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Cafe Mare

740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
+1 831-458-1212
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  • Excellent58%
  • Very good28%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (14 reviews)
“carpaccio” (3 reviews)
“tiramisu” (6 reviews)
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Italian, Mediterranean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
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Reviewed 21 July 2017 via mobile

Although the food was quite good if just your normal Italian dishes. The service was above par, which helped with my overall impression of this establishment. In my estimation it is quite pricey for pasta.

Thank aluckart
Reviewed 8 July 2017 via mobile

Warm, welcoming and the perfect balance between NorCal casual and upscale. Ignore the newest, trendiest spots (or at least don't visit them first!) and choose an established local favorite. I was visiting for business and wanted a nice, but not fancy, place to have a...More

Thank elgrandefrijole
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

That's a real Italian restaurant in Santa Cruz. If you like good wines and Italian pasta, you should definitely check out this restaurant. They even have service employees from Italy!

Thank Frowin
Reviewed 23 May 2017 via mobile

I look forward to dining here to carb load before the Capitola half annually. The food is beyond delicious and the service is amazing! The atmosphere is great as well. It's always a pleasure and I recommend checking them out!

Thank Colleen T
Reviewed 20 April 2017

We come here a lot! We love the fact that we're always greeted with smiles, the service is impeccable and the food is delicious all the time! And it is truly Italian! The service is by far the best in Santa Cruz - which isn't...More

Thank Patty H
Reviewed 11 March 2017

Eating alone in a restaurant is very uncomfortable for many people, including myself. I was recently in Santa Cruz and was walking through their beautiful downtown looking for somewhere to eat dinner. I came across Cafe Mare, and took a look at their menu. It...More

1  Thank curtissteinhoff
Reviewed 28 February 2017

We went to dinner to celebrate my parents anniversary and from the moment you step into the restaurant, you feel like you are in Italy! You are greeted with a friendly smile and a lovely Italian greeting. The service was wonderful, our server Daniel was...More

Thank M A
Reviewed 9 February 2017 via mobile

The lunch special esp the panini selection was a great deal. The server Keith was a jewel. Lovely man with charisma and sincerity. The setting with a wall of windows facing the downtown street allowed for leisurely conversation. We would return if back in Santa...More

Thank Baltomania
Reviewed 10 January 2017

This restaurant has a warm bar and a white tablecloth dining room. Good wine list, helpful waitstaff and authentic Italian food. It's location is walking distance from the local art museum, movie theaters, Pacific Ave. and Trader Joes

Thank lesth821
Reviewed 8 January 2017

The atmosphere and food quality are all what you would hope for a restaurant of this price range, but it was the service that made the evening. The waiter's treatment of us made the experience a treat!

Thank Vikiirna
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Kids, Child-friendly, Groups, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
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11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
    (Cooper street)
  • Public Transportation: Metro bus station 1 block away.
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-458-1212
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Old world charm in the heart of Santa Cruz, authentic Italian cuisine with an extensive wine list and a full bar. Open for lunch and dinner as well as brunch on weekends. Ample public parking.
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