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“Oswald is Great / Service and Food Were Exceptional”
Review of Oswald

Oswald
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Ranked #44 of 377 Restaurants in Santa Cruz
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$30 - US$30
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Good for: Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Cross street: Front
Reviewed 18 June 2014

A group of us had ridden our bikes from San Francisco to Santa Cruz on our way to Los Angeles for the AIDS Lifecycle. We had out of town friends who were joining us in Santa Cruz and I wanted something really good, without being to fussy. We were very casually dressed cyclists and did not wish to feel out of place. Oswald filled every expectation and then some. There were eight of us and we were famished when we got there. The kind waitress immediately saw the need and came running. What I liked best was all our meals were exceptional, and yet the staff and atmosphere was very friendly and casual. I hate a good meal with uppity staff. This was just the opposite.

My out of town guests wanted a Pinot Grigio and the waitress recommended another Italian wine that was superb. She gave them the bottle to buy more. These guests know wine. In an unpretentious and helpful tone, they were introduced to a new favorite.

The whole meal was relaxed. The waitress was again helpful when we need to divide up the checks. The whole evening was filled with gracious hospitality and great food. I'd recommend it for a special evening out. It's one of the best meals and experiences I've had.

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Thank Anddrew M
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Reviewed 12 June 2014

We love this restaurant, for the incredibly flavorful and often innovative food, the creative and expertly made cocktails, and the overall experience. Yes, it's often noisy, but lively places usually are. We try to go there as often as we can, particularly when celebrating something.

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Thank Georg R
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Reviewed 14 May 2014

Traditional American cousins. very good presentation and far superior to many other restaurants in Santa Cruz

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Thank Kian S
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Reviewed 2 November 2013 via mobile

Thoroughly enjoyed our first visit to Oswald's for dinner last night for First Friday in downtown Santa Cruz. Well designed menu with a lovely selection of creative and garden-fresh salads. We enjoyed the scallop special which was served with a tomato garnish over butternut squash risotto. Delicious! Glen opted for the sautéed seasonal vegetables, which were perfectly cooked. Very nice and polite service. Only down side of Oswald's is the noise that is ten decibels higher than raucous! It's hard to have a relaxed conversation over a lovely meal when you have to strain to hear your friends across the table.

Thank Greg B
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Reviewed 16 October 2013

Not the least good thing about this place, is it is directly connected to a large multilevel public parking lot! The chattering, noisy bistro setting works well with the layout, friendly and prompt service and great food. Wine list was a bit skimpy and West Coast-centric, but adequate. We lucked out to find ourselves at Oswald during Restaurant Week, and enjoyed a very reasonably priced three-course meal. My hanger steak was...perfect, as were the fish dishes ordered by our table. The fries were actually crunchy - all of them! Portions were well-balanced, and it was just an overall pleasurable experience.

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Thank HedonistBoston
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