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1522 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3903 (Cooper Street)
+1 831-427-9900
11:00 - 23:00
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Riverside, California
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152 reviews
103 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 April 2017

We ordered the antipasto and the polenta cakes with sauces. Oh, and a tangerine soda. All absolutely delicious, with robust Italian flavors. We sat inside where it was a warm and woody atmosphere, and the servers were chatty and friendly. Would be happy to return.

Thank TCKtraveler8
Santa Cruz, California
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 17 February 2017

Ate here with my mom, husband and 3 year old daughter. We went early in the night since we had a little one with us. The food was average and service was spotty. The restaurant was definitely not kid friendly. I'd say the highlight was dessert. I'd recommend this place for couples on a romantic date, particularly if they are... More 

Thank Nicole M
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133 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

CHOCOLATE wins my vote every time because they serve excellent full dinners until late, and it's always quite delicious! The signature chicken mole and the chocolate-tinged pork roast are favorites, but what beats them all are the artisanal chocolate sausage — the chocolate comes across as a mysterious tinge rather than a blatant note, so you might not guess the... More 

Thank Linda B
Santa Cruz, California
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32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 February 2017

One of my favorites. Sit outside if you can. Delicious Mole. Good mushroom soup. The BEST hot chocolate.

Thank Khutton56
Greenville, South Carolina
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129 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 January 2017

Stopped in for dinner and decided to try their pasta rosettes--WOW! Now I want to figure out how to make some as I won't be able to get them anywhere else! Staff is friendly and efficient. Homemade chicken soup was wonderful also! Beautiful setting right on Pacific Av perfect for people watching outside--almost a garden-like setting! I've already been there... More 

Thank BorisMurchant
San Jose, California
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37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 January 2017

We've previously been to this very nice little restaurant for deserts after a show but decided to try it for lunch. Two of us had the roast chicken pie which was absolutely delcious and very unique. Perfect for a cool winter day! Left with fully satisfied and bought truffles (to die for) to go. Service was very good and the... More 

Thank Particia C
Fort Myers, Florida
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 30 October 2016

We ate here for lunch. The staff was very helpful and the outside cafe was beautiful. Almost every entree had some chocolate in it. The food was very good and you hardly tasted the chocolate.

Thank Edward S
Taunton, United Kingdom
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152 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 October 2016 via mobile

We took a bit of a gamble with this one by just walking in and giving it a try. All 6 of us were delighted that we did. Such an interesting menu. I have to admit that having chocolate mixed with a chicken dish sounded quite wrong but wow, what a pleasant surprise. The starter mushrooms with Gorgonzola were amazing,... More 

Thank Simon F
Santa Cruz, California
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15 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016

I had swordfish, it was delightful. My spouse had BBQ chicken with chocolate sauce. Dessert was decadent chocolate torte with ice cream and a sample of hot chocolate which is their specialty!

Thank Bill99831
los angeles
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389 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 126 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

Wow what a great meal. Eclectic and amazing $25 meal. Of course the chocolate dessert a winner 3 golden chocolate tastes. Beyond the best ever.

Thank Judith A

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
American, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Open Hours
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
11:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 1522 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-3903
    (Cooper Street)
  • Public Transportation: Metro bus station with links to San Jose, three blocks away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-427-9900

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