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2 - 1245 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz


Reviews for Star Bene

We ordered a fettuccine diavola for takeout, which is listed on the menu as having oyster mushrooms, tiger prawns, and baby shrimp. When we opened it to eat it we found grocery store shrimp, button mushrooms, and a sad tomato sauce. My partner called back to discuss the ingredients with the chef and to see if there was a mistake, and the chef cussed at him and told him to "show some compassion bro" countless times because they didn't have the regular ingredients. We then full review

We've been meaning to check this place out for a while and when we finally did- we were not disappointed! I had the penne pasta with the vodka cream sauce and salmon, and it was so delicious. You can tell the sauce is authentic and homemade. The place is super quaint and welcoming with a hole-in-the-wall feel that still has an air of feeling nice. I will definitely be coming back!

We were a party of five. Everyone loved their food choices, even my gourmet-cook sister. We could actually all hear each other without raising our voices, a rarity these days. The waitress was friendly but not unctuous or buddy-buddy. She checked in periodically but was not intrusive. The meal was more reasonably priced than at our other favorite places. We will be going back soon!

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