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Cafe Mare

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740 Front St Ste 100, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4536 (Cooper street)
+1 831-458-1212
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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Long Beach, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

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
Athena, Oregon
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29 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
Santa Cruz, California
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187 reviews
144 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I think this restaurant is very average, especially compared to other Italian places in Santa Cruz, but I do like their lunch specials during the week. The portions are okay, but for the area and price of the lunch specials, it's a good value. The service is very good, and I would only come to this place if you were... More 

Thank timteresa0
Carnelian Bay, Ca
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247 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 December 2016

Service from Adrian was excellent. We enjoyed a variety of salads and entrees, as well as tiramisu. All were very good. Wine list and menu are value priced. Beautiful atmosphere.

Thank roamingnoni
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016

Whether you want pasta, seafood, chicken, or steak - you can find a dish to suit. The appetizers stand out - calamari fritta, cheese plate, carpaccio, salumi, or vegetables - all are yummy. The salads are fresh. The pasta made in house. The sauces you want to wipe up with the bread. The desserts are a bit different. Every part... More 

Thank Robin B
Santa Cruz, California
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376 reviews
207 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 162 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 November 2016

When you are greeted with an authentic Italian accent, you know it will be good. The food is always good. Service is fantastic. The fish melts in your mouth. My husband tried the Osso Bucco and can't wait to return. We talked at our table at length and never felt rushed. Love this restaurant!

Thank JeriLG
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

This place is authentic Italian, And quite romantic. We had a wonderful dinner. Two of our party ordered the stuffed pork chop and were still raving about it the next day. Another ordered the lamb shank and it looked gorgeous. She too raved about her dinner. I ordered the maremista spaghetti and it was the best! White wine sauce was... More 

Thank Elisa U
Rocklin, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2016 via mobile

This was a business trip dinner. food was great, had the gnocchi's. Would recommend as was in a light tomato sauce, you can get in a pesto sauce also. great wine selection too.

Thank gjacopi
Portland, Oregon
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278 reviews
129 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 October 2016 via mobile

Great beef carpaccio, veal Marsala, spaghetti & meatballs, as well as good desserts: baba al rum and limoncello semifredo. Nice ambiance. Our waiter was Italian.

Thank AnnElizabeth97123
Reston, Virginia
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13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 October 2016 via mobile

We were at a business trip in Santa Cruz and were looking for a place to have a good dinner rather late in the evening. Thanks to OpenTable, we found this wonderful Italian restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious starting with deboned sardines appetizer, home made pomodore garlic pasta, and culminating in pistachio gelato. The combination of delicious food and... More 

Thank TheOlga13

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$31 - US$50
Italian, Mediterranean
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
11:30 - 14:30
17:00 - 22:00
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?