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Diners' Choice: Great for fine wines restaurants in Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

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Updated June 05, 2024

Looking for restaurants with the most notable wine lists 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 la Posta restaurant
4.8
4.8 (2259)
$30 and under
Italian
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Select from a menu that features dishes composed of locally sourced ingredients as well as house-made pastas, naturally leavened breads and pizzas from our brick oven.

Because we rely on the bounty of the Santa Cruz farming community, our menu changes frequently and features a wide array of specials. La Posta’s all-Italian wine list includes autochthonous varieties from small producers, by-the-glass and by the bottle.

La Posta adheres to the Monterey Bay Seafood Watch Program and is a certified City of Santa Cruz Green Business.

We are so thankful for the incredible support from our customers and community.

We will continue to adjust our service based upon best practices for keeping our staff and community safe.
Top review
Chefmomvip
Dined 2 days ago
We had an excellent experience. Our waiter was so knowledgeable and on top of service. (Young blonde guy).
A photo of Alderwood Santa Cruz restaurant
4.8
4.8 (584)
$50 and over
Contemporary American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Alderwood, under the culinary leadership of Executive Chef Mikey Adams, is dedicated to providing a dining experience that strikes a delicate balance between the comfort and warmth of home and the vibrancy of the downtown dining scene. Our mission is to offer our guests an exceptional and memorable meal that is deeply rooted in our commitment to fostering a genuine connection between our open kitchen and the local community. We welcome you to join us for an unforgettable culinary journey that celebrates the essence of togetherness and exceptional cuisine.
Top review
SSinLGvip
Dined on Jun 2, 2024
This place is outstanding. Every dish was amazing. Started with the grilled avocado- I didn't think we'd love it as it's just an avocado, but the preparation was delicious. Had popovers with smoked butter and strawberry jam - again, amazing. Didn't need the pork belly slices that came with it, but we ate them. Actually, even ordered some to go. Mains of shrimp and salmon, both exceptional. But, the side of hens-of-the-woods mushrooms...wow! Could have fooled me, I thought we were eating bacon. Delicious. Wine was fine - expensive. Non-alcoholic bevs were good. Service was outstanding. Looking forward to the new menu and getting back there soon.
A photo of Sugo Italian Pasta Bar restaurant
4.8
4.8 (228)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Super yummy! Had a great time dinner and dessert was super good
A photo of Oswald restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1583)
$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
OpenTable Dinervip
Dined 2 days ago
Always lovely lunches at Oswald — expert service from Josh and delicious offerings from Chef Damani. The BEST. BOOM!
A photo of Mozaic - Santa Cruz restaurant
4.7
4.7 (463)
$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
OpenTable Diner
Dined 6 days ago
Love the food here and the people. 10/10 recommend.
A photo of Cafe Cruz Rosticceria & Bar restaurant
4.7
4.7 (1948)
$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
JoyH
Dined 2 days ago
Service is always just right! Food is consistently delicious and the menu offers enough variety for all palates.
A photo of Suda restaurant
4.7
4.7 (361)
$31 to $50
American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Pairing seasonal produce from local farmers with line caught fish and lean, hormone-free beef, the menu at Süda stays as fresh as the ingredients. With a variety of inventive dishes, including vegan and gluten free options, there is truly something for everyone.

The atmosphere at the bar is lively, while booths offer diners a more intimate experience making Süda the perfect place for a casual meal with friends or a night out with someone special. We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner so you can enjoy fresh food whenever your heart desires.


Top review
LindseyK
Dined 5 days ago
My partner and I enjoyed our visit to Suda from start to finish. Excellent cocktails (king's chalice and southern alchemist) to begin. Sudo poke as an appetizer which was outstanding. Entrees were fish tacos (very good) and the halibut special of the day which was at a foodie paradise level (beautifully plated and delicious with a sublime sauce). Often a meal goes downhill after a great appetizer, but not here...the service was terrific, the space is interesting (industrial vibe but lots of room and noise level was fine at ~ half full on a Sunday night). We were amazed at how good this place was.
A photo of The Water Street Grill restaurant
4.6
4.6 (293)
$30 and under
American
Santa Cruz
About the restaurant
Our local restaurant in Santa Cruz Ca is Family owned, The Water Street Grill is a neighborhood Grill, steak,seafood,burger and wine-Beer Bar offering farm-to-table food, handcrafted drink and a selection of intriguing, affordable Firestone Drafted beers & great selection of wines. We have been more the 20 years in the Restaurant business, we are very committed our restaurant to treat customers with the most respect and let us also handle any event you having, will make it unforgettable moment.
Top review
LeifB
Dined 7 days ago
Unexpectedly good food from what looks like an unremarkable place!
A photo of Paradise Beach Grille restaurant
4.3
4.3 (16)
$30 and under
Contemporary American
Capitola
About the restaurant
Paradise maximizes the beautiful beach location on Monterey Bay with an outdoor patio, views of the historic Venetian condominiums, and the ocean. We also feature an outdoor fireplace perfect for that cozy dinner or wine tasting. We have high top tables in the bar area for drinks or dining, as well as an attractive and spacious dining room. Customers enjoy the various casual venues yet an upscale flair with quality food, beverage, and service.
Top review
OpenTable Diner
Dined 3 days ago
Watching the sunset from our table was what we wanted and it was so peaceful. Guests loved the ambiance and the food. Our waiter Josh made every effort to ensure that we had a great experience! A gem!!
A photo of The View, a Treeside Restaurant restaurant
4.0
4 (1062)
$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
SusanH
Dined 1 day ago
Great place to celebrate my daughter’s UCSC graduation CLASS of 2024!
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