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

Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge

4.6
4.6
1476 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.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 14 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 1,476 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Hot Spot

  • 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. k

    kristian

    Central Coast

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall3food4service4ambience3
    great views, service was good, but I felt like I was in a serious tourist oriented restaurant
  2. AM

    ArtM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t say enough about what a wonderful place this is. We had a wonderful time, the food and service were great and the view was breathtaking! I’d give it 5⭐️‘S for sure
  3. f

    fractalshade

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    For Santa Cruz, Jack O'Neill's is a terrific option for out-of-town guests or special occasions, with a great view, some history to the place, a spacious interior, free valet parking, great service, and terrific, uniquely prepared fish, meat, and vegetarian options. It's wheelchair accessible too. For hearing-impaired people, I recommend going early to enjoy the (empty) bar, then grabbing the earliest dinner seating. The noise levels increase drastically as people trickle in, but by then you'll be halfway through your entree.
  4. E

    Eileen

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good view! We got to watch the finish line of a marathon from a table by a window (requested close to window in reservation). Crab cake benedict was a great dish. Attentive service.
  5. L

    Laina

    Central Coast

    109 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    109 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    We have dined here often over the years. This was the first time that the food itself was pretty poor. It was crowded, which we expected, but couldn't understand why the food was so poorly done. The clam chowder was full of cream, but without taste of the clams. Even hot sauce did not help it. A flatbread was thick and chewy. The topping of grilled peaches and barata was better than the flatbread when scraped off. A pricy scallop dish had too much sauce, which scallops do not need. We will be waiting until the tourists drop off and hopefully the kitchen will be better.
  6. D

    Donia

    San Francisco

    59 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    59 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    While the inside decor is upscale coffee shop, the reason to come is the unreal setting and views. The food is good, also a step above coffee shop, but solid and consistent in two recent visits. Service was superb both times. What could be just be a real tourist trap is actually a local secret and the tourists are lucky to be there! Keep up the great work team, we will be back and back again.
  7. M

    Maui

    Sacramento

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    Great view. Over priced, glass of rombauer chard $22 a bottle goes for $34, sald lettuce $16 and add $16 for four shrimp $32, server forgot our clam chowder and when she showed up with entrees blamed kitchen, food and ambiance good
  8. MM

    MisterM

    Los Angeles

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent top notch service from Hannah! Food was outstanding. Great views of the ocean and beach.
  9. N

    Nicky

    London

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great that there were breakfast type items still available at lunchtime. Fab views.
  10. PN

    PeterN

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great food and Great service inkt The restaurant was cold and The sound of The live band coulant be a level lower
  11. TA

    TonyA

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Food was mediocre. Our server was great. She made the evening better! A bit pricey but not bad!
  12. S

    Scott

    Los Angeles

    50 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    50 reviews

    Dined on September 17, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience5
    View of ocean was spectacular, but the food was mediocre at best. The chef at this restaurant needs to do better. It is such a wasted view for a restaurant with such a great location to serve such mediocre seafood.
  13. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The halibut, pasta, Caesar salad and clam chowder were excellent!!
  14. TR

    TatianaR

    Baja California Sur

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very testy food and great friendly professional service ! Visited from SF , will definitely come back !
  15. T

    Tiggy

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Ryleigh was fabulous and we unknowingly were there the same time as the Santa Cruz Ironman with the finish line just outside our window. The food was delicious, eggs Benedict’s, and carpaccio - An overall Fantastic experience. Thank you!!
  16. PM

    PatrickM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience1
    Very good restaurant with perfect service! But it was to cold although we asked many Times for warming the place. Neithertheless it was a great experience! The view from inside is spectacular !
  17. CM

    ChiMomOf2

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent beverages and food. There was a bit of a wait before our order was taken, but our drinks and food arrived soon after ordering. There was another delay while waiting for desserts, but the wait staff was courteous and apologetic. Definitely will go again for another special occasion.
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved this place! The service was wonderful, the ambiance and view were stunning. The food was delicious and so well prepared. Also loved how many options they have for various food preferences and super accommodating chef for food sensitivities! Will definitely go back, just a beautiful restaurant for special occasions or an every so often special night out.
  19. m

    mikea

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall3food1service5ambience5
    three of us had the special beef stroganoff special. it came cold and was very bland. we sent it back and the chef doctored it up. it was hot but still not great. unfortunately the three of us all felt sick during the night. I'd take this one off the menu. the service was great. our server was friendly, helpful and went out of her way to fix the problem with our meals. the appetizers were great, the desserts were very good. the other two entrees guests had were also very good. the cocktails were also very good. I've had brunch there before and it was great. I would go back because the view is spectacular. Just will be more careful what I order.
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    The parking area was not easy to find. After circling the area multiple times I had to call to figure it out. The restaurant itself is beautiful with an amazing view. The food although beautifully presented was bland. But I would go again and again for the view and the service. My waitress and the hostess were kind, friendly and knowledgeable. Overall worth it. I’ll definitely go again.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    I had made the reservation and requested a table with a good view of the ocean. We were put looking at the pier. When asked to move they declined because they had other ppl with reservations. The restaurant was almost empty the whole time we were there. The window spot was so hot that I couldn’t enjoy my meal. Food was good but the service just was not there.
  22. SW

    SharonaW

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The setting is spectacular, and we had great service. The food was flavorful and delicious.
  23. s

    scumom

    San Francisco

    43 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant is lovely, there was a recent remodel and the layout is beautiful. The lounge area is comfortable and all of the tables in the dining room have a wonderful view of the ocean. Food was very tasty, a bit expensive, I was hoping to have a few more casual selections, but menu has a god variety. Their drink selections are interesting. I tried the drink of the day, watermelon, gin, and basil it was very refreshing. There was music in the lounge which was a very nice touch.
  24. DG

    DougG

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beachy, modern & tasty! Had a wonderful celebration for my son’s birthday with fabulous food and epic views. Our waitress Tracey P. was so sweet & knowledgeable. Everything she suggested was a 10! Can’t wait to return.
  25. BG

    BirthdayGirl

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    1.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They got great reviews, so I tried them when I was in town. The food was not very good. I ordered steak and potatoes that came with green beans that were over cooked and I did not eat them. Taste magazine did an article on fresh ground pepper in restaurants and the now monster sized pepper grinders. SNL did a skit about it too. When I requested salt and pepper from the person who almost dropped my dinner plate in my lap before fleeing, I got 2 little containers that put out a little of each if you vigorously shook them. After I ate my steak and a few potato bites, the table behind me was very flamboyantly offered the fresh ground pepper with an elephant tusk sized grinder. Aah! So you DO have one! Some of us consider this essential and I would have liked that level of service too! I had several other people who wanted to know how the restaurant was and if they should go to Santa Cruz to try it. I texted them as I was pushing my unfinished plate away and getting my check. Don’t bother, you wouldn’t like it. As a single diner who eats out a lot, I would like great food, to have a nice experience, and to not be neglected. A lot of people like LOUD live music with their food. The people who got the pepper grinder service were friends of the entertainment. I do not and left as quickly as I could when it started. I was very disappointed with my experience and will not return. And by the way, not all of their food is local according to the server.
  26. MR

    MR64

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    5.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely view, friendly staff, terrific food. Our go to restaurant in Santa Cruz now.
  27. SR

    SkyR

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    We wanted to stay at this hotel but the rate jump from $260/night mid week to $540/night on weekends made it impossible to justify. Gladly so because of end of August proved to practically be off season, the town, boardwalk, wharf were sleepy. We ended up here for brunch on our last day, the view of the wharf, ocean, boardwalk and small cliffs made it an interesting opportunity for people watching. The food was great. Service fair-good, definitely worth trying again.
  28. KT

    KentT

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience4
    Food was very good but had cooled off by the time it was tabled. Drinks were delayed and required a second request. Wait staff was professional and friendly, but obviously overbooked. Dessert was on the house(anniversary) which was nice, but was still partially frozen and not edible. Can’t beat the views, but we expected better.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    The view is amazing!! Service was on point and accommodating! Breakfast, Huevos rancheros not so much. Too watery. Not enough spices, too bland, and just underwhelming. The ambiance and my company made up for it. ❤️
  30. A

    Alex

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We appreciate you accommodating our last minute request to make two tables one and the waitress was very patient with my intoxicated wife and her friend. I apologize for their disorderly conduct, they don’t get out much. lol
  31. JB

    JB59

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great service and people. Enjoyed our meal. The view was awesome.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food. Beautiful ambiance. Amazing food. Lunch at Jack Neil's was perfect. The waitress was efficient and engaging. I highly recommend the avocado bread.
  33. TL

    ToriL

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, food and location
  34. B

    Brennan8181

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific Service, Delicious food, amazing ambiance at Sunset overlooking the Wharf. Who could ask for more? Maybe a lower bill would be nice, but in life we have learned that "You get what you pay for"....😉😋😎
  35. MN

    MichelleN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! Wonderful views, great service and tasty food for breakfast!
  36. BR

    BRow

    San Diego

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Easily one of the best steaks I have ever had. One of the few times I have ever had my steak cooked right the first time. The portion size for the steak with sides is easily worth the price. And the appetizers were absolutely delicious, we had the crab cakes and octopus. The staff were polite and accommodating and seated us even though we were half an hour early for our reservation. Will definitely be coming back next time I am in Santa Cruz.
  37. S

    Swg126

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Another outstanding and delicious meal!! Every dish is a hit and consistently made delicious. The staff is amazingly kind and gracious. Our 9 year old loved the octopus and our 13 year old loved the Tuna steak! When even our kids who are not intrepid eaters are asking for the same dishes two nights in a row, it is good. Both those dishes were so perfectly seasoned, prepared and with incredible accompanying ingredients. That the staff is so warm and welcoming also is huge! Their drinks- loved the hang ten and their other specialty cocktails: The pasta dish with vegetables is amazing- so much flavor and the pasta was perfect. We ordered shrimp on the side of one dish and they were incredibly succulent and flavorful. Wines are all stellar- my wife works for a high end wine purveyor and approved. Deserts right up there as well. We have enjoyed dinners and breakfasts the past few days while staying at the Dream Inn and our entire family loves coming here because they have the best food and service and views to match in all of Santa Cruz!
  38. JS

    JovitoS

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    Over priced and average. Obviously a tourist trap.
  39. S

    Swg126

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best restaurant in Santa Cruz, for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner. We love coming back here - they continue to crush it year after year!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food3service5ambience5
    Our waitress Mollie, was amazing and really made our evening special. Thank you Mollie for your kindness, suggestions and thoughtful conversation. We appreciate you.

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 4.6 stars by 1476 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 14 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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