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Alderwood Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA

Alderwood Santa Cruz

4.6
4.6
465 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Alderwood Santa Cruz is a seasonally-driven restaurant by chef Jeffrey Wall serving coastal, wood-fired cuisine with French undertones. We are inspired by the Central Coast region and its world-renowned farms. Our goal is to bring you a dining experience that blends sophistication and comfort with our unyielding passion for graceful hospitality, and a menu that reflects California’s abundant produce and the best regional purveyors.

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2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 588-3238

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Wall

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    Cedar

  • Parking details

    We encourage our guests to order car service if they plan to enjoy spirits during their dining experience. If you choose to drive, optimal parking is available across the street in the two-story parking structure.

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 465 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • San Francisco Bay Area

    Contemporary American

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Overall

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Food

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Service

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Best Ambiance

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Fit for Foodies

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Hot Spot

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Notable Wine List

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Romantic

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Special Occasion

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Vibrant Bar Scene

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Most Booked

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  1. PM

    PatrickM

    Hawaii

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service and great food. Would highly recommend.
  2. K

    peggyK

    Chicago

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    They have a lovely selection on the menu and drink selection. The heirloom tomato salad is divine.
  3. s

    susana

    Los Angeles

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! And fantasy of special dishes. The steak was perfection and the tomatoe salad a work of delish art! The potatoe frites stack droolingly yummy. And the wagyu bread with the smoked butter and Rao berry jelly omg. Drooling again writing this. Such a pleasure and will go again and again. Great ambience too.
  4. M

    Michael

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 15, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Interesting menu with good beer and wine selections, as well as excellent cocktails. The halibut dish was rather good, as was the heirloom tomato salad. I cannot speak to the meat dishes as we didn’t have any. Price point is absurd in comparison to most other restaurants to the point that they additionally charge 3% extra for credit card transactions. Almost seems like it’s kind of their gimmick.
  5. P

    Pinkhorse

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Incredible experience. Thoughtful eco-touches include metallic straws and cloth hand towels. It was a bit chilly outside and they thoughtfully asked if we wanted a lap blanket. Let me get to the food… Can’t go wrong with the Bavette steak! They were kind enough to split it on two separate plates at my request. Shrimp appetizer super huge. Hamburger super delicious. The kids loved the Caesar salad so much they ordered it for dessert. They said it was the best day ever had. ☺️ The raspberry Sunday was to die for and was the gift that kept on giving with a Chocolate drizzle, whip cream, raspberry sorbet and the pineapple compote on the bottom—it was incredible. Thank you to our amazing server Tristan, he has has a super cool name and provided great service. It was a lovely surprise in Santa Cruz to see fine dining at this level.
  6. p

    parent

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome food. Great service. Not happy about the service charge for using a credit card. Very tacky for a high end restaurant
  7. M

    Matt

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Great restaurant for foodies
  8. E

    European

    Calgary

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    The place was busy, but with a good wibe. The food was well prepared and made, although the mains were on the expensive side. (70$++ for Duck breast is expensive, even in Switzerland.)
  9. JF

    JFxx

    San Diego

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Go for a series of small plates and custom cocktails.
  10. FE

    FoodExplorer

    Vancouver

    32 reviews

    4.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on September 8, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very good. But a quiet room on a Wednesday night.
  11. JC

    JamesC

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Unfortunately the food wasn’t as good as expected. Setting outside, our choice, was annoying. Too much load traffic
  12. RE

    RobinE

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    Very high prices for a glass of wine. $26-35. Oysters were good, but some hardly had anything to them. Inside was very hot, thankfully we sat outside. Overall good, but for what we paid for that night I would of expected meatier oysters.
  13. T

    Twinklygrl

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I've dined at Alderwood several times and they never disappoint. Most recently, we celebrated my parents' anniversary there and again, the cocktails, food and service shone. We sat outdoors, so there was a little bit of "uniqueness" in the ambience, given that we were sitting on a sidewalk in downtown Santa Cruz, but that was to be expected. The diver scallop in the pepper sauce was delectable, especially mopping up the sauce with the sourdough toast. And of course, the wagyu ribeye was amazing. Melted in your mouth. All of the food was impeccably prepared. Wine list is well curated, giving you lots of thoughtful options. Also, service was attentive and friendly. The team made my parents feel special on their special day. Thank you, Alderwood, for a memorable evening.
  14. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall1food5service1ambience1
    Is not the service i expected. Food take toooo looongggg and when we tell the manager he was so upset. Bartender was great but more then 270.00 meal take more then 30 min and manager come with excuses. First courses was great and this is jot the first time but main plate never show up.
  15. BS

    BarbaraS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Had the heirloom tomato salad and tartare - both exceeded my expectations
  16. IL

    ILoveToEat

    San Francisco

    34 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    34 reviews

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a great time! Try the Con Amor cocktail - delish!!
  17. JR

    JenniferR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I was the only one that ate the oysters. I was very sick starting at 4am....I love oysters.
  18. b

    burrphil

    San Francisco

    66 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an oasis! We had a special party of 5 and Julia was our attentive and wonderfully focused waiter. From an opening course of matchless shrimp cocktail to desserts of profiteroles and creme brulee, we could not have hoped for anything better! Our sad reality is that we live too far from Santa Cruz and will have to carve out a time to return. We are already at work on that!!! THANK YOU, Alderwood!!!
  19. P

    Printer

    Central Coast

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Good service, good ambiance, good flavors. Price exceeds value.
  20. L

    Lunchsky

    San Francisco

    83 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    83 reviews

    Dined on August 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The mushroom entree was unique and delicious. I will be thinking of the texture and taste in future cravings.
  21. o

    owfun

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 25, 2022

    overall3food4service5ambience4
    Found this on the Michelin guide. Our first time. Did not expect such a short entree selection with only one fish and the rest were Steaks that cost too much or are too large portions. The appetisers we had were very good, and the Halibut excellent. The location is on a high street - while walking there we came across several homeless and drunks. Will not be back but I must say the chef is very talented and the service staff very attentive!
  22. F

    Fcb1899

    Nashville

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 22, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    Great food and service, and awesome open kitchen and bar. Very limited menu though, can’t quite see how they can justify the $50+ prices for main courses.
  23. G

    Gail

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on August 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience2
    Extremely pricey but probably worth the cost. Get there early as the noise level increases as the restaurant fills up.
  24. JB

    JamieB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alderwood never disappoints. Our favorite restaurant when we visit Santa Cruz.
  25. SG

    SilviaG

    Egypt

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience
  26. JA

    JenniferA

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything was amazing. The customer service was wonderful! Kelsey and the team there were on point. The manager perfectly checked in with us a couple of times! The food!!! We had just about everything and nothing disappointed!!!!!!!
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Traveling with my boyfriend to see Santa Cruz, his old college town, and we wanted a special meal during the trip. Incredible meal, incredible team at Alderwood made it the highlight of the trip. Very memorable experience I’ll tell others about.
  29. DA

    DavidA

    Washington DC

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience3
    The food that we received was delicious but it was not what was ordered. My husband had ordered an appetizer and an entree and I had ordered a Caesar salad and the Hanger Steak entree. The waiter mistakenly placed my order as a salad with the steak on top. Needless to say, my steak and my husband’s appetizer arrived at the same time. I pointed out the error to the waiter and very little was offered to correct it and to avoid having to wait forever, I said I would eat as is. The server put a rush on my husband’s entree. As expected by the time it arrived, my husband ate his entree while I sat there. It made for a very uncomfortable experience as we were celebrating our Anniversary and it felt like we were having two different experiences. Kudos to the chef, but at the high cost and poor service experience, I don’t see a return visit.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Joaquin

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was amazing!!!
  31. A

    Anonymous

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Wonderful food and very attentive service! Lovely time at Alderwood❣️
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Overall a 4.2 - Very Good. ‘Fin” Oysters, an apparent favorite, were briny and sweet with lovely mignonette. Burger had lovely and unusual umami flavors going. Hen of the woods and bok choy - very good. And the pasta with corn bisque and shrimp was excellent. Wine selection very good. A bit pricey. Lovely dining overall.
  33. EM

    EdenM

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic food, lovely staff. Very happy to have something of this quality locally.
  34. M

    Mary

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall3food5service1ambience4
    We made a reservation for 6:45, bar seating. Arrived on time and waited until 7:25 to have our two cocktails delivered. We also had to flag down our server to order our dinner at 7:40. The restaurant was very busy and understaffed which is difficult for the staff. However, I flagged it to the Manager and basically his response was “ok, thank you.”
  35. JS

    JeremyS

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Zach was a great waiter and the ribeye was amazing!
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience4
    Service was not on par with food. Waited 15 min to get a cocktail order and 30 min to get the drinks Waitress was a bit surly. Food was good albeit rushed as we had a show to attend after.
  37. s

    sefost

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Awesome, as always. Joe was a great server and bartender. Food was amazing.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Simply exceptional!
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience2
    We had arrived promptly at 6:30 for our reservation. However when we were seated, it was by the door and had asked if they could shut the door but they had refused. So it was a bit chilly. Then we had ordered drinks, appetizers, salads & entrées. We were served our appetizers & salads before we even received our cocktails. It took about 20 min. And it was a slow night. Then once we had received our main dishes, they weren’t to our satisfaction. I had ordered the halibut, but once I had taken a bite I could r eat it. It was way too salty, and my partner had ordered a burger which I had joked about.. but actually it was the best thing that night. I was disappointed as this was a special occasion and for what we had spent & ordered it was unsatisfactory.
  40. RS

    RogerS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The four of us went to Alderwoods for the first time the other night and were thoroughly impressed with the atmosphere, the food, and the service.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

You can order delivery directly from Alderwood Santa Cruz using the Order Online button. Alderwood Santa Cruz also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 588-3238.

Alderwood Santa Cruz is rated 4.6 stars by 465 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

11:30 PM


Booked 11 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Other options

  • Order online
Google Map for Alderwood Santa Cruz

155 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Cedar

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Wed, Thu, Sun 11:00 am–8:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    We encourage our guests to order car service if they plan to enjoy spirits during their dining experience. If you choose to drive, optimal parking is available across the street in the two-story parking structure.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Jeffrey Wall

  • Additional

    Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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