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El Jardin Restaurant

655 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2769
+1 831-295-5987
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  • Excellent37%
  • Very good29%
  • Average14%
  • Poor14%
  • Terrible3%
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655 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2769
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

I'm half Hispanic and grew up Mexican food and these are some of the best Carnitas I've ever had. El Jardin makes them how they should be done with PORK! So many places use beef nowadays and call it Carnitas - not how I was...More

Thank Eric V
Reviewed 25 February 2017

My wife and I have been here several times in the last few months for lunch and brunch. Many Mexican restaurants fail in inventiveness and just serve "standard Mexican fare" without attempting something new and original. El Jardins serves Mexican food with originality and flavor....More

Thank Gaylen D
Reviewed 29 December 2016 via mobile

This is a nice neighborhood Mexican restaurant with good food and drinks, and a charming atmosphere. The bar area is lively, and the outdoor heated patio is nice on warm days or for Sunday brunch. We like to sit in the main dining room, near...More

Thank Michael F
Reviewed 23 December 2016

This place was very packed for dinner so go a little early or a little later if you don't want to wait. The staff was very attentive and friendly. The bathrooms are very nice and very clean. The food is a bit pricey but the...More

Thank CPax99
Reviewed 5 December 2016

We were driving down to the beach and ran across El Jardin while looking for lunch. The meals were good. Quite a bit of food for the price. It is Mexican with a modern flair. We enjoyed our meals.

Thank joelwx39
Reviewed 22 November 2016

i hate to give any place a 2 star rating, but this place was so mediocre... margaritas were small and over priced... the food was also mediocre... i don't know if we hit it on an off night because my experience does not align with...More

Thank TallSH
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

First time coming to this place with a friend. She ended up getting a simple appetizer and I ended up getting one of the special burritos and boy they are pretty big not to mention very good! The food doesn't fill you up right away....More

Thank Hopeistobelieve
Reviewed 10 August 2016

We love coming to this restaurant for great chips and salsa. They have both corn and flour, but the latter is our favorite. The food is good and the atmosphere when they have the fire on is even better. We came here for lunch and...More

Thank timteresa0
Reviewed 15 June 2016

We had dinner in El Jardin, the food was very fresh, I ordered carne azada and salad, it was very good. The service with Manuel, was the best. We will go back again.

Thank Estela P
Reviewed 26 May 2016

El Jardin continues to be a great place to gather and have some good food. Whether it's just 2 of you in the bar area watching sports or a big group of you in their main room or out on the porch, it's never a...More

Thank Erica P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Takeout
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Open Hours
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 22:00
11:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 655 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2769
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-295-5987
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