Persephone Restaurant

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$31 to $50
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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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PT
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First-timers to this wonderful restaurant. We’re already returning next month! It was a delightful dining experience from ambiance through service, menu, wine offerings, and food preparation / presentation. Well done!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a wonderful time with my fiancé. Perfect date night. Food was amazing. There was no coffee offered at the end of the meal which was not necessarily needed. And portions were a bit on the smaller side. Will definitely go back.

KC
1 review
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of the finest farm to table restaurants in the Santa Cruz area. I've been to many, and there is a sameness about them that Persephone is able to rise above. Truly outstanding flavors, wide selection of both vegetarian and meat dishes, and a diverse wine list.

T
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our third time dining at Persephone and we continue to be amazed with the menu and the creativity of chef Cori. Brittnii waited on us and was both knowledgeable and a good fun! I highly recommend Persephone.

S
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this restaurant! The place is so cozy and cute inside and the food is always delicious. Service is really top notch and personable. In terms of food to order, my favorite is the chicken, and the house Pinot Grigio is really really tasty, tart and citrusy and a hint sweet.

MK
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great meal at Persephone. I had best beef loin I’ve ever had at a restaurant (I’ll go back just for that!) and we had some very creative dishes that were excellent. We’ll definitely be visiting Persephone again.

NK
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quaint, charming, classy and delicious. This is a wonderful place to tantalize all the senses.

F
San Francisco
59 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Really fine dining, innovative menu using local fare. The ambience is quite noisy, which is really the only distraction or detraction, but that means the place is crowded and popular.

SK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Absolutely terrific food. It is now our
favorit restaurant.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner tradition continues. Love Persephone!

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great dining experience; unique and delicious combinations of flavor. Will definitely return!!

G
Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Our second recent trip here did not disappoint. Service was flawless; noise level much better than last time. I would recommend getting here early for a quieter experience.

G
Central Coast
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best meal I've had in a long time locally. But yowza is it loud in there! worth it though.

F
San Francisco
60 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Local family owned restaurant that takes advantage of local produce and local wines. Elegant evening.

GN
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I attended a special wine pairing dinner, held in conjunction with a local winery. We thought the pairings were outstanding and the dishes spanned a pretty broad range. All was fresh, beautifully presented and very tasty. We would certainly go back. There are a few practical issues to note. Like many modern restaurants, Persephone's interior is all hard surfaces and high ceilings. Sound bounces around and the noise level rises so it can be difficult to hear someone across the table from you. Parking is limited (8 spaces); there's usually space at the shopping center across Soquel Dr, but it's not fun crossing the busy street.
UPDATE: Parking is better than I realized-- it includes about 10 additional spaces that I thought belonged to the adjacent business just downhill. Good to know!

B
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love the seasonal menu, the creativity and changes , and the ambiance, the fantastic wait staff, yummy wines and desserts.
It's our favorite local spot for casual and fancy dining.

K
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is the BEST restaurant in Aptos by far. Not to mention our waiter was beyond amazing and had really cool earrings. Highly Highly recommend!!

KG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Great little place with delicious food and sweet ambience. Was our first time here and we plan to come back.

N
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

Overall the food was good, although the sides with my steak were not very complimentary. Wine list has too many local wines. Lighting is a little too bright for a romantic dining experience.

LS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Persephone is a small but homey restaurant. Brittnii, the hostess, was outstanding -- exceptionally friendly and helpful. The food — quince-glazed chicken for me and risotto with pork belly for my wife -- was impeccable. I wanted to eat slower to savor the flavors, but it was just too good; I nearly ordered a second serving to go. The wine selection is unlike anything I've ever seen, and the wine-pairing knowledge of the kitchen crew is just as impressive. My only criticism is the brightness and volume of the small space, but I will absolutely be back for more.

LF
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Favorite restaurant in the area. The Potter family

CJ
Central Coast
23 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall4food5service2ambience5

The food is excellent - one of the best in the area! However, it is unfortunate that the service doesn't live up to the status of the restaurant. When you are paying for fine dining, you expect a fine dining experience and unfortunately, this just doesn't have it. The waiter never checked in on us, didn't offer us a 2nd of anything, didn't ask if we wanted anything else... but handily dropped our bill off before we asked. How did he know we didn't want coffee or another glass of wine? Seriously missed opportunity.

The fish of the day was truly outstanding. The chicken pasta dish and the risotto with pork belly, all very delicious. The salad had a rich dressing that really surprised us - light but rich in flavors. Both the soups we tried were excellent. The dessert, meh... nothing special. Notable, but small wine list.

We will be back but hope to get a more experienced, professional waiter next time.

OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall2food2service3ambience4

The salad was great. I ordered the vegetarian entree. What I got looked like it should have been an appetizer. My wife’s pasta was overcooked.

I usually like Persephone but this was extremely disappointing.

MP
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were pleasantly surprised by their beer dinner with Fruition Brewery. Food was spot on. Each course well paired with beer offering. Service was great! Hope they do this again.

PA
Central Coast
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great, original recipes/food presentations. Good service, very enjoyable meal. Definitely will come back to this small, family-run restaurant. A neighborhood gem.

DC
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Loved the restaurant. Service was good, food was so flavorful and cooked to perfection. The restaurant was in an old house, and was a bit cooler than I would’ve liked. I was hoping for “cozy” since it was a brisk fall evening. But ambiance was nice. We loved it.

EN
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place overall. The food was good, nothing that I would consider special or memorable.

BR
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best dinner we've had recently. A surprise in Aptos.

OT
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant. A cozy, romantic dinner experience with delicious locally sourced dishes. Extensive wine selection, something for everyone. Perfect date spot. Highly recommend it, will do again.

B
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love this local gem of a gourmet restaurant. The ambiance, service, food, wines, and staff make this a pleasurable experience each and every time, consistently.

LR
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The restaurant is lovely, food is well prepared and executes unusual flavor pairings, wine list is very good. The noise level is extremely high for a restaurant of this caliber. Some textiles are needed to absorb sound. My husband and I had a very hard time hearing each other.

DB
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Absolutely delicious food, creative, fresh, portion size suited us well. We’re vegetarians and would prefer à bit more choice but what we had was great. Fabulous wine selection. Waiter was very pleasant but not attentive or timely enough - we had to get up and ask for things a couple of times and drink refills came too slowly. Not up to the standards of the food and wine offerings. The atmosphere is adorable and it’s nice and quiet - great for good conversation with friends. We’ll be back!

F
1 review
Dined on September 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

My wife and I had a wonderful dinner there on Saturday night and we received EXCELLENT service from Brittany. We will definitely go back.

RG
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our experience there--great for foodies, nice atmosphere, excellent service, highly recommended!

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Phenomenal experience! 4 adults and 2 kids to celebrate a birthday! The kids tried new items last night! The food was outstanding! Service from Alan was Amazing! I had preorders a birthday cake and they surprised my mom with the most incredible Meyer lemon that puckered your cheeks in with strawberries! We will be back👏👏👏👏Bravo!

BG
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

We enjoyed our experience at Persephone. Very nice restaurant - it was our first experience.

OT
San Diego
5 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous from start to finish.

MM
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Wonderful experience! Brittany was exceptional! The ambiance, decor, lighting, etc. was superb!
The food was very good to outstanding and love the local wine list. The salmon dish was excellent; the steak was served at less than optimal temperature. I am so happy that this restaurant is in business in Aptos!

HD
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service. Farm fresh locally sourced.

ME
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall2food2service4ambience4

My wife & I had a wine tasting dinner at Persephone (Windy Oaks wines), and had high expectations of the food. Of the 5 courses, one was very good and 3 were disappointing, and the desert was awful. I believe that they can do better with individual dinner service (based on the reviews), but I would not go there for a wine tasting dinner.