a very... More 

Thank SFH7004
Reno, Nevada
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351 reviews
184 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Good restaurants acting like a wine bar. Service is good but on the slow side. Food is good. Noise level is quiet. Easy parking in garage.

Thank RobReno
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199 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Nothing overly special happening here. Not sure what the hype is. Lunch was a smallish menu, but a nice selection. Salads and sandwiches were fine...nothing overly special. Service was good and the restaurant is nicely decorated. Prices were reasonable. I would come back, but not rushing to do so right away.

Thank bl1416
Lafayette, California
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178 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I wish I had visited during dinner so I could have tried a cocktail and more of the yummy-looking menu items. Service is friendly and professional. The room is comfortable. I had the fried chicken and waffles. The waffle was thick and not too sweet, with a generous dollop of butter and maple syrup. 3 pieces of fried chicken with... More 

1 Thank Cassietrip
Santa Cruz, CA
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

The food is excellent whether fish, steak, pasta or salad (and whatever else), the service always attentive and helpful, and the unpretentious ambience relaxed. The bar is also excellent with a separate menu, and they now serve a happy hour bar menu in addition to their fine mixology. It is my favorite restaurant in SC and the surrounding area. And,... More 

1 Thank Teren E
Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We've been there twice at the same week while we were visiting in Santa Cruz and twice they delivered. The duck, the ribeye, the skirt steak and the lamb chops, everything was delicious. And don't forget to order the cruated almond torte with the vanilla ice cream - it's amazing!

1 Thank Ella_cohen
Santa Cruz, CA
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103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This restaurant is my personal favorite in Santa Cruz. The menu is fairly short, which is a good sign. I'd rather have a short list of well prepared dishes than a huge menu of everything tastes the same. I had the fish special, which was perfectly prepared. Fish preparation is so important--not too overdone, not raw and they always do... More 

Thank bixatthebeach

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 30 - US$ 30
American, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-7427

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