Hollins House Mothers Day Brunch Buffet
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Guest ordered pizza. Didn’t arrive until others had finished their meal. Waitress disconnected.
Last minute Saturday night dinner plan. We had a great seat by the window with a view of Santa Cruz. Service by Alex was fantastic. Food was very, very good. We'll be back more often when it gets a little warmer to sit outside at night. One of the area's best restaurants.
THE FOOD, SERVICE, AND AMBIANCE WERE EXCELLENT. IT WAS A SPECIAL BIRTHDAY WITH A SPECIAL FAMILY MEMBER AND A CLOSE FRIEND. WE HAD A TABLE OVERLOOKING SANTA CRUZ--A WONDERFUL VIEW. EVERYTHING CONSPIRED TO MAKE IT AN UNFORGETTABLE MEAL AND GET-TOGETHER.
The chef and restaurant manger are tops! Food is always excellent and offers tremendous diversity in the choices. Service is always quick and friendly.
Hollins House is always a treat - whether it's a special occasion or just a night out for dinner - the experience is always memorable. With a warm atmosphere in a beautiful dining setting overlooking Santa Cruz and the Monterey Bay over the beautiful Pasatiempo Golf Course, Hollins House sets a stage for a memorable event. The wait staff is friendly, warm and professional and cater to making every dining experience special. The chef creates amazing dishes that you will be sure to be back for. On the menu, one can close your eyes, just point, and you won't go wrong. We are so lucky to have Hollins House as a local gem. I highly recommend it for any and all occasions.
It’s always a great experience at The Hollins House. They put special touches on everything! The food is fresh and delicious.
Our favorite Santa Cruz restaurant overall. Amazing views of the Monterey Bay and sunsets. Food is top shelf, full bar and great wine list too.
Great ambience including a nice fire in fireplace. Our server, Alex, was exceptional, his timing was spot on, and he was friendly without being intrusive. I enjoyed an excellent Margarita, and the appetizer, salad, and main were all delicious and distinctive .
Only thing off was the music which was terrible 50’s pop (on my short list of least favorite music) and didn’t fit with overall vibe of the restaurant.
Still a local's best-kept secret for delicious, creative dishes in just the right portions. I simply can't resist the octopus salad, which varies slightly depending on the season. The service typically is attentive, but not obsequious, and prompt. Wish the dining room had more character. That said, the view's unparalleled. The Hollins House is a sure bet for everyday dining or a special occasion.
A nice assortment on the menu with beautiful presentation, and amazing service. Great for special occasions or just a quiet evening with someone special. The view of Santa Cruz and the bay is spectacular also.
Love the Hollins House! John Paul is a creative and innovative chef! Such a wonderful atmosphere! Plannng our wedding here!!
The Valentine's Day tasting menu was not up to expectations, although the wine pairing was well done. Excellent service! I think the new chef will deliver given a bit more time to settle in. Hollins House is a classic white table cloth dining room. Beautiful views on light summer evenings. Decent cocktails but there's better bartenders in town.
The food is always excellent. The service, too; and we are lucky to have gotten the same server twice and he is the best! Sunset over Santa Cruz as seen from Hollins House is simply exquisite, especially at this time of year. We'll be back, and soon!
We enjoyed our dinner last night. Friendly, delicious, and the waiter, Angel, was excellent.
Thank you for a wonderful evening!
Karen and Charles Leigh-Wood
It was our first time there having the wood fired pizza specials, they were great. Our server, Hannah, was delightful. Two thumbs up.
Without question the Hollins House is the finest high end restaurant in Santa Cruz County! As nice as the setting is, the food and service is even better! I would highly recommend the Hollins House and look forward to going back soon.
EXCELLENT! A hidden gem in Santa Cruz. Jon Paul the chef is amazingly creative.
My Monterey sole was delicious, and my husband's lamb shank was one of the best he's ever had. The wine list was quite good, and our server was outstanding. The ambience was warm and welcoming, with a spectacular view. We had an early dinner, so it was quiet and very amenable to conversation. It's one of our very favorite restaurants, and the perfect place for date night for 28-year marrieds--very romantic!
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.
the menu in the dining room is perfect, and we found it difficult to choose an entree and salad since everything looked so good. We each had a different entree, and all three were fabulous. Chef JP and his staff have improved the quality of food at Hollins House 100! We look forward to going back soon since we're local.
Service not up to part this time. Food always good
Our server went above and beyond our needs. Very tasty food. Amazing Chef.
The food was delicious and very high quality, and the choices plentiful and beautifully presented. The service was attentive and efficient. It was pricey enough that it was fine for a special occasion (Thanksgiving) but more than we would ordinarily spend on brunch.
A hidden gem in the foothills of Santa Cruz with panoramic views of the bay, great food, and excellent service.
All around a great meal.
The flavors were so good
The food here was good, and the servers all provided good service. However, the kitchen was awful. First we had a cheese plate. When we were done with that, we had to wait over 30 minutes for our entrees. No one came over to tell us our food would be there soon. It was not a good experience. I couldn't wait to get out of there so we skipped dessert. We were afraid of how long it would take to arrive..
We have had a number of dinners here over the past couple of years and have always had an a completely enjoyable evening. The food and wait staff are both always great.
It is one of the places we go when we want more than just great food, but want a special evening.
Hollins House offers a beautiful view of the Santa Cruz Coast from atop a green knoll
on the Pasatiempo Golf Course. It is well known as a desirable location for weddings
and other events where environment is as important as service and quality foods.
We started our evening in the bar where we watched the shoreline fade into the dusk and
chatted with an amiable waiter. The service personal were very hospitable and
on point. We choose a bottle of wine which followed us to our table. This is a white table
cloth and candles restaurant.
After we were seated we were offered warm bread with oilve oil and a balsamic reduction.
Musing over the menu we noticed that it was not as large as we expected. The entrees were interesting but there was no pork or veal on the menu. We had a nice butter lettuce salad that we split ($2). Our entries were a Braised Lamb Shank and a Mushroom Pappardelle. Both were
large portions of well made, rich goodness. They were very satisfying but not sensational.
The price of each entree was moderate; hovering at about $28.
Overall we enjoyed our evening at Hollins House. The property could use some freshening.
The service was very well timed and attentive. The wine list looked adequate but to be
honest, we knew what we wanted and found it without checking the list carefully. Parking
was easy and plentiful. This would be a great place to take your family for a quiet dinner
The food was outstanding. I ate one of the best risottos I have ever eaten and the crab cakes were very very tasty. Outside dining was lovely and service was excellent. Dining room had an inviting fireplace but could use a little more decoration-- paintings, flowers, some fresh colored paint- something to make it as excellent as the food.
Excellent food and service.
Great food, great view, great room setting, great patio. What else can you ask for?
We had the best experience ever! The chef is a genius!
WE had a delicious dinner! Everything was perfectly prepared. I ordered the scallops with risotto. The scallops were cooked to perfection, the risotto was creamy and perfectly seasoned.
The staff was warm, inviting, knowledgeable and unobtrusive. We were given a window table with a view of Monterey Bay, so lovely
Was excited to go as I had heard great things but wasn't very impressed. Sat outside and it is an amazing view and grounds were lovely but tables/chairs are old and uncomfortable and they need to invest in some better furniture. It was dark adn had to ask for candles as we couldn't see our food. Food came out 30min late but they ended up comping our dessert which was nice. Scallops were great but lamb shank was too salty. Waitress was nice and doing her best but not what I was hoping for.
Great place to get together with friends. Everything on the menu is excellent, as is the service. Wine selection is good and reasonably priced.
We frequently have dinner at the Hollins House. We prefer the patio when the weather allows. The view is SCs best, and the heat lamps keep us warm as we watch the fog rolling from the bay. Last night was almost perfect. We had two appetizers and shared an entre. My poke bowl was fresh and perfect. My partner's soft pretzel" is different and he enjoyed it too. We shared a pasta with wide noodles, filet and cream fraise that was terrific. The service was excellent. We will continue to love the patio as we move into the early Fall.
Tapas and music 🎶 were great! You can't beat the View and the cocktails were great too.
Food and ambience were wonderful. It's one of the very few really good local restaurants where the noise level is low, so good dinner conversation can easily accompany a good meal. Service is usually very good; this time it was absolutely great, thanks to our server Angel.
This is a golf course/country club restaurant. VERY old-school. Good maybe great food;
very nice service. Decor and ambience something your parents or grandparents might have
once enjoyed, but very out of date.
Pretty setting if you like country clubs.
This was quite good, but it depends on what you're looking for. For my wife and I it was
an enjoyable dinner; mid-4's range.