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Alderwood Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Award-winning

Alderwood Santa Cruz

4.6
4.6
572 Reviews
$50 and over
Contemporary American
We are now open at 4pm for Happy Hour! Discounted cocktails, wines, and small plates. (4pm-6pm Wednesday through Sunday) The Cheeseburger and other beloved items have returned.

Alderwood Santa Cruz is a seasonally-driven restaurant (Michelin Guide recommended) by Executive 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.

Please enjoy the beautiful wood-fired hearth ambiance, our passion to quality, service standards, and an undying strive to create the best experience imaginable. Thank you from the entire team for being our beloved guests. Chef Jeffrey Wall and Chris Jones.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 20 times today
Experiences are available.

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Fine Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 588-3238
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Jeffrey Wall
  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • 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
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • $65 Three-Course Menu on Wednesdays!

    $65.00 per person

    Multiple dates available
    New 3-Course Menu for $65 on Wednesdays! Please join us Wednesdays for an amazing prefix experience. Weekly changes will be posted on our company newsletter on Tuesdays. Wine pairings are available for $35. Looking forward to seeing you soon!
    $65 Three-Course Menu on Wednesdays! Photo

What 572 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Innovative

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Hot spot

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for special occasions

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

572 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was super good. Ambience was good but could have been a bit better. Some of the prides for dishes werr questionable. $65 for duck breast? I’m not sure about that $40-50 sounds about right for fine dining. Same with some of the steaks. But overall amazing food and great service

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    My smoked prime rib was average. I’ve had better at several restaurants for half the price of $55. My wife’s pesto was so bland I could hardly tell it was pesto. The scallops were good, however.

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  3. Althea

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our waiter Alex was amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable and sweet as pie!!! My BF and I are already talking about what we are getting next time! Best service in SC! Thank uuu!

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  4. NicoleM

    Anchorage

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s expensive but very good. Has a big city vibe. Presents like a Michelin starred restaurant. I enjoyed it very much. Also fun to talk with the executive chef about the food prep at the chefs counter. And to watch them work in the kitchen.

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  5. HannahH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We made a reservation for Valentine’s Day for 5:30. We called ahead to say that we would be 15 minutes late and they were accommodating. We sat down at 5:45 and ordered entrees. At 7:00pm we still hadn’t been served our food. When it arrived at 7:15, it was cold so we sent it back. Super disappointing.

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  6. Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Sadly, the place went downhill both on food quality which has become inconsistent, and especially on value.

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  7. Alwaysgood

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    As always the food was exceptional. We opted for the fixed price three course, with a side of Hen of the Woods mushrooms. Good choices each dish fresh and delicious. Only complaint was that our cocktail order did not arrive until half way through the first course - and they were not that crowded. But the cocktails were very good. The experience is consistently “expensive but worth it”.

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  8. monikaj

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great price fixed meal. The duck was so good and the service was awesome!

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  9. shureiam

    Los Angeles

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alderwood is such a special place but please don't wait for a special occasion to enjoy a most delicious dinner.

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  10. LeifB

    Miami

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    I keep getting let down by the food-it should be outstanding but isn’t.

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  11. GuiSC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    PROS: taste, I really liked the parmesan poppers and coppa for appetizer, and the filet mignon was the best I ever had! CONS: price, that filet mignon was $90 and didn't even include a side. I was not impressed with the Profitterol, I wouldn't choose this dessert again.

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  12. JAlP

    Orange County

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Service, food, and ambience were phenomenal. It is rare in Santa Cruz to get all three in a single restaurant but Alderwood truly embodied a high-tier experience.

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  13. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alderwood is hands down the best restaurant in Santa Cruz, especially for a nice night out. Best steak in town no question. Everything else is superb including the service

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  14. Mehhhhhh

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing quality of food. Highly recommend eating here at least once.

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  15. LeifB

    Miami

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We expected more but were let down on the menu, service and ultimately the food itself. When greeted with reservations we were supposed to be seated at the end of the bar facing the kitchen but we chose the bar as a better option. The bartender gracefully allowed us to try several wine selections which was perfect but after that it was downhill. The menu was a bit lacking in SIDES for the steak options-there were none! We were told that if a side dish for a steak on a plate was desired, ordering one of the appetizers or other menu selections was the only option. Strange as the pasta selections and even the hamburger section had "side dish offerings". When the steak was presented it was cut into 5-7 slices but reassembled. I found this to be very unusual and didn't like it as it appeared the kitchen had seared each piece perhaps to cook it faster-not sure. At no time were we asked "how is the preparation" or even "would you like some pepper..." Midway through our meals we finished our wine/drinks without notice by staff. We literally had to ask if we could please have another drink-very strange for a $36 glass of wine! Another patron sat down next to me and ordered a hamburger which, to be frank, looked WAY better than my $90 "steak on a plate", at least it had some lettuce! We opted out of dessert so I cant speak to that other than there were only two choices of a traditional nature. All in all I would say they would probably be better to call themselves a fancy hamburger place than anything else as I regret not ordering the delicious smelling hamburger that was consumed to my right.

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  16. RobertW

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Another amazing experience at Alderwood. Truly deserves a Michelin Star. Service was impeccable, 5-star quality and taste. Thanks chef and staff!

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  17. CorryF

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dinning experience I’ve had in Santa Cruz hands down!

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  18. Foofie

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The lobster roll was excellent and the popovers are to die for.

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  19. DanielW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Exquisite food craftmanship. The burger has to be the best in the entire country. Curated wine collection and outstanding drink menu. I recommend counter seating to watch the food art being made. Well worth driving 2 hours for!

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    If you don’t order the “Hen of the Woods” mushroom, you are missing out. I’d venture to guess that even people who say they don’t like mushrooms would be delighted. Great food and great service. Absolutely LOVE watching the kitchen.

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  21. Cindy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Phenomenal food and service. Possibly the best steak I've ever eaten.

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  22. Mandy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The burger's & frites are to die for, a definite experience!

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  23. LadW

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    The food at Alderwood was excellent as has been the case for some time. The service was friendly, competent and reasonably prompt. Their appetizers were superb and large. The wine list was short, but included some quality choices.

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  24. Oceangirl

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on November 30, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From the appetizer to dessert, everything was excellent. Best meal I’ve had in a long time!

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  25. BethR

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Food was average for what you pay. I have no desire to go back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always happy with the food and service, worth evert penny.

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  27. watermoss

    Central Coast

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s pricey but worth every bite. The cocktails are fabulous. Popovers to die for with the cured ham jam and butter. Ate so many of the appetizers plus a Cesar salad didn’t have room for an entree. Can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu.

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  28. CherylG

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great service, delicous food, and fabulous drinks! Personal favorites are the oysters, beef tartare, caesar salad, and duck breast. Happy hour burger & beer is a great deal and yummy.

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  29. JohnL

    San Francisco

    92 reviews

    4.0

    92 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    For me this was return to the Cedar St. location. The food was still as good as ever. the oysters were perfect, the Alderwood burger is still one of the best around, and the potatoes are excellent and unique. I would love to see the return of the Cali-Burger which was a big hit at Alderwood Pacific. I would have liked a glass of red wine, but on the list, there was nothing under $20. I looked through all of the menus and could not find an option. I have since been told that they do have a happy hour wine at a good price, but there was no indication of that that I could see. I still really enjoy Alderwood and do recommend it.

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  30. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 29, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    i love coming here, one of my favorite restaurants. the hen of the woods is a must have! alderwood made my anniversary spectacular

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  31. MaryB

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We wanted to come here for the Happy Hour menu and it did not disappoint! The oysters were tasty. Our burgers were prepared like smash burgers and were made of bison and ground chuck. They were served with grilled chopped onion which was a little overpowering. The baked potato pomme frites are very unusual but super flavorful. I highly recommend trying them. The servers were friendly and attentive and we were able to chat with the chef. Good wine for the happy hour menu. Can’t wait to return to try their lobster roll!

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  32. COBCali

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We returned to Alderwood since its repairs are done and no surprise at how wonderful it is. Great services, cocktails and food! Try the Parmescan Popups with coba and peach preserves. We just love Alderwood it doesn't dissappoint.

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  33. kmc9

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    There is a spectacular happy hour menu from 5 to 6! I encourage everyone to take it advantage of this!  We had the oysters, split a wonderful Caesar salad, and shared the 8 ounce filet mignon that was melt in your mouth fantastic! we also shared a side of a terrific potato dish that I had never experienced before. It was like a baked potato cut into thick strips, and lightly deep-fried served with some sauce. Yummy!! we ordered wines by the glass and that was good. Overall, we had a delightful evening, although a bit pricey. However, we felt it was worth it!

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  34. KellyB

    Northern MI

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Our server was attentive but slow service. Drink was forgotten. Popovers felt stale. Lobster roll had no flavor...the oysters were great!

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  35. MickBrown

    San Francisco

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Our fourth time to Alderwood was a joy. The food was very interesting, nicely made and the service was personal and pleasant.

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  36. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on October 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alderwood has combined the very best of the Pacific and SantaCruz menus into one. Both burgers and filets are perfect. Also great HH specials and desserts. Yay for this great new dinner option in Santa Cruz, we sure needed it.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 12, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great to see Alderwood bring all the favorites back! Cheeseburger, Caesar salad, Hen of the Woods, Oysters - mmmm. Plus having a happy hour makes it so folks in the community can come in and enjoy a casual visit that may or may not lead to a fine dining experience.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 24, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I wanted to like this place, however, we had a 9pm reservation but the restaurant was closed. Don’t take such late reservations because you cannot provide the experience guests are looking for. Was able to order one drink the minute we sat down because it was last call. Food was good but they ran out of dessert (it was my husbands birthday so that sucked, they ran out of horseradish as well) We basically just watched the restaurant close. We will not be returning.

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  39. JJdine

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on September 22, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    The dishes had a unique and tasty combination of ingredients that I haven't had at other restaurants.

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  40. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Great cocktails, international wine list, delicious food (especially all the starters)!

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FAQs

Alderwood Santa Cruz is rated 4.6 stars by 572 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 20 times today
Experiences are available.
Google Map for Alderwood Santa Cruz

155 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Additional information

  • Award-winning
    1. MICHELIN Plate 2022
  • Cross street
    Cedar
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Cruz
  • Hours of operation
    Wed–Sun 4:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American
  • Dining style
    Fine 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
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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