Red Restaurant and Bar
Red Restaurant and Bar

Red Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.redrestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: (831) 425-1913
  • Hours of Operation:


    Lunch: Daily 3:00pm-5:00pm

    Dinner: Daily 5:00pm-10:00pm

    Late Night: Daily till 1am
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Bar / Lounge / Bottle Service, Californian, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Herb Kettelson
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Entertainment: Live entertainment every night
  • Special Events: A wide range of special events are available at Red Restaurant and Bar. From small business meetings and large birthday parties to rehearsal dinners and elegant wedding receptions, you’ll find this to be the ideal location for your very special event. A space like no other in the famous Santa Cruz Hotel building which dates back over 100 years.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedar Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Red Restaurant and Bar
Relax in front of our dramatic fire place, or lounge amongst the couches and enjoy elegantly casual food and unique hand-crafted cocktails. Red offers a variety of large, small, and shared plates focusing on local, seasonal and organic ingredients. Combined with 30 beers on draft, over 60 whiskey options and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, Red Restaurant and Bar has something for everyone.

Open for Happy hour, fine dining and late night dining. Red is located upstairs in the historic Santa Cruz Hotel at the corner of Cedar and Locust streets in downtown Santa Cruz.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerLate Night Find
Red Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
30 reviews since August 1, 2014
Overall Rating3.7
  • Food3.8
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance3.7
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (15)late-night find (11)fit for foodies (11)good for groups (9)romantic (9)neighborhood gem (6)hot spot (5)special occasion (5)scenic view (2)great for lunch (1)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Dark yet Romantic Atmosphere
    Sandy
    Dined on 11/17/2014
    Dark and romantic with comfy couches and a fireplace separating the "loungey" bar area with the restaurant tables. Food was very tasty. Service was good and the beer list was appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Location for a Romantic Dinner
    Dennis
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    Our last visit to the Red Restaurant and Bar was our third time for this restaurant. My girlfriend and I have previously met their for drinks and hors d'oeuvres on one occasion and for dinner on one other occasion. We enjoy the comfy couches and seats in the bar area as well as the good selection of hors d'oeuvres. I like that the dining area is separated from the bar lounge by a short wall and fireplace. The dining area is smaller than the lounge but still affords enough space between other tables to provide private conversation. My only negative comment would be the lack of sufficient reading light in the dining area. I am now at a age where I require reading glasses and any additional light is a benefit when reading a menu. The dim lit dining area is romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Repetitively Slow Service
    AsianGlow
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    Third time dining at the Red. It takes over 30 minutes to get salads as appetizers, over an hour for entrees, and add another 30 minutes for the desserts to arrive after the main course is taken away. The water refills are few and far between.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Pretty good, but needs some help
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 11/4/2014
    Started off very slow.We ordered and about 10 minutes later the server looked like he was bringing us our 1st course.Nope, that was for the table next to us.It took 30minutes to get our first course which was 1 soup and 1 salad.It took 15 minutes to get a glass of wine that we ordered with our food and the place wasn't crowded.After about 20 minutes I asked if we could get some bread as we hadn't receeved our first course.The bread was amazing and I don't think they normally bring it out to the tables. White wine was room temp not chilled. Salad was good, but only 3 strips of grilled pears and the dressing had too much lemon.Chicken was very good and fish was good, a bit salty. Server was friendly,very low red light.2nd half better than 1st
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant week
    Peter
    Dined on 10/29/2014
    4 of us went for a restaurant week dinner. The squash soup option was lacking in flavor but other than that everything was OK.
    Special Features:
    romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • surprisingly good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    This restaurant has a somewhat odd appearance with a very low light level and a retro look. But the food was dynamite and our waitress, despite being very busy, was very personable and attentive. I'm still not sure about the dim light but I will be back. Maybe I'll bring a flashlight.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food was delicious
    DFullerton
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    The food was delicous. The ambiance is a little dark for our taste and it is a little too loud in there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Food good, ambiance not so good
    FunTimes
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Service at Red was excellent!! Some of the food was also excellent! The BBQ ribs were dry, arugula salad excellent, dessert excellent. Excellent beer options. As for ambiance the restaurant is too dark, the tables and menus feel grimey.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • I'll keep coming for the bar scene.
    Sugar8Spice
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've been coming to Red's for the unique ambience, the creative drinks and more than decent draft beer selection. I got a Groupon for a pit fixe dinner for two, and looked forward to trying out the restaurant part of the establishment. Red's had made a special Groupon menu, which would have been a great idea if they had used it to show off some great dishes. They didn't. The bisque seemed more like a puree; the salad had no taste and poorly prepared ingredients; the Brussel sprout&gigantes orrechieti pasta had a tasty sauce, but chickpeas instead of the promised gigantes, cold hard garlic chips and a few burnt Brussels sprouts leaves on top. Butterscotch pot had no taste, and raspberry sorbet was tangy and grainy. Together, they worked.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Restaurant & Bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/25/2014
    Food was good, servers were very nice, but food took a very long time to arrive. Smokers from the business downstairs stood under our window, which we could not close, and smoked reeked throughout our meal. We thought the bar would be the only thing we would frequent again. But the intense 70's rock music was loud and just did not fit the atmosphere. Not sure what atmosphere the dark dingy decor was trying to target. A good try at some eclectic style that just did not quite hit the mark.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Groupon Fixed Menu experience
    loomzoom
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    We had been to Red years ago and wanted to try again. We know it is very busy on weekends so we went for the Sun-Thurs groupon deal. Four of us went and everyone enjoyed their meal. we only had one adder for a 6'3" heavy eater, everyone else was satisfied! We enjoyed the meal enough to brave the regular crowd on the weekends as well.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Disappointed Groupon Customer
    Ontheroad2014
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    We went to this resturant with a groupon. We were not offered the regular menu, just one that had mediocre offering especially for groupon users. This did not provide the benefit of a groupon nor was the food remarkable.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Wonderful Dinner
    bpsmith
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Used a Groupon to experience this establishment for the first time and had an excellent dining experience. The setting is very old-school loungish with red velvet drapery, dark wood, and stained glass windows everywhere. The majority of the second-floor establishment is bar area with comfy couches everywhere, and there are maybe a dozen dining tables off to one end of the well-lit floor. We enjoyed all the options on the prix fixe menu, and even ordered a couple regular appetizers as well. Cocktails are amazing, with herb-infused liquors and plenty of house specialties. Music was right for the establishment: swanky and chill. Hostess, bartender, and waiter interactions were pleasant. Will definitely return when in the area again!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Interesting Find
    1potato2
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    On the second floor of a historical building in downtown Santa Cruz, this restaurant/bar was not on our radar until we saw the Groupon for the prix fixe dinner. Service was excellent, always there when needed but not hovering, and perfectly paced for a leisurely dinner. We were able to relax and enjoy our view with an open window looking down on a busy downtown corner. At 5 pm on a Weds., there were few other customers and quiet background music was playing. Food was beautifully presented. In spite of some unevenness (some dishes were great, others were not impressive), we both felt this was an enjoyable experience, a unique atmosphere and a great value with the Groupon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Service, Ambience at Red
    food4life
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    The food was great, the setting magnificent, and the service the best of all. Try it out on a weekday when less crowded. I think you'll enjoy!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since August 1, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food4.1
    • Ambiance4
    • Service3.9
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 12 reviews are from the Red Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • Surprisingly good
    TuesdayNiteOut
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    Our group of 6 were there on comedy night, the service was friendly and prompt.. The beer selection has something for every taste.. The appetizers were creative, we had the brussel spout chips and house marinated olives, witch were served warm an great idea.. The Duck Cobb was nicely done, a little on the small side but with the cheesy beer soup was enough for me (I'm 6" 3" 225) The lighting is quite low and should be increased as the sun goes down... One of our guest recommended bringing a lantern next time... But as a group everybody had a great time... we kind of wish the curtain didn't have to be closed... Maybe the "stage" could be set up on the outside wall and the curtain left open for a change-up?? Our group will be back... thanks
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Red Restaurant's positive menu chg
    snewwithyouVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Red Restaurant has a new chef who's revamped the menu for the positive. The cocktails continue to delight, and the wine selection offers fine accompaniments to the new menu items. I enjoyed the cured salmon appetizer as an entrée and was completely satisfied. Another in our party had the steak special, hanger steak, and left nothing on his plate. The broiled strawberries shortcake was surprisingly yummy, and the crème brulée pleased me greatly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • SFDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    potato cheese soup was luke warm; waiter was notified and did nothing to correct it. what was supposed to be cauliflower hash was small pieces of refrigerator tasting florets.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Quirky hot spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    It's a short way off the beaten path, but an easy walk to downtown shops. They were not quite ready to unveil their full menu so we had a limited selection. However, what we did have was very good. Market Steak was awesome. And the cornish game hen was also outstanding. Us girls split a flatbread and buffalo style chicken legs and we all thought they were excellent also. Our server was in a great mood, efficient and informative.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We visit Santa Cruz regularly
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We visit Santa Cruz regularly because our daughter goes to UCSC. We love the food, ambiance & cocktails. Highly recommended., one of our favorite spots. Well done Red!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, kid-friendly, romantic
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Definitely a bar serving food.
    Jmhsc
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    Wanted a convenient meal with a group of friends for New Years. Made a reservation and we were sat 45 mins late. The service remained poor and most of the dishes were mediocre. The anti-pasta had to be the biggest joke of everything we ordered. A bird could have gone out and gathered a better snack for us.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I booked this for a small
    Gumbi831
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    I booked this for a small gathering on New Years eve before checking the reviews, after checking I was worried as many were saying the service was slow and that the food was sometimes not available. I am pleased to report that we had good service and the food was excellent. Not being in a hurry and wanting to linger to stay for NYE festivities, it actually worked out great! The entire theme is very RED with all the lighting. The lounge area looked really cool with the comfy couches and all, but we were happy staying at our table and having a place to hang once it got crowded. Looking forward to a return trip to just hang at the bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Unique Gem
    Tayfont15VIP
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    Wow I just had dinner at Red and what a pleasant surprise. This place used to have a reputation as a college bar but.whatever they have done in the past 6 months has changed the entire vibe and quality of the place. A once spotty place to dine is now on the culinary front. Service is on par with any top resturuant on the central coast and the food is delectable. I recommend this place to locals and new diners alike. It was very clear management has taken control of the staff and the staff has risen to the challenge. Thank you Red for an amazing experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A thoroughly enjoyable experience
    truenorth
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    We're from Maine and were recently traveling the central coast of California on a vacation. We spent one night in Santa Cruz and, based on online reviews, we had dinner at Red Restaurant and Bar. We had a great experience. The decor and atmosphere is cozy and fun. The food, made from fresh ingredients, was excellent. And, as importantly, there was a great selection of craft beers on tap. The ambience, food, and beverages made for an absolutely winning combination!
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • must try!
    Tayfont15VIP
    Dined on 9/13/2013
    If your in Santa Cruz the Red is a must for any beer lover. They have 30 beers on draft. Great menu, open late and have one of the best atmospheres I have ever experienced. Highly recommend to anyone. The chef is on point with a fresh menu and very reasonable prices. Live music all week, something for everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Top Spot in Santa Cruz!
    Tayfont15VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2013
    Food: excellent menu. Brilliant chef. Atmosphere: unique vibe nothing like it. Staff: professional helpful and on point. Great place for large parties and weddings. I highly recommend this place and will return. Recommend the beer list
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, romantic, scenic view, late-night find, notable wine list, hot spot, special occasion, kid-friendly
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • up beat
    ridehard955
    Dined on 6/7/2013
    The place is up beat can be a little loud at times, food is good large variety of drinks, wait staff is friendly.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.