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  • 1

    Cafe Brasil

    4.5
    20 reviews

    This restaurant has been around for a long time, and it's my and many local's favorite breakfast/brunch place. Recommended dishes are 1) "feijoada" meat/black bean stew, 2) beef a cavalo over slices of baguette with over easy egg on top, and 3) acai bowl with strawberries, banana, and granola.. Note that it's open only for breakfast and lunch. Tip: When ...

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  • 2

    The Penny Ice Creamery

    Every time I go to Santa Cruz, this is one o my favorite place to hit up for a decadent ice cream craving. They have unique flavors to everyone liking. Always friendly helpful staff. Don't be shy to sample the ice cream before getting them. It's inexpensive and very good to take your family. Give this place a whirl and ...

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  • 3

    La Bicyclette

    4.5
    13 reviews

    Cozy, hip bistro downtown - great salads and pizza.

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  • 4

    The Crow's Nest Restaurant

    4.5
    21 reviews

    Great choice of drinks, delicious food and great for families, groups and couples. Lots of seafood dishes!

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  • 5

    Carmel Belle

    5
    8 reviews

    Simply amazing. What's better to start your day in the beautiful Carmel than a lovely brunch handcrafted carefully with organic and farm fresh ingredients? Carmel Belle was recommended by every single foodie friends of mine and they were absolutely right. The food is exquisite. The formula is simple. They have a few core ingredients like poached eggs, roasted mushroom, cheese, ...

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  • 6

    Old Fisherman's Grotto

    4.5
    17 reviews

    Must try the clam chowder in the bread-bowl! Award winning for years and you will know why after you've tasted it!

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    Walnut Avenue Cafe

    Freezing my buns off waiting to be seated for brunch on a gloomy Sunday was so worth it. However, being sick the next day and coughing like a maniac was not the business. We sat at the best spot in the house with a window view of the street and panoramic view of the restaurant. This makes me happy because ...

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  • 8

    Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

    4.5
    3 reviews

    Soif mean thirst in French. An enjoyable early dinner at Soif with excellent food. The most memorable dish would have to be the halibut cooked to perfection. So moist, tender, and juicy. As for dessert, I say skipped it. All in all, really enjoyed the food but not so much the service. They were slow even when when we and ...

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  • 9

    Marianne's Ice Cream

    4.5
    21 reviews

    Triple scoop of ice cream in a waffle cone is what this little petite girl got. I have no clue how on earth I was able to devoured the ice cream after my big dinner, but I did. I had Heaven, Banana Almond Fudge, and Pumpkin which all tasted delicious. Absolutely give huge scoop of ice cream and the price ...

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  • 10

    Harbor Cafe

    SUPER GOOD FISH TACOS, EGGS BENE..EVERYTHING IS AMAZING.. GET THERE EARLY, VERY POPULAR!!!

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  • 11

    Mobo Sushi

    4
    5 reviews

    I love Sushi... and Mobo is one of my two favorites Sushi bars anywhere! A variety of fresh and exciting rolls. Good Sake. The staff is fun, friendly, and attentive.

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  • 12

    The Restaurant at Mission Ranch

    4.5
    14 reviews

    A Carmel classic for drinks, dinner or Sunday brunch.

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  • 13

    Schooners Bistro

    4.5
    10 reviews

    Friendly, polite staff and a beautiful view to start. The seabass tacos were quite delicious and the calamari was fantastic - no worries here that you're eating pig rectum that's been re-purposed as calamari (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/16/imitation-calamari-sliced-pig-rectum_n_2482063.html- this was incredibly fresh and good.

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  • 14

    Fish Hopper

    3.5
    11 reviews

    Owned by the same outfit which owns Old Fisherman's Grotto, so expect the same absolutely outstanding clam chowder. I swear they add a few bits of shrimp. My entree was the crab Alfredo pasta (penne) - I was gobsmacked by how much crab was in the dish. Unfortunately it was my downfall...it was sooo good I had to finish the ...

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  • 15

    Lucky's Roadside

    4.5
    2 reviews

    Latest venture from famous restaurateur Billy Lee, great as expected

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  • 16

    Casanova Restaurant

    4.5
    12 reviews

    A good "splurge" restaurant when staying in Carmel. Low lighting accentuates the romantic aspect. Savory and filling classic Italian cuisine. Just read parking signs carefully and watch out for meter maids, we saw one trolling around.

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  • 17

    99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall

    4
    5 reviews

    3.5 * A good place for drinking a hard to find beer. Decent burgers and sandwiches. Periodic musical events.

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  • 18

    Lillian's Italian Kitchen

    4.5
    5 reviews

    always superb! be preparted to wait, or call in advance.

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  • 19

    The Buttery Bakery Cafe

    5
    7 reviews

    THE VDERY BEST BAKERY IN SANTA CRUZ!!! EVERY SINGLE THING IS AMAZING!!!..EVEN THEIR COFFEE.

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  • 20

    Betty Burgers

    4.5
    10 reviews

    This is a great place for a great burger in Santa Cruz. They have a unique menu and no hormone/no antibiotic beef. You can get your burger on a lettuce wrap or a gluten free bun if you desire. I also love the fries here - thin and crispy. I haven't tried the shakes, but they look delicious and it's ...

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