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“A steady state of decline.”
Review of Bruno's BBQ

Bruno's BBQ
Ranked #54 of 64 Restaurants in Scotts Valley
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff
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“A steady state of decline.”
Reviewed 20 October 2012 via mobile

What used to be a good value with good food has over the past couple of years steadily declined into a real dump. It seems the decline coincided with their move to a new location. They never really seem to have dialed in the place after the move. Slow kitchen service, mediocre food and the atmosphere feels like they are stuck in the middle of a bad remodel.

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English first
Santa Cruz
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Decent food, unprofessional service”
Reviewed 21 July 2012

We were in the mood for a burger so we thought we would try Bruno's in their new location. Our mistake. Although the burgers were okay, the french fries were frozen variety and they served the $5 milkshake in the metal container - no glass to pour it in. Real class there. The waitress turned a $1.79 side of fries (everything is extra) into a $5 basket and then expected us to pay for it. I told her we didn't order them, didn't eat more than a few. I feel this kind of up-selling is cheesy and not especially honest. The final yuk was when they took my ice tea glass to refill it. My friend said, shouldn't they fill it at the table from a pitcher.... so we know they are not spitting in it? I think she was joking.

The floors were clean, the menus a little greasy. I didn't go into the restroom because it was so warm and humid inside that we just wanted out. Plenty of parking.

  • Visited July 2012
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1 Thank Felixxxmom
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Santa Cruz, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Got time on your hands?”
Reviewed 10 July 2012

Bruno's offers a variety of entrees: ribs, chicken, brisket, burgers, sandwiches. Side dishes are not included but may be added for an extra fee. The food is good, but the service is extremely slow!

Visited July 2012
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Santa Cruz, California
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“Expect good BBQ!”
Reviewed 9 July 2012

Ribs, chicken, and fixens. A good family go-to spot. Also, they do a good job packaging food for take-out. Tell them how you want your order and they'll make it happen. I feel it's on the expensive side though. Not real easy to find, go way back in the parking lot toward the movie theater. Lots of open parking.

Don't Even Try to eat this stuff in the car. You'll need to go thru the car wash with the windows down to remove all the BBQ sauce! Good sauce!

  • Visited April 2012
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