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Cafe Sparrow

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8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
+1 831-688-6238
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09:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Sat 11:00 - 14:00
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Los Gatos, California
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after a hike through the redwoods and it was a lovely choice. They have a large selection of items for being such a small kitchen; sandwiches, salads, hot entrees. I had the combo; soup, salad and sandwich were all delicious. Half-off wine on Mondays makes a glass of wine affordable as prices are on the... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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51 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 January 2017

I have eaten at Cafe Sparrow many times. Reservations are necessary because it is a popular dinner restaurant. The entrees constantly change with seasonal ingredients, and there are consistently many excellent choices. Every visit has been very enjoyable with venison, salmon, and pasta being some of my favorites. The wine list is always excellent. I appreciate their availability on Christmas... More 

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Thank bil1026
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic steaks n venison won't regret eating there whenever I come to Santa Cruz I always eat here.

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San Jose, California
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140 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016

An unexpected detour led us to Aptos and Cafe Sparrow. We are glad we visited. What to Expect? Food: A smaller menu full of unusual dishes. Lunch was all very tasty from the salad to the entrees. We were impressed by the thoughtfulness of the presentation. Ambiance: The place was packed. It’s an older building and the interesting decor makes... More 

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Thank MrGaucho1987
Salinas, California
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36 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 September 2016 via mobile

I've been coming here for about 20 years and it's always excellent! The food is always fresh and delicious.

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Thank Annandale2
Kings Canyon Sequoia
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016 via mobile

I love Cafe Sparrow. Food has always been excellent. It's on the pricey side, but worth it. I've been dining here for 30 years.

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Thank elmo1945
Santa Cruz, CA
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 September 2016

I almost dislike writing about the Cafe Sparrow, because I don't want it to get any busier than it already is! We go at least twice a month and consider ourselves "regulars." The service is friendly, the food consistently delicious, and the atmosphere warm and welcoming. We've been coming for years and know everyone there. My husband always gets the... More 

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Thank AnnieSantaCruz
Santa Clara, California
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55 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Five friends descended upon Cafe Sparrow. One was gluten-free, with no dairy. We all got fabulous choices. My fettuccini with the filet was to die for, and two of the people has the venison which they both raved about, and my wife had a pork chop the she loved. and our one-off, loved her meal. We will be back.

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Thank David A
Tai
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 2016

The service was very good. The meals were served quickly with a nice presentation. This small, cozy atmosphere is pleasant for dining. The wait staff were friendly and accommodating.

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Thank CaptainDennis
Capitola, California
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135 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Had not been to this local restaurant for a number of years and thought to try again. I recalled portions of small size at prices a bit high. Found the same quality good food, with even smaller portions and even higher prices. If you're into little plates for a sum, then go for it.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
American, French, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Monday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-688-6238

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