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Solaire Restaurant + Bar

3.8
3.8
173 Reviews
$30 and under
American
Whether it be a cocktail while soaking up the sun at the poolside bar, an
expertly prepared meal, or a spirited conversation at the bar, Solaire
Restaurant + Bar offers the best of what is available with the changing
seasons.

Solaire offers a truly local dining destination that offers unexpected and
offbeat twists on local ingredients and flavors. The atmosphere of the
seasonal restaurant changes based on the weather—in the warm weather
months it is a playful experience centered on the indoor/outdoor bar and
the vibrant pool scene and in the foggier months, guests can cozy up to the
fireplace or by a fire pit while enjoying a cocktail. Mirroring the laid-back attitude of Santa Cruz, the restaurant and bar incorporate the natural elements of the water, sky, and fire in imaginative and modern ways.

Sink your teeth into fresh farm-to-table American comfort food at our Solaire Restaurant + Bar.

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2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sun 7:30 am–10:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Wed 7:30 am–10:30 am

  • Phone number

    (831) 425-7100

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Private party contact

    Chris Jones: (831) 600-4501

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 173 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

3.8
3.8 based on all time ratings
  • 3.8Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4Ambience
  • 3.5Value

NoiseModerate

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  1. C

    Capaw

    San Francisco

    18 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Alex provided great service. And the food was excellent. Thank you!
  2. PG

    PamelaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Josh very nice waiter. Nice furnishings. Food nice and warm
  3. MP

    MicheleP

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went in with a group of 8. Easily set reservation online and made changes without messing it up. Service was great. The timing of service was great. The food was delicious! Our entire group was satisfied. We were there on March 8 before all the restrictions on social gatherings.
  4. DK

    DavidK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was wonderful! I liked that the fish and shrimp combination dish included a nice-sized portion of excellently prepared very fresh fish.
  5. KO

    KellyO

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went with a party of 10 on NYE. It was great! Will be back.
  6. MB

    MatthewB

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience3
    I actually stiffed the waiter (no tip) on Christmas Day the service was that bad. He literally disappeared for the entirety of the meal. Nowhere to be seen for over half an hour. My food was bland and tasteless, I left it, he noticed but didn't even ask what the problem was. I ordered Egg Nog and cookies for desert, Egg Nog very good, cookies just tasted like crystallised sugar.
  7. DG

    DeniseG

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    We came there for their Vegan menu, but it was Christmas and they did not have that menu. What they made was good, however. There were 4 of us, not 6. I changed that twice.
  8. FR

    FREDL

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    overall3food1service4ambience3
    Waitress was very pleasant and seemed 'on top of things'. However we received the soup - no bread. We received the main course which was plain (green beans and the mashed potatoes), but sufficient turkey. However still no bread! We asked for it, were told "right away". But then were told that it needs some time in the oven. The bread arrived when the male guest had finished the main course.... After a long while we were asked if we were ready for dessert (we had ordered berry crisp at the start of the sit-down). Moments later we were told that the crisp had to be warmed up for a while, but then we were served some kind of apple dessert. When we complained, the waitress told us that it's no problem, and she would substitute the apple with the berry crisp; only to hear a few moments later that you were out of berry crisp and we had to do with what we had. O.K. - the dessert was taken off the bill, but that's just not good enough. So much for going out on Thanksgiving.
  9. JJ

    JenniferJ

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    Had a huge problem getting our drinks (2 beers, really?) Music was WAY too loud to hear your fellow diners conversations. Took 38 mins to get our drinks because bartender was chatting up her customers and filling her bar food patrons first. Unbelievable. They comped us the drinks after calling the mgr, but the waitress was useless and kept offering us free dessert because the food was late> UGH!
  10. LN

    LindaN

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2019

    overall1food1service1ambience3
    An incredible DISAPPOINTMENT on a beautiful Santa Cruz afternoon around 4pm. I took a friend to celebrate her birthday by poolside for cocktails and then dinner afterwards. 2 cocktails ordered took over 20 minutes because the bartender was changing shifts and was more interested in getting her shift done. I asked the waiter twice to check and then I walked to the bar and requested service again. The couple next to us sat down and were served within 5 minutes . . . we then went to inside dining and ordered a Caesar salad with no kale. It arrived with Kale and when I stated to the wait staff that it was Kale, he immediately replied "that's not kale" and I replied "it has a stem. He took the plates back and then apologized for the mistake by saying he did tell the chef. Then I had to request my salad be taken away since the plate was dirty with lipstick. He then returned and stated "the chef is out of it today." Let's just say I was extremely displeased with our first impressions. We then ordered dinner and there was no big concerns with the exception that the fries served with the steak were cold. By the end of our birthday celebration for my friend - we just wanted to call it a night. We got the bill (THERE WERE NO CONSIDERATIONS OR DISCOUNTS FOR BAD SERVICE) and because I did not want to spoil my friends evening - I paid the bill. My RECOMMENDATION speaks for itself. In the future . . . the dining manager should pay more attention to what is happening on the dining room floor rather than chatting it up with his back to the main dining room. BTW: the specialty tequila cocktail was excellent but was over shadowed by the lack of customer service. Linda (Santa Cruz local 4ever)
  11. GU

    GrilledUnicorn

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 13, 2019

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    We've had a nice dinner here before years ago so we decided to come here for our anniversary recently. This was noted on the reservation but not noticed by hostess or waitress. We were largely ignored during our meal even though the restaurant was not crowded at all, having to ask for water multiple times and I even got some for myself at one point. Saw other parties get seated, served, pay, and leave before they even refilled our waters once. We asked for ketchup, had to go to the bar to eventually get some. Had to check on the cocktails we ordered, half hour is a long wait. Asked for sharing plates, they brought us another small bread plate. Our entree came out completely overcooked and with less shrimp than the ones I saw served at another table. We asked for the prosciutto on the side of the salad and then found pieces in it the main dish, the kitchen clearly had plated it and then just picked it out once they read our request for it on the side (gross). The waitress was kind but green. She took our entree off the bill which was appreciated, as was the anniversary dessert. A let down for an anniversary dinner overall though. I'd recommend this place more for bar snacks and pool time than actual dinner, especially for a nice occasion. No one wants to feel ignored on their anniversary.
  12. c

    cherlyns

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We are locals that tried Solarie for dinner. We usually eat in SF, so our expectations are high! We had tried it once before for drinks, which were unique and delicious. Love the guitar player, soft, not loud-so you can hear yourself talk. I’m surprised there’s not a younger crowd after 9. Its such a cool ambience, and love the option of eating outside around the pool or outdoor fireplace. We will return!
  13. RS

    RayS

    San Francisco

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2019

    overall5food5service4ambience4
    Surprisingly great food. I had their lobster panzanella salad. It was great. Everyone else ordered the steak frites and all of us were impressed. It's better than you would expect. There were some service glitches but the people were so nice and so friendly that they were easily overlooked. Plus you can eat outside by the pool if you like.
  14. FZ

    FrankZ

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on June 20, 2019

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The dinner menu was disappointing , more of a lunch menu. It was a real come down from earlier menus .
  15. TS

    TinaS

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 27, 2019

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    Inattentive staff. Food was basic to bad. Took 1.5 hours for drinks & dinner. Ran out of the desert requested (Tues. night with 2 other tables).
  16. GM

    GMarie84

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 24, 2019

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    My husband and I were pleasantly surprised by Solaire, both by the food and design of the restaurant. We had a late morning brunch and were seated inside by a friendly hostess. Our waitress was even more friendly and while she was attentive during our meal, she must have been almost on her break or something because she brought our bill while we were still eating and didn’t ask if we needed anything else. My husband had to ask for another orange juice and she comped it which was nice but I wonder if it’s because she was in a rush to get out of there and didn’t want to mess with the bill anymore. Once she brought the bill, we felt rushed out, especially when my husband was talking to me and she came back to ask if she could grab the finished bill which my husband was leaning his arms on. Not professional if you ask me. The food was better than we expected (I had the corned beef hash which had good flavor though the beef was a bit chewy and my husband had the avocado toast with an added poached egg on top which he said he enjoyed). It seems that Marriott must have hired someone to design the restaurant (and hotel) who knew what they were doing so it looks great at its core, but then someone added all kinds of paintings all over the walls that it seems they’re trying to sell and it makes the place look way too busy and they are a completely different style than the modern vibe of the core design of the restaurant/hotel. It would look SO much better without all those huge colorful floral paintings everywhere you look. Unfortunate given that the rest of the hotel looks so nice. Overall, an enjoyable experience but not worthy of 5 stars.
  17. s

    soulsjoy

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 15, 2019

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If I could give 10 stars out of 5 for the food I would. On a normal day the food is good. On Valentine's, they went all out and it was SUBLIME.
  18. TB

    ThomasB

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2019

    overall3food2service3ambience1
    The light was too much like a cafeteria. The chair seats sag so you have to sit on the front edge of the chair to reach appropriate height - chair to table. The front edge of the chair cuts into your legs. The waitress was nervous and failed to listen to requests resulting in beverages and food delivered without key requests. The food was not timed so entrees were ariving before we completed the first course. The entrees were therefore cold. The contemporary interior design was most pleasant and promise diner guests a quality experience but ultimately resulted in disappointment. The superior feature - the French fry appetizer was amazing. Won’t be back.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall1food1service3ambience2
    They ran out of food on Xmas night Terrible experience We left and did not dine at Solaire
  20. BT

    BethT

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful Christmas Day dinner service. Food was very well done, and service was friendly and attentive. Very festive, we are glad to have selected Solaire for our Christmas meal.
  21. BM

    BobM

    San Francisco

    37 reviews

    5.0

    37 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    My wife and I went there for breakfast on Christmas Day, therefore unable to review many of the lunch/dinner categories. The atmosphere was relaxed, service with good, and we enjoyed our meals. The waitperson moved our table to be closer to a lovely gas-lit fireplace, the place was quiet and decorated with beautiful mosaic art. There was subdued background music and we were felt rushed. We plan to return and recommend it to others.
  22. RD

    ReedD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 6, 2018

    overall2food4service2ambience5
    Wait staff in disarray. Flow of traffic in restaurant is one of the problems. We had a 930am appointment and they were not ready for us.
  23. BF

    BrFe

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2018

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    Excellent food, not a huge variety, but good quality, well prepared and presentation. Service was a little slow, but it was not crowded for a Saturday evening.
  24. f

    flip

    San Francisco

    12 reviews

    3.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2018

    overall3food3service4ambience3
    did have a problem on arrival--I was not on the Open Table Reservation--but the delightful person put me in--said they have had problems before??
  25. CS

    ChristineS

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 8, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great!! Thank you for having vegan options. More restaurants need vegan options like yours!!
  26. CM

    CassadyM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Light and fluffy pancakes
  27. c

    christopher

    Sacramento

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2018

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First experience. The food was very good. We especially enjoyed the poke nachos starter and the lavender-infused panna cotta. The hostess and wait staff were very friendly. The portions were large for this type of restaurant. Thoroughly enjoyed our evening.
  28. J

    Janepaled

    San Francisco

    56 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on June 17, 2018

    overall3food3service2ambience4
    Very slow service despite multiple staff and very few customers. Some of the food was very good - like the soup and poke. Some were very dry and not that tasty - like the burgers. They made all the burgers well done although we asked for medium. They also did not have any of the yacos available.
  29. SW

    SigalitW

    Los Angeles

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on June 16, 2018

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    Great service great food and an amazing view
  30. SC

    SCDiner

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2018

    overall2food1service3ambience2
    1970s hotel restaurant. Lunch menu is sparse. Club sandwich was 80% lettuce with a tiny sliver of turkey. PBJ burger was ordered medium-well and showed burned and dry. Fries were cold. Niman ranch burger was juicy. Bar looked well appointed. Waitress was friendly. Wouldn’t go here again since the food was so poorly prepared.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on May 20, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were totally blown away - the service, the food - what an amazing find!!!
  32. JR

    JeanetteR

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 31, 2018

    overall3food5service1ambience5
    Great food. Good wine list. Awful service for the whole meal. It took 15 minutes for me to get a glass of high end wine. The food was great, but we will sit at the bar next time, so we won’t be ignored.
  33. d

    dooner56

    San Francisco

    23 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great seasonal menu with innovative presentation. The salmon, beef and pork are all cooked to order depending on how each patron wants. Excellent mushroom soup. Yummy desserts. We definitely will dine here again. Very good for conversations since there is no loud music.
  34. R

    Rick

    Atlanta

    228 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    228 reviews

    Dined on March 13, 2018

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful restaurant and outstanding food, drink, and service.
  35. MS

    MSMR

    San Francisco

    63 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    63 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2018

    overall4food4service3ambience2
    Good menu, tasty food, great presentation - nice! My only complaint is that for dinner - the lights are blinding bright. Turn down the lights! Make it feel way more cozy. Similarly, it was freezing in the restaurant. Everyone was sitting in their coats. Turn up the heat. Also make it feel more cozy. Those 2 little things would make a huge difference - by dimming lights and ensuring the restaurant is toasty - you change the ambience and make it something far more compelling for everyone.
  36. ME

    MsEatsallthefood

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 31, 2017

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    The steak is good. Nice looking place.
  37. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 25, 2017

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Xmas dinner
  38. CH

    CamH

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 24, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience4
    The food was delicious . Lovely ambience. Good value! All in all this was a lovely evening.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2017

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Thanksgiving day, great food but expensive. Mistake on the order. Nice dinner though.
  40. DN

    DateNight

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2017

    overall3food3service2ambience5
    This is a lovely restaurant/lounge. As I expected, after reading other reviews, the service was not great. I had a wonderful cocktail called the Garden of Eden with cucumber vodka and mint among other things. I was very refreshing and not particularly strong, which I liked. The kale salad was good and we go the poke which I did not care for and was way over priced. But we sat by the fireplace and it was warm and cozy. It is definitely a spot for a romantic date.

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Solaire Restaurant + Bar is rated 3.8 stars by 173 OpenTable diners.

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Make a reservation

2 people

8:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Solaire Restaurant + Bar

611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Additional information

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Thu–Sun 7:30 am–10:00 pm Breakfast Mon–Wed 7:30 am–10:30 am

  • Cuisines

    American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    Hotel Parking

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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