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Sanderlings - Seascape Resort

3.8
3.8
1183 Reviews
$31 to $50
Californian
Sanderlings Restaurant at Seascape Beach Resort offers elegant, casual dining with a spectacular ocean view from sunrise to sunset. We are open for dinner everyday from 5pm to 8:30pm, Also, brunch is offered on sundays only from 10am to 2pm. Our bar is open Sundays to Thursdays from 11am to 9pm and on Fridays and Saturdays from 11am to 10pm.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Farm-to-table

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 662-7120

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    David Baron

  • Catering

    Our award-winning catering menu features traditional and contemporary dishes made with the freshest local ingredients.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are hosting a Rehearsal Dinner, Holiday Celebration, Baby or Bridal Shower, Business luncheon or dinner, we can help make your event special.

  • Private party contact

    Donita Branson: (831) 662-7122

  • Neighborhood

    Aptos

  • Cross street

    Sumner Ave.

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Entertainment

    Sanderlings Bar Lounge features musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday Nights 8:30pm until midnight or later.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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What 1,183 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 recent ratings
  • 3.6Food
  • 3.9Service
  • 4.3Ambience
  • 3.4Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for Groups

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for Lunch

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Outdoor Dining

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  1. S

    Steve

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience3
    We went to the buffet for thanksgiving. Wehad a reservation and were seated early. The service was great, the ambiance was ok. The food was, at best mediocre--cold and nothing had much flavor. I made the mistake of not checking the price and was astounded at how high the price was, especially with the low food quality. Never again!!
  2. FS

    FowzyS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful place, amazing sunsets, very nice people, and excellent food!
  3. RM

    RM831

    San Francisco

    7 reviews

    2.0

    7 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service4ambience2
    Thanksgiving buffet had some wins in terms of taste (appetizers and salads), and the carved meat was ok to good, but all of the side dishes that were supposed to be served warm were cool to cold. However, the soup which was at the perfect temperature and was very good. The biggest disappointment was the deserts - seemed like previously frozen and not fresh baked, no whipping cream for the pumpkin pie but since it was inedible it really didn't matter. Service was good, but the dining room has a cafeteria feel to it. Way over priced for what they give you.
  4. JL

    JeanneL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    We had enjoyed the Sanderlings Thanksgiving buffet in years past. 2022 was the least good and most expensive buffet at $95. The wait staff tried hard, but was stretched thin--and the steam tray food was only lukewarm. We generally like Sanderlings and will go again. However, we'll think twice about such an expensive buffet in the future.
  5. JH

    JohnnyH

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience1
    Thanksgiving Buffet, $95/person Plus 20% Gratuity (For a buffet!?). Our party of 6 was seated upstairs in a corner (good view till the sunset) no one greeted us, asked for drink orders, offered to open the 2 bottles we brought with us, told us to go to the buffet, nothing. We figured we'd hit the buffet so we could at least have some food. OK selection of food but, everything that should have been warm, IE green beans ,rice, mashed potatoes etc. was cold and everything that should have been cold like salads was warm or wilted. The slicing station was the only positive aspect of the entire evening, with a nice, approachable young man doing the slicing. Ended up borrowing a corkscrewed and some wine glasses from one of the bussers(who didn't do any bussing) and opened our wine. All in all it was pretty much a joke, we even bussed our own table. In the end, a manager asked how it went and, after being informed, she at least took a couple of our meals off the bill and didn't add the 20% gratuity. So much for trying something different eh?
  6. R

    Rusty

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The staff was very friendly. The location beautiful. However we have now learned not to go out for a Thanksgiving buffet again. Four hundred dollars for three people was pretty crazy. (We did add two glasses of wine.) The food was good, warm at best, and not adequately kept full. Dessert table mostly empty after we finished our meal. Lesson learned.
  7. LS

    LeahS

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    The food and service was awful. I wrote the Resort a letter because I’m so upset about my experience.
  8. SM

    SamanthaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Last year we did not have the best experience at sanderlings on Thanksgiving. Its understandable that businesses had to change things to keep up with Covid-19 protocol. We took our chance and decided to come back for the buffet we so missed last year at Sanderlings. The experience was outstanding. The food was incredible. It was spacious and the food trays were always full of the yummiest food everytime we went back to the buffet. I was so happy and relaxed eating the great food and looking at the fabulous veiw from outside. Thank you Sanderlings!
  9. DE

    DavidE

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have been coming here for Thanksgiving for several years. The food is always really tasty and the staff is wonderful. The buffet is on the pricey side, but worth it.
  10. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Thanksgiving buffet was excellent.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We enjoyed our Thanksgiving lunch at the Sanderlings buffet. It was a lovely day and we were able to enjoy the world class view of the Monterey Bay. The food was very good, with an excellent selection. Still, and $95 per person, plus a mandatory 20% gratuity, it was very expensive. They charged me extra for my iced tea.
  12. S

    Sunbum

    Cleveland

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall3food2service4ambience1
    Same menu dinner and lunch. Multiple missing items .
  13. GC

    GeoCoug

    Seattle

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2022

    overall2food1service4ambience3
    Good service, terrible food.
  14. M

    Mustexperience

    San Francisco

    74 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    74 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience1
    Very little atmosphere - clam chowder delicious!
  15. m

    melissa

    Yosemite

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 19, 2022

    overall4food1service5ambience5
    I had the Cioppino. I order it around 2 times a year. This was the worst one, I’ve had ever. The crab was over cooked. The shell was soft and felt empty. I peeled the shell apart and the crab meat was so cooked it was shrived up. The shrimp were tiny, they are always the big ones with shells on the tails. The garlic bread was tough. It looked like it had promise, but was not crisp or soft, it was old. The flavor of the sauce was good. I do not recommend this dish. We also ordered the Salmon. That was good. I loved the sauce on the plate. The veggies were roasted and plentiful. The salmon tasted fresh and no old fish glabor. I should have believed the other reviews and not ordered the Cioppino and ordered the salmon.
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orange County

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 15, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Family get together.
  17. D

    Davidl

    Sacramento

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good experience
  18. MC

    MikeCurtis

    San Francisco

    67 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    67 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The new menu has fewer items than on our last visit. There is still plenty to choose from. Fish and Chips is still fantastic as is the clam chowder. Our waiter Zaul was fantastic. Very professional, attentive and knowledgable! Sunsets are stunning!
  19. SB

    ShampaB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    The service left a lot to be desired.
  20. n

    nickm

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful views with great food and good service. Not much else to ask for.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Sacramento

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 2, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excellent service. Limited menu but food was good.
  22. JJ

    JeffreyJ

    Sacramento

    19 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on September 30, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Beautiful sunset for wifey bday dinner. Service was covid slow but very pleasant. The calamari appetizer was middeling at best. The entrees were delicious. Wife had salmon and i had the mushroom ravioli with prawns. Both were cooked exquisitely.
  23. OP

    OscarP

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant and view. Great service and the food is outstanding.!!
  24. CC

    CherylC

    San Joaquin

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    They were very short-staffed but tried their best to accommodate our party. Food & drinks were good but a little on the pricey side … however, the view makes it all worth it!
  25. JP

    JonP

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 16, 2022

    overall2food2service4ambience4
    Limited menu, simplistic rendition of what we ordered. Sort of the level of a chain restaurant, like red lobster.
  26. l

    lauri

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 11, 2022

    overall3food2service2ambience5
    You pay for the view here, not the food or the service. The service was incredibly slow, but I believe that was due to understaffing which is an issue for many restaurants. The waitress did completely space out one of our requests, and never came back after serving the food to ask if it was OK, and never asked if we wanted a second drink (and we did). We assumed she was just overwhelmed and still tipped 20%. The food is way overpriced for the quality. I'm sure that our meal was sitting around in the kitchen for quite some time before it was served because it was overcooked and dried-out. Crab eggs benedict with a dried-out English muffin and dried-out crab patty. Edible but disappointing for $36 per plate! Pastries and fruit were mediocre at best, as well as the bloody Mary. $200 for brunch for four people but the view/ambiance was incredible. I would recommend for the view only. Know that you'll pay a lot of money for not great food or service, and just enjoy the view.
  27. JM

    JuanM

    Miami

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 10, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    The ocean views and location are one of the best around and it will offset the other stuff... service was friendly, however many significant gaps during our experience there; for example, our waiter was nowhere to be found, the wine glasses were dirty and drinks were missing for a very long time... Food was just OK.
  28. MM

    MichaelM

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 9, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Great outdoor patio overlooking the ocean, a coastal hidden gem. Food is great, service is great; the new menu is very limited.
  29. KE

    KarenE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 6, 2022

    overall2food1service3ambience4
    I was celebrating my birthday at Sanderlings, the setting and view were perfect, however the quality of the meal was poor. We ordered several dishes and the only thing that was edible was the French dip sandwich. We ended up sending the other items back to the kitchen. I asked to speak with the manger and was told he was unavailable so I left message on his voicemail, never responded. I am so disappointed because we live in the area and want to be able to bring guest here, but after this experience we do not plan on going back.
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 5, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    The service was great! Everyone acknowledged and attended to your needs including seating, umbrellas, condiments and just stoping by to see how things were going. The food was not the best. We had a burger, mushroom ravioli and the house special salad. They were out of tuna appetizer at the open of the day. The burger was good, the salad had several pieces of wilted and dark lettuce that was not fresh. The ravioli was drowned in sauce that overwhelmed the ravioli. The view and staff are wonderful.
  31. RV

    RickV

    Salt Lake City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Good service and dog friendly
  32. m

    mcelroy5

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall2food3service1ambience4
    Came here for dinner for 5 while staying at Seascape Labor Day weekend. Nice ambiance and a good band was playing. Menu is extremely limited, food was decent, but not amazing. The service was awful! We had reservations at 7:30 and they seated us on the patio. We did not finish until 9:25 because we waited so long for each stage of our dinner. When we finally got the bill, the waitress made sure to remind us verbally that gratuity was NOT included.
  33. TM

    ToddM

    Portland

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Very nice location. Awesome view, excellent food staff is very friendly and helpful.
  34. KM

    KarenM

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on September 4, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The setting is beautiful! We moved tables to be closer to the music, which we really enjoyed-Yugi and Steve. Be aware if you do that you are effectively sitting in the outside bar area. Plastic glasses, no bread….much more harried service in that area. Our experience started out very spotty….waitress was taking care of way too many tables. We had to walk into the bar twice to personally get our drink order going. Things settled in and our drinks were very good, food was good…loved the music and beautiful view. If you are looking for something upscale and quiet, this would not be the place. It is a resort…lots of kids running around in swimsuits…very loud….lots of activity. If this is the vibe you are looking for, it’s perfect.
  35. DA

    DinahA

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious, the view was incredible, our server was charming and we had a great time!
  36. KG

    KeannaG

    San Diego

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall3food1service4ambience4
    I ordered mushroom ravioli. There were probably 4 or 5 raviolis in a mushroom sauce enough for a kid. It’s very overpriced and not that good.
  37. AB

    AngieB

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    We were here for my husbands 31st birthday. The view was gorgeous even though it was overcast so we didn’t get to see the sunset. The ceviche had imitation crab which was whatever. The flavor was still good. The ahi was good. They brought us a ribeye then took it back cuz apparently it was for another table lol. Everyone around us were laughing with us and making comments like “that was torture” lol. The ambiance was great except we were in the back corner so all we heard all night long were dishes banging around behind us. I’d prefer to be seated further away from that corner. Our server was good and attentive. I’d go back.
  38. TJ

    TaylorJ

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 17, 2022

    overall2food1service1ambience5
    I would not recommend this place at all. The ambience and view is STUNNING. However the food and service was so poor that I will not be returning. I’m a local who takes out of towners here when they visit me, and I will never bring anyone here again.
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 15, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience5
    We had a friend and family get together at Sanderlings over the weekend. Our waiter was wonderful, the food was quite good, the view from the patio outstanding. The reason for 4 stars instead of five is due to the wait time on the food, and the scaled back menu. But I’m finding that at most restaurants these days due to staff shortages, and the need for patience on the part of the diners. We were patient, enjoyed the warm bread, drinks, and each other’s company. We love the Seascape resort and will be back at Sanderlings for another memorable night.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience4
    After receiving our appetizer, we were never served the dinner we ordered. We were told 2 different stories involving their ordering system going down…. And they were unable work around that (evidently they do not have paper and pens). After telling all the customers that their orders couldn’t be filled, the wait staff literally disappeared leaving other guests without drinks and follow up items.

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

Sanderlings - Seascape Resort offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 662-7120.

Sanderlings - Seascape Resort is rated 3.8 stars by 1183 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 1 time today
Google Map for Sanderlings - Seascape Resort

1 Seascape Resort Dr., Aptos, CA 95003

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Sumner Ave.

  • Neighborhood

    Aptos

  • Hours of operation

    Breakfast Daily 7:00 am–11:00 am Bar Mon–Thu, Sun 11:00 am–9:00 pm Fri, Sat 11:00 am–10:00 pm Lunch Mon–Fri 11:00 am–5:00 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–5:00 pm Happy Hour Mon–Fri 3:00 pm–6:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Californian, Seafood, Farm-to-table

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Public Lot

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    David Baron

  • Entertainment

    Sanderlings Bar Lounge features musical entertainment on Friday and Saturday Nights 8:30pm until midnight or later.

  • Additional

    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Indoor Fireplace, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 662-7120

  • Catering

    Our award-winning catering menu features traditional and contemporary dishes made with the freshest local ingredients.

  • Private party facilities

    Whether you are hosting a Rehearsal Dinner, Holiday Celebration, Baby or Bridal Shower, Business luncheon or dinner, we can help make your event special.

  • Private party contact

    Donita Branson: (831) 662-7122

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