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Persephone Restaurant, Aptos, CA

Persephone Restaurant

4.5
4.5
633 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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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Private dining

Private dining

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian

  • Hours of operation

    Wednesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 612-6511

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Executive chef

    Cori Goudge-Ayer

  • Private party facilities

    Call 831-612-6511 or email info@persephonerestaurant.com for private party inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (855) 407-0775

  • Neighborhood

    Aptos

  • Parking details

    Parking is available to patrons in the full lot extending down to Coldwell Bankers office.

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Experiences

  • Second Sunday Wine Tasting / BBQ and Syrah!

    $35.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 14, 2022 only
    Come enjoy live music and wine tasting on our patio! This Month's theme is BBQ and Syrah! Enjoy a flight of four different local Syrahs along with soulful tunes from Alexandra the Author. We will also be serving up BBQ plates from Chef Cori, you don't want to miss this!
  • Windy Oaks Winemaker's Dinner

    $175.00 per person

    Prepaid

    Aug 28, 2022 only
    Join us for a special food and wine pairing experience! This month we will host local standout Windy Oaks Vineyards. This local family grow some of the best Pinot Noir around on their estate in Corralitos! We are so excited to design the perfect menu to complement their wines! Menu TBD

What 633 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
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 4.1Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Value

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Special Occasion

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  1. K

    Kubotronic

    Los Angeles

    15 reviews

    4.0

    15 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    The service was superb! We sat outside and Our server Mikael was amazing! Give this guy a raise! Very personable, remembered names as we said in passing that were on their way, made our day special with a birthday brownie! Simply amazing! Plenty of parking out front, it was quiet outside and we had the whole place to ourselves. But food was meh. Salmon was excellent but that was about it!
  2. R

    Rich

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall4food2service5ambience5
    Service was amazing but disappointed in the food- it was just okay
  3. P

    Paula

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food was original and delicious. Great service, also!
  4. n

    nancyh

    New Orleans

    6 reviews

    2.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall2food3service2ambience4
    We went to Persephone in Dec 2021 and had a delightful dinner and service outside. Decided to go back for my husbands birthday and it was a disappointment. Service was slow. It was clear the young person was not experienced to know to bring a cooler for bottle white wine. Given the labor situation we gave it a hall pass. The appetizer was good but the dinner very disappointing. The truffle pasta was heavy and presentation not very appealing; basically average not what it could have been. The stuffed chicken was dry; stuffing was bland and sauce didn't seem to work. Averages dishes all around . Given the price for this calibre of restaurant, we were disappointed. The wine selection was nice and we enjoyed our Fonzone wine. Maybe it was just an off night...
  5. D

    Dhagen

    San Francisco

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow! The Ridge Vineyards 6 course wine pairing event was fantastic! Superb food and wonderful wine. Every course was a complex compliment to the paired wine.
  6. m

    msxcski

    Central Coast

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our group of 4 diners greatly enjoyed our meal at Persephone on a Friday evening about 7:30 pm. We were seated in an outdoor covered seating area which included effective propane heater when it was needed. Our waiter and the other staff were pleasant and effective and dealt well with a little confusing messages from the kitchen about what was available at that time. The also attended to temperature needs in this cool Aptos evening. I avoid wheat and our waiter was happy to check with the kitchen on which items would work for me. I started with the Bay Blue Wedge Salad which was tasty but not outstanding but further courses were remarkable. My entree was Pomegranate Glazed Eggplant served with saffron-cauliflower puree, jasmine rice, sautéed chard and Garden Variety garlic yogurt. It was delightfully seasoned and cooked just right. The accompaniments went well with it and had distinctive and pleasant flavors. It was excellent. My dessert was the Strawberry Almond Cake Flourless almond cake with strawberry mascarpone, lemon creme anglaise, whipped cream, and macerated strawberries. It was tasty though the cake was a little dry. The others were quite happy with their meals as well.
  7. JA

    JoeyA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food and even better service! Can’t recommend enough!
  8. E

    Eliz

    Las Vegas

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We LOVE this restaurant - it is our "go to" for birthdays, anniversaries, out of town guests., The food is always good and the service excellent. We have eten outside for lunches and inside for dinner - both are just fine. The noise level inside is so low - you can always hear your conversation with those with you.
  9. SA

    SuzanneA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    Disappointed with the overall experience. Used to be our go to special occasion place and really felt the quality of the food has slipped as well as service.
  10. SC

    SantaCruzansMandM

    Yosemite

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My sea bass was wonderful, as were my husband's short ribs. We shared, so I can attest that both dishes were exquisite. Our appetizers were also delicious: We shared the turkey, wild mushroom soup and the fresh, tasty salad. Our server, Michael, was outstanding, and our table overlooked a beautiful forest scene. Dining at Persephone is an experience to remember.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I can’t believe I didn’t come here sooner!!! This place is amazing, food was outstanding, owners and service was impeccable. They are opening for lunches Thu-Sun too. Check it out, I’m impressed.
  12. SL

    SharaLee

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was excellent. The menu and food were great with local ingredients and creative combinations. The owners and staff take their service very seriously and it shows. Thank you!
  13. DH

    DavidH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience, delicious food and great service for my wife’s birthday!
  14. KM

    KathleenM

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    The menu is limited and was missing any real interesting dishes - appetizers in particular. My eggplant main dish was ok and overpriced. Our service was inconsistent. I really want to like it more. I will give it another try.
  15. C

    Cashley

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the best night. Our server was wonderful and funny. Totally fun girls night out! Chicken was delicious. Huge wine list. Will be back.
  16. f

    flashflood

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Persephone is a local gem for foodies. The menu is partly seasonal, and partly timeless like the beef short ribs and stuffed Fogline chicken (both excellent). The ambience is perfect for date night, the service friendly and attentive. You can dress up or come casual and feel perfectly at home either way.
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was friendly and attentive. The food was excellent and the restaurant was charming. A lovely experience.
  18. a

    alex

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My wife and I had our wedding anniversary dinner here. Everything about the dinner was perfect.
  19. SK

    SaraK

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    We went for a birthday dinner for my son. The food was very good, the service was friendly if a tiny bit slow. We ate outside and I missed the feeling of a fine dining experience like you get inside, but it was fine on a warm day.
  20. F

    Fritz

    San Francisco

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 10, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Persephone 's food is outstanding. The tableware is also beautiful, and you can order flowers for the table. The noise from traffic (we were outdoors) was sometimes a problem. Service was a little slow but the waiter was super nice. Overall a lovely place.
  21. YG

    YvonneG

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience3
    There was only one waiter and the room was very cold. The food was prepared well and our overall experience was nice
  22. CJ

    CaboJulie

    Central Coast

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Amazing food and excellent wine list. The atmosphere could use a little something but everything we tasted was YUMMMMMMMY!
  23. H

    Happybirthdaytome

    San Francisco

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    An absolute jewel of a restaurant. Both of us enjoyed the experience of dining here.
  24. NP

    NicholasP

    Chicago

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had the braised short ribs and bolognese. Both fantastic. Wait staff professional and friendly. Highly recommended
  25. M

    Melissa

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience3
    The food was good and service was fantastic. The decor was interesting.
  26. MS

    MrSolid

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Good food, Budino is a highlight Pasta is a little heavy handed. The wine list is excellently well chosen and is a reason alone to go to the restaurant.
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our party of 6 was seated outside and it was windy , our hostess was very kind to move tables and accommodate us. Service was great food was delightful.
  28. SL

    SamL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was really good. The survivor very good and had great recommendations. The wine selection was the best.
  29. PR

    PaulR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic experience. Wine menu is great. Food was delicious. Great little place!
  30. f

    foodie

    San Francisco

    28 reviews

    2.0

    28 reviews

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience2
    We heard raves about this restaurant. A girlfriend and went for lunch and were disappointed on every level. Our experience may be atypical as we ordered the soup and sandwich combo rather than some of the more elaborate dishes. Both dishes were very small portions and essentially flavorless. The tuna sandwich was just flaked canned tuna without any aioli to hold it together. The only seating was outdoors in a long tent that forms a wind tunnel even though there were heaters. Our server seemed impatient, not glad to see us and not surprised that we left without ordering dessert. They must have better service and more interesting dishes at dinnertime, based on other reviews.
  31. R

    Ross

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Persephone is the best--superb food in a wonderful setting. They always have GF/DF options, and not just green salads--really good options.
  32. JA

    JohnA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 8, 2022

    overall3food3service2ambience3
    Salmon overcooked. Also was dry. Small portion also. Waiter not very attentive. Not impressed fir being the first table of the night at 5 pm
  33. JV

    JillV

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Absolutely love this restaurant! It’s such a treat every time we go!
  34. J

    Jackiechanaptos

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience3
    We requested the outdoor seating but we were sitting next to the wind tunnel. It was windy but food and service was excellent.
  35. RC

    RobinC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We will return until we’ve tried the entire menu! Our server Mikael, was very knowledgeable about the food, wine, Greek mythology and how to make our time there fun and special. Amazing people skills. Persephone is an intimate and delicious dining experience.
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great food, great service
  37. CB

    CatherineB

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve eaten lunch on the patio, but this was our first dinner and first tim indoors. The inside is beautiful, with high, open ceilings. We had a nice table with the window view of the forested canyon below. The Parmesan Budino was fantastic! Rich and creamy with the added texture of roasted vegetables. The fish was fine, and the grapefruit and avocado salad light and tasty, but the Budino made it all worthwhile. Service was excellent- attentive but not cloying. Nice wine by the glass, too
  38. G

    Gabrielle

    Central Coast

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best mussels I have ever had in my life!!! Food and service is among the best in the county. Lovely location too
  39. CC

    CelesteC

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 17, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Staff was fabulous, we enjoyed your space! Very quaint. The beet salad and the avocado/grapefruit salads were delicious. Thanks again for everything! Celeste Collins
  40. SF

    StanfordFan

    London

    192 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    192 reviews

    Dined on April 16, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Mikhail, our waiter, was very helpful and knowledgeable. Persephone may be plagued with a common problem now - not enough help - because it took a long time to get each of our courses. The chicken meatball soup was very good but not as hot as one might expect. Same was true with my short ribs. The bread was nice and warm and we liked the hummus that came with it. My husband liked his pasta dis and the semifreddo dessert. The outdoor setting is lovely and the heaters kept us warm.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

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

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 4.5 stars by 633 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 10 times today
Experiences are available.

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Persephone Restaurant

7945 Soquel Dr, Aptos, CA 95003

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Aptos

  • Hours of operation

    Wednesday - Sunday: 4:30pm - 9:00pm

  • Cuisines

    American, Contemporary American, Contemporary Italian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Business Casual

  • Parking details

    Parking is available to patrons in the full lot extending down to Coldwell Bankers office.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Cori Goudge-Ayer

  • Additional

    Beer, Corkage Fee, Gender Neutral Restroom, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 612-6511

  • Private party facilities

    Call 831-612-6511 or email info@persephonerestaurant.com for private party inquiries.

  • Private party contact

    our Private Event Coordinator : (855) 407-0775

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