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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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Hampton, Virginia
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426 reviews
240 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 203 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We made a reservation on open table however we were a bit late trying to find parking. There is a garage right next door however that we finally parked in. We were greeted and seated quickly. Wonderful sour dough bread appeared quickly. We ordered our wine and our dinners. The food was amazing but the wine never came until we... More 

Thank 2muchfun4us
Los Gatos, CA
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

After a late afternoon movie at the Regal, we decided to try Oswalds for dinner on a Saturday night. It was nearly 8pm and we walked in without reservations and I expected we might not get seated for a while - or even turned away. Fortunately, they seated us right away. I wouldn't recommend just showing up though. It became... More 

Thank Vanlippe
Geneva, Switzerland
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241 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had an enjoyable birthday dinner here on a wet February evening. Fortunately, we had booked well in advance as the place was packed. Good food and wine, friendly and efficient service. Original artworks on the wall.

Thank cleoch
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23 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 February 2017

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
Reviewed 21 February 2017

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
Reviewed 16 February 2017

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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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

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
Reviewed 19 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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209 reviews
115 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
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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180 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
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 

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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, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Romantic
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?