Persephone Restaurant

4.7
451 Reviews
$31 to $50
American
Persephone Restaurant is a fine dining establishment focused on bringing the best and freshest ingredients Santa Cruz County has to offer directly to you. We are a Seasonal Kitchen meaning that we change our menu based upon whatever ingredients are locally seasonably available.
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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 451 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.5
ambience
4.3
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Noise · Moderate
98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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suzanned
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Looking forward to dinner soon at Persephone. Lunch was quite good - sorry the cauliflower soup was out; salad and cole slaw excellent. You were out of Pinot Noir but the red wine substitute (name not given) was excellent. Waitress was excellent - up and down those stairs - did quite a good job!

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vipSFNative
Central Coast
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Perfect corner table with a lovely view of the trees. Service very friendly and welcoming. So happy to be out again enjoying local fare. Very impressive wine selection!,,We will return.

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BaseballMom
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food was amazing! Extensive wine list.

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jodip
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Didn't know Persephone's was open for lunch but it is! Their "patio" seating is covered and interiorly decorated, with pink and red geraniums swinging in pots overlooking a gorgeous, foresty backdrop, like a mountain cafe in Switzerland--you forget you're just a few feet away from a parking lot and busy street. We ordered 3 of the sandwiches (roast beef, Toscano and Italiano) and 2 sides (cole slaw and pesto pasta) and were not disappointed by anything. Then we shared a brownie alamode, panicotta and a strawberry shortcake, all beautifully presented and as scrumptious as they looked. Didn't catch our waitperson's name but she was the sweetest lady, always prompt and friendly. Bring a sweater; if the wind is blowing, it can be deceptively chilly. But don't let that dissuade you from a wonderful, reasonably-priced afternoon treat.

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AmyC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely a hidden gem! This a restaurant that is worth the drive from afar. Book early and catch the sunset at Rio Del Mar for a perfect date night. The food is thoughtfully composed and delicious. The staff are warm and welcoming. Service is great. Great value for a four coursed meal with drinks. We will be back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Friend Gathering post Covid vaccine

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GregoryS
1 review
Dined on April 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

We went in really wanting to enjoy this restaurant. Clearly a lot of effort has been made on the decor and to come up with some good ideas. However as far as fine dining goes we felt the execution was substantially lacking. The food was not inspired nor was it perfectly tasty to be honest. Nothing was wrong with it just expected much more for the prices.

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PaulR
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent restaurant which we patronize regularly.

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vipTessa
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We loved our lunch so much that we went back the next day for lunch. The Caesar salad is amazing!

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JesseS
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food Great service. Look forward to another exceptional dinner in the near future 😋

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jakmalak
Portland
2 reviews
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

One of our first dining experiences in over 12 months, hurrah! Food was delicious, sat outside on comfortable deck area, felt well taken care of.

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JillV
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely amazing food and a fabulous staff!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

We had a delicious meal with great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Food was unique and delicious. My husband had the duck soup and cod in parchment and raved about both, particularly the fish. He really liked the fish which was complemented by the leeks, chanterelles, and wild rice. I had the nettle soup, because I had never heard you can make soup from nettles! It was mild but the addition of pancetta real made it. The roasted butternut squash over lentils was delicious with the crunch of pistachios and slight tang of yogurt. Filling but not heavy.

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DavidV
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Beautiful way to spend Valentine’s. Food and service were top notch as always. Only downside is the car noise from Soquel Dr a little louder than ideal.

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KevinH
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal. Great service and great food. You can tell they are working hard to provide a great experience.

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JonathanK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We loved our dining experience. The food, champagne, and staff were wonderful. I'd up the attire of the serving staff though. For a fine dining experience, I'd expect more than bluejeans.

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SeanC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic locally-owned fine dining restaurant. A real gem in Aptos.

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vipToddbria
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Good to see outdoor dining is back. Persephone has built a solid covered area with enough heaters to ensure we were comfortable. The selections and quality of the dishes continues to be stellar. We are very happy to support this fine restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was pretty cold outside in the tables not under the tent. Kinda loud too being exposed to the street next to it. Food was ok, nothing particularly noteworthy.

Prices seem a bit high for the experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and service!

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PaulD
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food great service

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Elizabeth
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, probably the best fine dining in Aptos! Dining outdoors on the patio during Covid restrictions felt very safe and well planned out. Two thumbs up for a wonderful evening!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for my birthday and it was lovely. The food was delicious, the service was excellent, and it was just a great time. Would definitely recommend!

JV
JillV
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic family owned restaurant! Food is SO delicious!

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vipDDunn
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The food is amazing ! Love the friendly staff and outdoor eating.

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bread
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The outside view was beautiful, not to loud and very private. The food was very yummy, the appetizers weren’t to heavy that you would be full before the main course. The service felt very comfortable and the people were wearing their masks the entire time. It was a little pricey so be warned. But I would totally recommend if you are staying in Santa Cruz and you want to eat something fancy.

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AnnieH
Hawaii
10 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic meal with great service!

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BrettS
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Liked it so much I bought my parents a gift card.

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vipOpenTable Diner
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner on the patio. The soup was nice and hot even though it was cold the heaters worked very well. We had a very romantic evening with delicious food! Thank you Persephone, we will be back.

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JamieH
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere, touchless menu ,high ceiling and open windows make this place Covid friendly. Great wine list

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Superflysham
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was our 16th wedding anniversary. We decided to try something different. I found this restaurant browsing local restaurant reviews and it had exceptional feedback. Our server was awesome and manager came out to greet us. We had the roast beef sandwich, Toscano chicken sandwich and the chicken soup was amazing. The cocktails were expensive and water down. Next time I wouldn’t get wine cocktail.

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SteveL
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Definitely go again. Food was delicious, and our waitress was lovely.

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vipNathanaelH
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants in Santa Cruz county. Every time we dine there, it has been spectacular. The food is so creative, with delightful flavors to entertain. The staff are wonderful. The outdoors dining space they've made is charming. Love this place.

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KellyN
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hands down, perfect meal! Great small business was to support in Aptos

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PatrickJ
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome place. Highly recommended. Quiet. Safe. Professional.

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JeffM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this family owned business. We ordered the short ribs which were excellent.

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Californian
New England
5 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

We love this restaurant. The food is delicious the service is good. Just glad to finally be able to dine out in the era of COVID

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coastalfoodie
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great spot for an outdoor lunch. The sandwich menu had a range of interesting selections and were reasonably priced. Tasty too. The outdoor area set up was great. It was all open and airy, but it felt like a room and not like you were sitting in a parking lot. The service was friendly and attentive. I plan to return!

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josieg
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Divine bread and special ingredients ie spicy mayo & pickled onions

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Persephone Restaurant using the Order Online button. Persephone Restaurant also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 612-6511.

Persephone Restaurant is rated 4.7 stars by 451 OpenTable diners.

Persephone Restaurant does offer gift cards which you can purchase here https://www.toasttab.com/potter/giftcards.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.