$20 for $40 Worth of Sustainable, Seasonal Cuisine at Main Street Garden & Cafe

Santa Cruz

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In a Nutshell

  • Menu changes weekly
  • On-site organic garden
  • Locally sourced offerings
  • Garden patio seating

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Oct 3, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Reservation required; subject to availability. Dine-in only. No cash back. Tax and gratuity not included. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.

It can be tough to tell cage-fed chickens from free-range, and even tougher to discern an organic head of lettuce from a genetically engineered head of lettuce with the body of a lion. Save the time you'd spend deliberating with today's Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of seasonal, sustainable fare at Main Street Garden & Cafe in Soquel.

The menu at Main Street Garden is crafted anew each week from ingredients culled from local farm suppliers. Chef Brad Briske and his staff use only pasture-raised meats, sustainable fish, and organic produce, all complemented by a wine list spotlighting local vineyards and a sarsaparilla list spotlighting local bathtubs.

A recent shared plate placed crispy pork belly atop fennel puree and house-made sauerkraut ($9), and house-made gnocchi encased ricotta, pork ragout, braised tomato, garden greens, and grana ($12–$18). Large-plate entrees have heralded surprising preparations of line-caught California halibut with savory clams and pork belly ($23) and crispy rabbit leg ($21). The eatery's on-site, 100 percent organic garden is harvested daily, so herbs, fruits, and vegetables avoid the bitter taste well-traveled produce acquires after too much time in airport bars.


The Santa Cruz Sentinel has featured Main Street Garden & Cafe, and 14 Yelpers give the restaurant a four-star average:

  • Main Street Garden has added an innovative, highly seasonal menu to a setting that's always been one of my favorites for its elegantly homey ambiance, pretty patio and graceful garden area. – Ann Parker, Santa Cruz Sentinel
  • I really appreciate their focus on locally-sourced organic veggies and sustainably produced meat, all at a decent price. I've had a selection of their pizzas, salads, and entrees and all are delish. – crystal d., Yelp

Customer Reviews

The food and service are both fabulous!!
Taci C. · December 12, 2012
Everything was delicious. Even things I didnt expect to like. Be sure to visit the garden!
Celeste M. · September 6, 2012
One of the best meals I've ever enjoyed
Phaedren L. · January 22, 2012
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    Santa Cruz

    3101 N Main St.

    Soquel, California 95073

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