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Alderwood Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Alderwood Santa Cruz

4.6
4.6
413 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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Booked 18 times today

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 413 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

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  1. c

    channing

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    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.

  2. DL

    DarrylL

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    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.

  3. M

    Marg

    Los Angeles

    23 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    23 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food3service1ambience4

    Would never recommend this restaurant. Sorry!

  4. l

    lynn

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    Noisy Very pricey except the cheeseburgers

  5. TD

    TomDichter

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. s

    swenix

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    41 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!?

  10. OT

    OpenTableDiner

    Orange County

    45 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    45 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. SS

    SSutter

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great Birthday dinner for my husband

  16. B

    Britinger

    San Francisco

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Outstanding meal and service. We were a family of 4 visiting from San Francisco. The children loved their burgers “they were the best”! My husband and I had oysters, Caesar salad, wagyu tenderloin, baked potato pommes frites, hen-of-the-woods and roasted bok choy. Everything was seasoned, cooked and presented perfectly. The veg dishes were interesting and delicious. The steak was flavorful and melted in the mouth. The frites had an amazing seasoning and a lovely crunch on the outside, fluffy inside. I’d come back just for those! All the staff were friendly and attentive. Can’t wait to come back!

  17. EL

    EventsLady

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Mary gave us excellent customer service The oysters were absolutely delicious and fresh and the duck leg was fantastic

  18. M

    Minnams

    San Francisco

    77 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    77 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Waiter was very attentive and knowledgeable and friendly and everything was delicious. We all had the burger and while it is incredible, the homemade buns need a tad more density and softness and sweetness. Otherwise, the food and the drinks were all pretty sublime.

  19. DG

    DavidG

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Really amazing food. Pricey but the quality matches the cost. Fine dining that would compete with restaurants in SF or NYC.

  20. G

    Geop

    Seattle

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Wow wow and wow. Second time here (first for brunch then for date night). Service, food and experience were exceptional both times. Yes, the grilled avocado is that good- don’t be a skeptic- order it (but ask for some toast to sop up the incredible smoked honey,yogurt and avocado oil sauce. Also as good as promised are the hen of the woods mushrooms, which are smoked and glazed with a maple sauce that is not cloying or overpowering. The burger is one of the best in Santa Cruz if you’re hankering for simple- but the entrees sides and everything are exceptional. You truly can’t go wrong. Service was perfect

  21. d

    dtakit

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food2service5ambience5

    They need to rethink the fries. They are tasteless and served to look like wooden sticks, very distasteful, came almost cold. For a high end, do not serve with catsup and mayo. Develop your own aioli. Burgers are the best thing. Lack of draft beer is tacky. Sometimes food tastes better with beer and a bottle or can is tacky. The lack of choice for a salad (only Cezar and wilted) is weird. They should develop a signature salad. I mean how difficult is that? They added either mackerel or bonito shaving to the otherwise excellent sauce for the scallop. Delete that. It leaves an aftertaste that is not pleasant. Only one choice for coffee - Verve - weak - not hot - rethinks and do a pour-over espresso as a choice. You have an excellent wine selection, what happened to your brain? Why no cheese course for a dessert choice? Also Tacky.

  22. SA

    SAMS

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best restaurant in Santa Cruz. Friendly, attentive staff, inventive chef, evolving menu, good wines.

  23. RG

    RonnieG

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    We love the food and service, but we saw some flies. All the doors were opened, flies came and went, sooooo busy.

  24. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Chicago

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and customer service. Will visit again next time I am in Santa Cruz.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We’ll be back.

  26. AR

    AngelicaR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Alderwood is THE spot to go in Santa Cruz! We loved every moment. The food is fresh and the wine list divine.

  27. G

    Geop

    Seattle

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My mom and I had a wonderful lunch at Alderwood. We were expertly guided by both our server and bartender, and enjoyed every selection recommended. We had the crab sandwich and one of their excellent burgers, as well as a signature side dish of Hen of the Woods mushrooms, which were smoked and glazed. Every dish was deliciously prepared. We finished it off with a spectacular dessert of Choquette with a lemon cream, blueberries and chocolate sauce. I can’t recommend it enough, and will surely be back to try more of their fresh and seasonal food.

  28. TF

    TomF

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 14, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4

    Nice but a limited menu and way overpriced... but good food

  29. RW

    RobertW

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome as always

  30. CS

    CynthiaS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I truly enjoyed our visit! The food was amazing all the way down to the desserts!! I can’t wait to go back!! Alex was had excellent waiter skills and was tentative without disrupting our meal!

  31. G

    Greg

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Dishes were excellent, the craft bar was excellent as well

  32. S

    Stacey

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Best restaurant in Santa Cruz!

  33. N

    Neiltony

    Central Coast

    43 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience3

    Let me just start with whoever the manager is at this place, he’s in the wrong business! When bad service happens, take care of it! Birthday celebration ruined. We ordered drinks, and appetizers first. The appetizers came out, no drinks. The manager stops by to ask us how things are going. We point out we are finishing our appetizers, and have not received our cocktails. He says he’ll take care of it. We see him chat with the bartenders, the cocktails get made, and we receive the cocktails. When they come out, we order another round, and explain, “we better order now so we can have our second drink with dinner”…. We finished our dinner, no second round. The waitress knew, was super cool about it, tried, nothing happened. Finally the manager comes around again, did what I would call, “an insincere job of apologizing”.. completely insulted our intelligence, and used these phrases: “Those drinks take a long time, they are complicated to make”…. (They were margaritas) When my partner suggested they have another bartender, he blankly stared off into space and said, “thank you for that suggestion” He said: “People usually enjoy coming here”… well, we didn’t, because our experience was completely ruined because we didn’t get our drinks, twice! He also threw the waitress under the bus and said, “she should have noticed you didn’t get your drinks”… well, she knew, and we let her know you said that, because it wasn’t cool at all. It was the bars fault, and you know that! If I were the owner, and I overheard this obviously inexperienced so called “manager” talking to us with the tone he used, I would have fired him right then and there. This was the worst dining experience I’ve had in ages, and to be clear, it was $350 for the two us. I would not have minded that charge at all if it had been a good experience, but this was awful. We were both really bummed. Good food, ruined by just poor service, and a manager that is in the wrong business.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food & drinks!

  35. G

    Gemma

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Unusual and innovative flavors. Caesar salad is a standout, everything meticulously prepared and served. A special treat to dine there.

  36. GD

    GlobalDiners

    Inactiveville

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Alderwood raises the bar for Santa Cruz. Every dish we had was excellent in terms of quality, presentation, creativity and flavor. We look forward to returning.

  37. SC

    SCfoodie

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Alderwood is definitely Santa Cruz's best restaurant. The food is amazing - you would be hard pressed to find anything comparable in the Santa Cruz area. We started our meal with appetizers (bone marrow, grilled avocado, kanpachi and parmesan pop overs), and for our entrees, one person had the scallop appetizer, I had the trout and two people split the rib-eye, which is definitely enough for two or more people. We also shared the hen-of-the-woods mushrooms and asparagus side dishes. Everything was delicious and filling. They also make great craft cocktails and have a fun wine list. Our server, Julie was great! I highly recommend Alderwood and sitting at the newly reopened chef's table/bar area is a treat!

  38. SS

    SusieS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience3

    Not sure if it was an off night but most of it was ‘meh’ and $200 later we had to find another place to actually eat

  39. BH

    BryanH

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Incredible meal; great service…it got a little loud at the end, but that’s just about people enjoying themselves. Highly, highly recommended.

  40. RG

    Rick3G

    San Francisco

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on April 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great experience, thanks!

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 4.6 stars by 413 OpenTable diners.

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

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Booked 18 times today
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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