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River Cafe & Cheese Shop

415 River St, Ste K, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2724
+1 831-420-1280
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  • Excellent23%
  • Very good17%
  • Average11%
  • Poor17%
  • Terrible32%
1 Sep 2017
24 May 2017
“Great food, drinks, and deserts ”
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415 River St, Ste K, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2724
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Reviewed 2 September 2017 via mobile

Nice people. Great coffee. Good breakfast. More earthy than juicy. But healthy wonderful bread and obviously quality ingredients. It's Santa Cruz. So, expect at least a modicum of Birkenstock- type service or mindset. If you do, you will be happy and less excitable. And well...More

1  Thank Bill K
Reviewed 25 May 2017 via mobile

Some of the best Santa Cruz offers. Organic, healthy, and fresh. Next to the Patagonia Outlet. Indoor and outdoor seating.

Thank Henry S
Reviewed 9 May 2017 via mobile

This place has become a mess! They don't listen, they don't care! I had to ask twice for the toast Then they brought me warm bread. There was more but don't want to waste time talking about it.

Thank Eric S
Reviewed 22 February 2017

I am not sure what this place thinks it is but i can tell you that the food is very average, the service is zero. We waited for 40 minutes and still the area we waited to eat at was not cleared. There is a...More

Thank Australia1962
Reviewed 23 August 2016

Mostly outdoor tables, laid back in atmosphere, food & service. Okay place to sit on the deck, not very professional in any respect. So don't expect too much.

Thank Breakfast-42D2
Reviewed 7 June 2016

It's hard to find a place in the City of Santa Cruz that still makes fresh sandwiches, much less one that has parking and excellent IPAs on draft. To top it off, it has a quiet outdoor wooden deck with lots of tables in a...More

1  Thank david f
Reviewed 11 April 2015

My wife and I are an elderly Asian American couple who arrived at the River Cafe just before noon on April 10, 2015. We informed the cashier upon entering that we had a Groupon coupon which we wanted to use, and she became immediately angry....More

4  Thank CaliforniaDoug
Reviewed 18 March 2015

Be warned - the sandwiches here are huge. We happened on to it because it was next to a yarn store we were visiting. Food is organic I believe. Prices seem high until you see the portion size. If we had known the sandwiches were...More

1  Thank CurtH343
Reviewed 16 November 2014

if anyone invites you to River Cafe. A good idea, gone so wrong. Looking to be a homey, low-key, somewhat organic cafe, it is a cheesy, dirty, poorly run grungy spoon. Line and waits are long because staff is poorly trained. Sign at counter says...More

Thank roamingnoni
Reviewed 13 February 2014

Tiny little place with indoor and outdoor seating. There is only one person in the back getting the food ready, so if someone asks for a latte, the line stalls. Today was my first visit. We had the pumpkin dal and a piece of frittata....More

Thank piffen
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Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Open Hours
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
6:30 am - 6:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 415 River St, Ste K, Santa Cruz, CA 95060-2724
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-420-1280
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