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Cafe Mare

740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536
+1 831-458-1212
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  • Excellent59%
  • Very good27%
  • Average8%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“pasta” (16 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 3 weeks ago

When most people in Santa Cruz talked about going out to Italian food, they go to Lillians. It's almost impossible to get in there, unless you make reservations at least a week in advance. Last night we decided to try Cafe Mare because they did...More

Thank Jackie E
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Four of us had a fabulous meal & super fun evening at Cafe Mare. Not only was the food fresh, local, organic & innovative, but the staff was well informed, describing dishes & specials to make it all sound as mouth watering as it was!...More

Thank ckf722
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Reviewed 10 January 2018

The Owners and staff are Italian. The food is amazing. The service is stellar. We dined with a group of 8 and did not feel pressured or rushed. The staff made recommendations. The specials were described with gusto and hand motions. We could not decide...More

Thank JeriLG
Reviewed 30 December 2017

The food was delicious -- the best cannelloni I've had in a long time -- and the atmosphere was lovely. Very good service. I look forward to going there the next time I'm in Santa Cruz. I wish the cappucino had not arrived warm, but...More

Thank effieclyde
Reviewed 22 December 2017

Have found everything there just delicious. We go there and take Mother in law, making Mother's Day very special. The food so yummy and the service is divine. There's a great authenticity there as the food & staff are actually Italian. We had gelato that...More

Thank Suanne S
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
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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
Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Child-friendly, Kids, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
11:30 AM - 2:30 PM
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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
  • E-mail
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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