(Click on the map icons to know the Address, Contact No. & Rating of a Restaurant.) Santa Cruz has established itself as a beach resort community. It is frequented by visitors and offers an amazing culinary experience to visitors. If you are wondering where to eat in Santa Cruz, then have a look at these Santa Cruz restaurants reviews provided by bon vivants who visited these restaurants. You may also share your experiences by leaving comments.

48 Santa Cruz Restaurants Reviews

El Palomar Restaurant Santa Cruz

El Palomar Restaurant

1336 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA.
Rating – 3/5
USP – The food connection between California and Mexico.
Yolo Santa Cruz Restaurant review

Yolo Restaurant

503 Water Street, Santa Cruz, CA.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Affordable American food exalted
Chocolate Restaurant Santa Cruz

Chocolate Restaurant

1522 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA.
Rating – 4/5
USP – For lovers of strong flavors and chocolate
Gabriella Café at Santa Cruz CA Review

Gabriella Cafe

910 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz CA 95060.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Beef salad, pork shoulder and a classic French meal
Louie’s Cajun Kitchen Restaurant Santa Cruz

Louie’s Cajun Kitchen and Bourbon Bar

110 Church Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Rating – 3/5
USP – hushpuppies, Oyster Rockfeller and Jambalaya- let the good times roll
Restaurant Review Shadowbrook in Capitola Santa Cruz

Shadowbrook Capitola

1750 Wharf Road, Capitola-by-the Sea, California 95010.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Expensive, stylish and one of Santa Cruz’s best
Restaurant Review Solaire at Santa Cruz CA

Solaire

611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 2/5
USP – Steak and Blue berry bread pudding- simple cooking at its best
Lilian’s Italian Kitchen Restaurant Santa Cruz

Lillian’s Italian Kitchen

1116 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Caprese salad and Sunday gravy- good old school Italian
Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant Santa Cruz

Soif Wine Bar & Restaurant

105 Walnut Avenue, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 4/5
USP -Red wine and duck leg confit- and a long queue to savor this delight
Restaurant Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar  Santa Cruz

Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar

2621 41st Ave, Soquel, CA 95073.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Excellent service and average food
Paradise Beach Grill Capitola Santa Cruz Restaurant

Paradise Beach Grille

215 Esplanade, Capitola, CA 95010.
Rating – 1/5
USP – Overpriced. Great location though.
Johnny’s Harborside Santa Cruz Restaurants

Johnny’s Harborside Restaurant

493 Lake Ave Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Rating – 3/5
USP – crab cakes, tunas, beer and a window by the sea
Laili Restaurant in Santa Cruz

Laili Restaurant

101B Cooper Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060
Rating – 5/5
USP – Silk Road Salad, Silk Road Plate, Beef Koubideh Kabob- perfect middle eastern food with a western touch
El Palomar Santa Cruz

El Palomar

2222 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95062
Rating – 3/5
USP – Classic location, friendly service and nourishing Mexican food
Akira Santa Cruz Restaurant

Akira

1222 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Rating – 2/5
USP – Casual, busy, modern, loud- superb tuna rolls.
Stagnora Restaurant in Santa Cruz

Stagnaro’s

59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 1/5
USP – Great ambiance, average seafood
515 Kitchen and Cocktails Santa Cruz

515 Kitchen and Cocktails

515 Cedar Street, Santa Cruz, CA.
Rating – 3/5
USP – terrific mussells, buttery bavette steak- and the comfort of a living room
Crepe Place Santa Cruz Restaurant

The Crepe Place

1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Grab one of twenty crepes, and just relax
Restaurant Review : I Love Sushi, Santa Cruz

I Love Sushi

516 Front Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 2/5
USP – Try the rolls, enjoy the fun
Restaurant - The Point Chophouse, Santa Cruz

The Point Chophouse

3326 Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Great steak, calamari and garlic fries
Bella Roma, Capitola Santa Cruz

Bella Roma

316 Capitola Ave Capitola CA 95010.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Ravioli al Pesto- simple tasteful Italian
Restaurant Oyunaa’s in Santa Cruz

Oyunaa’s

1209 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, California 95062.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Slurp down a big bowl of Borscht in this Mongolian jewel.
 Café Rio, Aptos, Restaurants in Santa Cruz

Cafe Rio

131 Esplanade Aptos, CA 95003.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Grab a gin and tonic, and then some more.
Bantan Restaurant Santa Cruz

Bantam

1010 Fair Avenue, Suite J, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 5/5
USP – Incredible coffee and pork rillettes, actually incredible everything.
Restaurant Review: Café Sparrow, Santa Cruz

Café Sparrow

8042 Soquel Drive, Aptos, California.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Top notch French meal in a wild west setting.
Bittersweet Bistro, Aptos Restaurants in Santa Cruz

 Bittersweet Bistro

787 Rio Del Mar Boulevard, Aptos, California.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Carpaccio and Linguini Puttanesca- makes you feel alive again
The Red Pearl, Boulder Creek Restaurant Review

The Red Pearl

13151 Highway 9, Boulder Creek, California.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Crab Rangoon, deep, fried prawns, fried rice, cheap, classical, Chinese
Restaurant Review : Oswald, Santa Cruz

Oswald

121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Enter the fortress of serious eating- abalone, coffee and brisket
Suda, Santa Cruz Restaurant

Suda

Portola Drive, Santa Cruz, CA.
Rating – 4/5
USP –  Tuna, steak, fish tacos. Beer and an excellent set of servers.
The Tyrolean Inn, Ben Lomond Santa Cruz

Tyrolean Inn

9600 Highway 9, Ben Lomond , CA 95005.
Rating – 5/5
USP – Tyrolean Schmeckerplatte , world class beer and enormous portions
Review of Hula’s Island Grill at Santa Cruz, California

Hula’s Island Grill

221 Cathcart Street, Santa Cruz, California, 95060.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Hawaiian surfing shrine- and lots of fish
Review of Malabar Restaurant at Santa Cruz

Malabar

514 Front Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Cuisine mix from Asia, China, Vietnam
La Posta Restaurant Review Santa Cruz

La Posta

538 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 4/5
USP – rich, complex original food- superb salads
Stockton Beach Grille Santa Cruz Restaurant

Stockton Bridge Grille

231 Esplanade, Capitola, California 95010.
Rating – 3/5
USP -Southwest Chicken Penne, peanut chicken salad, cheesecake- a good meal at an affordable price
Assembly Restaurant Santa Cruz

Assembly Restaurant

1108 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 5/5
USP – meat snack, salads, West Coast Burger- splendidly ‘assembled’ dishes
Entrance of The Crow’s Nest at Santa Cruz

The Crow’s Nest

2218 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95062.
Rating – 3/5
USP – Nova Scotia Sea Scallops, prawn salad, and salmon-at the big fun party place
Review of West End Tap & Kitchen at Santa Cruz, California

West End Tap and Kitchen

334D Ingalls Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Charcuterie platter, Asparagus Primavera and chocolate tart- simple dishes with best ingredients
Review of Caruso’s Restaurant at Santa Cruz

Caruso’s

115 San Jose Ave, Capitola, California 95010.
Rating – 5/5
USP – intimate amazing Italian dinner- plus mini classes on cookery
Review of Kabul Palace at Santa Cruz, California

Kabul Palace

810 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 4/5
USP – aushak, naan bread, lamb korma challow- one of the best places to have Afghan food
Review of Lago di como restaurant in Santa Cruz, California

Lago di Como

21490 East Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95062.
Rating – 2/5
USP – chicken scaloppine, squid ink linguine with mussels- fast reasonable dinner
Review of Palapas restaurant in Aptos, California

Palapas

21 Seascape Boulevard, Aptos, California 95003.
Rating – 4/5
USP – great Mexican food- Calamari Empanizado with wonderful ceviche.
Review of Aquarius Restaurant at Santa Cruz

Aquarius

175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 5/5
USP – sword fish, hangar steak, fruit cobbler- with a generous view of the sea.
Center Street Grill, Santa Cruz - Restaurant Review

Center Street Grill

1001 Mission Street, Santa Cruz, CA.
Rating – 3/5
USP – chicken Piccata, skirt steak, bread pudding- well done classic American.
Review of Hollins House in Santa Cruz, California

Hollins House

20 Clubhouse Rd, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 3/5
USP – mushroom galette, ribeye steak, and excellent dessert- elegant and flavorful.
Review of Pearl of the Ocean restaurant

Pearl of the Ocean

736 Water Street, Santa Cruz, California 95060.
Rating – 5/5
USP – great food and passionate chef- a very personal experience
Review of Ideal Bar and Grill, Santa Cruz Restaurant

Ideal Bar and Grill

106 Beach Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 3/5
USP – artichoke bruschetta, blackened mahi mahi, chicken Parmesan- great food, fantastic service.
Tortilla Flats (Soquel) - Restaurant Review

Tortilla Flats

4616 Soquel Drive, Soquel, CA 95073
Rating – 5/5
USP – nice, cozy little Mexican place with great food, good service, and a real, welcoming, warm personality.
Café Mare Review

Café Mare

740 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.
Rating – 4/5
USP – Terrific Food. Café Mare is a hidden gem in Santa Cruz.
Pacific Thai Restaurant Review

Pacific Thai

1319 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Rating – 3/5
USP – Small, family-run and clearly local
Published On: Tuesday, November 12th, 2013