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

Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
4.5
1525 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

8:00 PM


Booked 21 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, Organic, Californian

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Brunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 460-5013

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, 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.

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz with The Minus Third Trio, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Vegan, View, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,525 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.5
4.5 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. S

    Simon

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible Ocean views, superb service thanks to Jon. The great thing is, they don't rush you eat up to free up the table. Their short ribs are incredible!! If you are visiting Santa Cruz it well worth checking out the attached Hotel, The Dream Inn.
  2. DB

    DianeB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about the experience was extraordinary. Our server was genuine and very professional. The drinks well crafted. Our meals exceptional. Thank you!
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    26 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    26 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    Birthday with four. The next table was sixteen who were extremely noisy.
  4. p

    purplerider

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We came for dinner after the”Holiday train”ride, and loved it. Almond crusted mussels were especially delicious . Came back for breakfast , Crab Benedict to die for! Awesome all around.
  5. PA

    PaulA

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going there for years. The food was better than ever! The room is beautiful! Jan and Alison were our amazing servers! We love it there!
  6. CS

    CindyS

    Sacramento

    16 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    I ordered a heirloom tomato salad. The waitress was real specific where the tomatoes came from and also claimed it was one of her favorite salads. When I received the salad the tomato’s were Roman tomatoes. We complained and brought to her attention that the tomatoes were not heirloom. In good faith she offered us a complementary dessert. We ordered the cheesecake to go, again one of our waitresses favorite. The cheesecake melted on the way home. It was not a cheesecake.
  7. M

    Mariana

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience5
    Food and drinks were amazing! Service was okay. We did get a server that was not as attentive. But overall, food and ambiance were excellent!
  8. KL

    KarenL

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall3food4service4ambience5
    Food was good. Service was good. Views are spectacular. We were celebrating 2 birthdays and had a reasonable expectation of being offered a complimentary dessert but were not. I was overcharged (more than double) on my credit card and am awaiting resolution as the weekend staff were unable to assist me.
  9. RC

    RonC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The Thanksgiving dinner was great. We had the seared scallops and they were cooked to perfection.
  10. CG

    CarlosandGeorgana

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Allison was our server. She was extremely personable, efficient and knowledgeable about the wine, which we ordered after her description of our possible choices, and we enjoyed very much. The food was delicious.
  11. OK

    OmaK

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My friend and I had a belated birthday brunch at Jack O’Neills, both of us choosing to try their Crab Benedict. The views were amazing and the food very good. Their latte is worth going back for alone! It came with a delicious mocha “stir-stick” that I wanted to get the name of (but maybe they make them in house) with a thick chocolate encrusted tip. The service was attentive and excellent. The room was not crowded (it was a weekday; I don’t know what it’s like on weekends). I will be back!
  12. r

    rareandunusual2

    Central Coast

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a great dinner Sunday night with a 6:30 reservation. Service was perfect and our waiter, I think he said his name was Yan, was fantastic. We came back the next night without a reservation because when I tried to call, the message said you can only make a reservation online and because we were on vacation, we were without internet. The hostess told us we would have to wait 30 minutes because "we only have two servers tonight and even though there are lots of empty tables, we're not seating any more customers at the moment". We waited in the bar and when we were finally seated after waiting 30 minutes, the service was very slow and not of the caliber I expect from a restaurant like this. Very disappointing and we probably won't return.
  13. ZS

    ZoltanS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was excellent and the service was wonderful.
  14. A

    Ally

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    I recently planned a special birthday celebration at the restaurant for myself and 9 guests. The reservation was canceled and rescheduled twice without my knowledge and when we arrived they informed us they canceled it again because they "didn't know" if we were coming, even though I had left a cake to be served with them earlier in the day. The tables they seated my large party at was one square table and one round table. We pressed those tables together but it was odd, especially since there was another square table right next to the seating they could have easily used. It was annoying. The bottom line is that I had made a reservation, told them it was a special occasion, and they did not treat it as such. The food is good, but the menu is very limited.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Tracey P. was a fantastic server and the food was delicious!
  16. CD

    CharlotteD

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I've lived in Santa Cruz for a while, but my first time at the restaurant, it was fantastic. Excellent service, food was amazing, our server, Jan, was lovely. Thank you.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Mollie our server was amazing. She was so knowledgeable and very professional while being very welcoming and kind.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    vip
    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    There was a stink bug in my salad. Good news! The salad was fresh. Bad news. It was poorly washed. They happily replaced it but I would have expected them to comp that one meal of the three, offer a free desert, or at least have an apologetic manager stop by my table. I was super nice about it, just pointing out the visitor on the plate, but really, not even a stop by from the manager???
  19. TS

    TeresaS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Flood was great, Service was very good and profesional
  20. P

    Paul

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Staff was great, large delicious portions and overall wonderful experience. Recommend it
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had brunch here this weekend. Food was excellent, will definitely return!
  22. SA

    ShockingAmbrose

    San Francisco

    42 reviews

    4.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We all ordered different items from the breakfast menu and enjoyed our selections. The ambience and view of the beach and wharf were terrific too. We'll be returning again for breakfast and to try the other menus at different times.
  23. J

    Jnet

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall1food3service3ambience1
    I wanted to love this place because it is beautiful. We are local and went there for my husbands birthday. First there was no host to seat us when we arrived. Second, there was a table with a child playing a very loud IPad with a kid show on and blowing a train horn. Several tables around us complained to the staff and even moved tables. We were told the manager was informed but he never directly addressed the noise issue but rather had his staff keep apologizing….weird! Third, our drinks took a long time to arrive and came at the same time as our salad. Fourth, the food was good but not great for the price. My husband had the local halibut fresh catch. I had the scallops which was heavy with sweet potato’s and lentils. Fifth, they never once said happy birthday to my husband although our server Lo was very friendly and attentive. I could tell she was running around. Sixth, the bathroom had a key code on the door. We will never go back. It will continue to serve hotel guests and tourist who don’t know any better.
  24. N

    Nicho

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 26, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    Went for the SC Restaurant Week prix fixe dinner, and was disappointed by the entree. The locally caught halibut was a small portion, and the preparation was a bit dry. Soup and dessert were excellent.
  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went to lunch, got the best seat facing the ocean. Didn’t realize the lunch menu was limited, but food tasted great and so was the service!
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent meal and service.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 25, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    I ordered Halibut and it was overcooked - very disappointing
  28. DM

    DanielM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I would recommend to others and return again. excellent services
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food and service.
  30. b

    blueweatherstorm

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always great at Jack's! Above and beyond service!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The view and service are spectacular, the food is not for the price .
  32. MS

    MelS

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just a getaway to Santa Cruz. Staff, food, ambiance can’t be beat anywhere locally. We’ve tried and keep coming back.
  33. a

    anda

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I love this place. I often come here for special occasion .Its modern, clean, food is great as same as service.The best place to dine in in Santa Cruz, Infinity ocean view and so much more
  34. S

    Suzanne

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had a fabulous meal. Two in our group had the restaurant week items and the other had regular menu items. All were great along with service. The view is the best!
  35. KE

    KimE

    San Francisco

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The chef is a genius! I had the fish and my husband had a steak with mushrooms and a delicious sauce; oh my gosh, both were delicious! Great food, great drinks, great service and amazing views of Monterey Bay. What a wonderful night it was!
  36. J

    Jarko

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sitting close to the windows it is cold due to the air conditioning.
  37. J

    James

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience4
    We came for Restaurant Week for our Anniversary hoping to have a lovely meal in a great restaurant. My entree was inedible, tough meat, ruined our dinner together, wife ate alone. Discount was negligible considering price of meal and how far we traveled. Disappointed.
  38. L

    Locallady

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Had a perfect lunch to celebrate both of our birthdays. Server was attentive, food came at the right time, was well prepared and more than met expectations. What we didn’t eat was beautifully packaged for us to take home. Could not have asked for a better luncheon.
  39. B

    Benu

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We haven’t not dined in a few years and it was surprisingly delicious. We had a delightful server.
  40. GS

    GoodwinS

    Atlanta

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food and view were amazing. The service was awesome.

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
    • Extra space between tables
  • 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 1525 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 21 times today
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–11:00 am Brunch Daily 11:30 am–2:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:30 pm–9:00 pm

  • 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, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Gus Trejo

  • Entertainment

    Live Jazz with The Minus Third Trio, Thursdays and Saturdays from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Chef's Table, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Happy Hour, Outdoor Smoking Area, 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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