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906 reviews
|Pizza|Santa Cruz, CA 95060

1100 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

(831) 469-4400

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Great food, lively performances, a relaxing patio -- Kianti's Pizza & Pasta Bar is a true crowd pleaser no matter what your crowd is in the mood for! Opened by two lifelong friends in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, our restaurant is the place to go for a great night with friends and family. Whether you're sharing our family style dishes or curling up around our outdoor fireplace, you'll have a wonderful time together at Kianti's. Be sure to plan a dinner with us on the weekend - you'll catch our whole staff performing a dance routine complete with music and pizza spinning tricks! Or join us weekdays from 3 to 6pm for our fabulous happy hour at Kianti's full bar while you watch the game on

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virgilsamuelson review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
virgilsamuelson on Citysearch

11 years ago

08/22/2011, 04:02 AM
Incredible Service – Our service was great and the waiter was adorable. Ambiance was romantic and definitely recommended. For the music,,,I would recommend jazz or house and the people were cool. Portions were good.
Roger Doger review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
Roger Doger on Citysearch

12 years ago

09/15/2010, 02:18 AM
Great Happy Hour and Food – Although the food is always good, Happy Hour has a great small menu that is amazing. You can get a pizza roll and a beer for under $6. Add a Happy Hour beer and you're set
Jeanine F. review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
Jeanine F. on Insider Pages

12 years ago

06/14/2010, 02:50 AM
JMF This place is one of our family favorites! Great atmosphere, although can be loud for conversation at times inside. Good menu, great food, reasonable prices. Fun to watch the pizza guys spin the dough and they will let kids play with dough as well while you wait for your meal. Outdoor seating is awesome for that one of a kind Santa Cruz people watching experience. Love this place!
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CSMobileUser2 review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
CSMobileUser2 on Citysearch

12 years ago

05/06/2010, 01:43 AM
Not the best!! – I went with family from out of town and I was embarrassed at the service (it was terrible). While the food was pretty good the service was so bad I would not be going back. There are other places with much better service AND better food. The lay-out of the resturant is also another issue that needs attention. While eating you have staff yelling orders to each other almost right through you. Very annoying to say the least!! If hey get their act together maybe I would return, and or recommend it. However I really don't see that happening. :-(
madtenant review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
madtenant on Citysearch

13 years ago

09/16/2009, 03:29 AM
Terrible place to dine – we had some friends from out of the country visiting and we took them to Kiantis.I was ashamed of the service. the waitress acted like she had better things to do than serve us, she was extremely rude and made us feel very uncomfortable. I will NEVER be going back and i do not recommend it to anyone.
GoSlugs review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
GoSlugs on Citysearch

13 years ago

02/07/2009, 00:42 AM
Perhaps some service with your food? – Kianti's is probably one of the hottest restaurants in downtown Santa Cruz. Everybody I know that's visited Santa Cruz (in the past year or so) knows of, or has eaten at, Kianti's. Being that it's so "hot", it tends to get packed on Friday and Saturday nights, especially in between the hours of 7PM-9PM. Anything under a half an hour wait on weekend nights is just crazy to hope for. The food... Is pretty much awesome. I've been many times within the past year and have loved it. The food is the only reason I really gave this place a 4 star rating. The service... not so awesome. It's often bogged down, even when the restaurant is half full (or empty depending on how you look at it). I've been on a busy Saturday night, and I've been on a fairly empty Sunday early afternoon. It doesn't matter... You ask for the check, and it comes 15 minutes later. You literally have to keep an eye on your waiter/waitress in order to get some form of prompt service. The mood... Is a little noisy and hectic. Because the area between the kitchen and the pick up counter is in between a high traffic area, you'll often find wait staff and cooks yelling back and forth for communication. This also drives the volume of the restaurant up. Kianti's is a very open and high tech place, so there's a lot of young people and a lot of families that come through. So by the time 8PM hits the restaurant is packed, you'll be begging for ear plugs. The entertainment however... was pretty good, kind of made up for the mediocre service. For those of you that have never been to Kianti's on a Friday or Saturday night, they have a sort of an impromptu show. It's pretty well choreographed actually, and there's lots of light flickering, dancing, pizza twirling, and noise to go around. It's so good it actually wants to make you stay for dessert and watch the next show.
Paris M. review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
Paris M. on Insider Pages

14 years ago

11/04/2008, 03:08 AM
GO ON FRIDAYS OR SATURDAY NIGHTS!! very cool place, obviously known for their pasta and pizza, everything is made fresh. on busy nights, typically fridays and saturdays, they do a dance, sing, and spin pizza dough and toss it in the air. the portions are large and very reasonable pricing. You have the choice to sit inside or outside as well.
dininapell review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
dininapell on Citysearch

14 years ago

09/22/2008, 02:26 AM
the best in my book – I have been going to kianti's since they opened. I have always had great service I love sitting at the bar area too and watching the big screen tv's its fun. They are totally pleasant and always have a smile whenever I have been there. The food is cooked to order so may take longer but it is so fresh -not from a freezer that has already been made. When they do the dancing it is so much fun to watch everyone gets involved even the cooks behind the counter. This is one of my favorite places, go and see and eat!
SCLA2008 review for Kiantis Pizza and Pasta Bar
SCLA2008 on Citysearch

14 years ago

07/27/2008, 04:33 AM
Head elsewhere... – I went here with my family having heard that this was a decent restaurant. I was SO disappointed. First of all, we arrive to screaming servers outside the building. Not very welcoming. We were seated by the open food station and every few minutes had to listen to one of the chefs screaming out a server's name to let them know when food was ready. Having been a server, I know checking in would suffice. As for the food, the only tolerable dish we had was the Spinach Pizza. The bruschetta appetizer was overwhelmed by the balsamic vinegar. The gorgonzola pizza was cheesy but lacked flavor (surprising given the type of cheese, I know!). The spaghetti was overcooked. If you are an Italian restaurant I think the bare minimum is the knowledge of perfectly-cooked pasta. I say these things because if you are charging $10-15 for your plates of pasta/pizza, the quality should follow suit. It did not. If you are in the mood for Italian in this price range, I would suggest Star Bene or even Cafe Mare.
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