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Oswald

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121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Front)
+1 831-423-7427
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08:00 - 20:30
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Rocklin, California
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34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

When weather cancelled plans for dining at another area restaurant, my grandson (lives in Santa Cruz and works in food industry) chose this cozy restaurant for my birthday dinner for the two of us. I had heard very good things about it from several sources and was pleased that they were true. He enjoyed the rib eye steak and highly... More 

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Thank lucysmom47
Central Coast, California
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61 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went to Oswald for a birthday dinner with our son and girlfriend. We wanted somewhere special with great entrees, since our son is a "foodie." We weren't disappointed! We had skirt steak, sea bass, and pork chops. All were outstanding, and the prices were $28-35 each. They have some great desserts, too. The service was top-notch.

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Thank lolly63
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited Oswald on a rainy night and had a fantastic meal. We tried the mushroom soup (rich and creamy) and mussels as an appetizer. Both were very good. For our entries, we had the scallops with a saffron cream sauce (amazing flavor) and Chilean Sea Bass. Dinner was topped off by a chocolate souffle. An excellent dinner in a very... More 

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San Jose, California
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140 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Ambiance: Cozy modern place. Can get a little crowded and noisy, which is the only thing that keeps me from giving 5 stars, it can be hard to hear your dinner companion. Staff: Friendly and attentive Drink: Known for signature cocktails, I have not had them so can't comment. Wine list is somewhat limited, just wine by the glass, but... More 

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Thank C K H
Reno, Nevada
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345 reviews
179 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 169 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2017 via mobile

Good restaurants acting like a wine bar. Service is good but on the slow side. Food is good. Noise level is quiet. Easy parking in garage.

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Thank RobReno
California
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195 reviews
108 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 November 2016

Nothing overly special happening here. Not sure what the hype is. Lunch was a smallish menu, but a nice selection. Salads and sandwiches were fine...nothing overly special. Service was good and the restaurant is nicely decorated. Prices were reasonable. I would come back, but not rushing to do so right away.

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Lafayette, California
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178 reviews
109 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

I wish I had visited during dinner so I could have tried a cocktail and more of the yummy-looking menu items. Service is friendly and professional. The room is comfortable. I had the fried chicken and waffles. The waffle was thick and not too sweet, with a generous dollop of butter and maple syrup. 3 pieces of fried chicken with... More 

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1 Thank Cassietrip
Santa Cruz, CA
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2016

The food is excellent whether fish, steak, pasta or salad (and whatever else), the service always attentive and helpful, and the unpretentious ambience relaxed. The bar is also excellent with a separate menu, and they now serve a happy hour bar menu in addition to their fine mixology. It is my favorite restaurant in SC and the surrounding area. And,... More 

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Petah Tiqwa, Israel
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17 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 October 2016 via mobile

We've been there twice at the same week while we were visiting in Santa Cruz and twice they delivered. The duck, the ribeye, the skirt steak and the lamb chops, everything was delicious. And don't forget to order the cruated almond torte with the vanilla ice cream - it's amazing!

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Santa Cruz, CA
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101 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 September 2016

This restaurant is my personal favorite in Santa Cruz. The menu is fairly short, which is a good sign. I'd rather have a short list of well prepared dishes than a huge menu of everything tastes the same. I had the fish special, which was perfectly prepared. Fish preparation is so important--not too overdone, not raw and they always do... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30 - US$30
Cuisine
American, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
Good for
Romantic, Bar Scene, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Sunday
08:00 - 20:30
Monday
08:00 - 20:30
Tuesday
08:00 - 20:30
Wednesday
08:00 - 20:30
Thursday
08:00 - 20:30
Friday
08:00 - 20:30
Saturday
08:00 - 20:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
    (Front)
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: +1 831-423-7427

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?