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California Grill of the Pajaro Valley

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1970 Freedom Blvd, Freedom, CA 95019-2836
+1 831-722-8052
07:00 - 15:00
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Sun 07:00 - 15:00
Mon - Thu 07:00 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 07:00 - 21:30
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Watsonville, California
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330 reviews
208 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 98 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

First time for dinner here & the new location on Penny Lane ( Old Green Valley Grill location) is very nice. They did a great job with the remodel. and the food is even better than the old Green Valley Grill. We had birthday dinner here & started with garlic bread & calamari. Calamari was fired crisp & light. All... More 

Thank Kerryloves2travel
Wailuku, Hawaii
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79 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

California Grill has been around for some time now but has just moved this month. The new location is wonderful. Brings back many memories of a former restaurant in this location. They have done a great job. Food was excellent and had way too much of it. Had friends and family for a birthday. They served a fantastic birthday dessert.... More 

Thank dlsalse
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106 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our go to place when in the Watsonville area. Nice menu including steaks, lamb, pork and pastas. Good service and a nice atmosphere.

Thank Macomfs
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35 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 March 2017

This restaurant is no longer on Freedom Blvd. Go to their website to see new location - it's not far from the old site - reopened March 9 this year. It's worth finding - the same family-owned quality of service and food - very plentiful plates, good food. My husband and I ate dinner there not long after they reopened,... More 

Thank Tess B
Watsonville, California
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 15 February 2017

They specialize in farm to table. The salad that I had most recently was beyond great. The salad was the thing that I came home remembering.

Thank Tim T
Northern California
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236 reviews
120 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 105 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 December 2016

Went here because it’s a local joint and in a small amount of time a local favorite in a small town between Santa Cruz and Monterrey (Freedom, CA--perhaps really a part of Watsonville). It’s obviously popular. Lots of locals on a weekday evening. Service inexperienced but willing; rather extensive menu of meats, pasta and salads. Food ok but unremarkable.

Thank nurealam
Aptos, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 November 2016

There are a few good dining destinations in Watsonville....unfortunately there are NO great dinning destinations. The California Grill is one of the better restaurants in the area. The service is good, the portions tend to be on the big side, and the menu is fairly extensive. Lots of organic dishes to choose from and the salads appear to be the... More 

Thank gerryv59
Huntington Beach, California
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441 reviews
280 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 181 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

We had dinner here with family while we were in the area. It's a family owned and operated place and the owner also grows organic produce so that is what is used for this place. We had the fresh mahi-mahi, the Caprese pasta with shrimp, a steak and halibut. All meals come with soup or salad and veggies and a... More 

Thank Loves2TravelALOT_11
Corralitos, California
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61 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 October 2016

For 20 years, Watsonville and the South County had really only one nice restaurant. It was the Green Valley Grill, and it was always the favorite among local and those willing to make the drive to the Watsonville area. Sadly it succumbed to poor management leaving locals with either fast food, coffee shops or Mexican fare. The California Grill has... More 

Thank pacair
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22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

The food all uses local produce so it is always fresh and good. Try any of the salads or the loco moco.

Thank Steve S

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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 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$27
American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
07:00 - 15:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:00
07:00 - 21:30
07:00 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1970 Freedom Blvd, Freedom, CA 95019-2836
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Freedom
  • Phone Number: +1 831-722-8052
California Grill of the Pajaro Valley serves only the finest, locally-grown produce, meats and desserts. In fact, the restaurant owner grows all the organic vegetables and salads right here in the fields of the Pajaro Valley. It's likely the produce on your plate was picked fresh from one of his organic fields just hours before it was prepared for you. Daily specials and desserts reflect the cycle of the seasons so you can experience flavors at their peak.

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