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Cliff Cafe

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815 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4420
+1 831-476-1214
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Portland, Oregon
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Came here at the suggestion of my daughter's surfing lesson teacher. Excellent scrambles and omelets as well as pancakes. You can get the scrambles made with tofu instead of egg. Only 6 tables so you may have a wait, but it's worth it. Very friendly waitress. They only accept cash.

Thank AnnElizabeth97123
Gorokan, Australia
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10 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2016 via mobile

Lovely view great friendly service smooth coffee and banana bread to die for eggs were delicious nice spot for brunch everyone enjoyed.

Thank Sheryl K
Aptos, California
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306 reviews
256 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 November 2015

I've been having breakfasts here on & off for 35 yrs. -- even prior to current owner. This is the quintessential beach breakfast spot with great banana pancakes, hash browns, eggs, toast, veggie tofu scrambles etc. We eat here about once per 6 mos. (would prob eat here more except it's so simple to brew coffee and scramble eggs at... More 

Thank soifdawg
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2015 via mobile

This place is a local spot. A small hole in the wall with the best omelets in the area so get there early or wait in line. But no matter what, it's worth the wait. They have many options for just about every type of eater. Meat, veggie or tofu you will not be disappointed. The staff is very friendly... More 

Thank Benapie33
Santa Clara, California
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399 reviews
255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2015

The Pesto Tufu was great!! Had it with greens and I was STUFFED! Pretty big plate. The TOFU is none GMO. The Date smoothie is the best I have ever had!! YUMMY....has peanut and banana in it as well...just Yummy! You will LOVE it! Our server was very friendly and it's located about 200 yards to the surf! Will go... More 

Thank Squeekie
San Francisco, California
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79 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2014

Good food in an old-style breakfast shop. Eggs and scrambles any way you want, and the same for tofu. Pancakes, French toast and real maple syrup (extra charge). The fresh fruit came in a cup with kiwi slices like petals around the rim! No frills, a good place for a small family, to meet a friend and generally feel at... More 

Thank Lee M
Milpitas, California
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151 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

I loved this place!! The food was delicious and agree with others that it is laid back, just what's needed in the morning. We got there as it opened at 8 so we had our choice of tables. I noticed when we were done, it had filled up and there was a line outside. I can see why the line... More 

1 Thank kguzzetta
Santa Clara, California
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255 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2014

Excellent breakfast. One of the most unusual and tasty I have had! The cinnamon cakes were excellent, just the right amount of cinnamon, and warm syrup! The side order of tofu was lightly pan fried and crispy outside. Very tasty. I have never had a Date smoothie before and you could taste the banana, peanuts and dates. Yummy! Oh, and... More 

Thank Squeekie
Fresno, California
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 September 2013 via mobile

We decided on Cliff Cafe because it received good reviews and was walkable on a gorgeous Sunday morning. We knew it was small and we would likely have to wait. Fine by us, as we got to enjoy a great cup of coffee from a neighboring coffee house (that's another review!). Pancakes are melt-in-your mouth and totally decadent when adding... More 

1 Thank Mrsemr
Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2013

The breakfast at The Cliff is always perfect. The owner Sue has been at it for nearly 30 years and the quality and taste of her food is impeccable! Get there early, as it is small and very popular with the locals.

Thank Daved G

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
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Seating, Waitstaff
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 815 41st Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4420
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-476-1214

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