The duck breast was great. My husband's BBQ venison was fabulous. Loved that there were beautiful veggies on the plate, too. Delicious wild zin wine
Thanks for a beautiful anniversary dinner, and for the gratis anniversary dessert.
We always get great food at Cafe Sparrow, and usually it’s reasonably quiet. This time it was really loud. It’s hard to predict the noise level. You might sometimes get a loud table near you and it is what it is
I have eaten at Cafe Sparrow a number of times, always very good, but this was by far the best. I ordered the surf and turf, which might not be thought of as a particularly strong element in French cuisine. But, somehow, it was French! The cooking, the tastes, the sauces, superb. Keep rolling!
I had the Seafood Capellini and the Prawns and Scallops were very small. Also, the prices on Café Sparrow's website are significantly less than the prices in the restaurant.
I really want to like Cafe Sparrow. I've been there several times to offer my adult-age children a treat. The ambience and service is excellent. The food has been consistently poor and tasteless. Cafe Sparrow really needs a new chef.
Loved it! Thank you,
On a busy first Saturday night of the new year, Cafe Sparrow was warm and inviting. There were lots of yummy items to choose from and the food was well prepared, although sometimes a bit overthought. All in all, a pleasant evening.
Love that Cafe Sparrow is consistently good! Love the prix fixe menu
It is hard to choose an occasion to come here. It fits just about anything you need. This is my favorite place when I am in the area. My lunch was great, well there was three of us and we all had a great meal, service and experience. You must try this place you will not regret it. I think they have been there for at least 39 years. I came here for the first time when I was 19 and I am now 53. Just try it you will be hooked.
Their staff are always open to special diet needs, and their menu is always delicious.
Excellent dinner. My friend and I split the two lobster tails. I think, especially for the price (50$)! That they should have added more sides. And even the lobster tails were smaller than they advertised on the menu. Two tiny potatoes and a couple of brussel sprouts? C'mon, y'all... Would a few more potatoes and sprouts have cost you more than a dollar? It's my usual complaint with this restaurant. Great food and service but overpriced and stingy. It's why I don't eat here more. ☹️
A wonderful way to start off the new year! Delicious food, great service and a warm ambiance.
My wife and I eat at Cafe Sparrow on a regular basis. Breakfast and lunches tend to be a little heavy, but very good. Make reservations; especially for dinner. The restaurant is a eclectic and tight on space. It is our favorite local fine dining place.
The waitress was very helpful in identifying gluten free options and attentive to our care. Each dish was very flavorful and we were very happy with everything. My husband thought the decor was a little odd and made the place seem unbalanced from the high quality and price of the food- the atmosphere does communicate a bit more of a diner feel vs a romantic or upscale restaurant. Probably not a problem if coming for brunch, but we were celebrating New Years Eve and our 10 year wedding anniversary. So the atmosphere didn’t feel like it quite matched the occasion. So I agreed with him, but I wasn’t really bothered by it.
I loved that they had mini versions of many desserts. The mini pot de creme was the perfect size when taking into account the richness of it and that I had already finished a very full and satisfying meal.
Overall I was super pleased, and I am happy to have found such a delicious place close to our new home. I definitely plan to return.
Awesome menu with plenty of variety to satisfy any group. Best value you'll find anywhere. One of the best restaurants in the bay area.
Great place for a quaint, quite and romantic dinner....
This is the best restaurant around!!
Excellent service! Excellent food! Amazing! If you like French food that is the best place in the area for it!
I’ve never had a bad meal here. The food is always outstanding
This is our go-to restaurant for special occasions. The food is excellent, and the staff is very friendly and helpful.
Excellent food and service. I can’t wait to go back. Loved everything about it.
Ambiance was great. Spacious seating with impeccable service. A variety of menu options and the food I ordered was amazingly delicious
Cozy, intimate and warm setting with outstanding food. We enjoyed a special holiday dinner. Great wine list, lots of seafood and beef options. Staff was knowledgeable and welcoming. Thank you!
I come often. Always great !
Great. Our favorite restaurant in this area.
Had an excellent meal and our server was so pleasant and sweet! We will definitely be back!
Great neighborhood bistro, consistently a warm, friendly, tasteful evening.
I am still thinking about the fabulous cuisine at Cafe Sparrow.......it is a little more expensive than I can afford, except for special occasions. Every bite of my choice was absolutely delicious. The restaurant is quaint, with lovely decor
The staff was friendly and very attentive.
A delightful evening was had at Cafe Sparrow!
I have enjoyed taking friends there for over 30 years. They have n eclectic menu some can be ordered vegetarian. Outstanding friendly service by everyone. Be sure to order desserts early as they run out of some choices.
Everything was great just felt the special (scallops, prawns, salmon and linguine) was a bit too salty. I prefer to set my own salt level and this had too much at serving.
Love to go have dinner with my wife a couple of times a year. Monday's are especially a good deal since wine is 1/2 off. Great value for sure.
Are Sparrow-keep up the great job serving Aptos!
Nice place. It’s noisy and difficult for conversation though when full. Meal was great, maybe a little overpriced, but I didn’t feel cheated.
Would be nice to have steak knives for the beef and calamari steaks.
And perhaps larger water glasses. They seemed like they were pretty small and the waitstaff was constantly refilling mine.
Overall though, a nice restaurant
Just top quality from when you enter the door till when you leave.
Exceptional food from a gifted chef... Service also great, if not quite up to the high standard set by the food itself. Easily our favorite restaurant in the area.
The food was great and I always like how quirky and fun Cafe Sparrow is
I love cafe Sparrow. It’s a wonderful little cafe that has great food and service. Will continue to return. A very special place.
It's one thing for a joint to be your "go to" place for special occasions.
It's another thing entirely to *stay* as the "go to" place year after year.
It might be easy to write off the excellent service - they know us here by now, and it was my husbands birthday -- but everyone else got the same excellent service from warm, unpretentious staff.
It might be easy to blow off the relaxed ambiance -- but try some of the other restaurants that operate at this level and see if they manage to create an intimate setting that feels relaxed, and by being contiguous with the kitchen, you know that it's not a back room somewhere making your meal anonymously.
Lastly, you could *try* to disregard the food - but you can't. It's an exceptional menu (scallops, duck, lamb, venison (omg try the venison) round out the menu that does exceptional things with beef, chicken, and pork. The top-notch meat, fish, and produce is showcased with elegant but approachable dishes.
We had scallops, beef, and duck. I NEVER order duck - the duck I've had in the past was fatty, gamey, and just not pleasant. But I know what Sparrow does with venison (which can be stringy and gamey), so I put my trust in the kitchen -- and was handsomely rewarded. Yes, order the venison, but omg someone at your table needs to get the duck.
This was paired with an exceptional wine list, and dinner - appetizers, wine, and main course, rang in at a very reasonable price tag.
If you're from Santa Cruz, you know about Sparrow... if you haven't been there in a while, it's time for a refresher. If you're from somewhere else and you're looking for a place
that will make you feel special without making you feel out of place,
that will serve you authentic cuisine without making a fuss
... come and experience the finest restaurant in the area.
Love this place. Easy, casual, great food...we had an amazing dinner here last evening and have enjoyed their weekend Brunch a year or so ago. EXCELLENT! All the way around, food, service, menus, wine list (cool reasonable vineyards like Jamison Aranch in Napa...
Disappointed in the dinner. The sole had way too much “stuff” piled on it. Wondered if trying to cover up freshness. Also had petite filet. Cooked as requested, medium well, but outside of meat was quite burned and rather bitter as a result. Sparrow salad was great. Dessert was good as well.
We love this restaurant and visit regularly. The food is consistently good and always delicious. The staff are engaging and personable. It is quieter early in the evening. I wish this establishment well.
Great all around restaurant. Service was fantastic. Food was amazing. Highly recommend