The River Café was established in 2004 as a small cheese-shop that offered quality food products. To this day, our menu is made from scratch using 100% organic and locally sourced produce. We strive to celebrate the abundance and local bounty of the Central California. As the Cafe evolved through the years, our beautifully crafted home cooking has won the hearts of our patrons. Using the best ingredients from the organic marketplace allows us to bring honest clean food to your plate in a healthy and vibrant way. In 2016, we expanded our offering to include Cold-pressed Juice, Smoothies, and Acai Bowls.
The River Café offers wholesome Breakfast and Lunch Menu inspired by the seasons. We always promote the use of organic and local ingredients in all of our products. Our mission is to support the abundance of the central California coast and advocate for the sustainable food movement.Woven deeply into this mission is our commitment to the local economies and small businesses in this country. Sourcing as locally as possible ensures that our customers are doing so as well, thus strengthening the small business economy of Santa Cruz County and beyond. Making big changes in financial systems truly come down to how each of us decides to spend our dollars, so we provide a platform for that evolution.
The staff at River Café is dedicated to serving you. We try our best to accommodate each and every need. Ranging from students to professionals in the hospitality field, our staff is here to provide you with the best dining experience possible.Claire Palazzo, owner of the café, has worked here since 2006, when she was hired as a prep cook. Having grown up in family restaurants, Claire is passionate about the service she provides to the community at large and inspired by the changes that she sees occurring in the food industry since the time of her childhood. She believes that everyone deserves clean healthy food and is determined to provide that to everyone who walks through here doors.
Please come visit our café and allow us to serve you!