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Diners' Choice: Best Service restaurants in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Updated May 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the best service in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Mozaic - Santa Cruz restaurant
4.6
4.6 (461)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
We named our restaurant Mozaic because we wanted to capture the diversity of flavors and culmination of authentic Mediterranean dishes that we offer. We bring together the best of Mediterranean recipes from Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Sicily, emphasizing Middle Eastern influence.

Our menu is hand-crafted after years of experience in the restaurant business knowing what people like. We make every dish completely authentic, utilizing 100 years old techniques that have been passed down through generations to bring you incredible flavor. COME AND TASTE THE DIFFERENCE We seek only the best, local ingredients. We use high-quality meats, like our Australian lamb tenderloin and select only sustainable seafood. Our lavash comes from an authentic Persian bakery.

Everyone wants family. Mozaic is a warm and inviting atmosphere where everyone can feel at home. Come enjoy our incredible and lush atmosphere.

Top review
NatashaP
Dined on May 3, 2024
Excellent food and great service. So glad we went here and would highly recommend this wonderful eatery!! Tiramisu is a must!!!
A photo of Chocolate the Restaurant restaurant
4.6
4.6 (62)
$30 and under
Californian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
At Chocolate the Restaurant, we provide an attractive dining environment for couples on dates, friendly meetings, family meals, and for groups up to 20. Dine outside on our covered, heated patio. Celebrate special occasions with up to 25 guests in our private street-side party room. Maybe start with Chocolate Martini or a Passion Fruit Margarita. Our slow-roasted meats, fresh baked pasta, delicious seasonal salads are all a prelude to our many chocolaty desserts. Our wine list focuses on local and on Italian wines. Our cocktails are all made from scratch; often using locally distilled spirits. We are at your service for dinner every night! Weekend lunches too. We are open every holiday except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 7 days ago
We had reservations for outside but were accommodated to move inside since it was too cold and noisy. Love the relaxed atmosphere and friendliness of the owner and staff. Had the chocolate mezcal martini and it was perfect since I did not want a sweet drink and wanted to taste the mezcal. The food was outstanding! And most of their desserts gluten-free. I had a chocolate layer cake that was delicious.
A photo of The Water Street Grill restaurant
4.8
4.8 (291)
$30 and under
American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Our local restaurant in Santa Cruz Ca is Family owned, The Water Street Grill is a neighborhood Grill, steak,seafood,burger and wine-Beer Bar offering farm-to-table food, handcrafted drink and a selection of intriguing, affordable Firestone Drafted beers & great selection of wines. We have been more the 20 years in the Restaurant business, we are very committed our restaurant to treat customers with the most respect and let us also handle any event you having, will make it unforgettable moment.
Top review
DennisSvip
Dined on May 10, 2024
We had an amazing relaxing dinner. Food was delicious and our server, Shelley, made the experience memorable!
A photo of Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1935)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Soquel
About the restaurant
Cafe Cruz is a popular and lively local restaurant. We offer casual/fine dining with a full bar, indoor and heated patio dining. Guests enjoy watching the "magic" created in our open copper-backed kitchen each night by our talented team of chefs. Notable features include many locally sourced foods, nightly sustainable seafood specials, and many creative salad and vegetable options. Our innovative pastas and sandwiches are always a hit.
Spit-Roasted meats are featured each night, cooked on a french Rotisol rotisserie. The lush garden room can seat larger parties of up to 35. Guests enjoy our warm friendly service, our many seating options, and exceptionally delicious food.

Top review
RonaldSvip
Dined on May 8, 2024
Cafe Cruz is consistently delicious and service good!
A photo of la Posta restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2244)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Select from a menu that features dishes composed of locally sourced ingredients as well as house-made pastas, naturally leavened breads and pizzas from our brick oven.

Because we rely on the bounty of the Santa Cruz farming community, our menu changes frequently and features a wide array of specials. La Posta’s all-Italian wine list includes autochthonous varieties from small producers, by-the-glass and by the bottle.

La Posta adheres to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program and is a certified City of Santa Cruz Green Business.

We are so thankful for the incredible support from our customers and community.

We will continue to adjust our service based upon best practices for keeping our staff and community safe.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 9, 2024
Always surprised by the continually updated menu - never disappoints
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A photo of Suda restaurant
4.5
4.5 (359)
$31 to $50
American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Pairing seasonal produce from local farmers with line caught fish and lean, hormone-free beef, the menu at Süda stays as fresh as the ingredients. With a variety of inventive dishes, including vegan and gluten free options, there is truly something for everyone.

The atmosphere at the bar is lively, while booths offer diners a more intimate experience making Süda the perfect place for a casual meal with friends or a night out with someone special. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can enjoy fresh food whenever your heart desires.



Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on May 10, 2024
E I had lobster ravioli in lobster bisque sauce over a bed of spinach. It was excellent! I highly recommend this place.
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4.7
4.7 (1576)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Oswald is a contemporary American restaurant and bar that focuses on the abundance of delicious ingredients found on the central coast of California. Oswald features an eclectic, international wine list and an exciting, seasonal bar program. While the decor is spare and modern, the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. Oswald features new art shows every two months.

We do have first come tables available in the lounge as well as bar seats.
Come by and see if there is a table or seat for you.

Top review
PaulaM
Dined 7 days ago
We had an amazing evening! Our service was fantastic and everything we ate was delicious. From the crab & avocado appetizer to the lamb, halibut and hamburger- it was simply wonderful!
A photo of Sugo Italian Pasta Bar restaurant
4.9
4.9 (225)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
A European concept-restaurant of traditional Italian cuisine; a modern and dynamic service, that allows customers to enjoy fresh, organic and authentic italian food through a selection of appetizer, panini, pizza and salads, and obviously our specialty: "Pasta".
Top review
Sissvip
Dined on Apr 28, 2024
Our party of four all had a wonderful dining experience. FIL is a native Italian— loved it. MIL is very fussy— loved it. DH is a big foodie and wine guy— loved it. I am gf and cannot tolerate any acid yet I was still able to have a delicious and beautiful meal here. They offer gluten free pasta and gluten free ravioli, as well as several other gf options. I ordered the gf kale and mozzarella ravioli with a butter sauce, beautiful scampi that they made without seasoning for my convenience, they added lots of fresh basil at my request. Waitstaff were incredibly accommodating and completely gracious.
A photo of Gabriella Cafe restaurant
4.8
4.8 (939)
$50 and over
Italian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Zagat rated as "OUTSTANDING". Gabriella Cafe is a 50 seat, picturesque and romantic dining experience in downtown Santa Cruz.
Top review
RobO
Dined 6 days ago
We went for Mother's Day brunch and really enjoyed it. We were seated quickly, service was very friendly, and the food was timely. Eggs Benedict were quite good, but the waffle did not seem freshly made (seemed just a little old from sitting in the kitchen). All in all, we liked it and will return for dinner.
A photo of Laili restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2777)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Laili is our expression of love through food and service. We offer a unique menu made up of fusion Afghani Mediterranean items that include kabobs, wraps, flatbreads, pastas, and spiced lamb and chicken dishes as well as delicious vegetarian options.

Laili Restaurant "BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT", Good Times 2023, Voted #1

Rich Mediterranean Flavors with a Unique Afghan Twist in the Heart of Downtown Santa Cruz.
Currently taking reservations for lunch and dinner, walk-ins welcome too.

Dine in our elegant, secluded, off street patio. Visit our website for event information.

Top review
HaliFaxvip
Dined 2 days ago
I will visit again. The soup of the day was very very nice.
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