River Cafe

Cafe
415 River St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 415 River St, Santa Cruz Directions
Today 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM Closed All Hours
+18314201280
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83% of 864 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Coffee, Tea, Organic, Californian
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
  • Price
    $15-$30
  • Hours
    Sun
    Closed
    Mon-Sat
    6:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Cafe, Coffee, Tea, Organic, Californian
  • Meals
    Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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  • Delivery
    No
  • Catering
    Yes
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Report | a month ago
I would recommend River Cafe to someone who is not in a hurry and who is ready to go with the flow and open to being surprised. The person taking orders at the register was in no hurry in spite of the line forming. After ordering our Panini combos, we sat down and waited 10-15 min. Finally someone from the kitchen called our name, but it was only to tell us that there was no avocado for my husband's avocado/chicken/bacon panino. He agreed to have lettuce instead. After another five or ten minutes, she came back to say there was no chicken. He agreed to substitute sausage. Five or ten minutes later she brought our order out and told us they had found some chicken after all! However, I noticed the kraut was inexplicably missing from my sausage/kraut/swiss panino, having morphed into lettuce. The sandwiches were fine and the sides were very interesting--what I thought was a green pasta salad turned out to be made out of crisp strings of zucchini rather than spaghetti and the flavoring was refreshingly different. My husband had a side of vibrantly green, crunchy raw snow pea salad. It was a meal full of surprises. But again, you have to be willing to be flexible in your expectations.
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Report | 2 months ago
Amazing and delicious. Very fresh
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Report | 3 months ago
It was really really delicious. My kids loved it. We went on Sunday when they're was a jazz quartet that was lovely. The whole experience was very nice
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Report | 4 months ago
Bathroom is very far away. Small dining area and mostly outside. Food was good and organic.
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Report | 4 months ago
Go there :)
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Report | 4 months ago
Plan to sit out of doors, as there is not so much room inside. Prices are moderate (around $9 or $10 for a panini) and portions are a good size. The lunch options are all interesting!
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Report | 4 months ago
Great healthy food, not fast. But that's okay!
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Report | 5 months ago
The food is excellent!
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Report | 5 months ago
Good high Quality fresh food, prefect poach eggs! Bravo!
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Report | 5 months ago
Pretty small area to eat, however there is outside eating available.
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From Our Editors

Specializing in organic and locally sourced products, River Cafe's family-oriented bistro hosts a varied menu of healthy options to please the palate. Feel free to ease appetites during breakfast and lunch hours with handheld edibles such as Rosie's grilled-chicken panini ($11.25), or mouth-dunk your face into the popular barbecued pulled-pork sandwich, served with cabbage slaw and drizzled with the caf?'s signature Bone Sucking sauce ($11.50). Unlike franchised child lemonade stands, the caf?'s menu changes daily and depends on the advice of local farmers for seasonal ingredients; daily specials can include tuna melts, snapper tartin, and lamb. Feel free to head to the outdoor patio, where the friendly servers also dish out artisanal coffees and teas, local beer, wine, and on-tap kombucha, as well as organic confections such as seasonal fruit crisps and lavender butter cookies.

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Many people described the Breakfast Burrito as Delicious.
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Many people described the Sausage as Small. Others thought:
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Many people described the Cheese as Soft.
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Many people described the Sandwich as Delicious.
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Many people described the Salad as Large.
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Many people described the Lunch as Tasty.
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Many people described the Atmosphere as Calm. Others thought:
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  • Casual