Vinocruz

4.6
63 Reviews
$30 and under
Wine Bar

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Vinocruz Wine Bar and Kitchen features over 50 local wines by the glass from the beautiful and often under appreciated Santa Cruz Mountains AVA starting at about $9 a glass along with local ciders and beers on tap. We also have an extensive menu of small plates including Flatbreads, Fish Tacos, Street Tacos, Short rib Sliders, House made Hummus, Vino Burger, Port infused Truffles, daily specials and much more!

We are located in Soquel Village about a 2 min drive from Capitola beach and 10 min from SC Beach Boardwalk. Our large redwood bar and handmade tables offer a cozy, but modern dining experience. For groups larger than 4 please give us a call and we would be happy to accommodate you. Our goal is to be your go-to location for a slightly upscale wine bar in Santa Cruz County and also THE place to go explore Santa Cruz Mountains Wines.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 63 people are saying
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AndreaRuby
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend and I had such a sweet date night here! Our first time and we will definitely be returning during the week for a happy hour! 😌 The staff was super sweet, our meal was out quickly, everything was so delicious from the flat bread to our drinks to our main meal. We loved the outdoor seating, it was a relaxing and warm setting and although there were a couple other guests it was not noisy at all. 10/10 We will be back! 🤍

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NancyA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Friendly, fresh and tasty food. Enjoyed the Italian soda since I wasn’t having alcohol. Next time I’ll study the wine list

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience2

Just so so

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ColleenB
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Waiter was superb.
Attentive and pleasant.
Good selection of drinks and food.
Will be happy to return

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OpenTable Diner
Sacramento
1 review
Dined on May 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous service and absolutely amazing food! I love the friendly atmosphere and the outdoor patio. Their food is delicious and healthy. I would recommend this to anyone! Keep doing a great job!

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vipRobN
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a really wonderful dinner at Vinocruz -- delightful wines and yummy plates. But the service was especially amazing -- very friendly and helpful as we tried to plot a course through several wines. Looking forward to going back!

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wine4me
Central Coast
10 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger in town. Truffle Brie burger to die for. Huge wine list by the glass and bottle. Scallops tender, flatbreads ample and creative. Really good

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vipJoyA
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Food was fine, but paper plates? Really? Hard to appreciate the food on paper - brought the whole experience down. 😑

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Chris
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

The food is decent and the wine selection is nicely curated, but the portion sizes are tiny. Go get the Kale Caesar Salad from Suda down the street ($15), and then the same from Vinocruz ($11). $4 different, and the salad from Vinocruz has, at most, 1/4 the amount of lettuce. Flatbreads ($14) were 1/2 the size of East End/West End Gastropub ($15), cheese board ($17!!!!!!) was an adequate size for a single person. Certainly not sharable by any more than 2 people. Overall, either decreasing prices, or simply giving a bit more food would make this place somewhere I'd recommend but as it stands, it was almost comical how tiny everything is.

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vipKMH218
San Francisco
38 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

High quality food and a diverse menu with a most excellent wine selection served in a casual environment that is clearly trying to make the best of a difficult situation with COVID. We will look forward to a return visit!

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CherylC
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful little spot for local wine and good tapas plates. Casual, good service. Lovely environment and food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Phoenix
8 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed a bottle of red wine with dinner. Everything was very good, had the Brussel sprouts then 2 hamburgers.
Our waiter Brandon was attentive and knowledgeable about the menu and wines.

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JoniW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love going to Vino Cruz. Their wine selection is superb and the food is outstanding. Service is friendly and well staffed.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great wine selection.

JA
JudyA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was so nice to be back at Vino Cruz! It’s still one of my favorite spots. Friendly, attentive and knowledgeable staff and an amazing wine collection. Looking forward to our next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I would not know how this restaurant is, as they refused to honor my open table reservation and were very rude and rather panicky in their so doing.

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StillThirsty
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience2

Horrible experience, terrible service. The first thing they told us when we arrived for our 3pm reservation was that they weren't supposed to be getting new reservations and they didn't know we were coming. Then they pointed at a table by the entrance or a table in the back and told us to sit at either...which would have been fine, except that two other parties showed up AFTER we had already sat down and each of them received wine, water, and menus before we were even offered anything. I was a bartender and a server for ten years, so I'm normally forgiving when a staff is overwhelmed, but when I see them literally ignore me, that is hard to take. They had brought us water, but it was 25 minutes between getting there and actually being asked what kind of wine we would like to try--at a wine bar...when the wine finally arrived, my glass was full of cork. Sometimes some cork ends up in your wine, but when you are paying $13/glass and waiting nearly a half hour for it, the last thing you want is cork in your mouth. I didn't drink a drop from my glass but we paid for it anyway and left. In the end I paid $30 for one glass of wine that my date and I shared...horrible experience.

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YanneC
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place, excellent wine list, tasty food and fantastic service!

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Tanner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great menu and fantastic service! I highly recommend this place.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped in for appetizers and wine and it was delicious as usual. Our waiter was superb and has never steered us wrong on wine selection.

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KarenG
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Enjoyed our time there. Great wines by the glass.. food pretty good

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IlaekaV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful freshly prepared food pared with local wines. Some outdoor seating with gas heaters. Love the flat bread pizza specials!

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vipDawniedo
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Everything was spot on delicious as well as a super wine list.

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TravelingFoodie
Omaha
24 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Dining in the parking lot isn’t ideal, but we live in the time of COVID.

The food and service was excellent, and the wine recommendation SPOT ON.

We’ll be back!

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NathanS
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Fantastic, passionate wine folks with an incredible small kitchen. Great!

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Robin
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Vino Cruz! During this difficult time, it's important to support our local businesses so they can stay open. Their food is delicious, they have a great wine selection, the wait staff is very courteous, and it's a nice, yet comfortable, environment. I think their prices are on the higher side, so I don't go there often, but I really enjoy it when I do!

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vipJBDU
Sacramento
11 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was very nice. Good food. Great service.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Tried several small plates and the or grass-fed burger. All very tasty!

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TomD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great wine, great service! One of our favorites.

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vipWhitneyG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Vino Cruz does a good job of keeping up quality of food and experience with the outdoor dining regulations. The staff is warm and accomodating.

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HerVineNess
San Francisco
34 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An oasis in Soquel, this hidden gem is a must for wine lovers who also enjoy perfectly prepared food. This isn't your typical boring wine bar food either: this is serious cuisine! The beet salad is fantastic, the fish tacos exemplary, the burger so good my burger-fixated friend has ordered it more than once. Love the flatbreads and the achiote chicken sandwich, served on a bun baked specially for VinoCruz. Try the bison meatballs if you want a satisfying gnosh, and don't miss the specially spiced nuts. And order wines by the taste, because you will discover something amazing every time.

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OpenTable Diner
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was a birthday lunch and they gave a me a gift certificate to come back as a birthday gift.

OT
OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious small plates and wines!

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vipMMFoodie
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience4

Was a great experience except a lady next to our table cough without covering (it wasn’t too nice/considerate given current situation; It is an individual issue not restaurant). Our server was very nice especially let us know an issue with the bottle of wine he was about to open and grab us a new one. Since it was our anniversary luncheon and my husband would like to get a pair of wine glass for souvenir, our server checked and make sure the wine glasses we’ve got are new and in great condition. Overall, very nice experience.

MD
MelissaD
1 review
Dined on July 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Brendan our server was prompt and checking in frequently! Great service, great food and great choices on wine!

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We stopped by for a glass of wine after eating earlier at home. We were served outside by Brian, an amiable server who we had served us before. Even though Vinocruz was fairly busy, Brian was very efficient as well as informative helping us choose 2 delicious glasses Of wine.

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ruerue1
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Excellent food, great service, good wine selection by the glass.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We loved the fish and beef tacos and Mary Beth’s flatbread pizza. Our favorite was the grassfed burger.

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AMANDAG
1 review
Dined on June 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best burger in the county! Amazing local wines, cute friendly and inviting. Would recommend a visit for ANY occasion

OT
OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wine selection is great, food is tasty and service is very friendly!

FAQs

Vinocruz offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 426-8466.

Vinocruz is rated 4.6 stars by 63 OpenTable diners.

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.