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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
+1 831-423-7427
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  • Excellent57%
  • Very good31%
  • Average11%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
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“duck” (10 reviews)
“endive salad” (4 reviews)
Open Now
08:00 - 20:30All hours
American, Gluten Free Options
121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
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Reviewed 6 days ago

This restaurant is a bit of an anomaly in the downtown area of Santa Cruz about a block off Pacific St. on the corner of Soquel and Front. It's an upscale restaurant with a great happy hour bar scene and friendly service (ask for Maria...More

Thank mikegrattan
Reviewed 1 week ago

I first became acquainted with "Oswald when they were located next to the Asian Rose off Pacific Ave, when creative 15 year old young Brian Hoyt was a chef. Alas, local Santa Cruz Eminent Domain ordinance permitted the owner to be ousted from their property...More

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 13 August 2017

Other reviews suggest that this is an excellent restaurant; we beg to differ. The service was very good. But the food quality was subpar; perhaps they had an off night. The proteins were all flavorless and the sauces didn't really complement them. We expected a...More

Thank nuboy
Reviewed 29 July 2017

We had a wonderful meal recently at Oswald's, which is located about a block off the main downtown street in Santa Cruz. The menu has a limited array of appetizers, entrees, and desserts but all those that we tried were invariably delicious. There are some...More

Thank David H
Reviewed 5 July 2017

Ate at Oswald on a busy Saturday evening. Everyone was very friendly, including the wait staff and other guests. We had Abalone for appetizer and scallops for the main course; both were the specials that evening. If you get Joshua for your waiter, you are...More

Thank Tom H
Reviewed 27 June 2017

I WANT to like Oswald, I really do. I live in Santa Cruz, and we have more options for cheap eats than fine dining. But does Oswald have its game on? On a recent weeknight visit, The Partner and I arrived on time for a...More

Thank Mary C
Reviewed 7 May 2017

Debated about going to the wharf for lunch but decided not. Had a great lunch at Oswald's. I had fresh Pacific Salmon that was excellent. My wife had the fried chicken which she really enjoyed. The accompanying salad had way too much dressing. Service was...More

Thank n2r49rs
Reviewed 12 April 2017

We made a reservation on open table however we were a bit late trying to find parking. There is a garage right next door however that we finally parked in. We were greeted and seated quickly. Wonderful sour dough bread appeared quickly. We ordered our...More

Thank 2muchfun4us
Reviewed 11 April 2017

After a late afternoon movie at the Regal, we decided to try Oswalds for dinner on a Saturday night. It was nearly 8pm and we walked in without reservations and I expected we might not get seated for a while - or even turned away....More

Thank Vanlippe
Reviewed 30 March 2017

We had an enjoyable birthday dinner here on a wet February evening. Fortunately, we had booked well in advance as the place was packed. Good food and wine, friendly and efficient service. Original artworks on the wall.

Thank cleoch
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Bar Scene, Business meetings, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
08:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-7427
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