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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
+1 831-423-7427
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“duck” (10 reviews)
“endive salad” (5 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 20:30 Hours
American, Gluten Free Options
121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
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Reviewed 28 February 2018 via mobile

My fiancé and I had the best time celebrating his birthday at Oswald. We are visiting from Marin and found Oswald through a few recommendations from friends. Chris was our server and his positive, upbeat attitude and great food and wine recommendations made our night....More

Thank Elisabeth C
Reviewed 31 December 2017

Funky Décor, Fab Food Being a beach and college town, Santa Cruz is funky and fun. Oswalds offer upscle food at upscale prices. We split a Caesear salad and it was large enough for three with anchovies on top. All of the entrees were exquisitely...More

Thank StarLady99
Reviewed 20 December 2017

This is an odd one. The fine dining part is perfect. Everything on the menu looks amazing. We went with a party of six and while each had something different, we all agreed it was delicious. Service is quite attentive. The only down side is...More

1  Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 16 November 2017

I tried to make a reservation for 8 and they are completely unable to do it. They cannot put two tables together apparently so keep that in mind when booking.

Thank MLE91
Reviewed 15 November 2017

We had dinner at Oswald's last weekend. It was our first time to the restaurant, but we had heard good things about it from friends so decided to give it a try. We found it super loud when we walked in, where they seated us...More

1  Thank carrjenn
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Oswald was my favorite restaurant of the three we tried in Santa Cruz. It is small and romantic. Our server was attentive, but not intrusive. He was there only when we needed him, which is one of the qualities of a good waiter. Wine selection...More

Thank Madeline G
Reviewed 23 October 2017

Really enjoyed this place. The waitress said they are California Cuisine prepared in a French Style. So are they are French Bistro then? I don't know, but that works for me. We had the mussels, endive salad, scallop special and duck confit. Very good food!...More

Thank tb911
Reviewed 18 September 2017

This restaurant is a bit of an anomaly in the downtown area of Santa Cruz about a block off Pacific St. on the corner of Soquel and Front. It's an upscale restaurant with a great happy hour bar scene and friendly service (ask for Maria...More

1  Thank mikegrattan
Reviewed 14 September 2017

I first became acquainted with "Oswald when they were located next to the Asian Rose off Pacific Ave, when creative 15 year old young Brian Hoyt was a chef. Alas, local Santa Cruz Eminent Domain ordinance permitted the owner to be ousted from their property...More

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Other reviews suggest that this is an excellent restaurant; we beg to differ. The service was very good. But the food quality was subpar; perhaps they had an off night. The proteins were all flavorless and the sauces didn't really complement them. We expected a...More

Thank nuboy
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene, 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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