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Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge, Santa Cruz, CA

Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
4.5
1821 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge is Santa Cruz’s best new destination for coastal California cuisine. The approachable and family-friendly vibe at Jack O’Neill Restaurant and Lounge will welcome hotel guests and locals alike.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Organic, Californian
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:45 am Brunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 460-5013
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Executive chef
    Gus Trejo
  • Catering
    Dream Inn offers full catered events from 5 - 250 people
  • Private party facilities
    THE COVEWelcome to our new Private meeting room "The Cove" located in Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge. This room is equipped with full power outlets, LCD TV with wired access, and full food & beverage service. Seats 6 - 10 guests.
  • Private party contact
    CJ Hartman: (831) 460-5002
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Cruz
  • Cross street
    Bay Street + you can valet park at Dream Inn
  • Parking details
    Hotel parking lot across the street from The Dream Inn, or complimentary valet parking.
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 1,821 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for brunch

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Innovative

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Hot spot

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

1,821 Reviews
  1. SueM

    San Francisco

    87 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    87 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    From valet service to restaurant the staff was absolutely the best ever. We were super impressed. Food was hit and Miss. some very good some ok.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Diego

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was awesome! I cannot for the life of me remember his name, but he was so knowledgeable of my wife’s celiac, and was a super friendly guy. The food was perfect as always! :)

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  3. GreggR

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Disappointed in the quality of service. The server forgot one of our drinks, forgot to grab us salt when we asked for it, and was generally inattentive. The food was good not great, the clam chowder was way too thick (not a soup but a paste). There aren’t great restaurants in Santa Cruz and this one is about as good as you can expect but it’s still a B-

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  4. LashaunB

    Sacramento

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Not crowded for brunch on a Tuesday. Sat at an ocean view table. We had the crab-cake eggs Benedict and halibut fish and chips, both were delicious!!! The service was excellent. The view would have been clearer if the windows were clean, but that’s one of the struggles being on the ocean.

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  5. JohnK

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and attentive but not overbearing service. I've had two client lunches here and the ambiance was perfect for discussing business quietly and confidentially. Highly recommend.

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  6. admurray

    Dallas

    69 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    69 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The restaurant consistently has great food and service. We went on Valentine's Day for their special menu, and the food was terrific. Their servers are excellent but Jon, our server last night, was the best we have had. He was so kind, courteous and attentive to us. Thank you Jon!

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  7. TomH

    Hawaii

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Valentine day lunch with my wife, good service and view and of course food!

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  8. lmrh

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This place is not utilized by locals often enough, but wisen up; the food is delicious, cocktails strong, tasty and bang for your buck, the staff delightful and of course the views are STELLAR!!! We had a two-top facing the view of the Wharf and Boardwalk and the sparky blue ocean too. We’ll be back soon. 🩵

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Great views, food was great but the prices were expensive for the amount of food. Menu was limited and small. Waitstaff was very friendly and professional but we waited an hour to get food from time of being seated. Seats are not size inclusive and may not fit if you are plus size or above. Parking may be confusing if you are not familiar with the area. Restaurant is connected to the Dream Inn hotel.

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  10. johnl

    Chicago

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Really surprising to find such top-flight food and service in a tourist town—let alone at a hotel site. Outstanding food quality, great plating, great cocktail. Front of house knew what they were doing, and server (Ellie) was engaged and knowledgeable. This is a great, professionally conceived and run restaurant in a town that sorely needed it.

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  11. triciam

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t beat the view! Tracy, our server was a dynamo, informative, attentive, & funny! Food was great & our out of town guests were thoroughly impressed!

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  12. AMEA

    Central Coast

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Beautiful view. Poor food, not tasty, expensive prices.

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  13. KarenS

    San Joaquin

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and drinks. The staff was very friendly

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  14. AdButler

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best night here! The staff are great. The food is great. The fish is brilliant - but the steaks were awesome.

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  15. LMHancock

    San Francisco

    72 reviews

    4.0

    72 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The view is incredible. Valet Service was outstanding, handicap extra service made it easier.

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  16. EnriqueS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Very nice atomsphere if you go early in the morning for breakfast. The breakfasts are very good!

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  17. JesicaF

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our first time there was spectacular! Second time was deflating; the food quality seemed smaller and less tasteful.

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  18. JillC

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    All I can say is FANTASTIC!!! WE ate there 3 times during our vacation! Food was so yummy and no matter where we were seated, we had ocean views!

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 2
    It was ok. Only ok. But frankly too expensive for ok.

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  20. MarisaRMayer

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It was great! Very festive and delicious! Super friendly and great service too!

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  21. LynneD

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We split a mushroom forager's pre-fixe menu between us and added an entree. Sublime! The mushroom toast appetizer was delicious. The beef short rib with chantarelles was lovely and the candy cap chocolate mousse was outstanding. Great cocktails too.

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  22. JenniferB

    Amarillo

    5 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was slow at first but got better. Food was good! Not great, but definitely good. The clam chowder was flavorful but needed to be warmer. $12 for a draft beer seems crazy & I was shocked when we got our bill. Overall, not sure I’d spend over $100 again for fish tacos & fried fish/fries but we were starving after traveling all day.😉

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  23. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We had the best lunch at Jack O’Neill Restaurant! Everything was delicious, from the cocktails to the food. We started with a potato leek soup that was amazing and had the chopped salad as well as the hot beef sandwich, which might have been the best French Dip I’ve ever had. Not only was the service fabulous but we also saw a playful pod of dolphins frolicking in the ocean as we ate. A completely delightful meal!

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  24. MR64

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Molly is an excellent staff person. She is friendly, helped us with our table and our orders. Local sea bass BLT was terrific. Potato/Leek bisque was delicious and rich. Chocolate dessert was outrageous. Spectacular views. Calm and quiet setting . i appreciate the three hour validation for parking.

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  25. Terry

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The ambience was very cool with a 60’s vibe. Food was outstanding. I’m from Santa Cruz and the fish and chips were the best I’ve ever had. Great experience.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Baltimore

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    I had the lemon, ricotta flapjacks and fortunately, they were a little dry and rubbery. My husband had the cupcake Benedict and he enjoyed it. Service was good.

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  27. DrNancyD

    Los Angeles

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We love the food and ocean view. Everything we have tried the 6 times we’ve been here has been great. The services are friendly and professional.

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  28. PatriciaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Our servers were wonderful but we waited 90 minutes to get our food. The table next to ours also had a really long wait. (We chatted about the wait.) It would have been great if someone had checked in or let us know why there was a delay. Once it arrived the food was great - it just took a crazy amount of time. It was a holiday- so perhaps they were understaffed because the restaurant wasn’t that busy. It would have helped if someone had told us that they were running behind or offered an app or complimentary glass of wine. The long wait impacted our experience - which was a bummer since it was our 20th anniversary.

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  29. VictorM

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall very nice. A bit pricey. I would recommend at least to try once.

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  30. EdwardC

    Seattle

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    A truly excellent place to have a great food and watch the ocean!

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  31. MGC33

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very good overall experience on New Year's Day, sweeping ocean views, very friendly and courteous staff. We enjoyed our lunch experience

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  32. JaneH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Promptly seated at window table. Happy with drink and menu choices. Server was patient, informative and pleasant as we pondered our selection.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It made our new years very special. Food was exceptional, delicious and the service was so attentive.

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  34. OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Great breakfast value considering the wonderful view and location. Excellent kids menu and coloring pages.

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  35. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had a reservation. When we arrived they proceeded to tell us we didn’t have a reservation. They hand multiple tables and they refused to seat us at a table and then told us it was because they were short staffed. It was 8 at night in Santa Cruz and almost everything else was already closing. Extremely disappointing.

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  36. BeauV

    San Francisco

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We are "regulars" and visit often. I personally almost always order the "Huevos Rancheros Tostada" which is a massive personal favorite. (Order avocado on top) The staff knows us now and we get treated like a member of the family, which we adore.

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  37. RuthB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Our server was nice and did her best, but she was the only wait staff for the entire dining area, which meant she had about a dozen tables, mostly large families of 5-6 people. We weren't offered refills on our coffee (because there were no staff available to do so) and then there were small things, like the children's pancakes were served in a bowl/plate, making it a challenge to use a fork and knife to cut the food. My vegetarian eggs benedict didn't have much flavor, the bread wasn't a muffin, the crust was thick and hard, and the top had not been cut off the carrots. The hard veggies (carrots, broccolini and cauliflower) didn't pair well with the eggs and overall it was lacking in flavor. The ambiance was lovely and maybe the food would be better if we had ordered meat, but vegetarians may want to consider Walnut Cafe or Harbor Cafe.

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  38. OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent dinner last night, especially for Christmas Day!! The wait staff was amazing!!

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  39. Holly

    Portland

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our server was great! Our annual Christmas breakfast before church was as great as ever.

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  40. RayJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Ex-chef here, I was completely impressed1 The food was perfectly prepared and seasoned, served hot and fresh. Normally, that's what you would hope for, but we went in at 8:30 on Christmas Eve! The staff was friendly and top-quality, they made the evening special for our Birthday Girl. (Being an ex food-service person, it is extremely difficult to get staff to even come in on XMas Eve, let alone smile... ) The waitress charged us for another table, but gracefully recovered :) Thanks to Jack for welcoming us!

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 460-5013.

Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge is rated 4.5 stars by 1821 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 17 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge

175 West Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Bay Street + you can valet park at Dream Inn
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Cruz
  • Hours of operation
    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–10:45 am Brunch Daily 11:00 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Contemporary American, Organic, Californian
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Casual Dress
  • Parking details
    Hotel parking lot across the street from The Dream Inn, or complimentary valet parking.
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Gus Trejo
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Phone number
    (831) 460-5013
  • Catering
    Dream Inn offers full catered events from 5 - 250 people
  • Private party facilities
    THE COVEWelcome to our new Private meeting room "The Cove" located in Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge. This room is equipped with full power outlets, LCD TV with wired access, and full food & beverage service. Seats 6 - 10 guests.
  • Private party contact
    CJ Hartman: (831) 460-5002
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