Cafe Cruz Santa Cruz
2621 41st Avenue,
Soquel, CA 95073-2136
|Cuisine||American, California, Continental|
|Menu Type||Children's Menu|
|Dining Style||Fine Dining|
|Parking||Free, Nearby, On-site|
|Reservations||Recommended / Suggested|
|Meals||Business Dinner, Business Lunch, Dinner, Lunch|
Cafe Cruz Santa Cruz - Summary:
(From CafeCruz.com) - Opening in February of 1995, our goal was to blend traditional regional American and world foods with new and innovative techniques, creating our "New American Cuisine".
The interior decor was designed to offer an open, festive, casual atmosphere. The focal points of the dining room are our copper backed open kitchen and the French made Rotisol Rotisserie, which allow you to view the creation of your meal.
The sandstone used throughout the bar and dining area is imported from India. Our bar top is hewn from a solid piece of California Fir, tracing its history back to the Old Bass Lake Hotel at the turn of the century. The murals are the work of a local artist, Terry Wells. They depict facets of Santa Cruz County's local scenery and agriculture.
We use the freshest local produce (organic when possible), freshly caught fish from sustainable sources, fresh natural California poultry & pork, and Harris Ranch Beef (naturally raised in California), complemented by our other top line ingredients. We also incorporate a variety of locally made products into our menu, including Laura Chenel's goat cheese from Sonoma County, bacon and sausage from Bassian Farms in San Jose, bread baked daily by Gayle's Bakery in Capitola, organic coffees blended by The Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co, Polar Bear Ice Cream, and eggs from Glaum Ranch in Aptos.
Cafe Cruz Santa Cruz - Reviews:
Positive Cafe Cruz Santa Cruz Review:
I have been going to Cafe Cruz for years and have never had a bad experience. The food has always been awesome and the service top notch. I've been there for both lunch and dinner, but lunch is my favorite. When it's nice and sunny and you can sit on the beautiful patio. But even in the winter it's nice to sit in the bar area by the cozy fire.
They always have great specials and wonderful soups.
I always feel great recommending Cafe Cruz, and I've never known anyone to be disappointed.
The only negitive thing I can say is that parking can be hard. We always park in the parking lot across 41st Avenue and walk, makes it pretty easy
-Joni C., Santa Cruz, CA
Negative Cafe Cruz Santa Cruz Review:
I went to Cafe Cruz hearing great things about it. It was my birthday, and my boyfriend and his brother came with me.
Let's start with the ribs. My boyfriends brother ordered a special, the ribs. They were incredibly chewy and dry. The best part of his meal were the french fries. But for $30, the fries were not enough.
My boyfriend ordered the chicken with sides of mashed potatoes and vegetables. When the food arrived, there was a lovely side of old artichoke with a brown, paint-like, mystery sauce, and green beans, No Mashed Potatoes. The chicken was covered in mayonnaise and until taking a bite he wondered why. Mayo explained, the chicken was dryer than the Mojave, even though it was drenched in oil. We think this was to help the chicken slither down his throat without getting caught.
I ordered the fettuccine alfredo with steak. Unfortunately, the alfredo was creamier than a milkshake, and my "medium" steak was still cold and red in the middle, and chewier than a dog bone.
After eating 1/4 of our meals we promptly left leaving a tip no where to be found, like our waitress. (The sub-par meal was, however, $100)
-Julia H., Los Altos, CA
Average Cafe Cruz Santa Cruz Review:
I came here for dinner 2 days ago with my bf while visiting Santa Cruz. Our reservation was at 6pm. When we got there it was already pretty packed.
Anyways, we ordered the Artichoke Heart Bruschetta, Cafe Cruz Trio Platter (Smoked Pork Chop (house applesauce), Maryland Crab Cake (lemon beurre blanc), 1/4 Garlic Chicken (aioli)), and Macadamia nut crusted sea bass.
The artichoke bruschetta was pretty good...but could of been better if it came out hotter.
my bf had the cafe cruz trio- in my opinion, it was good but a bit overload with meat.
the sea bass was amazing! it came with this strawberry sauce for the fish (its on a special menu so if they are serving it)
We were too full for dessert but i'm sure it is good.
-YL, San Francisco, CA
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