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Cafe Mare

740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
+1 831-458-1212
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“pasta” (19 reviews)
“tiramisu” (6 reviews)
“carpaccio” (2 reviews)
Open Now
17:00 - 22:00 Hours
Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
€€ - €€€
740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have had consistently excellent meals and service (Thank you, Daniel:) dining at Cafe Mare. The specials are exciting dishes often made with local ingredients, inspired by Italian delicacies. Deserts, homemade, are exceptional. What a truly wonderful evening in this warm & welcoming spot!

Thank ckf722
Reviewed 10 April 2018 via mobile

This cafe is located in downtown Santa Cruz. My family stopped in at 5:30p for dinner on a Monday, and there were only 2 other couples in the cafe. As such, we were seated immediately. This place serves truly authentic Italian food, and they had...More

Thank cohoman
Reviewed 6 April 2018

Found this restaurant while walking around town. Entered and was greeted and seated for 6 immediately. The service was excellent as was the food. I would recommend this place for decent Italian food.

Thank Joe M
Reviewed 24 February 2018

When most people in Santa Cruz talked about going out to Italian food, they go to Lillians. It's almost impossible to get in there, unless you make reservations at least a week in advance. Last night we decided to try Cafe Mare because they did...More

Thank Jackie E
Reviewed 24 February 2018 via mobile

Four of us had a fabulous meal & super fun evening at Cafe Mare. Not only was the food fresh, local, organic & innovative, but the staff was well informed, describing dishes & specials to make it all sound as mouth watering as it was!...More

Thank ckf722
Reviewed 9 January 2018

The Owners and staff are Italian. The food is amazing. The service is stellar. We dined with a group of 8 and did not feel pressured or rushed. The staff made recommendations. The specials were described with gusto and hand motions. We could not decide...More

Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 30 December 2017

The food was delicious -- the best cannelloni I've had in a long time -- and the atmosphere was lovely. Very good service. I look forward to going there the next time I'm in Santa Cruz. I wish the cappucino had not arrived warm, but...More

Thank effieclyde
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Have found everything there just delicious. We go there and take Mother in law, making Mother's Day very special. The food so yummy and the service is divine. There's a great authenticity there as the food & staff are actually Italian. We had gelato that...More

Thank Suanne S
Reviewed 20 July 2017 via mobile

Although the food was quite good if just your normal Italian dishes. The service was above par, which helped with my overall impression of this establishment. In my estimation it is quite pricey for pasta.

Thank aluckart
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Warm, welcoming and the perfect balance between NorCal casual and upscale. Ignore the newest, trendiest spots (or at least don't visit them first!) and choose an established local favorite. I was visiting for business and wanted a nice, but not fancy, place to have a...More

Thank elgrandefrijole
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
    (Cooper street)
  • Public Transportation: Metro bus station 1 block away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-458-1212
  • E-mail
Old world charm in the heart of Santa Cruz, authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on weekends. Ample public parking.
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