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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
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Closed now
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Santa Cruz, California
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369 reviews
202 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 158 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

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!

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 

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.

Thank gjacopi
Portland, Oregon
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275 reviews
128 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 76 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.

Thank AnnElizabeth97123
Reston, Virginia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We were at a business trip in Santa Cruz and were looking for a place to have a good dinner rather late in the evening. Thanks to OpenTable, we found this wonderful Italian restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious starting with deboned sardines appetizer, home made pomodore garlic pasta, and culminating in pistachio gelato. The combination of delicious food and... More 

Thank TheOlga13
Santa Rosa, CA
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75 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 October 2016 via mobile

Absolutely fantastic lunch. Spaghetti Carbonara was the best my spouse had ever eaten. I loved the gluten-free pizza. Tasty Chianti. The BEST desserts. Good service. Grazie!

Thank jmacjem818
Chico, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 September 2016

We went there for their happy hour and ordered some small plates and several drinks. The calamari was excellent and the specialty drinks were good. Service was very quick and attentive. The restaurant has an upscale feel where you might want to go on a special occasion. We didn't eat dinner there but the menu looked good.

Thank jimpat2016
Santa cruz county Ca.
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 August 2016

we had an excellent seafood meal in an elegant resturaunt, the topper was ice cream after the meal with 25 year old balsamic vinegar drizzled on it - not what I would expect but GREAT!

Thank BriskGo
Santa Cruz, California
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275 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 123 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016

Lovely setting, white table cloths, wide windows, round tables with some cushioned bench seating. Then the food, whether pasta or meats, is excellent. So, I consider this fairly undiscovered and well worth the trip here! Parking right next door isn't too costly and the service is excellent for this great meal!

Thank Judybookdoc
West Orange, New Jersey
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70 reviews
58 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 August 2016

I was staying with family in Santa Cruz and was in the mood for Italian food so I called this restaurant and ordered food to be picked up. The bartender Keith was very nice and polite when I called and my food was ready when I arrived but when I got home I was shocked at the small portions. I... More 

Thank BethWeber

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?