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Both June and Ed are UCSC graduates, as is their son Adam, the dining room manager. Ed started his baking career over 25 years ago in downtown Santa Cruz at the Old Theatre Cafe, where he was an apprentice baker under the tutelage of Lorenz Rothbucher. He also worked with Ron Schmidt, Al Negri, and Jean Wopplehorst, all former owners of bakeries in downtown Santa Cruz.It was a "natural" for Ed to think of moving to downtown Santa Cruz when he sold his shop in Kirkland, Washington, where the Hoffmans enjoyed 16 years of great success, providing award-winning cakes and pastries and exceptional wedding cakes.All three Hoffman children work in the business in one capacity or another. Marie has attended both UC Santa Barbara and the French Culinary Institute in New York City and has earned her wine professional's certification from the Culinary Institute of America. She hopes to become a sommelier. She creates many of Hoffman's signature desserts and wedding cakes, and is the bakery manager and marketing director. Adam's degree from UCSC is in Business Management Economics and he runs the dining room. Michelle recently finished high school and helps with marketing, office work and bussing tables.Ed supervises the bakery and June is the bookkeeper, and she oversees all aspects of the business. She also serves on the Board of Directors of the Downtown Association and the Downtown Commission. The Hoffmans bring to downtown Santa Cruz a lifetime of commitment to the bakery business and real old-fashioned family style service.

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (831) 420-0105

Fax: (831) 420-0105

Butter Nut, Espresso
Payment method
discover, amex, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
Downtown Santa Cruz, Central Santa Cruz

Hoffman's Downtown

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American Restaurants, Bakeries, Caterers, Dessert Restaurants, Delicatessens, Take Out Restaurants, Sandwich Shops, Vegetarian Restaurants, French Restaurants, Hamburgers & Hot Dogs, Ice Cream & Frozen Desserts, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Garage, Street, Validated, Lot, Private

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: Yes

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Deli, Burgers, Caterers, French, American, Healthy, European, Bakeries, Vegetarian, Continental, Sandwiches, Take Out, Hot Dogs, Dessert, Ice Cream

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: Yes

Specialties: Traditional Weddings, Spanish Weddings, Italian, Bridal Events, European, Family Weddings, Indoor Weddings

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: Yes


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Almond Crescent Pastry

I am on a hunt to find really good gluten-free pastries (when I can afford to indulge). The almond crescent I tasted at this restaurant's smaller cafe packed a punch of flavor that set it apart from the gluten-free offerings from the downtown area. The marzipan filling was baked to a chewy yet consistent texture, with the accompanying glaze on top the right mixture of subtle almond syrup and egg white encasing sliced almonds on top. A generous portion of almonds in dark chocolate ganache sealed the ends of the crescent, and the ganache did not overpower the pastry, but delicately accented the almond and marzipan.

I have tried gluten-free offerings at another popular local bakery (muffins, $2.50 each), and they were a good size, yet some flavor was lost in their translation to a gluten-free version. This almond pastry ($3.50), cost a little more, but I received a 4"" x 1/2"" portion of pastry at the quality of desserts I have tasted at only one other patisserie in Santa Cruz County: Gayle's in Capitola; and marzipan pastries available at a specialty store in Carmel.



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Horrible Experience

I went to Hoffman's because I trusted all of the reviews about how fabulous the cakes were. After a tasting I was convinced they had the best cakes in Santa Cruz (aside from the Buttery) and for a decent price (as decent a price as wedding cakes can be). I order my cake and that is when the trouble began. I explained in great detail and gave a picture of the cake I wanted (a VERY simple cake) and brought in my own personal ribbon that I wanted on the cake. When I called to check and make sure it would be delivered at the proper time, apparently no one was quite sure how I wanted the cake decorated. So I had to describe my cake again. Simple enough, though I was annoyed at the carelessness.

THEN....the cakes arrives at my wedding and it is NOTHING like what I ordered! They used some other ribbon (not the ribbon I brought in), the decorator added a bunch of icing artwork on the tiers that were supposed to have NOTHING on them, and the ribbon did not have the bows I requested but a loop (similar to the ""support the troops"" or breast cancer support magnets you see on peoples' cars)!!!!

The cake I ordered was ridiculously simple and they couldn't even get it right (I gave them an exact picture for heaven sake!) So I had my husband call them because this really upset me (the wedding cake being a focal point at a wedding and the fact that it cost me over $500). They offered us a $50 gift card for them (like we wanted to go back!) and the owner justified the added decorations on my cake because he thought the cake was plain! Yeah, well if it was his wedding we could make the cake he wanted, but it was not his decision to make!

My husband and I figured we might as well use the gift card and the dinner we got was dry, bland, and not even worth the short 2 block walk over there. I will never walk back through their doors again.



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The best Cakes

I LOVE Hoffmans, they are always so professional and have fantastic cakes. I've been ordering all my birthday cakes from them and their signature chocolate in a sheet cake is fantastic. Also, they do not even charge for air brushing pictures on them, they are so unique and beautiful. Its nice to finally have a good, reasonably priced bakery in Santa Cruz. We just had a huge Valentine's day party and everyone loved the signature chocolate cake! I've never had so many compliments and inquiries regarding a cake before!



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Amazing pastries and cakes, and wonderful meals

Whether I come in for a latte and scone or crossant, or a full breakfast, lunch or dinner, Hoffmans has the best to offer downtown Santa Cruz. Locally owned merchants with European charm and warmth, this resturaunt has it all!

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