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Alderwood Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Alderwood Santa Cruz

4.7
4.7
439 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Alderwood Santa Cruz is a seasonally-driven restaurant by chef Jeffrey Wall serving coastal, wood-fired cuisine with French undertones. We are inspired by the Central Coast region and its world-renowned farms. Our goal is to bring you a dining experience that blends sophistication and comfort with our unyielding passion for graceful hospitality, and a menu that reflects California’s abundant produce and the best regional purveyors.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

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  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 588-3238

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Wall

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    Cedar

  • Parking details

    We encourage our guests to order car service if they plan to enjoy spirits during their dining experience. If you choose to drive, optimal parking is available across the street in the two-story parking structure.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 439 people are saying

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4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Contemporary American

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

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    Best Food

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    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

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    Special Occasion

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Vibrant Bar Scene

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent!
  2. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Traveling with my boyfriend to see Santa Cruz, his old college town, and we wanted a special meal during the trip. Incredible meal, incredible team at Alderwood made it the highlight of the trip. Very memorable experience I’ll tell others about.
  3. DA

    DavidA

    Washington DC

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food that we received was delicious but it was not what was ordered. My husband had ordered an appetizer and an entree and I had ordered a Caesar salad and the Hanger Steak entree. The waiter mistakenly placed my order as a salad with the steak on top. Needless to say, my steak and my husband’s appetizer arrived at the same time. I pointed out the error to the waiter and very little was offered to correct it and to avoid having to wait forever, I said I would eat as is. The server put a rush on my husband’s entree. As expected by the time it arrived, my husband ate his entree while I sat there. It made for a very uncomfortable experience as we were celebrating our Anniversary and it felt like we were having two different experiences. Kudos to the chef, but at the high cost and poor service experience, I don’t see a return visit.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!!!
  5. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and very attentive service! Lovely time at Alderwood❣️
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall a 4.2 - Very Good. ‘Fin” Oysters, an apparent favorite, were briny and sweet with lovely mignonette. Burger had lovely and unusual umami flavors going. Hen of the woods and bok choy - very good. And the pasta with corn bisque and shrimp was excellent. Wine selection very good. A bit pricey. Lovely dining overall.
  7. EM

    EdenM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, lovely staff. Very happy to have something of this quality locally.
  8. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We made a reservation for 6:45, bar seating. Arrived on time and waited until 7:25 to have our two cocktails delivered. We also had to flag down our server to order our dinner at 7:40. The restaurant was very busy and understaffed which is difficult for the staff. However, I flagged it to the Manager and basically his response was “ok, thank you.”
  9. JS

    JeremyS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Zach was a great waiter and the ribeye was amazing!
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was not on par with food. Waited 15 min to get a cocktail order and 30 min to get the drinks Waitress was a bit surly. Food was good albeit rushed as we had a show to attend after.
  11. s

    sefost

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, as always. Joe was a great server and bartender. Food was amazing.
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply exceptional!
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    We had arrived promptly at 6:30 for our reservation. However when we were seated, it was by the door and had asked if they could shut the door but they had refused. So it was a bit chilly. Then we had ordered drinks, appetizers, salads & entrées. We were served our appetizers & salads before we even received our cocktails. It took about 20 min. And it was a slow night. Then once we had received our main dishes, they weren’t to our satisfaction. I had ordered the halibut, but once I had taken a bite I could r eat it. It was way too salty, and my partner had ordered a burger which I had joked about.. but actually it was the best thing that night. I was disappointed as this was a special occasion and for what we had spent & ordered it was unsatisfactory.
  14. RS

    RogerS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us went to Alderwoods for the first time the other night and were thoroughly impressed with the atmosphere, the food, and the service.
  15. JO

    JenniferO

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We ate here on our anniversary and we had first class service and the fish we ate was cooked to perfection. My husband and I enjoyed our dinner and we will be going back.
  16. PS

    PauloS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a fantastic place to eat. The food was incredible and the wine selection was exquisite! I highly recommend it.
  17. K

    Kelli

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Phenomenal food, stunning presentation, delicious cocktails, and kind, attentive staff that made our girls' night truly memorable. You must experience Alderwood.
  18. SC

    ScottC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another excellent meal at Alderwood, all the dishes were outstanding especially the hen of the woods mushrooms.
  19. a

    adams

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alderwood is the best restaurant in Santa Cruz by far
  20. RG

    Rick3G

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous from beginning to end. Wonderful service. Highly recommended!!!
  21. EL

    EventsLady

    San Francisco

    53 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    53 reviews

    Dined on July 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent customer service. Our server took great care re: our food allergies. LOVE the oysters!
  22. MS

    MelanieS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a favorite — service and food are consistent and fabulous! Our go to place when visiting Santa Cruz. Off the menu is great, but the chef's counter dinner is treat to not be missed.
  23. JB

    JanisB

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall2food2service5ambience5
    Way over priced!!!! My friend an I had 3 oysters each and only one coctail each and paid $75, including tip. Yes the oysters were delicious, but at $4.50 for each (very petite one)…even the "trendy:" atmosphere and great bar tenders are not worth that price.
  24. SH

    SusanH

    Raleigh

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What a gourmet delight for our family celebration. The small menu showcased a nice variety of offerings, and the friendly sommelier helped us cap it off with perfect wine pairings. Each food course exceeded expectations and was a perfect match of exquisite presentation and exceptional taste. Cannot recommend more highly.
  25. S

    Scott

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    As my girlfriend put it: "We eat .. all over the world, really .. and this is easily one of our favourite places ever."
  26. JA

    JAlP

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Truly incredible. Easily the best food either of us have enjoyed over the last year, and the cocktails were just as memorable.
  27. c

    channing

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    It was a little too noisy inside so we sat outside. Our server was brilliant and the entire staff was great. The flavor combinations and quality of food was great, however portions are very small, even in terms of high end food. Also I ordered the halbut, a new menu item, and it was very dry. I eat mostly seafood, and sent it back. The second fire was similarly dry, but the flavor profile was on point. The desserts & cocktails were well balanced and delicious They compensated us for the fish dish. Overall, I am glad i tried it, and would come back for specific things.. like dessert.
  28. DL

    DarrylL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the restaurant is good. Service, quality of food, interesting cocktails, small but excellent wine list, both by glass and bottle. Just wonderful.
  29. M

    Marg

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2022

    overall3food3service1ambience4
    Would never recommend this restaurant. Sorry!
  30. l

    lynn

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Noisy Very pricey except the cheeseburgers
  31. TD

    TomDichter

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was great - it was a Saturday night, so the place was packed - Great atmosphere all in all. Ill surely eat there again soon!
  32. B

    Briana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had an amazing meal! Attentive and knowledgeable service, delicious food, and a great wine list.
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall1food4service5ambience3
    Good food, but hate the nickel and diming of items when they’re pricey. For example, their trout entree is $50 but if you ask for bread that’s another side @$6. The nickel and diming behavior for everything is a turnoff at Alderwood’s high price points.
  34. SM

    ShannonM

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Pretty mediocre. Menu selection was unvaried and minimal. Nothing mind blowing. Best things were the oysters and shrimp cocktail, which require no cooking skills. Would not come back or recommend.
  35. s

    swenix

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    My adult daughters took me there for my birthday. The waiter was a very strange combination of obsequious, overly attentive and under- attentive and also so mannered and affected that it was rude. And, I ordered a cocktail at his recommendation and I did not like it and when he asked how it was I said it tasted like iodine he said “oh it’s my favorite drink” and made no offer to replace it.His behavior was so strange and overly solicitous yet almost sarcastic that my daughter said she wouldn’t go back there again and I don’t think I will either. And the food was good but ridiculously expensive. One scallop with a little sauce for $30? Seriously!?
  36. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    Orange County

    49 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    This was not our first time at Alderwood and as always, the food and service is always exceptional, however given it was graduation weekend, they may not have been prepared as well as they needed to be. We waited quite awhile for the food to come out and when it did arrive, 3 of the main entrees were cold. I do recommend Alderwood, it is one of the best places we know of in Santa Cruz.
  37. B

    Bevans

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience3
    Food took an hour and a half to arrive and I was confused on why they charge a 3 dollar upcharge for an aperol spritz, which added up to be a $15 cocktail. I asked the waiter and he said its because it has champagne and aperol so that's why it's more expensive. Pretty ridiculous
  38. A

    Anonymous

    Philadelphia

    14 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Excellent food, but kitchen delivery time was horrible - over 50 minutes for a dish. The service level also dropped over time.
  39. S

    Sceeter

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food!! These folks know what they are doing in the kitchen. Love the vibe and atmosphere. Going back continues. A few minor blips on availability for dessert for my friend's bday, and no candle when we finally got something they had, but the taste outshines any hiccups.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The outdoor ambience was amazing! We tried and shared several of the dishes and ALL were scrumptious and decadent. Highly recommend the deserts as well! Zach was our server and he was extremely knowledgeable about all the dishes and the best pairing of wine with our selections. Zach was funny & personable and gave great recommendations exploring the area! Don’t have any pictures cause we just enjoyed it too much.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alderwood Santa Cruz using the Order Online button. Alderwood Santa Cruz also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 588-3238.

Alderwood Santa Cruz is rated 4.7 stars by 439 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 37 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Alderwood Santa Cruz

155 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cedar

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We encourage our guests to order car service if they plan to enjoy spirits during their dining experience. If you choose to drive, optimal parking is available across the street in the two-story parking structure.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Wall

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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