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Persephone Restaurant

4.7
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402 Reviews
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
What 402 people are saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
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4.8
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4.7
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98% of people would recommend it to a friend
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BcwD
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great small, local spot. Delicious food that is all local. Nice out door patio.

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DeniseS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Persephone’s to celebrate My daughter’s birthday. Excellent food and service. Alex was the consummate host. We will definitely be returning.

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RealFrog
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We were here during the pandemic. The patio seats were clean. The menu is from a QR code so that we don't have to have physical contacts. The food was great. They are doing great business.

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vipWorkoutEatRepeat
San Francisco
36 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful first experience at this establishment. Warmly greeted upon arrival, promptly taken to our table. Great service, delicious food, lovely atmosphere. Looking forward to our next visit.

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RichardW
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Ambience only 3 star due to being forced by the California government to eat outside on a cold cloudy evening. However, the outside patio was very nice.

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vipTeddyxat
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Excellent family owned business. The tastes are outstanding.

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Pwrsplys
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

I wrote this based on the fact that they just opened up outside eating for lunch and haven't got it set up yet. The waiter was awesome and the fook was good. They need shade cover installed / The menu was somewhat limited...no beef anything.. but hey this was ok.. It's covid time and everything is wacko..

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vipKellyB
Sacramento
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had lunch outside. Excellent Mediterranean sandwich and a fine glass of wine. Looking forward to trying a dinner.

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PattiP
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food at Persephone is innovative, not for the sake of being trendy. Thoughtful ingredients married to perfection. Beautiful presentation, charming interior and outdoor patio. We've had several meals there, lunch and dinner. Always a delight.

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PaulaB
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A most delightful experience as we were seated in their newly built outdoor area which provided comfort along with a view. This is not a temporary structure to address the current crisis however, a permanent addition to this charming restaurant. The lunch menu is creative and ever so delicious. The ideal escape from the worries of the world.

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vipBrooke
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was amazing- the food, the staff, the drinks and the new outdoor patio!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I don't know why this terrific restaurant is not always packed.
One of the best places I have eaten in California.
The menu is small but I have tried just about everything. no complaints.

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WendyG
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent meal! Love that they have a 3,4 or 5 course Prix Fixe option - we did the 4 course. The savory parmesan custard is amazing! Great food, great service and an extensive wine list with reasonable prices. We will definitely be back!

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SusanL
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is hands down our favorite restaurant. We always feel welcome and the food is heavenly. The staff feel like friends. How does Cori fix new dishes often that are fantastic? She has a gift.

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OpenTable Diner
Denver
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

Everything was very good. The restaurant feels cozy and homey. The pasta with cheese and truffle was divine. The Parmesan custard was inventive. I loved the food. The problem came at the end when they had to keep coming back and asking for my card 3 separate times because she couldn’t get it right. First they charged me for the wrong check and didn’t charge me enough, I thought they should’ve eaten that mistake but whatever, give them my card back, she comes back and I find out she didn’t factor in the $100 cash I have to put towards the check and instead of charging me $25 she charged me the entire $140 check. After 3 serial’s charges and simmering else taking over it was finally right but I didn’t get an apology or a comp off my bill or anything which was just odd honestly. I’d go back for the food but this was the owners wife so I’d expect an apology from her at the very least.

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ticower
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

The food and the service are excellent. The place is small.
We had a great time there.

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vipBizbeth
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took a friend here and he was super impressed and delighted to dine in such a lovely space, try a new dish and satisfy his Issues with "gluten free" diet.
We were thrilled as usual.

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Paula
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful owners great food

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vipBizbeth
San Francisco
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall4food5service3ambience5

We absolutely love this restaurant and dine here frequently. It's our neighborhood gem. Love this family owned and run business.
Sunday night we noticed that our requests were not all acknowledged or brought to us when asked, but there was only Alex and Alea so that made us more understanding.
Sometimes things happen and you know the regulars, so they may slip in the attention and service to them.
The food was yummy and we made the best of it.

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dedao
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Have eaten here a couple of times & found the food to be excellently prepared. This time it had perhaps been sitting too long.
Lamb sausages good but over done, same with the prime rib, which was disappointing.
Ravioli was lovely as was the dessert. Wine pairings great and fun!

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YekaterinaD
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to Persephone and had a wonderful time. The owner helped us pick wines and let us sample a few before we settled on our chosen glasses. She was so personable and fun. The Cesar Boudino was really original and super tasty. Our citrus salad was super duper fresh. Both of our entrees were great - real truffle on my pasta! The chocolate cake was fabulous and the presentation was beautiful. The place itself is super cozy and warm. We had a great time and highly recommend it, especially for a romantic evening.

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vipRobertD
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It consistently excellent dining experience. Inventive and tasty food.

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vipJanH
San Francisco
232 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We enjoyed the meal we had and generally appreciated the service however there was a significant error on the bill which was corrected, however it didn't inspire confidence. Perhaps caution is advised.

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PeteT
San Francisco
10 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!

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OpenTable Diner
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.

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KellyC
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.

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vipToddbria
San Francisco
9 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.

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Sarah
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.

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MarionK
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.

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NinaK
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.

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vipFastidious
San Francisco
61 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.

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

Absolutely terrific food. It is now our
favorit restaurant.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our anniversary dinner tradition continues. Love Persephone!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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vipGabrielle
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.

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vipGabrielle
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.

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vipFastidious
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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GuyNonplussed
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!

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vipBizbeth
San Francisco
30 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.

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Kiahsol
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!!

FAQs

Persephone Restaurant does offer delivery in partnership with Toast. 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 402 OpenTable diners.

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

You can book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size.