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1545 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3928
+1 831-429-9804
06:00 - 00:00
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Fair Oaks, California
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246 reviews
203 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had heard that Lulu Carpenters was a good place to grab a cup of coffee so we decided to check it out. The decor was hip and cool so we were encouraged. Everyone working there deserved to be fired. Yeah, that sounds harsh but if they are allowed to continue, they will kill the business. The guy working the... More 

Thank rjbouch
Great Falls, Virginia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We went on the recommendation of a friend and came away rather disappointed. While the latte tasted good, it was luke warm, which must be a Santa Cruz thing; it's not the only place here that makes luke warm espresso drinks. Also, we ordered a bagel and cream cheese and the guy who took the order put the bagel in... More 

Thank richandbeck
Greenville, South Carolina
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118 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 December 2016

Stopped by 3 times on a Sunday before I could finally get a table to sit at. Stays packed but typical dominance of locals with laptops chewing up the tables but not necessarily the goods... After the third try I got a space to sit outside and ordered the vegetarian eggs benedict--simply amazing! Coffee good but not incredible (I am... More 

Thank BorisMurchant
York Harbor, Maine
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 October 2016 via mobile

I had walked by this place several times, but I didn't realize how nice it was inside. Pleasant employees, food made to order, and lots of ambiance.

Thank David P
Santa Cruz, California
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29 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 September 2016

A great alternative to the chains, this cafe offers a variety of coffee and tea drinks, pastries, indoor and outdoor seating, internet, and local art on the walls. This is a great place to meet up with people and they now offer brunch on weekends. Sometimes the music is a bit loud, and the kitchen smells too overwhelming, but very... More 

Thank leabird
Los Angeles, California
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55 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 August 2016

Lulu's has been around for decades. My sister lived in Santa Cruz for years and took me here and is Located just a few short blocks from where the beloved Cooper house stood. You can park in the back, off the main street but I suggest taking Walnut Street off the 1 and go in front of the high school... More 

Thank randomtravler2016
Tampa, Florida
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111 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 July 2016

From the hipster interior to the wonderful aromas of coffee, this place was a hit all around. We were lucky to find some seats right outside the shop to enjoy our New Orleans coffees. They were fantastic! Loved this place!

Thank Lori T
Aptos, California
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37 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 May 2016

I really like the coffee and food choices here at Lulu's but forget about finding a table and seating. They have regulars who come in, snatch up the tables and sit there for hours with their laptops. Near impossible to ever get a seat to relax at and drink your coffee. Best consider this a "to go" purchase.

Thank EileenM17
Lima, Peru
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 March 2016

this is my fav. place in santa cruz! it so cozy and the white wedding tea is the best choice! I spent so much time here, planning my days in santa cruz and my trip for all the california! good memories and good tea time ! sweet, pretty with also a perfect sound!

Thank Sofia D
Hollister, California
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134 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 March 2016

The smell of coffee lingers all over the corner. The service is a bit slow, and there aren;t a lot of seats available for sitting. Great for to go.

Thank AmyJune H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cafe, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Seating, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
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Open Hours
07:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
06:00 - 00:00
07:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1545 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3928
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-429-9804

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