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El Jardin Restaurant

655 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2769
+1 831-295-5987
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Overview
  • Excellent36%
  • Very good31%
  • Average20%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible2%
Travellers talk about
“brunch” (3 reviews)
“carnitas” (3 reviews)
Open Now
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM Hours
CUISINES
Mexican
PRICE
$$ - $$$
RATINGS
Service
Food
Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
655 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2769
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1 - 10 of 35 reviews

Reviewed 4 March 2018 via mobile

Family lunch with 2 toddlers. Kids had grilled chicken with rice and beans. The chicken tortilla soup I had was old school good and Asada taco was very good

Thank Rocknspector
Reviewed 12 January 2018

Love the food and prices but hate the lack of good service. I tried the fajitas this time and we waited at least 30 min. for our food. I got the condiments and refried beans long before the fajitas came. Consequently, the beans were cold...More

Thank Sherryh62
Reviewed 7 January 2018

My wife & I love to visit this Mexican restaurant in mid-county on the corner of Capitola Road and 17th Avenue. There are a number of good Mexican restaurants in town though there are several things that make this place unique. First, good food (of...More

Thank RonCentralCA
Reviewed 20 November 2017

The food was very good, they have vegan options, the ambience was nice. Service excellent, Manuel has the best customer service ever, prices are moderate for what one get. We mostly will be back soon.

Thank Estela P
Reviewed 5 September 2017

Our friends and us visited this place early in the evening, thinking we would get good service. Sadly, though there were only two other people in the place, we still did not get good service. I found that their menu is a bit different from...More

Thank See D
Reviewed 15 August 2017

We enjoyed the atmosphere, very artistic and friendly staff. They were helpful and attentive to our family of 5 including 3 kids. The food was pretty good, enchiladas, shrimp cocktail, steak burrito etc. Chips and bean dip were a real hit. Drinks have refills. The...More

Thank Nancy L
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Nice happy hour with good drinks and eats. The nachos had lots of carnitas and were very good and cheesy.

Thank Lynne A
Reviewed 25 June 2017

We stopped here after our whale watching tour, and found this place a mixed bag. Our server was very nice, did a great job and was kind enough to bring our daughter some corn tortillas to have with salsa before her meal, since she wasn't...More

Thank wasukasa
Reviewed 31 March 2017

I'm half Hispanic and grew up Mexican food and these are some of the best Carnitas I've ever had. El Jardin makes them how they should be done with PORK! So many places use beef nowadays and call it Carnitas - not how I was...More

Thank Eric V
Reviewed 25 February 2017

My wife and I have been here several times in the last few months for lunch and brunch. Many Mexican restaurants fail in inventiveness and just serve "standard Mexican fare" without attempting something new and original. El Jardins serves Mexican food with originality and flavor....More

Thank Gaylen D
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Cuisine
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
11:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 655 Capitola Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-2769
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-295-5987
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