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Aquarius - Dream Inn

4.1
753 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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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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Cuisines
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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Neighborhood
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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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Entertainment
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
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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 753 People Are Saying
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4.1
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3.9
food
4.0
service
4.6
ambience
3.6
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83% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
1.0
Dined on January 1, 2018

Heard amazing reviews of this restaurant so chose it over others for our first New Years in Santa Cruz. It started with a waiter who was clearly worn down from multiple seatings for the night that rarely appeared again through the evening. It took 45 minutes for the first course (a soup) to arrive, and subsequent courses arrived as the kitchen could handle (two hours in total). All in all, given expectations we’d hoped for based on others experience, I wouldn’t recommend this restaurant. Especially for what we paid.

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OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
5.0
Dined on December 24, 2017

Excellent overall - delicious food, exceptional service, gorgeous sea views! My only wish is to have a few vegan options on the menu....they’d had 3 vegetarian options for breakfast but no vegan choices.

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OpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
2.0
Dined on December 24, 2017

TERIBLE... ordered an appetizer that consisted of tomatoes and cheese and 5 crackers. obviously there wasn't enough crackers so I asked for a few more and the waiter stated it was going to be another $2.00? What a joke the appetizer cost $13.00 and was very skimpy and then to charge another $2.00 that was ridiculous. Our food came and my fish was uneatable. I was so tired of the attitude from not only the waiter but the manager I decide not to complain anymore ... just wanted to get out of this place. There was so much salt on my fish it took the skin off my tong. My tong from the briny fish was still raw from the evening before the next morning.
Will never be going back!!!

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Karina (San Francisco)
2.0
Dined on December 15, 2017

A friend was arriving from out of town. I gave him the names of few places to stay, including B & B's. He decided a room with a view on Monterey Bay.....The Dream Inn. So, we decided to make things convenient, made a reservation at Aquarius.

The service was very good.

The view was beautiful.

I haven't had such an uninspired meal in a very long time. All I want to say is almost tasteless
food preparation...........

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OpenTable Diner 
5.0
Dined on December 3, 2017

Outstanding dinner. The wait staff were attentive and on point. Everyone should check this place out.

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OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
3.0
Dined on November 27, 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

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Cecilie 
4.0
Dined on November 26, 2017

Beautiful venue with amazing view! Loved the clam chowder.

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OpenTable Diner 
4.0
Dined on November 24, 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.

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Deesetme (San Diego)
3.0
Dined on November 20, 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.

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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.

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