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Diners' Choice: Good for groups restaurants in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Updated July 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants that are great for groups in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos? You’re in the right place. Each month, OpenTable analyzes nearly 2 million global diner reviews from the past four months. We sort the results by location and category to help you discover new favorite restaurants. It's a great partnership: you reserve, eat, and review. We listen...and deliver the results for all to benefit. Enjoy!


A photo of Laili restaurant
4.7
4.7 (2808)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Laili is our expression of love through food and service. We offer a unique menu made up of fusion Afghani Mediterranean items that include kabobs, wraps, flatbreads, pastas, and spiced lamb and chicken dishes as well as delicious vegetarian options.

Laili Restaurant "BEST MIDDLE EASTERN RESTAURANT", Good Times 2023, Voted #1

Rich Mediterranean Flavors with a Unique Afghan Twist in the Heart of Downtown Santa Cruz.
Currently taking reservations for lunch and dinner, walk-ins welcome too.

Dine in our elegant, secluded, off street patio. Visit our website for event information.

Top review
MarjorieS
Dined today
This is my favorite restaurant in Santa Cruz. I especially like LaiLi's outside dining. The fod is splendidly prepared, sauce are what sauces should be - elegant addition to the entree.
A photo of Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1975)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Soquel
About the restaurant
Cafe Cruz is a popular and lively local restaurant. We offer casual/fine dining with a full bar, indoor and heated patio dining. Guests enjoy watching the "magic" created in our open copper-backed kitchen each night by our talented team of chefs. Notable features include many locally sourced foods, nightly sustainable seafood specials, and many creative salad and vegetable options. Our innovative pastas and sandwiches are always a hit.
Spit-Roasted meats are featured each night, cooked on a french Rotisol rotisserie. The lush garden room can seat larger parties of up to 35. Guests enjoy our warm friendly service, our many seating options, and exceptionally delicious food.

Top review
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Excellent Service!!! great food! One of our favorite places to dine.
A photo of Barceloneta restaurant
4.7
4.7 (178)
$31 to $50
Tapas / Small Plates
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Barceloneta in Downtown Santa Cruz features expertly made paellas, tapas, cocktails, sangria and churros. We pride ourselves on working with local farmers and sourcing specialty foods directly from Spain. Most popular dishes include seafood paella, patatas bravas, jamon croquetas, ibiza hippie salad and harissa ribs. Locals know we have the best vegan and vegetarian options. We are known for freshly juiced cocktails, sangria pitchers, an extensive list of Spanish wines, sherries, vermouths and gins. Diners love our cheery, bright space, open kitchen and bustling bar scene.
Owners Brett and Elan Emerson are husband and wife team who previously owned Contigo, San Francisco. They are known for hospitality, authentic service and delicious, memorable dishes.
*Winner Best New Restaurant, Best Small Plates, Best Tapas Bar, Best Spanish Restaurant North America*
Chef Brett Emerson has been featured in Wall Street Journal, Bon Appetite, Time Out, Financial Times, Via, Plate Magazine and more.

Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined on Jun 23, 2024
I've been wanting to try this place for so long, and I'm kicking myself for not going sooner! The service, food, cocktails, and vibe were great. I thought the server who waited on us was so kind and lovely, she was 10/10!
A photo of Sugo Italian Pasta Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (235)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
A European concept-restaurant of traditional Italian cuisine; a modern and dynamic service, that allows customers to enjoy fresh, organic and authentic italian food through a selection of appetizer, panini, pizza and salads, and obviously our specialty: "Pasta".
Top review
SEmoryvip
Dined 6 days ago
Sugo never disappoints with their service, and authentic flavors of Italy! One of our favorite places to eat in Santa Cruz and by far the best Italian in the area!
A photo of Oswald restaurant
4.6
4.6 (1587)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Oswald is a contemporary American restaurant and bar that focuses on the abundance of delicious ingredients found on the central coast of California. Oswald features an eclectic, international wine list and an exciting, seasonal bar program. While the decor is spare and modern, the atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed. Oswald features new art shows every two months.

We do have first come tables available in the lounge as well as bar seats.
Come by and see if there is a table or seat for you.

Top review
RalphSvip
Dined 4 days ago
The happy hour pub grub is delicious, a good value and can be ordered in the dining room. Same goes for the daily cocktail specials, house wines and beer. My husband ordered the lasagne (came with a green salad), I had the burger and fries, both perfection, and each of us had a glass of wine.
A photo of Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen | Westside restaurant
4.6
4.6 (585)
$31 to $50
Californian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Enjoy handcrafted cocktails and food right next to the distillery where our spirits are produced. Indoor, bar and covered heated patio seating available.

Hours:
Monday to Thursday 5pm-9pm
Friday to Sunday 4pm-9pm




Top review
Decadencevip
Dined today
We had fish tacos, scallops with summer corn with a frozen Paloma libre, followed by a decadent chocolate torte for dessert. Everything was delicious. Perfect for a hot summer night! 
A photo of Ideal Bar & Grill restaurant
4.5
4.5 (298)
$30 and under
Californian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Fun, family friendly dining with a beautiful view of Santa Cruz Main beach and the Municipal Wharf! We offer out side seating on our sunny deck! Come down and try our award winning clam chowder today! Reservations are for our inside dining room only.
Top review
Erik
Dined on Jun 20, 2024
We are a family of four, with two young boys and a special needs four year old. The service was outstanding! Our hostess was kind and helpful. The waiter was very friendly and patient. And our food was simply delicious. Ideal Bar & Grill is 100 percent kid friendly, with a beautiful interior and a stunning view. 5 stars! We are definitely coming back.
A photo of Mozaic - Santa Cruz restaurant
4.5
4.5 (467)
$30 and under
Mediterranean
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
We named our restaurant Mozaic because we wanted to capture the diversity of flavors and culmination of authentic Mediterranean dishes that we offer. We bring together the best of Mediterranean recipes from Greece, Lebanon, Turkey and Sicily, emphasizing Middle Eastern influence.

Our menu is hand-crafted after years of experience in the restaurant business knowing what people like. We make every dish completely authentic, utilizing 100 years old techniques that have been passed down through generations to bring you incredible flavor. COME AND TASTE THE DIFFERENCE We seek only the best, local ingredients. We use high-quality meats, like our Australian lamb tenderloin and select only sustainable seafood. Our lavash comes from an authentic Persian bakery.

Everyone wants family. Mozaic is a warm and inviting atmosphere where everyone can feel at home. Come enjoy our incredible and lush atmosphere.

Top review
LizaNvip
Dined 6 days ago
Really appreciated the ambiance, food and especially the attentiveness of the staff!
A photo of Zelda's on the Beach restaurant
4.4
4.4 (534)
$30 and under
Californian
Capitola
About the restaurant
Zelda’s restaurant is in the heart of Capitola Village. We are located on the beach with spectacular views of the Monterey Bay and Capitola Wharf.

Zelda’s Restaurant has been serving local customers as well as others from all over the world for the past thirty years. We offer indoor and outdoor dining with a beachfront deck where you can literally reach and touch the warm sand of Capitola Beach.

Top review
Ruby
Dined on Jul 3, 2024
Been there several times, and it’s no fault of the restaurant that our breakfast got cold pretty fast, because we chose to eat outside. Food was good, but a scramble and country potatoes were all that was in the plate. Hash browns are not an option and toast is not included. Menu has paired way down. Server was friendly. I just think they could offer toast OR potatoes/hash browns or even include toast. No garnish.
A photo of The View, a Treeside Restaurant restaurant
4.0
4 (1099)
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Set high on a hilltop with breathtaking panoramic views of the Monterey Bay, The View, at Chaminade offers a unique dining experience. Indoor and outdoor seating allows guests to enjoy the naturally beautiful scenery which compliments the contemporary California Cuisine. Whether it’s sustainable seafood or locally grown produce, The View emphasizes natural ingredients while providing four-diamond service. A 4% surcharge will be added to all guest checks to help cover increases in labor costs and to support a higher minimum wage.

***Please note that our kitchen closes from 1:30pm-2:00pm to prepare for dinner service. Our bar and restaurant remain open during that time, offering a fine selection of local wines, craft beers, signature cocktails, and non-alcoholic refreshments to enjoy.


Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 2 days ago
We dined after a hike and swim. It was breathtakingly beautiful and the food as well as greeting and service were impressive to say the least. Really great
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