Calamari was not crispy enough,
Calamari was not crispy enough, however, when mentioned at the meal end, cost for same deleted from our bill. Great service, both by dining crew and by house policy
3/9/2013 4:00:00 PM
Nice job Acquarius
The service and food was one of the best we have experienced in the 8 years we have lived in Santa Cruz. This was our second visit, so I know it wasn't a fluke. Last time was great too.
Our server was of the ilk of "professional waitor", and was personable as well. The bartender knew what they were doing too!
Every staff member acknowledged us and smiled -- that was awesome!
3/16/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great Wine, Great Service,
GREAT Service. The food was very good. Not creative, but very good. The views canNOT be beat--and again, the service was fantastic. So all in all. I think this is a must-visit restaurant. The wine list is superb!
3/27/2013 5:00:00 PM
Met business associate for
Met business associate for dinner. Very good choice. Helpful friendly service, quiet, great location and conveniently located at their hotel.
4/13/2013 4:00:00 PM
No Cotton Candy???
I love this place! But what happened to the cotton candy at the end?
Nevertheless, the food was impeccable and the cocktails were superb! Definitely recommend this place!
4/20/2013 4:00:00 PM
We appreciated the very attentive
We appreciated the very attentive and friendly staff, especially Lauren. Also the various dishes are evidence of an innovative Chef.
4/22/2013 4:00:00 PM
Fantastic location adjacent to wharf and boardwalk. Beautiful ocean views. Clam chowder was excellent as was the rib eye steak and seafood pasta. Service was attentive and friendly. We will go back the next time that we are in Santa Cruz.
6/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Wonderful view, good food & service
Met for a 'reunion' brunch with several friends. Had mimosas and omelettes. One friend had fish tacos. Food was good, servers were nice and the view was divine.
6/29/2013 4:00:00 PM
The food was great! service was excellent and the view was spectacular.
7/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
will be back
Parker was great. We want him to be our waiter again. Had fun sitting on the patio watching people go by.
7/17/2013 12:00:00 AM
Service was outstanding, food was very good, a very enjoyable experience.
7/19/2013 12:00:00 AM
There isn't a bad seat in the entire restaurant. Parking can be a bit of a challenge if its busy.
7/20/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great location, great scenery, great food. We will be back.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Fabulous selections, absolutely something for everyone!
10/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had been meaning to try this restaurant and took advantage of the restaurant week offering to go. The food and cocktails were very good and the service was excellent. We had smoked salmon and a poached pear salad w/arugula and ricotta cheese, both very good. I think bleu cheese would have been a better choice that the ricotta but it was still good. Main course was one filet and one order of scallops, both good... although the medium rare filet was more on the medium well side. Dessert of chocolate brownie with ice cream was excellent. We would return to this restaurant again.
10/4/2013 12:00:00 AM
Restaurant Week Treasure
I took my girlfriend to Aquarius as we had never been and heard that restaurant week invoked a $25 a person, 3 course meal. It was worth every penny. I will be back to try more of this delicious food.
10/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Messed up reservation
The view is spectacular. (So is the noise level!) The menu is exciting and the food quite wonderful. There is a nice wine list and a friendly serving staff. However, it was my husbands 75th birthday and when we made our reservation we specifically asked for a window table and were assured it could be done. (We came for an early dinner to be sure the restaurant wouldn't be too packed to accommodate our request.). When we arrived the hostess quite breezily told us she was sorry, but "all the tables are good" . She also said we could wait (for over an hour) and they could "probably" give us a window then. We were disappointed and a little appalled that they didn't honor our prior conversation.
10/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
first time at restaurant
We chose to go to aquarius during Open Table week because none of us had dined there before. We were pleasantly surprised. We had heard that it was expensive, but had not heard anything about the quality of the food. The choices presented on the restaurant week union were all presented in a very pleasing way and all were delicious.
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Santa Cruz restaurant week
We went to Aquarius during the SC restaurant week to try a new spot close to home.
Friendly and professional staff,spectacular views from our table,we ordered the fixed menu.
Fresh ,inventive, well presented dishes, we enjoyed our meal! The dessert was so good that we wish we had a second!!
We brought our bottle of wine because we could not find a wine list online...corking fee of $25.00
Walking out, we talked to a couple ,sharing the good time we had and great food this restaurant offered during that week!
10/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
We had a very enjoyable evening
We had a very enjoyable evening with friends. Food was delicious and plentiful. It seemed like the evening went by in a flash. Beautiful ocean views.
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
A wonderful experience
What a fabulous meal at Aquarius! Roasted pears on arugula to start, pan seared scallops that melted in my mouth along with truffle infused risotto and crispy parsnip chips, ended with a creamy and delicious cheesecake. The servers were all friendly and genuine and the view of the beach and ocean was wonderful. While I didn't sit in the bar, passing through I found it also to be a beautiful setting and very vibrant. I highly recommend a visit!
10/8/2013 12:00:00 AM
One of the best SC restaurants
Great menu for the santa cruz week restaurant. Spectacular view and good service. Very good mango mojito.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
You can count on Aquarius for delicious, fresh and sustainable ingredients. Also a very fun menu with lots of twists on the usuals. For the excellent food and beautiful scenery without a stuffy feel this place is worth every penny.
10/15/2013 12:00:00 AM
The calamari, mixed seafood pasta and the black truffle risotto were delicious! The seafood was so fresh, and cooked perfectly, the cream sauce was lite, and a real compliment to dish.
11/4/2013 4:00:00 PM
Surprisely good food and reasonable
I am usually skeptical of hotel food. However, the restaurants at Joie de Vivre have yet to disappoint and Aquarius was no exception. I loved the crab fritters. Instead of mayo, the crab was held together with the perfect amount of creme fraiche and the salsa to go along with deliciously spicy eventhough I thought it might not be a good combo. Plus you got 4 of them. The scallops with yogurt was yet another unusual combo that was better than expected. They came with a tasty little lemony salad. The brussel sprouts were good just not exceptional. This is a wonderful place for small plates that actually are not too pricey for their sized and very yummy. Right on the water, lovely live music in the background, eat here. It is a treat.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM