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Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club
Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club
(391)
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Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Great food and wonderful service, as usual, from Angel, who ALWAYS makes each meal a celebration, In this case, it was a birthday dinner and all three of us -- especially the birthday girl -- had a marvelous time. We all consider Hollins House to be the best restaurant in the county, and it's our go-to place for special occasions. Even if there isn't a specific reason to celebrate, each dining experience there is a special occasion. We'll be back soon! More

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Woodstock's Pizza - Santa Cruz
Woodstock's Pizza - Santa Cruz
(15)
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Pizzeria | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

I reserved a table for dinner during a beach getaway in Santa Cruz. My boyfriend's birthday happened to fall on that evening, so I mentioned it in my reservation. When we arrived, we were led to a cozy both, already set for dinner, including a pitcher of ice water and glasses. Our server wished my boyfriend a happy birthday right away, then helped us select a beer from their extensive list and took our order. The pizzas were fresh and delicious. The beer was cold and refreshing. At the end of our meal, our server offered us a free cinnamon dessert, which our children loved. And when I received the check, I noticed we had been given a discount of 15% off of their already very reasonable prices, due to a birthday promo! This dinner was a high point of our vacation. We will definitely be back next time we visit Santa Cruz. More

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Soif Wine Bar Restaurant
Soif Wine Bar Restaurant
(757)
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

It was great to have my birthday dinner at Soif! Loved the food as well as the service. Spot on. More

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la Posta
la Posta
(1438)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

This is the first time we've tried the Neighborhood Tuesday dinner. Strolling musicians set an energetic and Italian vibe and an entree + glass of wine is $20. The new chef at La Posta has elevated the pizza - the crust was amazing. More

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Gabriella Cafe
Gabriella Cafe
(557)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

The food, wine and service are always excellent. We can always count on Gabriella's! More

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Laili
Laili
(2024)
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Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Food great as always. Very generous portions and served very hot and delicious. Service was a little sketchy. Our main waiter disappeared for long periods of time, but the other wait staff in the area covered by bringing our orders. Waiter also forgot one of the dishes we ordered. He was very apologetic and was extremely nice. I guess he may have had too many tables as I saw him both inside and in the garden taking orders. Food def made up for the service. More

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Suda
Suda
(96)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Very good food and creative flavors but service could be better. More

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Mozaic - Santa Cruz
Mozaic - Santa Cruz
(268)
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Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Waiter was fantastic!! More

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Oswald
Oswald
(1111)
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Fried chicken was great! More

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Back Nine Grill & Bar
Back Nine Grill & Bar
(88)
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Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

This was my third visit to Back Nine Grill & Bar. As before, this is a great place to meet with friends and have a conversation and very good food. The seating is very comfortable and the noise level is great even when every table is full we could hear each other and not conversations nearby. I intend to go back soon. More

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Malone's Grille
Malone's Grille
(32)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

What a jewel in the mountains! Despite the casual vibe, the food was truly outstanding, the service excellent, and the ambience on the patio was idyllic. Great live music too! More

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Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge
Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge
(951)
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Our last night in California and having dinner with a dear friend. Three years ago we discovered the Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge on vacation. It’s now been permanently added to our ‘must-go’ list of Northern California places! Food is delicious, service is stellar, and list of cocktails and wines never disappoints. Thanks again! More

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Vino Locale - Santa Cruz
Vino Locale - Santa Cruz
(10)
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Tapas / Small Plates | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Beautiful view and the local red wine flight was very good. Food was excellent and more interesting than most wine bars. More

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Pearl of the Ocean
Pearl of the Ocean
(91)
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Indian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Always excellent warming healthy creative flavorful comfort like food in a warm ambiance with incredible service! More

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Ristorante Italiano
Ristorante Italiano
(9)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Great service, great food. Our waitress was very attentive. We had 7 peoples so it was a little busy. All of the food and drinks were great. We would definitely come back again. More

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Splash!
Splash!
(26)
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Seafood | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Great staff! Fun place to eat! More

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The Water Street Grill
The Water Street Grill
(105)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

The inside is small and tight so we sat outside plus the patio is pet friendly. We really enjoyed our food and their signature teas were delicious. It is perfect for date night or just a quiet dinner More

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Solaire Restaurant + Bar
Solaire Restaurant + Bar
(166)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

We are locals that tried Solarie for dinner. We usually eat in SF, so our expectations are high! We had tried it once before for drinks, which were unique and delicious. Love the guitar player, soft, not loud-so you can hear yourself talk. I’m surprised there’s not a younger crowd after 9. Its such a cool ambience, and love the option of eating outside around the pool or outdoor fireplace. We will return! More

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Chaminade - Linwood's Bar and Grill
Chaminade - Linwood's Bar and Grill
(339)
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Every thing was amazing. The omelet station was on point! I will dine earlier next time to get fresher eggs Benedict ;-) and enjoy the bloody Mary bar it looked exquisite! More

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Ideal Bar & Grill
Ideal Bar & Grill
(134)
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Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Clam Chowder outstanding but stuffed salmon was dry. Disapointing More

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Chocolate the Restaurant
Chocolate the Restaurant
(191)
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Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Great food. Really nice service. Hot chocolate was best we’ve had! The French cheese wheel was super tasty too! More

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Hindquarter Bar & Grille
Hindquarter Bar & Grille
(1)
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Grill | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Great place for a nice meal. Have eaten there many times. The service is good and treat you well. More

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Cafe Iveta
Cafe Iveta
(1)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

love the laid back abiance and the fact that the patio is dog friendly. More

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El Chino Mexican Restaurant
El Chino Mexican Restaurant
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Bucci Incorporated
Bucci Incorporated
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Rumble Fish - Scotts Valley
Rumble Fish - Scotts Valley
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Seafood | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Cafe Carlos Mexican Restaurant
Cafe Carlos Mexican Restaurant
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Mexican | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Jia Tella's - Scotts Valley
Jia Tella's - Scotts Valley
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Fusion / Eclectic | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Santa Cruz Mountains Pasta
Santa Cruz Mountains Pasta
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Chill Out Cafe
Chill Out Cafe
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Kaito
Kaito
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Asian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Cliff Cafe
Cliff Cafe
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Pleasure Pizza
Pleasure Pizza
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Crow's Nest Restaurant
Crow's Nest Restaurant
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Moes Alley
Moes Alley
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Mexican | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Heather's Taco Shop
Heather's Taco Shop
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Mexican | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Guang Zho Chinese Restaurant
Guang Zho Chinese Restaurant
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Chinese | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Guang Zho Chinese Restaurant is a well-known Chinese restaurant that has locations throughout the country. Guests are invited to peruse the lengthy menu of freshly made dishes. Popular menu items include wonton soup, orange chicken, chicken chow mein, fish with black beans sauce, chili spicy shrimp, Kung Pao shrimp, ginger beef and Kung Pao prawn. All dishes that are served at Guang Zho Chinese Restaurant are made fresh to order, with only the best produce available.

Guang Zho Chinese Restaurant is a comfortable and inviting venue that is styled with colorful accent pieces, brick walls, comfortable table and booth seating, vibrant artwork and a blend of contemporary lighting styles.

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Casa Rositas
Casa Rositas
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Mexican | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Casa Rosita's is a traditional Mexican restaurant with some interesting and fun twists. The big draw is the incredible Super Burrito. This 6-pound burrito is known far and wide for its flavor and sheer size. Anyone who eats one all in one sitting is honored with a free T-shirt and the respect of the entire staff. Casa Rosita's staff makes a big deal anytime someone orders one, making sure the entire dining room knows what's happening.

Casa Rosita's also gets creative with its bar menu. There are traditional margaritas, mojitos and other fun rum and tequila cocktails. However, Casa Rosita's is the home of an incredibly interesting cocktail fusion. Here, guests can get the unique and delicious wine margarita, a combination of sour mix, lime, tequila, and the guest's choice of red or white wine.

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El Jardin
El Jardin
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Mexican | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

For a restaurant that serves a diverse menu of authentic Mexican fare and guarantees that "even the pickiest eater will be satisfied", visit El Jard�​n Restaurant in Santa Cruz, California. Stop in for a quick house made appetizer such as the guacamole dip or the fried taquitos, or stay with the whole family for a lingering lunch or dinner meal. Guests who visit El Jard�​n Restaurant can be treated with such items as steak enchiladas, pork sopes, homemade tamales, fish tacos, marinated carnitas, butter fried shrimp and more.

If you're an early riser, feel free to visit El Jard�​n Restaurant for Sunday brunch. Unique menu items include scrambled eggs with carne asada, breakfast burritos, chilaquiles and mashed potato taquitos. Add a specialty mimosa or bloody Mary to your breakfast dish for a refreshing and flavorful meal.

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Squeeze In
Squeeze In
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Mexican | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Squeeze In is located in the heart of Truckee, California and promises to serve the best omelets on the planet. The atmosphere at this establishment is very low-key and fun, making it a perfect place to enjoy a meal with family and friends. Squeeze In is a quirky place to eat with a vibrant and exciting menu to please.

In addition to a vast assortment of omelets and other food, you can also try a beer, bloody Mary or mimosa at Squeeze In. Some of the omelets to try are the racy Tracy and the Spanish flay, which were featured on Food Network. You will also find great brunch and dinner items, along with a little Squeezers menu for the kids. They can try the peanut butter and jelly sandwich or grilled cheese, both of which come with a drink.

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Abc Chinese Restaurant
Abc Chinese Restaurant
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Chinese | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

ABC Chinese Restaurant is a family friendly restaurant. Bring the whole family or join a group of friends for dinner. Choose from dinner specials like the ABC dinner, Szechwan dinner, Chef's special dinner or Seafood dinner. A la carte options include several soups like the chicken corn soup, chicken noodle soup or seafood sizzling rice soup. ABC Chinese restaurant offers pork, beef, poultry, duck and seafood dishes. There are plenty of vegetable based dishes for vegetarians like the snow pea with mushrooms, broccoli with cashew and bean curd in brown sauce. Enjoy an imported or domestic beer or a glass of house wine with your meal. Soft drinks, iced tea and milk are also available.

ABC Chinese Restaurant takes orders over the phone for take-out. Call ahead to ensure your order is ready when you arrive to pick it up.

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Scotts Valley Chinese Cuisine
Scotts Valley Chinese Cuisine
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Chinese | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Sate your hunger at Scotts Valley Chinese Cuisine. Nestled in the Kings Village Shopping Center, this casual dining restaurant serves up traditional Chinese cuisine in a friendly space. Flip through an extensive menu that showcases an appealing mix of appetizers, soup, main entrees and dining specials. Popular menu choices include the Kung Pao chicken, the Chinese chicken salad and Mongolian beef.

Scotts Valley Chinese Cuisine fits the bill if you're looking to grab a quick bite. The restaurant serves a daily lunch special, which comes with fried rice, soup and a diner's choice of entrée. Scotts Valley Chinese Cuisine also serves a tidy list of domestic and imported beer, wine and beverages to complement its meals.

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Tony & Albas Pizza And Pasta
Tony & Albas Pizza And Pasta
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Ambrosia Indian Bistro
Ambrosia Indian Bistro
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Indian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Jeffrey's Restaurant
Jeffrey's Restaurant
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Affordable Chef
Affordable Chef
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Aloha Island Grille
Aloha Island Grille
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Hawaiian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Aloha Island Grille, in Santa Cruz, celebrates traditional Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine with its delectable plates and Aloha spirit, all served in a welcoming and themed restaurant setting. The manapua dumplings filled with tangy char sui pork and the lomi salmon ceviche with tomatoes and onions in a chilled citrus broth make taste bud-tempting starters. Aloha Island Grille's specialty entrée dishes include the slow-roasted Kalua pig and cabbage, the crispy breaded and fried chicken katsu topped with a savory sauce, the loco moco rice topped with hamburger, gravy and two fried eggs and the grilled teriyaki vegetable plate served kabob style. Handhelds, like the crispy mahi mahi sandwich and the wiki wiki burger topped with grilled pineapple, are great for lunch or dinner and perfect alongside a cold Kona Brewery beer.

Save room for an Aloha Island Grille dessert, like the haupia coconut pudding or the macadamia nut brownie

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Lago Di Como
Lago Di Como
(312)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Super friendly staff that was very gracious trying accommodate my 2 year old son's picky eating. Very traditional Italian. Highly recommended. More

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Star Bene
Star Bene
(68)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Love Star Bene and will be returning tonight with a bottle of Hess wine. Nancy More

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May's Sushi & Grill
May's Sushi & Grill
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Sushi | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Santa Cruz Diners' Choice Winners

Santa Cruz's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club
Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club
(391)
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Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Great food and wonderful service, as usual, from Angel, who ALWAYS makes each meal a celebration, In this case, it was a birthday dinner and all three of us -- especially the birthday girl -- had a marvelous time. We all consider Hollins House to be the best restaurant in the county, and it's our go-to place for special occasions. Even if there isn't a specific reason to celebrate, each dining experience there is a special occasion. We'll be back soon! More

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la Posta
la Posta
(1438)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

This is the first time we've tried the Neighborhood Tuesday dinner. Strolling musicians set an energetic and Italian vibe and an entree + glass of wine is $20. The new chef at La Posta has elevated the pizza - the crust was amazing. More

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Soif Wine Bar Restaurant
Soif Wine Bar Restaurant
(757)
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

It was great to have my birthday dinner at Soif! Loved the food as well as the service. Spot on. More

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Gabriella Cafe
Gabriella Cafe
(557)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

The food, wine and service are always excellent. We can always count on Gabriella's! More

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Laili
Laili
(2024)
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Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Food great as always. Very generous portions and served very hot and delicious. Service was a little sketchy. Our main waiter disappeared for long periods of time, but the other wait staff in the area covered by bringing our orders. Waiter also forgot one of the dishes we ordered. He was very apologetic and was extremely nice. I guess he may have had too many tables as I saw him both inside and in the garden taking orders. Food def made up for the service. More

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Suda
Suda
(96)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Very good food and creative flavors but service could be better. More

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Mozaic - Santa Cruz
Mozaic - Santa Cruz
(268)
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Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Waiter was fantastic!! More

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Oswald
Oswald
(1111)
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Fried chicken was great! More

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Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge
Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge
(951)
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Our last night in California and having dinner with a dear friend. Three years ago we discovered the Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge on vacation. It’s now been permanently added to our ‘must-go’ list of Northern California places! Food is delicious, service is stellar, and list of cocktails and wines never disappoints. Thanks again! More

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Ristorante Italiano
Ristorante Italiano
(9)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Great service, great food. Our waitress was very attentive. We had 7 peoples so it was a little busy. All of the food and drinks were great. We would definitely come back again. More

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