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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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50 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
Fresno, California
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW 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
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51 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
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 hard to do, since good service is hard to come by. That being said, I... More 

Thank Patty H
Phoenix, Arizona
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25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
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 appeared to have many tempting options, so I went in. It was early evening on... More 

Thank curtissteinhoff
San Francisco, CA
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109 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
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 very friendly and helpful and made you feel like you have known him for years.... More 

Thank M A
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120 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 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 Cruz. The downtown area is nice for a stroll and shopping in small boutiques.

Thank Baltomania
Long Beach, California
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 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
Athena, Oregon
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30 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
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
Santa Cruz, California
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269 reviews
213 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 December 2016

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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252 reviews
170 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 31 - USD 50
Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Groups, Romantic
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?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?