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About Aquarius - Dream Inn

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.

175 West Cliff Drive
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, Organic, Californian

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

Cross Street:
Bay Street

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 740-8138

Website:
http://www.dreaminnsantacruz.com/santa-cruz-restaurants

Entertainment:
Live Jazz with The Minus Third Trio, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

Parking Details:
Hotel parking lot across the street from The Dream Inn, or complimentary valet parking.

Additional:
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

Special Events & Promotions:
For information regarding our banquet rooms, please contact Aurora Smith at (831)460-5008

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Specials

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Sunday, December 31, 2017

Details

New Years Eve - Aquarius Restaurant
December 31st, 2017
5:30pm - 3 Course set menu | $48 , 7:00pm 4 Course set menu | $64 , 9:00pm 5 Course Set menu | $85 (9:00pm seating includes, a celebratory glass of bubbles with dessert, live music, and party favors

Aquarius - Dream Inn Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

3.8

service

4.0

ambience

4.5

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

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Worth the Drive (7)
Bar Seating (7)
Good for Birthdays (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Good for Anniversaries (6)
Cozy (5)
Creative Cuisine (5)
Fit for Foodies (5)
Hot Spot (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Fun (4)
Good for Groups (4)
Happy Hour (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 27, 2017

We went to Aquarius for a friends birthday and were very happy with our time there. We were greeted immediately with a smile by the hostess and taken directly to our table where our waitress was there ready to get us started with drinks. She was extremely attentive and kind and went the extra mile for my friends and I.

I had a kale salad with salmon. It was cooked to perfection. The wine selection was more than adequate and a friend of mine loved the bacon beer (which ironically does not taste like bacon.)

The view at night is beautiful and the ambiance was lovely. My one complaint if I had any would be that the chairs in the restaurant area were not really all that comfortable. I'm assuming they are made for outdoor use but it being winter are in for the season.

I will definitely be going back and would recommend Aquarius to anyone needing restaurant recommendations in Santa Cruz.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Scenic View, Healthy, Great for Outdoor Dining, Good for a Date, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Waterfront, People Watching, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on January 26, 2017

I just dined here for the first time. I took my best friend to dinner for her birthday. We had an outstanding meal, a beautiful view, and perfect service. I will definitely be returning. One thing I will say is that parking was hard to find.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Waterfront, Special Occasion, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 5, 2017

We were so sad about this dinner! Service was very nice food was terrible. The scallops were small over-cooked and over-seasoned. One of the scallops looked like it was smashed and then pushed back together for plating. Steak was ordered medium and arrived more than well, everything on the plate was subpar or inedible. For $30 a plate id call this place a total tourist trap. We would not recommend or return.

Tags: Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2017

My husband and I and 2 friends went to Aquarius on New Years Day to celebrate my birthday and our anniversary. The service was wonderful and the food was amazing! Steaks were cooked perfectly and everyone was happy with their dishes. When our dessert came the waitress had out a candle on mine since it was my birthday. My table and the others around us all sang me happy birthday. I can't wait to go back here! Such a great experience.

Tags: Casual, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Good for Groups, Notable Wine List, Waterfront, Scenic View, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2016

There was no mention on OpenTable or the Aquarius website of a Prix Fix menu for NYE, but when we got there we learned that is what it was. It was a 3 course meal with an add'l Amuse-bouche of Blini with Caviar and a glass of Champagne. There was 3 choices in each course with mains being a Ribeye steak, a Seanad, or a Mushroom Stew. I had a soup for an app, my husband had the salad followed by the steak and the stew. Last, we ordered the Sabayon for dessert. The apps were fine, the mains were meh, and the dessert was frozen. In our opinion, far from worth the $95 per person price tag.

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 (Tahoe)·Dined on December 31, 2016

We usually spend NYE at the Aquarius and the ambiance, food no service is top notch. We were disappointed this year: main entree was less than spectacular, we had to share a ritz cracker sized caviar appetizer, and the band quit at 10.... on NYE! And we spent $250: more than usual, for less than usual. We won't be returning next NYE.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

A few of key menu items were not available this was a bit of a disappointment but good service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 26, 2016

Wow. This place was amazing. It could not have been better. Great food, simple menu but outstanding. I was with my elderly parents and they were very accommodating and friendly. Also, spotted an Academy Award winner celeb!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

Came for Christmas dinner and everyone was super friendly. Our waitress was outstanding. Even though it was very busy she was attentive and sweet. We had a later seating (7pm) and they were already out of the Lobster Bisque which was one of the menu items I was looking forward to. Apparently everyone else was too. Chose the salmon appetizer and it was generous and tasted fine. The pasta dish was goat cheese ravioli..odd in of itself but wonderfully prepared with Black Kale and cranberries...ended up being delicious. Husband had the lamb Osso buco and my daughter the filet mignon...both were very happy with their meals. All in all a very wonderful meal in a beautiful setting. I had requested window seating through open table and received it!

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2016

They did not have our reservation but did their best to accommodate us.

Tags: Great for Lunch
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 (Chicago)·Dined on December 25, 2016

We came here for Christmas dinner. This was our 1st time at Aquarius. It was prix fixe menu. When we asked why the menu was different than the menu posted on their website, the manager told us we were wrong. The smoked salmon app was delicious per my husband. The lobster bisque not so much. If it had been hot, the dollop of crema on top would have melted instead of breaking into little globs. For the entree, 2 of us had lamb osso bucco, 2 had the sole. 3 of the 4 entrees arrived cold and had to be sent back. Funny how the manager had disappeared by then. In the end they were fine. When we asked at the end of our meal why we didn't get bread with our meal, we were told bread is only served upon request. Would have been nice to know this at the beginning of the meal. $59 a head + wine = $400+. No comp asked for, and none offered. Won't be back.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

Lovely view, wonderful food, great service. We celebrated my boyfriend's birthday here and had a great time.

Tags: Good for a Date, Outstanding Value, Waterfront, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 23, 2016

ask for Nicole, she is the best. She is so friendly and take time to talk to you not just serve you.
We love her.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 17, 2016

Great ambiance- live music during our dinner. Great server. Excellent food- we had duck, Ciappino Fettuccini, Fish & Chips, Veggie Penne Pasta & salmon. Everyone was happy. Fun time.
Always enjoy our visits to Aquarius.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

We were there for Thanksgiving dinner with our children. It was a nice change from the normal madness of cooking. We enjoyed the sunset over the water and our delicious food and drinks!

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Scenic View, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 24, 2016

Went for their Thanksgiving prix fixe menu. Great seats. Service was good but way too smarmy. There was nothing really memorable about the food quality or quantity to justify the $60 per person (w/o wine) tag. Better for vacationers than locals I suppose.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on November 12, 2016

The Aquarius is a go to option for us for a nice meal. Generally it is easy to get a reservation, and it's quiet. It is one of the few quality restaurants in Santa Cruz with ocean views. The food is very good, made with local ingredients, and there are plenty of gluten-free options. They feature a number of locally made wines and spirits as well. The service is above average for the area. I highly recommend Aquarius.

Tags: Waterfront, Quiet Conversation, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Scenic View, Gluten Free Options, Healthy, Romantic
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 12, 2016

A beautiful view of the ocean! Great service! It's part of the hotel so it has it's own free parking that can have validated at the restaurant. It was lovely having a meal while watching the families play in the sand and see the surfers in action!

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 (Atlanta)·Dined on November 3, 2016

Good food, good service, great view. Enjoyed the jazz as well.

Tags: Waterfront, Scenic View, Live Music
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 31, 2016

Service was great. Food was great. Drinks were great. My Birthday request was honored. Thank you.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 26, 2016

We love going here because first of all, you can't beat the view. Food-wise, they really have it down. All our dinner choices were well executed and delicious, with one exception: the caesar salad. It was terrible. Unremarkable presentation and they should have gone through the lettuce, it was mostly stems and a lot of it had turned brown. Not at all the quality we've come to expect from Aquarius. On the bright side, our entrees were terrific. I had a bite of my friend's steak with gorgonzola sauce and it was the most tender and delicious meat I've ever tasted. I didn't taste my other friends' scallops because I don't care for scallops but they were both swooning. I and another pal both enjoyed the risotto with mushrooms and other things, superb. Cocktails were lovely, especially I love the Pisco sour which few bars in this town make. Aquarius makes a very good one. We had lovely service and the ambience is great, cool decor and not too noisy to have a conversation. I just hope they do something about that dreadful salad.

Tags: Happy Hour, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Vibrant Bar Scene, Neighborhood Gem, Waterfront, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 19, 2016

The service from the hostess to the waiter, to the water boy was beyond amazing. The food was DELICIOUS! Best steak I've had! (I usually have to put a ton of salt & pepper, but the taste was perfect!) The view is incredible. Good food, great views, the best service...DEFINITELY going back!

Tags: Waterfront, Romantic, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, People Watching, Good for a Date, Scenic View
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on October 18, 2016

Normally I find this restaurant to be overpriced, so visiting for restaurant week was perfect! Food is delicious and the views can't be beat.

Tags: Scenic View, Good for a Date, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 17, 2016

The food was decent but our service was terrible from beginning to end. When my husband called the manager the following day, he was disappointed that all he got was an apology.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2016

We went on reataurant week. The first course was very good, a kale salad and butternut squash soup. Both were flavorful and fresh tasting. The entrees, however, were less than satisfactory. The steak, ordered medium was very well done and the scallops served with roasted Brussels sprouts were drowned out by the blackened sprouts. The dessert was simple but tasty. Overall, rather disappointing.

Tags: Romantic, Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 16, 2016

The menu looks good and contemporary, however, the execution was sloppy overall, seafood and chicken were both overcooked. The kitchen was slow, and we had to request water refills.
I will definitively not return.

Tags: Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 15, 2016

We ate here during restaurant and loved the food and service. We will go back again because of our experience.

Tags: Business Meals, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Fun, People Watching
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2016

Tried Aquarius for the first time during Restaurant Week. Delicious 3 course dinner with a great ocean view. Would definitely recommend and look forward to a return visit!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2016

Great dinner and beautiful. We also had excellent service.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Gluten Free Options
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2016

We went to Aquarius for Restaurant Week. The menu had great choices for the prix fixe menu: appetizers, main and dessert. The appetizers and mains were outstanding - the desserts not quite. Service was attentive but timing of courses way off. We'd go back again for the food and hope they get the kinks out of the timing. Great view, cool decor.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Waterfront, Scenic View
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 12, 2016

Generally good but the quality of food & size portions were inconsistent.
The hostess was noticeably stressed & thus not very friendly even at 5:30 (beginning of service).
No steak knife was offered for the steak.

Tags: Scenic View, Waterfront, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 9, 2016

Great food, excellent service.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 6, 2016

If they are charging $5 for a Capuchino I would hope their staff would know how to make it. I asked waitress to re-do it cuz it was all milk and no foam (Capuchino is shot of espresso and creamy foam, what she gave at best was cafe with lots of milk and a smidge if watery foam-- the best part? Ha ha. She said oh sorry, sometimes the foam milk melts! Ha ha !)

Tags: Worth the Drive, Good for Birthdays, Business Meals, Good for Groups, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, People Watching, Waterfront, Fun, Great for Brunch, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Scenic View, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on October 3, 2016

The view is spectacular here and it's built into the pricey dining experience. Had lunch recently and the clam chowder was decent and rich with cream and bacon. The ceviche was underwhelming and lacked freshness. the only seafood in the ceviche was shrimp. Chips accompanied this and they didn't taste fresh to me. I wouldn't order it again. All in all it cost over $150 for 4 of us for lunch with no cocktails or dessert. Service was decent, but it wasn't crowded so there would have been no excuse for lack of attention.

Tags: Waterfront
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 1, 2016

Great view, very good food, generally great service. Early Rez for "quiet" because bar and restaurant fills up around 7 pm....

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on September 19, 2016

We come there often for business lunch/dinners . Awesome spot in SC ....but we are avoiding tourist season !!!!!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Quiet Conversation, Waterfront, Scenic View, Great for Lunch, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 17, 2016

One of our favorite local spots. Food is always good, view is excellent and it's a great place to either begin or end a nice walk.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Healthy, Good for a Date, Waterfront, Scenic View, Worth the Drive
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on September 15, 2016

food not special - menu looks good but food was not impressive

Tags: Scenic View, Fun, Gluten Free Options, Waterfront, Happy Hour, Handcrafted Cocktails, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Casual
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vip
 (Orange County)·Dined on September 11, 2016

By far the best restaurant in the Santa Cruz wharf area. The o'Neil lounge attached to the restaurant is also an awesome bar. The view is unparalleled.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 9, 2016

Loved our meal -- thank you! We enjoyed the octopus starter and steak, followed up with creme brulee and chocolate delicious-ness. Terrific service and ambience.

Tags: Fun
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