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“Excellent service and food; don't expect upscale”
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Trout Farm Inn
Cuisines: American, Bar
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Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Santa Cruz, CA
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131 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Excellent service and food; don't expect upscale”
Reviewed 2 February 2014

We visited on a Saturday night and the place was busy at 7PM. We were seated right away but if we had showed up 30 minutes later it might have been tough. But that's unusual; I'd say that 99% of the time, you'll have no trouble getting seated. The service was really perfect. It's clear that the folks who run this place know how to handle a crowd. Our orders were taken promptly; and drinks, appetizers, main course, etc all arrived at the right times by friendly wait staff. We each ordered trout but prepared differently, and both dishes were really great, including the grilled zucchini. And I don't mean just good; I mean great. This place gets 5 stars for service and food. Now, it is in the San Lorenzo Valley and is appropriately casual. Don't expect linen tablecloths or a sommelier. If you want water, or an olive in your martini, just ask. We'll be back to check out the brunches and lunches.

  • Visited February 2014
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2 Thank Milocat007
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Aptos, California
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great Food, Homemade Deserts”
Reviewed 28 May 2013

We went to eat dinner and listen to a band. We had steak and veggies, a cheeseburger, macaroni and cheese (home made) and a kid's burger. The steak and veggies were cooked perfectly. It is supposed to be served with mashed potatoes, but I had the potatoes subbed for extra veggies. The cheeseburger was really good too, but my husband was a bit disappointed that it did not come with any dressings (like lettuce, onion, etc.), and it was a la cart, so if you wanted french fries you had to order them separately (we did). The 'side' of fries was pretty small so not a great share. The mac and cheese was homemade and was super cheesy and yummy. Par of the adult menu has options for adding stuff to your mac n cheese (we ordered off the kids size). We ordered home made bread pudding with a carmel-bananna sauce for desert, and it was plenty to share, and was also very delicious.

  • Visited May 2013
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3 Thank Cynthia C
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Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Great staff! Fun evening!”
Reviewed 4 December 2012

My sister and brother in law came to town, and we decided to have dinner somewhere we could watch an important football game. The staff positioned a table special for us so we could all see the TVs. They were more than accomodating. Usually we go for a weekend lunch and I love the BBQ blue cheese burger. This time I took the opportunity to order sirloin from the dinner menu. It was quite tender and perfectly cooked. The mashed potatoes were excellent as well. The rest of the group seemed to enjoy what they had ordered. There were certainly no complaints. This is a great place to go for a casual, comfortable family atmosphere.

  • Visited December 2012
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3 Thank theyurfs
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Felton, California
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741 reviews
308 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 230 helpful votes
“Fun Evening”
Reviewed 16 November 2012

Hadnt been here for many years. Last time a few years and owners back it was pretty bad. Much improved. The pork loin special was good. The entertainment fun. Can be noisy when the band is playing. Fun spot for folks visiting the SLV area.

  • Visited November 2012
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2 Thank simon s
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San Jose, California
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96 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“A Must for San Lorenzo Valley Visitors!”
Reviewed 25 October 2012

Great food, fun people and an awesome pool in the summer. This is definitely worth the extra 5 - 10 minutes from Scotts Valley or Santa Cruz. They got best bar and best burger in a voter poll for the Santa Cruz Sentinel in fall 2012 and it's for very good reason -- it's true! Awesome salmon dishes, and the best macaroni and cheese ever. Yep, mac and cheese. Just do it. And anything they make with their Buffalo wing sauce is awesome (they've got that taste nailed!!). And service? MAN they make you feel like you're royalty!!

This place morphs to all your needs. By day, it's a family friendly/game on the TVs kinda place with a pool in the summer. By night it's got all kinds of adult fun -- anything from karaoke to GREAT live music with low to no cover depending on the band.

Try it, you'll like it!

  • Visited September 2012
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2 Thank Kari D
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