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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
+1 831-423-7427
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  • Excellent54%
  • Very good32%
  • Average11%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“duck” (10 reviews)
“endive salad” (5 reviews)
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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-4500
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Reviewed 3 days ago

I tried to make a reservation for 8 and they are completely unable to do it. They cannot put two tables together apparently so keep that in mind when booking.

Thank MLE91
Reviewed 4 days ago

We had dinner at Oswald's last weekend. It was our first time to the restaurant, but we had heard good things about it from friends so decided to give it a try. We found it super loud when we walked in, where they seated us...More

Thank carrjenn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Oswald was my favorite restaurant of the three we tried in Santa Cruz. It is small and romantic. Our server was attentive, but not intrusive. He was there only when we needed him, which is one of the qualities of a good waiter. Wine selection...More

Thank Madeline G
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Really enjoyed this place. The waitress said they are California Cuisine prepared in a French Style. So are they are French Bistro then? I don't know, but that works for me. We had the mussels, endive salad, scallop special and duck confit. Very good food!...More

Thank tb911
Reviewed 19 September 2017

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

1  Thank mikegrattan
Reviewed 14 September 2017

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 28 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
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30 - USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Bar Scene
Open Hours
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
8:00 am - 8:30 pm
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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