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Aquarius - Dream Inn

764 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Scenic View
  • Waterfront
  • Special Occasion
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 764 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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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)
5.0  Dined 3 days ago

Had a good meal with a scenic view. We will come back in the future. Thanks!

5.0  Dined 4 days ago

If you want good food and drinks with a million dollar view this is the spot for you! I would highly recommend the brussel sprouts with balsamic reduction for starters, they were delicious and a very good portion to share amongst 2-3 people. Servers were attentive and friendly. The short ribs and prime rib were very good with polenta and fresh crisp baby green beans. We finished the meal off with a decadent chocolate ganache and berries. I thought this place was just for the tourists yet I was pleasantly surprised at the ambiance and great food and drinks! I will be back.

5.0  Dined 6 days ago

The front desk mentioned that the salmon was great. There was three in my party. We all had the salmon and it was excellent.

BarbaraA (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

The food was wonderful and presented beautifully. Our server was very friendly and professional! The dining room was quiet, and we were able to enjoy a nice conversation while enjoying the gorgeous view overlooking the beach. We will definitely be dining there again in the future!

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

Went there by myself on Sat night (with a reservation) so that often starts service off on the wrong foot. My server had a huge party that was ahead of me, so it took way to Kong to get my first drink and order. Other did jump on to help my server, but service was still slow. The kitchen also backed up because of the large party.

Food was good to great, but appropriate for the price. Theview was good (would have been better if I could have gotten a window seat, but again being a singleton, I wasn’t the priority for prime two-tops).

I think couple or larger parties would have a better experience. It is a noisy space and while appropriate for families, that just amplified the noise level.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on February 5, 2018

Great! Drinks are is a bit overpriced as well, but we had a very good meal.

MatsusakaMama (San Francisco)
3.0  Dined on February 2, 2018

I wanted to like this place, but sadly on this trip I could not.
The ambiance was nice with a view of the beach and wharf which is lovely, but the service started poorly and immediately when they forgot to bring the bread. Next they brought the wrong wine. A bad start of course, but the problems got worse when the food arrived. The Fried Avocado appetizer was not seasoned at all. Then, as if to compensate, the Clams were overly salty. The Duck Tacos came out cold on bad store bought tortillas and featured just a mediocre duck confit and a cloyingly sweet sauce... Nothing else. The “Cioppino” had almost no crab at all and actually appeared to be mostly salmon trim. The highlight was The fried Whole Fish which was a small sea bass and was actually quite well cooked and delicious.
Overall a disappointing experience, but I will be back in hopes that they can turn things around and make some much needed improvements.

DamonS (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 1, 2018

Very professional service, with good food, and obviously a fantastic view.

vipneesybobo (Central Coast)
4.0  Dined on January 29, 2018

We’ve eaten here often and always had a good experience. They make a killer Pisco Sour! For the first time, I actually found my meal a bit sub-par. I had steamed clams and the clams were fine, but the broth was exceedingly salty! Plus, it contained large soggy chunks of tomato that didn’t seem to add anything. Otherwise everyone with me enjoyed their salmon, their squash, their beet salad etc. bery very nice service that night.

KBV1979 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on January 20, 2018

Hostess seated us at one of the worst locations, noisy and a lot of foot traffic. We requested another table and were offered only slightly better. Other tables were reserved, but we also made reservations in advance. Food was good, waiter was great.