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We'll be visiting Santa Cruz in mid April. Any suggestions for a nice place to eat? Any comments on Bittersweet Bistro, Shadowbrook? Oswalds? Others?

Also, looking for an Italian or Asian restaurant the night before the Half Marathon, nothing fancy, just something tasty!

Thanks for any ideas on local restaurants.

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  1. Shadowbrook's lounge has half-priced pizza and appetizers on Fridays between 4:00 and 6:00. It's a good deal.

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    1. re: Matt of Aptos

      Thanks for the tip! We'll try to check it out!

    2. Bittersweet - VERY expensive. Terrible service. Rude owner/managers and passable food.

      Shadowbrook - Expensive but with bargains, GREAT service, great food.

      Carusos - Expensive, GREAT service, GREAT food, owner/manager onsite.

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      1. re: MayorT

        >>> Shadowbrook - Expensive but with bargains, GREAT service, great food. <<<

        No disrespect intended, but has their been a change in the kitchen? General consensus for the past many years is go for the view, cocktails, and maybe an app or two, but dine elsewhere. Please share any details of the great dishes you found. TIA