Star Bene

21245 E Cliff Dr., Santa Cruz, CA 95062 Directions
Today 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM Closed All Hours
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82% of 411 customers recommended

About this Business

  • Cuisine
    Italian, Catering, European, Seafood, Cafe
  • Meals
  • Website
  • Price
  • Hours
    Sun-Thu 5:00 PM - 9:30 PM
    Fri-Sat 5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
  • Cuisine
    Italian, Catering, European, Seafood, Cafe
  • Meals
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  • Attire
  • Alcohol
  • Parking
  • Delivery
  • Takeout
  • Reservations
  • Catering
  • Good For Kids
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Report | a month ago
The owners were really friendly. The entrees we ordered were definitely good. The bruschetta so-so. There weren't a lot of people in the restaurant. The restaurant could definitely benefit from implementing a happy-hour to bring more folks in.
Report | a month ago
The veal was great
Report | 2 months ago
If more than 4 people in your party, best to make a reservation. Lots of parking available across the street, look for signs.
Report | 2 months ago
Good, fresh seafood. Not exceptional but good.
Report | 3 months ago
Yes I would recommend star bene - the best Italian and Argentina food we've ever had
Report | 4 months ago
Very good had a great meal
Report | 6 months ago
What a cozy, romantic, DELICIOUS place, with the family vibe but with date-night sophistication.
Report | 6 months ago
The $22.00 value covers 1 entree plus a little more, depending on what you order. Plan to spend at least another $20 with tip. Food quality and ambiance was very nice. I'll go back.
Report | 6 months ago
Great food. Great service. Great location.
Report | 7 months ago
Star Bene is a classy restaurant with very professional and welcoming service. I would recommend this restaurant to anyone looking for a romantic dinner with a significant other or just a delicious night out for some authentic Italian/Argentinian
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From Our Editors

The only Argentine-inspired restaurant in Santa Cruz, Star Bene serves ?super comfort food,? as described by Christina Walters of Metro Active. Inside the low-lit dining room, which is reminiscent of a beach cottage, servers uncork bottles of Italian, Argentine, and Californian wines to complement swirls of homemade pasta, slow-cooked meats, and diners? ever-rosier cheeks. Selected as "March Restaurant of Month" in 2014 by Santa Cruz Waves, Star Bene?s chefs use local, free-range meats and organic produce whenever available to create seafood, pastas, and meats complemented by beautifully simple sauces and fresh, stand-alone ingredients.

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Many people described the Pasta as Great.
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Many people described the Ambiance as Great.
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Many people described the Bread as Delicious.
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Many people described the Atmosphere as Great.
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Many people described the Meal as Fabulous.
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Many people described the Table as Small.
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Many people described the Service as Great. Others thought:
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Many people described the Food as Great.
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