Red Restaurant and Bar
Red Restaurant and Bar

Red Restaurant and Bar

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.redrestaurantandbar.com/
  • Phone: 8314251913x
  • 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, Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Josh Harris
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Dancing, Entertainment, Farm to Table, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Smoking Area, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Cedar Street
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Red Restaurant and Bar
Relax in front of our dramatic fire place with friends, and enjoy world class food, and unique hand crafted cocktails. Red offers a variety of large, small, and shared plates made primarily with organic ingredients and inspired by many of influences. Red Restaurant and Bar is sophisticated and elegant.

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 in downtown Santa Cruz.
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Red Restaurant and Bar reviews from OpenTable diners
11 reviews since May 19, 2014
Overall Rating3.5
  • Food3.2
    Service3.7
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
83% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
vibrant bar scene (6)late-night find (4)good for groups (4)romantic (3)neighborhood gem (2)fit for foodies (2)special occasion (1)great for lunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
  • 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.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 3 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 19, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.3
    • Food3.3
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service3.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 8 reviews are from the Red Restaurant and Bar reviews archive.
  • 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.