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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Front)
+1 831-423-7427
08:00 - 20:30
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 20:30
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191 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 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 52 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 

Thank Cassietrip
Santa Cruz, CA
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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 

Thank Teren E
Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 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!

Thank Ella_cohen
Santa Cruz, CA
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99 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 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
Fremont, California
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46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

Had a wonderful time one Xmas season- festive menu and spirit Must go if you would like to impress someone of your taste and selection in restaurant! ENDIVE SALAD for starters & had RACK OF LAMB with garlic mashed potatoes & mint pesto for the main course. Washed it down with an amazing cocktail - midnight express!

San Francisco, CA
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102 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 September 2016

We were six people, ordered 6 appetizers, 6 main dishes and three desserts. Each and every dish was wonderful. For six people to all be very happy with the dining experience is amazing. Service was attentive and professional. Our server was knowledgeable when we had questions. For dessert, order the chocolate soufflé. Wow.

Thank judygecko
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 July 2016

Oswald is one of Santa Cruz's best intimate dinner venues. The decor is elegant, modern, with special attention paid to conversational noise control. The staff is delightful, attentive, and knowledgeable. The wine list is diverse and excellent - you are sure to find something that will complement your meal - either by the glass or bottle. The menu is small... More 

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Santa Rosa, California
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 July 2016

We walked here from the boardwalk, probably not the safest walk but managable. Food was okay, service was very good.

Thank E-202
San Diego California
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72 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 July 2016

We enjoyed a wonderful dinner at Oswald. The quality of food and presentation was great, as was the service. Will definitely return again if ever in Santa Cruz.

Thank Dory92064

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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
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, 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
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-7427

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