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

Jack O'Neill Restaurant & Lounge

4.5
4.5
1416 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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Booked 47 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 - 12 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 1,416 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
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.6Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

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  1. JL

    JoelL

    San Francisco

    9 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Nice place. Will go back. Food very good. Prices somewhat high for the value. Waiter very nice but had too many tables ao service was slow. Two hours for a dinner that should be a little over an hour.

  2. FM

    FlorenciaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Súper lindo, la vista al mar es hermoso . Y tienen mesas para dos con vistas .

  3. MJ

    MelodyJ

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food1service3ambience1

    Father’s Day Dinner. Arrived on time and was told our table was getting ready and to hang in the lounge area. There were plenty of open tables but okay. Ordered three drinks, two of which came out right away. The third I checked in on after 20 mins and the bartender apologized and said he forgot. Checked back to see if our table was ready and the hostess said oh yes, it’s ready now. It’s the table right behind the check in area, no views and loud. This table was open when I first checked in not sure why we had to wait in the lounge area for so long. Our waitress was very nice, we ordered quickly however our food: two soups and two steaks took over an hour. The food was mediocre at best and only ate 1/4 of it. We couldn’t get out of there fast enough. The best they could do after complaining was a couple free desserts to take home. This was our first and probably last time there.

  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Very good food, nice view, helpful valet parker, and an excellent, knowledgeable and personable waiter (Aiden) sp?

  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Birthday and Father’s Day

  6. AL

    AnnLH

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5

    Food was outstanding and so was the view! Service was great! I just found myself feeling cold off and on from the AC.

  7. SC

    SCJJ

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The restaurant is nee and stylishly decorated. We started in the lounge, whxih has a comfortable bar and table seating. It’s a fulll bar and they also have a menu of soecialty drinks. In addition there are some food selectins there. We were seated at a window tsble with a view of the beach and the bay. The highlight was the aoecial Tomahawk Steak we shared. It came with yellow heirloom tomatoes, green and yellow sauash and mushrooms. The steak was placed on a bead of bread. The bread soaked up the steak juoces and was delicious. The chef deluvered it to our table and checked in on us after we were finished with our meal. Overall the experience was excellent and worth it.

  8. RC

    RobertaC

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent ambiance, great service food amazingly delicious! Cod was perfectly breaded and cooked! Excellent! Crab Benedict was delicious! Citrus salad great too! Looking forward to return visit!

  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 17, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4

    Great service but food is not so good. I truly think it would be amazing if they could change the food . Great location and staff.

  10. LS

    LynS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Beautiful restaurant with ocean/beach view and outstanding service!

  11. CS

    ChelsealovestheSea

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Went here for my husband's birthday dinner. Excellent service and great food. Plus the view is amazing.

  12. LF

    Love4Food

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on June 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I went to Jack O Neill’s with my Mom on our 3 day vacation to Santa Cruz ti stay at the Dream Inn! The whole ambiance of this place was decadent! The view from the window was awesome! The food was so utterly good and there was several things on the menu that I would love to try next time I come. The service was outstanding! One of the best meals I’ve ever had! I will definitely be returning again soon!

  13. M

    Mac71

    Washington DC

    57 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    57 reviews

    Dined on June 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    We ate brunch and dinner here recently to celebrate a college graduation. The views of the ocean are spectacular, the service is first rate, the food is terrific and the portions are generous. I recommend the clam chowder, the salads, the eggs Benedict, the fish tacos, the huervos rancheros, the falafel sandwich, the duck appetizer, the breast of duck main course, the short rib and the fish catch of the day. Highly recommended restaurant.

  14. AJ

    AJUts

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Unique, delicious food, friendly service, and an outstanding view.

  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Naples

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We had a wonderful dinner and great waitress, Lauren. Perfect place for graduation celebration!

  16. L

    Lester

    Orange County

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5

    Menu somewhat limited: Not much for vegan/vegetarians. Appetizers not that exciting and small. While food was delicious, thought it was priced higher than should be be for quality and value. Service was very good. Attentive but not too much. Allowed us to relax and enjoy our evening. View is excellent.

  17. LS

    LyndaS

    Hawaii

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience3

    Food was good, but the service was slow. Nice location.

  18. MH

    MarinaH

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I was so impressed with my visit to Jack O’Neil’s. The staff was incredible, attentive, and kind and the food was out of this world. Hands down some of the best food I’ve eaten in a restaurant in years! The crab cakes were absolutely to die for. Beautiful handcrafted pasta. Amazing seared scallops. Delish! 10/10 will recommend and will be returning for a future visit!

  19. PF

    PeteF

    San Francisco

    54 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    54 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4

    We enjoyed our experience here. The food was good. We both had the clam chowder to start with, which was very tasty, the portions were large. Our main course was the Chicken Caesar Salad. Again, large portions. The chicken was very good; however, overall the salad was rather bland. The restaurant was comfortable, the view was spectacular and the service was great. Give it a try!

  20. ML

    MelanieL

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We have loved this place every single time we visit.

  21. P

    Perfectanniversarydiner

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Menu seems to change from time to time. Tonight I got the special which was lamb. Excellent! Something I probably would not have normally ordered but I absolutely loved it! Crab cakes appetizer maybe best crab cakes I've ever had. Great service as well

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tahoe

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Came for the views, stayed for the food. Amazing all around!

  23. F

    Funnygirly

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great spot located in the iconic Dream Inn. Fantastic views of the beach, ocean, wharf, and boardwalk! Service is above and beyond and the food is fresh and delicious. Love, love, love this place.

  24. RP

    RobertP

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great views. Great service. Nice and convenient location near the beach. Very friendly staff.

  25. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Really lovely. We were not against the window but the views from both sides were still stunning. Our waiter was fantastic. I apologize for not remembering his name but he was sporting a beard and had light/reddish hair. He was funny while good at his job. Food was delicious. All three of us enjoyed our meals: lentils, ribeye and duck. We will never forget this meal because of our positive experience and the fact that Jack O’Neill happens to be the name of our son’s (who was with us) best friend. When in the area again, we will definitely be back!

  26. BL

    BLTN

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience5

    Excellent views and service. Unfortunately, Saturday at 1pm was only the Brunch menu and dinner menu was offered at 5:30pm. Had the soup which was tasty but went somewhere different for something more filling. We will go back just need to plan around the menu.

  27. WP

    WaterPurveyor

    Phoenix

    43 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on May 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    Last night in town so we wanted to have a nice dinner with a view. We had reservations and were immediately seated and soon we had a bottle of wine at our table. For an appetizer we had an order of their Almond Crusted Mussels, and they were prepared very different, but they were very good. For dinner my wife had the Scallops, and they were well seasoned and cooked perfectly. I had the Prawns & Pasta, and it was a very hearty tasty dish. Our waiter (Ricky) stayed on top of things without being overbearing. Nice atmosphere with live acoustic music on Friday night, overall good food, and service, we would definitely go back.

  28. G

    Gubbina

    San Francisco

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on May 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent service - caesar salad w/prawns is always my favorite! Lovely setting to dine and enjoy some time away!

  29. E

    Ephl

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4

    Dinner service was extremely slow and chaotic. Food was fair at best. Can’t recommend as there must be better. The bar is a good spot to catch a drink

  30. CA

    CAtoNYC

    New York Area

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on May 23, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    The hostess was great. We arrived too early and she handled our reservation with no problem. The server was very attentive, described the menu options perfectly, came by frequently enough to check on us and was very pleasant. The food dishes were just okay. The salmon on a bean stew bed was not great. Salmon was cooked just fine but the rest of the dish had little taste. Other folks in the party thought their food was fine, short ribs, and crab cakes, but nothing outstanding.

  31. BF

    BeachFanatics

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    A delicious meal in a beautiful beach setting/view! Definitely recommend for a special occasion!

  32. MB

    MelissaB

    Los Angeles

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience3

    The food was gross. Duck was like leather and was inedible. The prices were high but the food very disappointing. I would not recommend at all

  33. WA

    WalterA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was good and so was the meal. We plan to come again.

  34. PR

    PRman

    London

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    This is a truly special restaurant with a very talented chef. Nothing ordinary about this wonderful place. The wild salmon was among the best I have ever had. The duck toast was amazing, if a tiny bit too salty.

  35. F

    Foodlovers111

    Orlando

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Service was outstanding. View was magnificent. Food was exceptional!

  36. CD

    CharlotteD

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Beautiful view and great food; the fresh salmon was great

  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    Highly recommend! Beautiful view and great food.

  38. S

    Suzanne

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great meal! Food, service and views were amazing!

  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Terrific views, friendly service, great food cooked perfectly. Best rib eye steak I’ve had in a long time. Very leisurely and unrushed dining. Parking a bit of a challenge but no big deal. Will return to try other dishes.

  40. C

    Carmina

    Mexico City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Loved it! Had an amazing time! And food was outstanding!

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
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • 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 1416 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

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Booked 47 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 - 12 guests.

  • Private party contact

    CJ Hartman: (831) 460-5002

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