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Star Bene Incorporated

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21245 E Cliff Dr, Ste B, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4842
+1 831-479-4307
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16:30 - 21:00
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Sun - Thu 16:30 - 21:00
Fri - Sat 16:30 - 21:30
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Huntington Beach, California
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21 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 October 2016 via mobile

Was excited to try an Italian restaurant that also had an Argentine influence. We love empanadas and looked forward to those served here. Both the beef and chicken were bland, although the empanada dough shell was very good. On to Italian food entree. I ordered veal saltimbocca, a dish I order quite often in Italian restaurants. The medallions of veal... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2016

I went there and had a hard time finding something yummy for me to eat. I don't eat cheese or fried food. I was stuck getting the one thing that I didn't really want because it was all I could eat.

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Danville, California
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51 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 July 2016

My wife and I came for dinner last week. Split a caesar salad that was very good, had a couple of empanadas for appetizers (ground top sirloin was the best), and each had an entree. She had chicken pesto bow tie pasta and I had pasta carbonara. Both were excellent. Service was friendly and efficient. Great neighborhood casual restaurant that... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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33 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 June 2016

We went as a group for dinner to Star Bene after wanting for months to stop by since we moved to SC. The food is very good, though the portions are far too large. As with most Italian food, the dishes can weigh heavy in the tummy, so even smaller portions would have been adequate. The most unfortunate part is... More 

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Thank vu2mel
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 May 2016

My girlfriend and I went to Star Bene due to a Groupon. When we arrived, we were pleased with the atmosphere. The waiter was pleasant as well. And the carpaccio was very good (although a tad oniony) Unfortunately, that was it. The entrees were bland. My gf and I normally do not season our meals. When I saw her reach... More 

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Aptos, California
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

Food was delicious and the service was great. It was a small, cozy restaurant with a romantic feel about it!!

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Kihei, HI
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34 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 February 2016

Cozy warm restaurant. However the dinner meals, although good, were overpriced. Tasty pasta, but the caesar salad was mediocre.

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Thank sandebeachkihei
Pennsylvania
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42 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 December 2015

We stayed once again in the Belle Notte hotel, and decided, because it was in the next block, to try the Star Bene restaurant. We first went in, after a walk on the beach, to warm up and partake of their $4 glasses of wine during happy hour. We were the only ones there and were able to visit with... More 

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Thank Don H
El Paso, Texas
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71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 November 2015

Star Bene is likable if you're out on a date and you want a romantic setting with some italian-traditional cuisine and ambiance. After dinner one can take a stroll down 14th to the beach! The food is "okay". Sometimes it is really great - other days it is good. The staff is friendly always. Definitely recommend it.

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Santa Cruz, California
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275 reviews
100 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 October 2015

Overpriced for mediocre food. Yes, I was with a group of 6 people, but the restaurant wasn't crowded so the slow service was hard to comprehend.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Italian
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Child-friendly
Open Hours
Sunday
16:30 - 21:00
Monday
16:30 - 21:00
Tuesday
16:30 - 21:00
Wednesday
16:30 - 21:00
Thursday
16:30 - 21:00
Friday
16:30 - 21:30
Saturday
16:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 21245 E Cliff Dr, Ste B, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4842
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-479-4307

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?