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West End Tap & Kitchen

22 reviews
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$30 and under
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  • Good for Groups (29)
  • Neighborhood Gem (29)
  • Fit for Foodies (26)

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West End Tap & Kitchen features traditional pub fare, but what makes it special is the California feel it offers. The eatery uses local foods and has a wealth of craft beer and wine available on tap or bottled. The sampler option on the drink menu allows guests to try five or six beers before committing to an entire glass. Owners Quinn and Geoff bring an appreciation of food to this restaurant, which is popular with locals and visitors alike.

Some of the top options on the menu at West End Tap & Kitchen include the portobello burger, sautéed shrimp pasta, hanger steak and roasted chicken. You can enjoy a tasty dessert as well, such as the chocolate buttermilk bundt cake.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Hours of operation

Sunday - Wednesday: 11:30am - 9:30pm
Thursday - Saturday: 11:30am - 10:00pm
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Phone number
(831) 471-8115
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Cross street
Fair Ave
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4.0  based on all time ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipceleste (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on April 21, 2015

Everything is good here except the deafening noise. There was a band at the bar and we chose to be at the extreme far end of the restaurant. It was still so noisy as to prohibit conversation. Not necessary! Even on a regular, no-band day, it is very loud. Some sound baffles hanging from the ceiling would help a lot.

OpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2015

Amazing food! Great service. The ambiance was energetic and fun without being too loud. Great beer and appetizers. The duckfat popcorn was incredible! The place was great for a date but also fun for groups. I wish there was a restaurant like this where I live.

MAC1 (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on September 24, 2014

Great for foodies. Special menu and good happy hour from 3 to 6. Will defiantly go back soon. Heard they have a great burger they grind their own meat.

vipOpenTable Diner (Chicago)
5.0  Dined on September 8, 2014

We were looking for a place for dinner in Santa Cruz. There were 6 of us and 2 infants. The staff was very welcoming and accommodating. I had a very unique Salmon dish. The flavors were good and the salmon cooked tender and juicy. The beer and wine selection were great too. I can't wait to visit again when I return to the area.

vipMike (San Francisco)
5.0  Dined on August 24, 2014

Lots of good food, really like the new york strip and popcorn.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 17, 2014

The duck fat popcorn was unusual and delicious. The calamari was in a bowl, after awhile all the squid on the bottom got soggy and was unappealing. The burger and fries were very good, but they don't have pickles unless you ask for them. Order the secret sauce on the side it's too sweet for my taste.
There is an energetic crowd at the bar with lots of flat screens. Unfortunately the chairs are metal. Bad for the lower back, so you can't stay

OpenTable Diner (Central Coast)
3.0  Dined on August 15, 2014

Outstanding meatballs, but the braised short ribs were dry and difficult to swallow and the new york strip was overcooked (asked for medium rare and received medium). Also, the presentation of the new york strip was a tad odd. (A bunch of cold tomatoes and croutons drenched in vinagrette dumped on top of the pre-sliced strip.

vipAmanda (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on August 2, 2014

A fit-for-foodies menu (with excellent food to back it up), great beer, and friendly and attentive service. Our first time here ... definitely won't be our last!

vipPaul (Central Coast)
5.0  Dined on July 23, 2014

This has been consistently good for us. They try to locally source and use organic and I'd like to see more of that.

vipSCFoodie (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on July 12, 2014

We had heard great things about West End Tap. The space was unique and packed on a Sat. night. We had to wait 15 min. for our reserved table which was okay but that turned out to be the theme of the night. Our server was extremely friendly and knowledgeable about the menu. We settled on Calamari appetizer, salmon board, a salad and the burger. The calamari came out almost immediately but then we had to wait 45 minutes for our other selections. We also had to wave down the server to get beer/wine refills. We were seated right beside the open kitchen and by the time our food came it had become uncomfortably hot and the food had lost it's appeal. We would also like to see sandwiches offered at dinner. Overall a "Meh" experience.

vipShannon (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on June 14, 2014

Took a party of 10 here for our son's college graduation luncheon. Busy day and our server was swamped, but he managed to keep everything flowing. Great beer list, imaginative menu, tasty and fun. We sat in an enclosed booth with chalkboard above - chalk on the table so, of course, we wrote congratulatory notes to the new grad! Really liked the oval table - it made talking and dining together much more interactive. We will definitely go here again.

vipOpenTable Diner (San Francisco)
2.0  Dined on May 19, 2014

Husband had fried chicken sandwich and it was half gristle. My salad with chicken was gristly too and salad dressing had horrible aftertaste. Will not be back

Marieverte (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 22, 2014

The staff is young and friendly, the setting is contemporary and open. The hamburger is the best in town and the salads and flatbread delicious! The chicken dish is so- so...and we were seated at a much too large table for four, so could not hear each other. The bar side is very nice for lunch. I would recommend the place.

pml9801 (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on April 4, 2014

Along with a wide variety of beer, the food menu offers delicious combinations of flavors. It has a friendly, casual atmosphere.

NCris (San Francisco)
4.0  Dined on March 30, 2014

Had a really fun time on a double date with friends who had come before and recommended this place. The beer was OK, but the food was really fun and a really nice portion size (not overwhelming but enough for girls to have leftovers.) I love what they've done inside with the decor, definitely a place I'd like to come back to try the lunch or just for a drink and some flatbread. We had skirt steak, burgers and short rib - all entree's were really liked. Also shared the cheese plate and duck fat popcorn before dinner. Only real complaint was our waitress had to be flagged down to order and also get the bill, so perhaps they need another waitress on the floor for busy nights.