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Cafe Mare

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740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536 (Cooper street)
+1 831-458-1212
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11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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MD
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116 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The lunch special esp the panini selection was a great deal. The server Keith was a jewel. Lovely man with charisma and sincerity. The setting with a wall of windows facing the downtown street allowed for leisurely conversation. We would return if back in Santa Cruz. The downtown area is nice for a stroll and shopping in small boutiques.

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Thank Baltomania
Long Beach, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 January 2017

This restaurant has a warm bar and a white tablecloth dining room. Good wine list, helpful waitstaff and authentic Italian food. It's location is walking distance from the local art museum, movie theaters, Pacific Ave. and Trader Joes

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Thank lesth821
Athena, Oregon
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 January 2017

The atmosphere and food quality are all what you would hope for a restaurant of this price range, but it was the service that made the evening. The waiter's treatment of us made the experience a treat!

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Thank Vikiirna
Santa Cruz, California
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200 reviews
155 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 December 2016

I think this restaurant is very average, especially compared to other Italian places in Santa Cruz, but I do like their lunch specials during the week. The portions are okay, but for the area and price of the lunch specials, it's a good value. The service is very good, and I would only come to this place if you were... More 

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Thank timteresa0
Carnelian Bay, Ca
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247 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 December 2016

Service from Adrian was excellent. We enjoyed a variety of salads and entrees, as well as tiramisu. All were very good. Wine list and menu are value priced. Beautiful atmosphere.

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Thank roamingnoni
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Whether you want pasta, seafood, chicken, or steak - you can find a dish to suit. The appetizers stand out - calamari fritta, cheese plate, carpaccio, salumi, or vegetables - all are yummy. The salads are fresh. The pasta made in house. The sauces you want to wipe up with the bread. The desserts are a bit different. Every part... More 

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Thank Robin B
Santa Cruz, California
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385 reviews
212 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 164 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016

When you are greeted with an authentic Italian accent, you know it will be good. The food is always good. Service is fantastic. The fish melts in your mouth. My husband tried the Osso Bucco and can't wait to return. We talked at our table at length and never felt rushed. Love this restaurant!

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Thank JeriLG
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016

This place is authentic Italian, And quite romantic. We had a wonderful dinner. Two of our party ordered the stuffed pork chop and were still raving about it the next day. Another ordered the lamb shank and it looked gorgeous. She too raved about her dinner. I ordered the maremista spaghetti and it was the best! White wine sauce was... More 

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Thank Elisa U
Rocklin, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This was a business trip dinner. food was great, had the gnocchi's. Would recommend as was in a light tomato sauce, you can get in a pesto sauce also. great wine selection too.

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Thank gjacopi
Portland, Oregon
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282 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 October 2016 via mobile

Great beef carpaccio, veal Marsala, spaghetti & meatballs, as well as good desserts: baba al rum and limoncello semifredo. Nice ambiance. Our waiter was Italian.

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Thank AnnElizabeth97123

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Cuisine
Italian, Mediterranean
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
Sunday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Monday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
    (Cooper street)
  • Public Transportation: Metro bus station 1 block away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-458-1212
Description
Old world charm in the heart of Santa Cruz, authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on weekends. Ample public parking.

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