Best American Restaurants in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Pino Alto Restaurant - Cabrillo CollegePino Alto Restaurant - Cabrillo College
(165)
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American | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Persephone RestaurantPersephone Restaurant
(232)
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American | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Paradise Beach GrilleParadise Beach Grille
(128)
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American | Capitola, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
The Water Street GrillThe Water Street Grill
(86)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Sanderlings - Seascape ResortSanderlings - Seascape Resort
(581)
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American | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Solaire Restaurant + BarSolaire Restaurant + Bar
(156)
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American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
BoulevardBoulevard
(7141)
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
SpruceSpruce
(3157)
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American | Presidio Heights, San Francisco
The Village PubThe Village Pub
(2423)
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American | Woodside, Peninsula
Ad HocAd Hoc
(6038)
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American | Yountville, Wine Country
Balboa Cafe - SFBalboa Cafe - SF
(11)
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American | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
Firefly RestaurantFirefly Restaurant
(1896)
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American | Noe Valley, San Francisco
Barrel Head BrewhouseBarrel Head Brewhouse
(11)
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American | North Panhandle / USF, San Francisco
TrestleTrestle
(1139)
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
TownTown
(4695)
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American | San Carlos, Peninsula
Mustards GrillMustards Grill
(6761)
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American | Yountville, Wine Country
Farmstead at Long Meadow RanchFarmstead at Long Meadow Ranch
(4330)
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American | St. Helena, Wine Country
MarketMarket
(2443)
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American | St. Helena, Wine Country

Best Italian Restaurants in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

la Postala Posta
(1299)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
Gabriella CafeGabriella Cafe
(420)
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Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos
AcquerelloAcquerello
(2265)
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Seven HillsSeven Hills
(1196)
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
CotognaCotogna
(2253)
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Italian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
La CicciaLa Ciccia
(2216)
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Italian | Noe Valley, San Francisco
Jackson Fillmore TrattoriaJackson Fillmore Trattoria
(922)
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Italian | Pacific Heights, San Francisco
Ristorante MilanoRistorante Milano
(1353)
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco
Da FloraDa Flora
(93)
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Italian | North Beach, San Francisco
Locanda Osteria & BarLocanda Osteria & Bar
(111)
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Italian | Mission, San Francisco
Baci Cafe & Wine Bar - HealdsburgBaci Cafe & Wine Bar - Healdsburg
(1866)
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Italian | Healdsburg, Wine Country
Bistro Don Giovanni -- NapaBistro Don Giovanni -- Napa
(4275)
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Italian | Napa, Wine Country
Cook St. HelenaCook St. Helena
(216)
$$$$
Italian | St. Helena, Wine Country
Pane e Vino TrattoriaPane e Vino Trattoria
(494)
$$$$
Italian | Marina / Cow Hollow / Presidio, San Francisco
FiorellaFiorella
(456)
$$$$
Italian | Richmond District, San Francisco

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Shirasoni
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Japanese | Alameda
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Wako Japanese RestaurantWako Japanese Restaurant
274
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Japanese | Richmond District, San Francisco
OmakaseOmakase
309
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Japanese | SOMA, San Francisco
BenuBenu
1436
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Contemporary American | SOMA, San Francisco
QuinceQuince
2344
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Californian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Ijji SushiIjji Sushi
177
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Japanese | North Panhandle / USF, San Francisco
Gary DankoGary Danko
515
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Contemporary French / American | Fisherman's Wharf, San Francisco
Sons & DaughtersSons & Daughters
1204
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Contemporary American | Nob Hill, San Francisco
CoiCoi
1342
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Contemporary American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Jeanne D'Arc - Cornell Hotel De FranceJeanne D'Arc - Cornell Hotel De France
709
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French | Downtown / Union Square, San Francisco
Seven HillsSeven Hills
1196
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Italian | Russian Hill, San Francisco

Local Favorites: The 20 Best Restaurants in San Francisco

The top restaurants in the city, according to our savvy dining experts.
Tartine ManufactoryTartine Manufactory
609
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American | Mission, San Francisco
Foreign CinemaForeign Cinema
6000
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Californian | Mission, San Francisco
Zuni CafeZuni Cafe
5820
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Modern European | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
The ProgressThe Progress
826
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Contemporary American | Western Addition, San Francisco
Kokkari EstiatorioKokkari Estiatorio
5913
$$$$
Mediterranean | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Wayfare TavernWayfare Tavern
4907
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
House of Prime RibHouse of Prime Rib
9341
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Steak | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Monsieur BenjaminMonsieur Benjamin
1726
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French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
CotognaCotogna
2253
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Italian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Slanted DoorSlanted Door
10307
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Vietnamese | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
MarloweMarlowe
2322
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American | SOMA, San Francisco
Park TavernPark Tavern
2282
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American | North Beach, San Francisco
BoulevardBoulevard
7141
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American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Rich TableRich Table
1562
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Californian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
MouradMourad
1660
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Californian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
SpruceSpruce
3157
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American | Presidio Heights, San Francisco
BellotaBellota
742
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Spanish | SOMA, San Francisco
OctaviaOctavia
1089
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Contemporary American | Pacific Heights, San Francisco
August (1) FiveAugust (1) Five
812
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Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
PerbaccoPerbacco
5512
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Italian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco

The Top 15 Restaurants by Cuisine in San Francisco

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MarloweMarlowe
2322
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American | SOMA, San Francisco
CotognaCotogna
2253
$$$$
Italian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Monsieur BenjaminMonsieur Benjamin
1726
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French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Akiko's Restaurant & Sushi BarAkiko's Restaurant & Sushi Bar
1021
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Japanese | Downtown / Union Square, San Francisco
Leo's Oyster BarLeo's Oyster Bar
433
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Seafood | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Kokkari EstiatorioKokkari Estiatorio
5913
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Mediterranean | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
CalaCala
376
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Mexican | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
BellotaBellota
742
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Spanish | SOMA, San Francisco
China LiveChina Live
578
$$$$
Chinese | Chinatown, San Francisco
August (1) FiveAugust (1) Five
812
$$$$
Indian | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
House of Prime RibHouse of Prime Rib
9341
$$$$
Steak | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
MouradMourad
1660
$$$$
Californian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Slanted DoorSlanted Door
10307
$$$$
Vietnamese | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
In SituIn Situ
507
$$$$
Global, International | SOMA, San Francisco
Hawker Fare- SFHawker Fare- SF
362
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Thai | Mission, San Francisco

San Francisco’s 10 Most Iconic Restaurants

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Kokkari EstiatorioKokkari Estiatorio
5913
$$$$
Mediterranean | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Foreign CinemaForeign Cinema
6000
$$$$
Californian | Mission, San Francisco
House of Prime RibHouse of Prime Rib
9341
$$$$
Steak | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Zuni CafeZuni Cafe
5820
$$$$
Modern European | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
Slanted DoorSlanted Door
10307
$$$$
Vietnamese | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
Absinthe Brasserie and Bar - SFAbsinthe Brasserie and Bar - SF
5657
$$$$
French | Civic Center / Hayes Valley / Van Ness, San Francisco
MarloweMarlowe
2322
$$$$
American | SOMA, San Francisco
BoulevardBoulevard
7141
$$$$
American | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco
SpruceSpruce
3157
$$$$
American | Presidio Heights, San Francisco
PerbaccoPerbacco
5512
$$$$
Italian | Financial District / Embarcadero, San Francisco

Treat your taste buds: Explore Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos restaurants.

Specials at top restaurants in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Chaminade - Linwood's Bar and GrillChaminade - Linwood's Bar and Grill
268 reviews
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Contemporary American | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Lovely place with a beautiful view. Nice food for brunch and very good service. Fun for a special occasion! More

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Tigelleria Organic RestaurantTigelleria Organic Restaurant
1193 reviews
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Italian | Campbell, San Jose / Silicon Valley

We had a table for 8 so they put us in a private room in the back and the service was excellent! There wasn’t a special occasion, but we were treated like royalty! I have always loved the food there, but now I can say the food AND the service are the best! More

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LV MarLV Mar
625 reviews
$$$$
Tapas / Small Plates | Redwood City, Peninsula

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We have gone here several times and we have never been disappointed with the food or the service. This is great for the tapas and drinks. Their menu changes and it is always interesting to see what they have. It is not a large menu but worth stopping in for a quick bite. I would highly recommend reservations especially during the weekend nights. More

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Ozumo - San JoseOzumo - San Jose
68 reviews
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Japanese | San Jose, San Jose / Silicon Valley

This was our fourth visit to Ozumo. Great food, great service! More

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Waterdog TavernWaterdog Tavern
382 reviews
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Comfort Food | Belmont, Peninsula

The food, service and ambiance was very good. Parking is easy, too. The sea bass, fried chicken and brussel sprouts were outstanding. We dine here regularly and this week was Waterdog’s 2nd anniversary. I had written a critical review of Waterdog a month ago after a disappointing meal to celebrate a birthday. We have eaten there several times since then and every meal has been excellent. I highly recommend Waterdog! More

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Diners' Choice Winners: Best Overall

Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos's best restaurants based upon thousands of OpenTable diner reviews
Cafe Sparrow1. Cafe Sparrow
288 reviews
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French | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

The ambiance and service were great. The food was ok (brie toast was soggy and the asparagus was undercooked). The highlight of the meal was the porkchops, which were cooked perfectly. More

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Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club2. Hollins House - Pasatiempo Golf Club
341 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

We went to Hollins House for our anniversary. I can't say how very PLEASED we were with the meal! The service was friendly but very professional. The zin we ordered on our wait person's recommendation was fantastic. The meal was divine and the prices were surprisingly reasonable! We'll be eating there again. More

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Home - Soquel3. Home - Soquel
253 reviews
$$$$
Californian | Soquel, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Took our son here for his birthday dinner, it was fabulous. Very good food, very different menu. we all loved it. More

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la Posta4. la Posta
1299 reviews
$$$$
Italian | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Excellent dinner, service, ambiance, and refreshing to find a place that you can dine at after 9pm. Highly recommended dining experience. More

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Persephone Restaurant5. Persephone Restaurant
232 reviews
$$$$
American | Aptos, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

Persephone is our goto place for special occasion dining in our area. The food is delicious, inventive, and well-prepared. The service is excellent. The wine list is not extensive, but well-priced, and the Italian selections are terrific. It is pricy, but worth it. More

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Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos restaurants that recently joined the OpenTable network
Vino Locale - Santa CruzVino Locale - Santa Cruz
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Bistro | Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

A unique wine and tapas bar specializing in local wines and delicious food. With spacious indoor seating and ocean views, it is ideal for private events or just a moment to relax. Vino Locale invites you to come enjoy panoramic vistas from the wharf, great wines, and a little Santa Cruz charm!More