Sanderlings - Seascape Resort
Sanderlings - Seascape Resort

Sanderlings - Seascape Resort

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sanderlingsrestaurant.com/
  • Phone: 8316627120
  • Hours of Operation:
    Breakfast: Monday - Friday: 6:00pm - 11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 7:00pm - 11:00pm; Lunch: Daily: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Daily: 5:30pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 9:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: American, Californian
  • Executive Chef: Karl Staub
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area (patio only), Takeout, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: Our award-winning catering menu features traditional and contemporary dishes made with the freshest local ingredients.
  • Private Party Facilities: Whether you are hosting a Rehearsal Dinner, Holiday Celebration, Baby or Bridal Shower, Business luncheon or dinner, we can help make your event special.
  • Private Party Contact: Donita Branson 8316627122
  • Entertainment: Sanderlings Bar Lounge features musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday Nights 8:30pm until midnight or later.
  • Special Events: Whether you are hosting a Rehearsal Dinner, Holiday Celebration, Baby or Bridal Shower, Business luncheon or dinner, we can help make your event special.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Sumner Ave.
  • Parking: Public Lot
A word from Sanderlings - Seascape Resort
Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Beach Resort offers elegant, casual dining with a spectacular ocean view from sunrise to sunset.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerBest Ambiance
  • Diners' Choice WinnerRomantic
  • Diners' Choice WinnerSpecial Occasion
Sanderlings - Seascape Resort reviews from OpenTable diners
47 reviews since May 20, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food3.9
    Service3.8
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
scenic view (35)great for outdoor dining (27)special occasion (21)great for brunch (17)romantic (17)great for lunch (14)neighborhood gem (12)good for groups (10)fit for foodies (9)kid-friendly (7)notable wine list (6)vibrant bar scene (2)late-night find (1)hot spot (1)Show More
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    The food was excellent. The service from the waiter was terrible, he came to our table once the entire time and that was to take our order. Thank goodness for a buser who should gave been the waiter did we get taken care of appropriately.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great as always!
    Mariedenise
    Dined on 8/31/2014
    Delicious food, and beautiful view and service! We love this place and look forward to our next visit
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, kid-friendly, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Love Sanderlings
    Eat4Fun
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We have been coming here for almost 20 years and we always enjoy our experience. They have the best chowder. I enjoy the relaxed atmosphere with nice windows and views. The food and drinks are great. An excellent restaurant to celebrate a birthday or other occasion. There are some perks.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • loud children need to have an area
    javonneVIP
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    we were at dinner and understand the resort has guests with children - however, we should not be punished by poor parenting and obnoxious loud children. perhaps a designated area for families may work better... In addition the scallop dish was very disappointing - iodine was all I could taste - not fresh scallops and funky undercooked veggies over scant mashed potatoes - very disappointing ---
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Beautiful view
    Gggg
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    We loved the view from the outdoor patio! The food was good. The service was ok. But the view will bring us back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beautiful View
    Sunny
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    The cocktails were excellent. The beet and Humbolt Fog salad was fabulous and huge so we split it and it was perfect. I had the petit filet with lobster tail and my husband had the rib eye on the special. Food was excellent. Unfortunately it was marred by the service. We waited a long time betw our entree course and dessert and then a long time, probably 30 minutes for our check. Dinner was at 6pm and we weren't out until 8pm. Fortunately we were in no hurry.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Come for the View
    DLB62
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    Had a Sunday brunch here on a beautiful day. Was not crowded we opted to sit on the patio. The view and patio was awesome and made it all worth while. The food was typical banquet quality (forgettable) while $20 is a decent price you are better off to skip the buffet and order off the menu. I would not return to eat but I would for drinks and apps on the patio with the ocean in the background. Great wedding spot too.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great place!
    Mariedenise
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Wonderful and relaxing dining experience. Will definitely be returning in the future
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spectacular location
    gardengirl
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    I always enjoy eating at Sanderlings. It is a great place to bring out-of-towners. The walk along the bluffs after lunch is stunning. The food is good and the service is friendly. Santa Cruz/Aptos does not have many upscale environments. This fits the bill very nicely.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointment on July 13, 2014
    Giovanni
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    We were seated outside on July 14 at 1 PM. The gas heater was not set up until we were about to leave an hour later 80 minutes later. Ordered an asian salad which had 5 cubes of chicken and was covered with fried wontons so that I couldn't find the greens.....a big waste of money. The outdoor seating provides the magnificent ocean views.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Accommodated Reservation Change
    NCris
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We were running behind and when I called to let them know they said 'no problem' and we had our table ready at the updated dining time upon arrival. Some increases in service for the entree price would be nice - such are replacing the silverware between appetizers/salads and entree's, but these are very minor details in the large scheme. Good food and a really pretty view.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • LuvtoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Our waitress Stephanie was very attentive. The food was great I had the special Alaskan Halibut and it was cooked perfectly. My friend had the poached pear salad and OMG the pears were amazing! I'm definitely trying that next time I go back. It was a memorable date! Thank you.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love Sanderlings
    Bertie
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We had another fabulous dinner at Sanderlings on July 5th. I had lobster tail, my guest had salmon. We started with the caesar salad and ended with Creme Brulee (some of the best I have ever had). The service is outstanding. We ended up having brunch here the very next morning on Sunday, July 6th. The ocean view was breathtaking!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent meal
    DoctorNo428
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    We recently celebrated our wedding anniversary and had dinner at Sanderlings. All of the staff were attentive, friendly and professional, from the hostess to the server to the bus person. The food was delicious. Wine list had some reasonably priced bottles of wine. We would definitely go back for a special occasion since it is a little pricey. We would recommend this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Absolute Disappointment!
    Pasta
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Had a 7:45pm reservation, checked in about 15 minutes early and were told they were seating at reservation time, no worries we said we'd wait in the bar. After being in the bar for 30 minutes, I decided to go check with the hostess again as no one came to let us know our table was ready and we didn't hear anyone calling our name, which we were listening for. They had a hard time finding our name on their list, when they finally did they told us that another party had claimed our table! They were able to seat us, but unfortunately we ended up at a table in the center of the room in a heavy traffic area rather than the window table looking out at the ocean! Service was terrible, food was not good. Not the best start to a weekend at the beach!
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sanderlings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    Service was horrendous. We had a reservation at 7:30 and did not get seated until about 7:50 and only because my husband went and asked what the problem was, the hostess seemed to have forgotten all about us. The restaurant was not even very crowded. Once we were seated we ordered right away - - it took about 30 min to get our salads. Our two young daughters were with us and instead of bringing them their meals they had to wait until our second courses came out. When I realized this I flagged the waitress and she was clueless/ I told her we were not complainers but this was ridiculous. I don't think we got all of our food until about 9. Food was excellent, but service over shadowed it.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Breakfast
    Boxter
    Dined on 7/2/2014
    We came to the resort to have breakfast on our way to Monterey. We enjoyed a nice quiet breakfast with a great view and personal service. We'll definately return.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Sanderlings
    wally
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We are repeat customers and come back because we like the food, service and setting.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Like a vacation treat
    Susan
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    Even after living in the area since before the resort was built, it still feels as if I'm on some elegant vacation when I dine at Sanderling's, whether for lunch or dinner.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lunch
    lunchdate2
    Dined on 6/16/2014
    Brought my wife for lunch here on our 30th year anniversary, and the scenic view was great. The Service was also great. The food was good, normal American food you would find in most restaurants. Everything was great. I would definitely go back again. My wife enjoyed it and had a great time as well.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Fine dining
    Finediningfind
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wonderful restaurant. Ambiance great. Food excellent. Place romantic in nice setting by water. Bar had music. Lively and fun. GL
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Seafood Pasta
    mermaid
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    I was delighted when they served my seafood pasta and there was half of a crab. VERY DISAPPOINTED after cracking and removing the crab meat to find it had a strong ammonia smell and taste. It ruined the dish.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 25 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 20, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.1
    • Food4
    • Ambiance4.3
    • Service4
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 260 reviews are from the Sanderlings - Seascape Resort reviews archive.
  • Wonderful afternoon
    Gggg
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Thank you, first of all, for being so accommodating with our reservation time. We had to change it a number of times that day before we actually showed up because of a graduation ceremony in Monterey that ran long. Once the eight of us got to Sanderlings, we felt well-taken care of. The table was perfectly situated to see the ocean, enjoy the sun. The food was delicious, the desserts wonderful! Our graduate enjoyed her time, as did the rest of us. Thank you, Sanderlings. We will be back!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • JohnR
    NOonBuffet
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    Beautiful setting outside for Mother's Day brunch. Only thing that could have been better was the buffet. Very mediocre, especially for $55/person. Took family to Hayes Mansion for Easter brunch---- wow. Great spread, service and decor. Of course, no Pacific Ocean View. I do recommend Sandelings, but for the view. The hostess was terrific too and handled the crowd gracefully.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mother's Day Brunch
    lizzylizard217
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    We went here to celebrate Mother's Day with the brunch special. It was delicious and we were seated upstairs with the ocean view. It was perfect.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A gam of an entree!
    Eastcoast4
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    The seared scallops on puréed cauliflower with a blackberry reeducation and pea tendrils was an out of the park home run! All four of us ordered it after recommendations from our attentive waiter, and everyone of us raved. The house salad was excellent, but we wouldn't bother wasting calories on the desserts which were okay--except for the lemon tart with fresh berries--yum!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Refreshing
    Tastee
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    Wonderful place to unwind after a long day or a romantic dinner. The views are spectacular from every angle.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A lovely spot
    docky2VIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Every time we came to California, we tried to stay at or visit SeaScape and Sanderlings. It is a lovely spot. The view is beautiful, the food is very good and the place is welcoming. Try it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A find after a long day of driving
    BCJofBC
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    This resort and restaurant were a dream fulfilled. Staff were welcoming and attentive. Service, food, ambience with a sunset over the ocean were all exceptional. The organic roasted chicken was succulent, flavorful and ample. The seafood pasta--a large bowl filled with 1/2 a crab plus a variety of tasty gems from the sea- was outstanding.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent
    Butch
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    I love this place! It has the most spectacular views of the Monterey Bay. The service is perfect (professional yet friendly), just the right amount of attention - not hovering but available at a moments notice. The food has been very good every time we've dined there. The 'specials' are inexpensive, tasty and there's plenty of it.
    Special Features:
    Great for Outdoor Dining, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mom's brithday
    misty
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    Took mom to Sanderlings instead of the Santa Cruz Wharf and it was such a nice pleasant surprise. None of the chaos and clamor of the wharf and a very nice, calm and beautiful setting. Service was excellent (thanks Manuel) and food was very good. We did not get rushed out to make room for more diners because Sanderlings has plenty of space.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Kitchen was VERY slow
    diningwithrents
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Service was fine. Kitchen was slow. Took ~ an hour to get food. We never received the appetizers or salads due to a miscommunication. Our server apologized several times as did the manager. They gave us free desserts in compensation, which we appreciated. When we were being seated, there was a table for 4 right next to the view windows. We asked to be seated there but were told someone was waiting for it. Someone was finally seated there, but they only stayed a short time. What a waste. We ended up near the back wall, 4 of us at a table for 6, next to a very loud large party. Food was OK, nothing memorable. Overall experience – only fair.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for a holiday outing.
    SuzDinnerDiner
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The restaurant was very busy, but without any tenseness or drama. I had a Grilled Asparagus Salad to start. It had some interesting flavors - Balsamic Onions, Shaved Fennel, and Manchego Cheese, all on a bed of spinach. The Deviled Egg was especially good - but the Basil Oil dressing was a bit bland for my taste. The Entree was excellent, a nice portion of Sautéed Halibut with Marinated Beets, served with a really great Saffron Couscous with Watercress. A tasty Horseradish Yogurt topped the Beets, an interesting, flavorful addition. We lingered a bit over a second cup coffee, and enjoyed the Cypress Trees, Pines, and Pacific Ocean Views, definitely in no rush to leave this delightful location.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Kid-Friendly, Good for Groups, Romantic, special occasion, Scenic View, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Casual Dining with Very Good Food
    Barb
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Expensive but each dish was very well prepared and quite delicious. Scallops dish was very good. Kids meals were tasty also! Service was very tolerant, and fast and efficient.
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anniversary Dinner
    Skyeranch
    Dined on 4/4/2014
    We love going to Sanderlings for special occasions. It is close to home and always a great experience
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food but hard to get check
    Keithred
    Dined on 3/30/2014
    We enjoyed the view ever through the construction. Fish and chips with slaw was good, but only 4-5 small pieces. Service was good until I wanted the check. I had to go up to the front twice to ask for the check. After the first time with no check, I went back and just waited for the server to bring it to me.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • MY FAMILY ENJOYED THE VIEW;
    DJAMISON
    Dined on 3/21/2014
    MY FAMILY ENJOYED THE VIEW; WE WATCHED DEER GRAZING ON THE LAWNS OF THE RESORT WHILE WE ATE DINNER. EVERYTHING WAS GREAT UNTIL A VERY LARGE GROUP OF EAGER TO BE "THE CENTER OF ATTENTION" FELLOW DINERS CAME IN, OUR AREA BECAME QUITE NOISY. WE COULDNT EVEN HEAR EACHOTHER SPEAK AND WE WERE AT A VERY SMALL TABLE, IT WAS EXTREMELY ANNOYING.... AND PARENTS, YOU MIGHT WANT TO RETHINK BRINGING KIDS OR ASK FOR A CHILDRENS MENU. MY KIDS WERE BRAVE AND TRIED NEW ENTREES JUST TO PLEASE ME AND DADDY BUT I KNOW THEY WOULD HAVE BEEN HAPPIER WITH CHICKEN NUGGETS OR A BURGER- THEYRE NOT INTO "FANCY RESTAURANTS." WOULD WE GO BACK? ABSOLUTELY; MINUS THE MINORS. LOL FANTASTIC FOOD AND SERVICE.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    MrDel
    Dined on 3/18/2014
    They seem to be running on minimum for the off season. Food was ok, but not up to their norm. Short ribs were dry and stringy. Steak was thin, but cooked ok. Just not the quality we looked forward to at Sanderlings. The construction materials block the ocean view.
    Special Features:
    scenic view, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great service, food so-so.
    Bob14
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    The service could not have been better. My reservation for 6 was at 1:30 and the rest of my party was over an hour late. They sat me at the table, served me an appetizer and continued to check on me, asking about my friends in a concerned, not pushy way. Wish the food had lived up to the cocktails. The steak sandwiches were fatty and tough, the ribs smothered in sauce. Burger and chicken sandwich okay, and coleslaw was very good. After them being so gracious, did not want to make an issue about it, especially after they took the birthday cake we brought, sliced and served it. So, warm memories of the experience, just not the food.
    Special Features:
    scenic view
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    marbell
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    Two of us dined here on a Saturday night. We thought it was strange that we were able to get a last minute reservation on a Saturday night but the patio area was closed for remodeling so that was probably the reason why. Even so, we could still see the ocean sunset even through the scaffolding that was outside. We requested a window table through Open Table but they started to seat us in a booth away from the window. We told them we had requested a window table so they placed us there. The food was good, nice variety and very tasty. Good selection of wines too. Server could have been more attentive, he never returned to ask us how our food was. The bar area is nice and also has a view, good place for before or after dinner drinks.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.