Vino Locale - Santa Cruz

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$30 and under
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Tapas / Small Plates
For guests 21 and over...A unique wine and tapas bar specializing in local wines and delicious food. With spacious indoor seating and ocean views, it is ideal for private events or just a moment to relax. Vino Locale invites you to come enjoy panoramic sunset views from the Wharf, great wines, and a little Santa Cruz charm!

NOTE that due to ABC licensing, we are limited to guests who are 21 and over. Our apologies to families who would like to enjoy our Wine Bar on the Wharf with your children.
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vipTonyE
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! Great tasting food! Excellent service! I would highly recommend this place to any wanting to have a nice date with a nice view.

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vipFoofie
San Francisco
11 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2020
Overall2food5service1ambience4

Food was great and so was the view, but we arrived a little after 6:30 with friends. Ordered some food and wine flights and were told we had to get out in 45 minutes because the wait staff had to go home since had come in at 11:30 and had to go home before 8pm so the owner didn't have to pay overtime. At 7:30 we tried to order desert but we're told we were too late. Not very acceptable. Stagger the shift so you can serve people without paying overtime.

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OpenTable Diner
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food3service1ambience2

I was running late, so I called to move my reservation back a bit and they said it was no problem. I showed up and they asked for my name, but they sat me at a really bad table when I asked for a seat near a window to watch the sunset. They eventually moved me after I asked, and the table they moved me to had a reserved sign with my name on it. Why didn’t they put me at my reserved table in the first place? Then they forgot about me and I couldn’t order another glass of wine. First world problems, I know, but I was really hoping to have a nice, relaxing evening and it was not at all.

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LizW
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After a long day of traveling, a glass of wine and dinner was exactly what I needed. Vino Locale delivered exactly that. I ordered the short rib ravioli with a glass of red wine (recommended by the server) which hit the spot. My mood lifted with live music, great food, and an amazing view. I highly recommend Vino Locale!

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vipTravelingFoodie
Omaha
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic staff and space, good finger food and great wines.

This is one of our new favorite places.

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JasM
Houston
2 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Tried Vino Locale 06/29/19 as wanted a light dinner/tapas and wine. Arrived at 8:00p and was one of only three tables occupied. Live music group was putting stuff away after having played 6:00p-8:00p. VL closes at 9:00p, and they could have closed at 8:15p had we not been there. Wines we selected were good but one tasted like it had been opened a while. (The down-fall of wine by the glass. Higher end places would have used a good system to keep wine fresh.) The meat/cheese tray was OK, but not worth the $20 price. Regretfully, we don't see Vino Locale being open long.

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vipKatieCakes
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful view and the local red wine flight was very good. Food was excellent and more interesting than most wine bars.

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HCCZ
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

pleasant easy place to grab a quick bite and listen to some nice music.

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Diane
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This place is a hidden gem. Small and cozy, with location upstairs on the Santa Cruz wharf affording great views from both sides. Tapas are really good and wine list excellent. The seating is limited in the restaurant with just a few tables

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

At the moment they are 21 and up which is nice. The wine pairing and cheese was great!

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Khoi
San Francisco
27 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Good wine selection. Average munchies. Friendly and quick service. Very nice view of the ocean. Large parking.

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MaryM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We love coming to Vino Locale, where the welcome is genuine, the wines fantastic, and the setting over the top!

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PamelaW
Central Coast
3 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What's not to love?! Friendly, helpful owner and staff, excellent wine selections, great tapas and food. And the view... None better.

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vipjodijam
New England
55 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! Service outstanding! Great location!

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vipOpenTable Diner
E. Tennessee
17 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service, wine, tapas and views!!

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Vino Locale - Santa Cruz is rated 4.5 stars by 15 OpenTable diners.

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