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Cafe Sparrow

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8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
+1 831-688-6238
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Today
09:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
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Sun 09:00 - 14:00
Sun - Sat 17:30 - 21:00
Mon - Fri 11:30 - 14:00
Sat 11:00 - 14:00
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Arroyo Grande, California
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

On our recent " girls trip ", we wanted a really good dinner one evening. What a find this place is ! The menu is mouth watering, and varied. The atmosphere is charming.....in my own words, a little vintage, a little Country French and cosy and inviting. The service was friendly and excellent. We had the Blu Salad, and the... More 

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Thank marilynseimpainter
Santa Cruz, CA
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16 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

This lovely cafe is perfect for a relaxing meal with friends, and if you happen to go for lunch, you can order what I think is the most succulent, delicious hamburger in the Santa Cruz area! And wonderful wines too !

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Thank Cruzncarmel
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great place to have dinner with friends, the fondue was perfect for sharing, and Monday night is a half off happy hour.

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Thank Karen M
Aptos
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite restaurant!!! The food is delicious, the service is wonderful and the atmosphere is warm and inviting!!

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Thank Elizawalsh
Aptos, California
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is never bad at the Sparrow Cafe, but if you are a regular it is easy to grow weary of the same "seasonal vegetables" being served all four seasons. I finally grew so tired of: green beans, beets, and squash pureé showing up on every dinner plate I stopped going. Mind you, each of these sides is prepared... More 

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Thank stevengraff
Waterford, California
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43 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have enjoyed this restuarant for many years but our dinner tonight was extra ordinarily good. My husband had his usual favorite, Caesar salad, and I enjoyed the Asian spinach salad. The accompanying bread seemed so fresh it might have been baked late afternoon. We both ordered the snapper special which is the reason for the post. Described as sautéed... More 

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Thank 47sue2015
Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We have never had a bad meal whether it's been brunch, lunch or dinner. Their Sunday brunches are our favorite. Their house made breakfast sausages are always very tasty. Our favorites are their gluten-free pancakes, which they always have a variety of flavors and their seafood omelet/scramble. Their salads for lunches are amazing and they have a great deal each... More 

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Thank seacliff98
Los Gatos, California
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57 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped here for lunch after a hike through the redwoods and it was a lovely choice. They have a large selection of items for being such a small kitchen; sandwiches, salads, hot entrees. I had the combo; soup, salad and sandwich were all delicious. Half-off wine on Mondays makes a glass of wine affordable as prices are on the... More 

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Thank Joan P
Santa Cruz, California
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53 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

I have eaten at Cafe Sparrow many times. Reservations are necessary because it is a popular dinner restaurant. The entrees constantly change with seasonal ingredients, and there are consistently many excellent choices. Every visit has been very enjoyable with venison, salmon, and pasta being some of my favorites. The wine list is always excellent. I appreciate their availability on Christmas... More 

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Thank bil1026
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 5 November 2016 via mobile

Fantastic steaks n venison won't regret eating there whenever I come to Santa Cruz I always eat here.

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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
Cuisine
American, French, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
09:00 - 14:00
17:30 - 21:00
Monday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Tuesday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Wednesday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Thursday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Friday
17:30 - 21:00
11:30 - 14:00
Saturday
17:30 - 21:00
11:00 - 14:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 8042 Soquel Dr Ste A, Aptos, CA 95003-4085
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Aptos
  • Phone Number: +1 831-688-6238

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?