Best American Restaurants in Santa Cruz

The Water Street GrillThe Water Street Grill
(59)
$$$$
American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today
Solaire Restaurant + BarSolaire Restaurant + Bar
(142)
$$$$
American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today
Persephone RestaurantPersephone Restaurant
(136)
$$$$
American | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 4 times today
Pino Alto Restaurant - Cabrillo CollegePino Alto Restaurant - Cabrillo College
(144)
$$$$
American | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Sanderlings - Seascape ResortSanderlings - Seascape Resort
(521)
$$$$
American | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 6 times today
SpruceSpruce
(2851)
$$$$
American | Presidio Heights, San Francisco
Booked 105 times today
BoulevardBoulevard
(6530)
$$$$
American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Booked 148 times today
The Village PubThe Village Pub
(2187)
$$$$
American | Woodside, Peninsula
Booked 98 times today
Esin Restaurant and BarEsin Restaurant and Bar
(4066)
$$$$
American | Danville, East Bay
Booked 68 times today
Ad HocAd Hoc
(5475)
$$$$
American | Yountville, Wine Country
Booked 86 times today
Farmstead at Long Meadow RanchFarmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
(3754)
$$$$
American | St. Helena, Wine Country
Booked 94 times today
Firefly RestaurantFirefly Restaurant
(1685)
$$$$
American | Noe Valley, San Francisco
Booked 35 times today
TownTown
(4240)
$$$$
American | San Carlos, Peninsula
Booked 182 times today
Balboa Cafe - SFBalboa Cafe - SF
(8)
$$$$
American | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
Booked 2 times today
TrestleTrestle
(850)
$$$$
American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Booked 96 times today
Mustards GrillMustards Grill
(6006)
$$$$
American | Yountville, Wine Country
Booked 75 times today
John Bentley's - Redwood CityJohn Bentley's - Redwood City
(1549)
$$$$
American | Redwood City, Peninsula
Booked 34 times today
CauswellsCauswells
(239)
$$$$
American | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
Booked 24 times today
MarloweMarlowe
(2097)
$$$$
American | SOMA, San Francisco
Booked 98 times today

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Cruz

la Postala Posta
(1140)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 12 times today
Gabriella CafeGabriella Cafe
(306)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 5 times today
Star BeneStar Bene
(62)
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 3 times today
AcquerelloAcquerello
(2190)
$$$$
Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Booked 23 times today
CotognaCotogna
(1897)
$$$$
Italian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Booked 104 times today
Jackson Fillmore TrattoriaJackson Fillmore Trattoria
(831)
$$$$
Italian | Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Booked 29 times today
Seven HillsSeven Hills
(989)
$$$$
Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Booked 39 times today
La CicciaLa Ciccia
(2113)
$$$$
Italian | Noe Valley, San Francisco
Booked 28 times today
Ristorante MilanoRistorante Milano
(1252)
$$$$
Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Booked 19 times today
Gioia PizzeriaGioia Pizzeria
(235)
$$$$
Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Booked 20 times today
Cook St. HelenaCook St. Helena
(85)
$$$$
Italian | St. Helena, Wine Country
Booked 19 times today
Locanda Osteria & BarLocanda Osteria & Bar
(71)
$$$$
Italian | Mission, San Francisco
Booked 14 times today
Belotti Ristorante e BottegaBelotti Ristorante e Bottega
(525)
$$$$
Italian | Oakland, East Bay
Booked 52 times today
Da FloraDa Flora
(60)
$$$$
Italian | North Beach, San Francisco
Booked 5 times today
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar - HealdsburgBaci Cafe & Wine Bar - Healdsburg
(1548)
$$$$
Italian | Healdsburg, Wine Country
Booked 25 times today
Bistro Don Giovanni -- NapaBistro Don Giovanni -- Napa
(3599)
$$$$
Italian | Napa, Wine Country
Booked 73 times today
Pane e Vino TrattoriaPane e Vino Trattoria
(420)
$$$$
Italian | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
Booked 15 times today
SocialeSociale
(1561)
$$$$
Italian | Presidio Heights, San Francisco
Booked 21 times today

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Santa Cruz Restaurants

Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf ClubHollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club
281 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 5 times today

Once again we love to dine at holidays. The Dining Room was festive and beautifully decorate. We always like the menu but appreciated the evening entree special of duck confit with grilled vegetables. Best of all, Hanna, the new server was friendly and attentive. Very nice evening. More

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LailiLaili
1642 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 42 times today

Fabulous food. Wonderful waitress. She was kind, knowledgeable and attentive. The entire experience was wonderful. More

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la Postala Posta
1140 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 12 times today

Creative seasonal menu with top quality ingredients. I have eaten at La Posta since second year it opened and have never been disappointed. The salads are an inspiration. Last visit I ate trout which was delicious. Pastas are sensational. Pizza crusts crisp with original toppings. Lovely French wines. Staff is knowledgeable about food because they try dishes beginning of night. Bread is also sold and superb. More

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OswaldOswald
887 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 22 times today

We went for a weekday lunch and found the menu to be surprisingly varied. My brother had the skirt steak with sautéed vegetables and liked it. My wife and I had the sautéed spinach and farro with a fried egg and it was delicious; perfect for vegetarians. More

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Star BeneStar Bene
62 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 3 times today

The ambiance was lovely, the portions were generous and fresh tasting! Pricing was fair. The only thing I would say negative is the waitperson was not very personable. No smiles, very serious..but we have dined in this location through all of the restaurant changes and still enjoy the location and the food! Overall a great experience! More

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Gabriella CafeGabriella Cafe
306 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 5 times today

The food is excellent. Very creative local produce and ingredients. The Brussels sprouts are a great starter. More

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The Water Street GrillThe Water Street Grill
59 reviews
$$$$
American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

Nice little place in Santa Cruz near the new Hyatt. Highly recommend. More

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Mozaic - Santa CruzMozaic - Santa Cruz
101 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 7 times today

As always everything was awesome including the staff. I hadnt been to come om a while due to a back injury, so when i was able to come back is if i never left. I love this place, the staff including owners greet and treat you like family. For those who have visited this place its a must. More

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Back Nine Grill & BarBack Nine Grill & Bar
66 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

This place has a good feel to it. My husband and I started with the coconut prawn appetizer. Our entrées included the flat iron steak (him) and blue cheese & pear salad (w/chicken added) and then we shared a berry cobbler a la mode. It was all delicious. Look forward to our next visit there. We were on our way from Santa cruz to Los Gatos to see the holiday light show at Vasona Lake Park. Great place to stop when your coming or going "over the hill" (across the Santa Cruz mountains via Hwy 17). More

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Soif Wine Bar RestaurantSoif Wine Bar Restaurant
601 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 13 times today

I love Soif, Mondays are great! Not sure I love the new menu... the food is good, but I miss the oysters and the special hamburger! More

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Chocolate the RestaurantChocolate the Restaurant
108 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

My husband and I came here for the first time on 1/13/18; we really enjoyed our experience and the meal - especially the dessert! I love the dessert menu, I had the Lena hot chocolate and we shared 2 different gelatos. The occasion was really just to have a special weekend for ourselves, in anticipation of our first baby, due to arrive in a few months! More

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Ideal Bar & GrillIdeal Bar & Grill
68 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 4 times today

Our server was excellent, chef’s special was amazing, a great end to a fun day exploring the area:) More

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Aquarius - Dream InnAquarius - Dream Inn
753 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 2 times today

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. More

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Woodstock's Pizza - Santa CruzWoodstock's Pizza - Santa Cruz
4 reviews
$$$$
Pizzeria | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

Had a good sized crowd..made reservation online. Our table was ready when we arrived..pizza was good. service was good. I would call the price of pizza average to a little high. The pizza quality was worth the money A nice place overall More

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Jaguar RestaurantJaguar Restaurant
36 reviews
$$$$
Provencal | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Interesting regional cuisine. Only minor concern was on the evening we went here the restaurant was completely full and both the kitchen and wait staff were not sufficient for the number of customers served. It was between Christmas and New Years so perhaps that accounted for what seemed like a short staff. More

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Pearl of the OceanPearl of the Ocean
75 reviews
$$$$
Indian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

This is my new favorite place! Yummy organic, locally sourced & VEGAN sri lankan food. I had the triple mushroom curry with brown rice & salad rolls and 2 glasses of their signature wine. The owner/chef was also serving due to pre-holiday reduction in staff and she never gave off any impression that she was hurried or harried but was lovely and friendly and helpful. The food was fresh, interesting & delicious. The wine was sweet, rich and full bodied and fun to drink. One of my favorite things was the ambience was like a cafe with mellow dimmed lighting. It has less than 20 tables and the result is you can converse with your friend/s. This may not seem like a big deal but I am hearing impaired so a general din as you find in most restaurants was noticeably missing here & it made the whole dining experience so peaceful. Prices were reasonable and the food was excellent. I'll be back!! Thank you. More

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SudaSuda
3 reviews
$$$$
American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

We were a last minute group of 12 and the restaurant did a great job accommodating us. The food was great - good variety but not an overwhelming menu and everyone loved what they picked. I was personally in the mood for a vegetarian meal, and the kale-Caesar and cauliflower were perfect! Loved this gem in the tourist town of Santa Cruz I felt like we found the great place where the locals and visitors alike eat. Bartender was fantastic, hostess and manager were so helpful - we will be back! More

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Chaminade - Linwood's Bar and GrillChaminade - Linwood's Bar and Grill
209 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 4 times today

Excellent service. Monday night, so it was quiet. Nice atmosphere, great for visiting. Food a little cold, not as tasty as I'd of expected for the price. More

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Hoffman's DowntownHoffman's Downtown
267 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 7 times today

Hoffman ‘s is great for thanksgiving dinner. Strongly recommend. More

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Solaire Restaurant + BarSolaire Restaurant + Bar
142 reviews
$$$$
American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

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Santa Cruz Diners' Choice Winners

Santa Cruz's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
LailiLaili
1642 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 42 times today

Fabulous food. Wonderful waitress. She was kind, knowledgeable and attentive. The entire experience was wonderful. More

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Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf ClubHollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club
281 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 5 times today

Once again we love to dine at holidays. The Dining Room was festive and beautifully decorate. We always like the menu but appreciated the evening entree special of duck confit with grilled vegetables. Best of all, Hanna, the new server was friendly and attentive. Very nice evening. More

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la Postala Posta
1140 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 12 times today

Creative seasonal menu with top quality ingredients. I have eaten at La Posta since second year it opened and have never been disappointed. The salads are an inspiration. Last visit I ate trout which was delicious. Pastas are sensational. Pizza crusts crisp with original toppings. Lovely French wines. Staff is knowledgeable about food because they try dishes beginning of night. Bread is also sold and superb. More

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OswaldOswald
887 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 22 times today

We went for a weekday lunch and found the menu to be surprisingly varied. My brother had the skirt steak with sautéed vegetables and liked it. My wife and I had the sautéed spinach and farro with a fried egg and it was delicious; perfect for vegetarians. More

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Gabriella CafeGabriella Cafe
306 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 5 times today

The food is excellent. Very creative local produce and ingredients. The Brussels sprouts are a great starter. More

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Mozaic - Santa CruzMozaic - Santa Cruz
101 reviews
$$$$
Mediterranean | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 7 times today

As always everything was awesome including the staff. I hadnt been to come om a while due to a back injury, so when i was able to come back is if i never left. I love this place, the staff including owners greet and treat you like family. For those who have visited this place its a must. More

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Soif Wine Bar RestaurantSoif Wine Bar Restaurant
601 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 13 times today

I love Soif, Mondays are great! Not sure I love the new menu... the food is good, but I miss the oysters and the special hamburger! More

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Chocolate the RestaurantChocolate the Restaurant
108 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 1 time today

My husband and I came here for the first time on 1/13/18; we really enjoyed our experience and the meal - especially the dessert! I love the dessert menu, I had the Lena hot chocolate and we shared 2 different gelatos. The occasion was really just to have a special weekend for ourselves, in anticipation of our first baby, due to arrive in a few months! More

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Ideal Bar & GrillIdeal Bar & Grill
68 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 4 times today

Our server was excellent, chef’s special was amazing, a great end to a fun day exploring the area:) More

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Aquarius - Dream InnAquarius - Dream Inn
753 reviews
$$$$
Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Booked 2 times today

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. More

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