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Acai Bowls and Smoothies with Optional T-shirt at Samba Rock Acai Café (Up to 56% Off)

Central Santa Cruz

93% of 320 customers recommend

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In a Nutshell

Fresh fruit and granola top a base of blended acai berries; smoothies made from organic ingredients; Samba Rock Acai Café T-shirt

The Fine Print

Expires 120 days after purchase. Limit 1 per person. Valid only for option purchased. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

Like assets and evil snowmen, fruit are easier to deal with in liquid form. Wash down nature's nectar with this Groupon.

Choose Between Two Options

  • $5 for $10 worth of acai bowls and smoothies
  • $14 for two Groupons, each good for $10 worth of acai bowls and smoothies and a Samba Rock Acai Café T-shirt (a $12 value; a $32 total value)

Staffers blend acai with peanut butter and top it with banana, strawberry, guarana powder, and granola to create the Airton Senna bowl ($3.60+). The Amazon Bowl brings together a pineapple-blended acai base with banana, avocado, and granola ($3.65). Bowls constitute a whole meal, though all-organic smoothies sweetened with agave ($4.65+) and Brazilian Yerba Mate blends ($3.65+) wash down main courses.

Samba Rock Acai Café

When owners Vanessa and Ron Wilkerson were opening Samba Rock Acai Café, they encountered many roadblocks along the way. For instance, the city assessed there would be a $30,000 traffic-impact fee for their restaurant. So the duo improvised. They built an indoor bike parking area, reducing the fee while still providing customers a place to park their wheels. This is just one example in which Ron has defied what some might see as a career-ending set-back. In 1988, the former professional BMX Freestyle rider fell into a coma after failing to land a no-hander, no-footer trick on his bike. Though some might have given up after a life-threatening experience like that—he suffered short-term memory loss and even forgot some of the BMX tricks that he had pioneered—Ron got back on his bike. And if he hadn’t, he would never have traveled to Sao Paolo, Brazil, met Vanessa, married her, or opened Samba Rock Acai Café.

The menu at Samba Rock Acai Café pays homage to the country where the Wilkersons met and where Vanessa grew up. Blended Brazilian berries and mix-ins, such as bananas and peanut butter, make up the base for their acai bowls. They crown this base with toppings such as fresh fruit, avocado, coconut cream, and granola. Their smoothies also feature acai, as well as organic ingredients, which have never been tainted by spray tanners to look more appealing to customers. To round out their South American-inspired menu, they serve yerba mate—steeped leaves of the mate plant—with acai to sweeten each sip.

The Gist

What some people are buzzing about:


Samba Rock is one of my favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz. Their acai bowls are fantastic - fresh ingredients, and delicious acai.

Shoshana L., Yelp, 1/19/13

It was wonderful. The acai itself was very cold and had an interesting taste. The combination worked very well together.

California Travels, 6/4/10


  • “Get your frutatarian bad self on down. Ride your bike there for extra health benefits. ”

  • “great place”

  • “Busy likable place”

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    Central Santa Cruz

    291 Water Street

    Santa Cruz, California 95060


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83% of the people were positive about the Smoothie, most described it as Good.
89% of the people were positive about the Fruit, most described it as Fresh.
83% of the people were positive about the Breakfast, most described it as Healthy.
92% of the people were positive about the Staff, most described it as Friendly.
Many people described the Food as Good. Others thought:
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