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Aquarius - Dream Inn

763 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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  • Scenic View (12)
  • Waterfront (10)
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Aquarius Restaurant offers spectacular oceanfront dining just off the beach in Santa Cruz, and is locally renowned as one of Santa Cruz's top dining destinations. The restaurant and lounge is truly a "window box on the sea", allowing guests to experience panoramic views that stretch north to one of the nations top surf spots – Steamer Lane, south to the majestic Monterey Bay and Peninsula and East to the Santa Cruz Mountains. The cool and breezy interior is especially romantic at night when the moon casts its glow onto the sea. Our California Coastal Cuisine is inspired by fresh and local products and produce, including local sustainable seafood, complemented by a regional wine list. Aquarius is a proud supporter of Fish Watch program, promoting sustainable seafood and clean oceans.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Contemporary American, Organic, Californian
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Hours of operation
BREAKFAST: Monday - Saturday: 7:00am - 11:30am
LUNCH: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 2:00pm
Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm
BRUNCH: Sunday: 7:00am - 3:00pm
DINNER: Sunday - Thursday: 5:30pm - 9:30pm
Friday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 740-8138
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Bay Street
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Parking details
Hotel parking lot across the street from The Dream Inn, or complimentary valet parking.
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Live Jazz with The Minus Third Trio, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm
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Special events & promotions
For information regarding our banquet rooms, please contact Aurora Smith at (831)460-5008
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Outdoor Smoking Area, Private Room, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 763 People Are Saying
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3.9  based on recent ratings
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77% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on November 26, 2017

Waiter was spaced out and perfunctory. Still not sure if we were double charged for our meal, waiting to resolve with bank and manager. Waiter was rude to vegetarians, seemed to not understand why we would not want beef soup

4.0  Dined on November 25, 2017

Beautiful venue with amazing view! Loved the clam chowder.

OpenTable Diner (Louisville)
4.0  Dined on November 23, 2017

Thanksgiving buffet was excellent. A great selection of veggies, cheese and fruit, a flavorful squash soup, plus all the traditional thanksgiving fare was offered. Dessert table was fully loaded. Service was good.

Deesetme (San Diego)
3.0  Dined on November 19, 2017

Great food (salmon, short ribs, pork chops). Beautiful view. Both completely over-shadowed by the TERRIBLE service - incredibly slow for a Sunday night at 5:30pm. Over 90 minutes to get our entrees. So glad we didn’t try a Saturday night. Tried to use OpenTable gift certificate, gave it to waiter at beginning when we ordered to avoid problems - wasn’t until half-way through our entree when manager came over to say we couldn’t use the certificate because, “...they don’t participate in that program.” Do not recommend going there unless there is a change in management.

Bordeaux (Tokyo)
3.0  Dined on November 18, 2017

First time there. Very nice, spacious room with beautiful views. Nice cocktails (on the expensive side for a casual place - $14). The food was very disappointing. We had eggs benedict with crab meat - $19. The potatoes were bad, same as if they had been cooked the previous day and warmed up in a microwave. The eggs were cooked all the way through. However, the flavor of the eggs, crab meat and sauce were good and that is what saved the meal. Service was friendly.

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on November 12, 2017

Ahi tuna was fabulous. Waitress helpful with menu and drink choices.

OpenTable Diner (Las Vegas)
1.0  Dined on November 10, 2017

I booked this reservation six weeks in advance for my mother in laws birthday dinner. The only compliment I can give is that the hostess had our table ready at the window per my request. From then on it was all downhill. Our server basically ignored use. We had to ask twice and three times for water and bread refills. He talked up the special which was a sea bass that he said was for two people so two of the six of us shared it. Four of us received our meals and ten minutes later the sea bass special arrived on a huge cast iron skillet- the entire fish including head and tail. Clearly this is the type of dish that a server should explain and make sure the diner really wants. We watched as several other diners received cupcakes with candles but we received nothing for my mother in laws 80th birthday. When I spoke with the manager he had nothing at all to offer in explanation or recompense. What a disappointment and waste of $300. On top of it all, none of the food was really good and three of us had bad stomachs afterwards.

vipNaeH (Richmond)
5.0  Dined on October 29, 2017

Quiet Sunday brunch... great view of Santa Cruz Main Beach! I had the huevos rancheros and they were amazing, along with the Bloody Mary. Our waitress forgot to ask about sugar for coffee and jam for toast but other than that the service was great. It seemed slow for Sunday brunch right on the beach but it was a cold cloudy day. Found parking on the street with no problems but they validate parking for their lot as well. Will definitely go back!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on October 28, 2017

One of the best meals I have had ever. The soup, appetizers and entrees were excellent and the service was impeccable. The view and setting is also exquisite.

SCruz (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on October 23, 2017

The location and view is outstanding. Right on the main beach with huge windows/views. Service was good despite the waiter telling us he was the only one (others had called in sick). Food was acceptable. Definitely not a place for foodies. Lot's of potential, but the menu is short and simple and not very interesting. The dishes were OK, like a chef was cooking items that he was trained to do. Not creative. Would come back for ambiance, view for the right occasion - but probably for Happy Hour, not dinner.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 23, 2017

Birthday dinner for my mother

vipoldvine2 (San Francisco)
1.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

Unfortunately the dinner was under par....2 ordered clam chowder & it came luke warm, barely. Another ordered scallops..3 came on the plate & it was smothered with bell peppers & tomatoes- not okay.
4th ordered portobello mushroom dinner & received a pork chop that was warm... they said you'll like it if your not a vegetarian... it was not our mistake but the waitress 's.
Our daughters birthday dinner was a bust👎

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on October 21, 2017

OMG, the band in the bar was SOOOO LOUD. I had to yell my entire dinner. They need to dial that back until later - post dinner crowd. And we were pretty far into the dining room.

The food is good, not spectacular - the portions are small for the price. You could likely get a better value but you come here for the view which is a nice one.

The noise level needs some serious attention to make this a high end dining place and for me to go back.

beachwalker (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on October 16, 2017

Restaurant Week opened our eyes to this restaurant! Great find! Thank you!!

Kendall (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on October 15, 2017

Good food. Great service. Delicious cocktails. Beautiful view.