Star Bene is a unique family owned and operated restaurant gem found in the Live Oak neighborhood of Santa Cruz, known for itís surfing community. Star Bene first opened in 1998, but it wasnít until 2007 current owner Sergio and his family took over the restaurant. Open for dinner only, come and relax in the warm and welcoming atmosphere of Star Bene. Alongside Sergio, his wife and partner Julieta and their son Lorenzo help with operations. Lorenzo can also be seen on the piano and maybe featuring tunes by Frank Sinatra. Star Bene is the only restaurant in the area that features Italian cuisine with an Argentinian fusion. Everything on the menu is homemade, including the bread and varieties of pastas. Sergio recommends their fabulous empanadas filled with either chicken or beef, a staple in Argentina dining. If you are in the mood for steak, a must-try entree is the steak, grilled and topped with Chimichurri sauce. Or, try the Beef Milanese, an Italian dish with a unique Argentinian flare. You canít go wrong ordering from the Star Bene menu. There is a perfect dish for every diner.Star Bene features a happy hour with half priced appetizers and great prices on beers and wine. There are local and craft Beers on tap along with a great wine list filled with Malbec and Chardonnay options from Argentina. If you are in Santa Cruz and looking for an award-winning dinner experience, look no further than Star Bene.
1245 E Cliff Dr
Santa Cruz, CA 95062