Cafe Brasil – Santa Cruz, CA

One of CL’s request before she got here was to check out Santa Cruz and she could not have picked a better time to visit. Considering it was still “winter”, I was surprised at how warm and gorgeous the weather was in Santa Cruz (I was wearing tight and boots with a jacket while the locals were in shorts and tank tops!). We originally planned to have brunch at Linda’s Seabreeze but that place was packed with over a dozen people waiting in the parking lot for just a table. But I always have a backup – Cafe Brasil!

Easy to spot the bright green and yellow building.

Menu was very extensive; a good range of breakfast items, sandwiches, meat, seafood and most of the brunch items can be substituted to create a vegetarian breakfast.


We ordered:

Santa Cruz $8.25 Add Sausage $1.50

Sauteed tomatoes & mushrooms omelette topped with avocado & sour cream w sausage served with cottage fried potatoes and slices of fresh baguette

Generous omelette filled with an overwhelming amount of tomatoes, mushrooms and sausage along with a nice thick slice of avocado and sour cream. It was a tad overdone so the eggs were on the dry side but the tomatoes helped give it some moisture.

The potatoes were delicious – seasoned and cooked through before it was pan fried. All the breakfasts come with the same type of potatoes.


Eggs Benedict $9.25

Two soft poached eggs over sliced baguette and ham, topped with fresh made Hollandaise and served with cottage fried potatoes and fresh fruit

Best item of the morning and also one of the best eggs benes I have had. The eggs were poached perfectly with creamy rich yolk topped with tangy velvety hollandaise. It was one of the best hollandaise I have had! It was interesting that it is served on top of baguette instead of English muffin (which I am not a fan of). It definitely needed more ham – the ham was very thinly sliced but nicely browned and tasty.


Beef A Cavalo $8.95

Two eggs over easy on top of steak over slice of baguette topped with tomato and melted mozarellla cheese and served with cottage fried potatoes

The eggs were cooked well with runny yolk that is great over the steak and the potatoes. The steak was a tad on the tough side but then, what would one expect for $8.95. It was a good way to satisfy any meat craving during brunch.


1 Banana Pancake $3.75

Best pancake ever! It had generous slices of banana slices that become very sweet and caramelised from the griddle. The batter was airy and soft.


Side Bacon $2.95

Very crispy and borderline burnt but still tasty!



$1.95 – Best coffee I have had in a long time, it was very bold and full bodied. I was told it was Brazilian coffee.
Tea $2.95
Orange Juice (S) $3.75
Orange Juice (S) $3.75



Total Damage: $60 (including tax & tip)

Personal Rating: 3.75 (Very good)

The food was tasty and prices were reasonable. I thought the Coffee, Eggs Bene and Banana pancakes were out of this world! Definitely wouldn’t mind going back there just to have those.

Service was great – very laid back but quite efficient and even with the crowd and all – they were quite attentive.




Cafe Brasil

1410 Mission St
Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 429 1855

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