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Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

4.4
4.4
897 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American

*Currently, seating indoors and outdoors. Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors*
The menu at Soif changes almost daily, and every dish – small plates, appetizers, entrées and desserts – emphasizes seasonal, sustainably grown, and intensely flavored ingredients primarily sourced from local farmers and provisioners.

We find our delight in discovering distinctive, expressive wines, sourcing and preparing delicious, wholesome food, and then putting it all together so when guests walk in the door, night after night, there is something here for them that is authentic – that satisfies their thirst for the soulful, the delicious, and the well made.

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Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, International

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (831) 423-2020

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Tom McNary

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a private dining room which can accommodate 16 people seated or 25 people for a reception. Please contact us for additional options and information on facilities. Our private dining room is closed for the immediate future.

  • Private party contact

    Steven Billings: (831) 423-2020

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Parking details

    Parking can be found in the Cedar/Church Garage across the street from the restaurant. Street parking is also available on nearby streets.

  • Entertainment

    Live music every Monday as we welcome Gypsy Jazz all stars HOT CLUB PACIFIC from 7:00 to 9:00. We also host an eclectic array of musicians on a periodic and wholly unpredictable basis. There is never a cover for any show at Soif. Check our website for notice of upcoming events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Menu

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What 897 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

4.4
4.4 based on all time ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 4Value

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  1. LK

    LynnK

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Excellent and favorite place. We are sorry to see the closure, but happy that we could enjoy a final meal there.

  2. PT

    PeteT

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We’re so sorry that Soif is closing forever! It was one of our favorite date spots.

  3. B

    Burner2returner

    San Francisco

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Soif never disappoints. We entered with anticipation of this being our last visit to what has been a wonderful community gem. We are so sorry the restaurant is closing, but the establishment will live on as a Wine Bar and retail for an eclectic and very special location to sample and purchase extraordinary wines. We encourage all who read this to definitely make Soif a destination.

  4. EM

    EdithM

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The best restaurant in Santa Cruz (followed by La Posta). It will be sorely, sorely missed.

  5. d

    donp

    Central Coast

    22 reviews

    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Unfortunately, Soif is closing this month, so we had to go one last time.wine options were excellent. Parpadelle noodles and sauce were perfect along with wonderful cauliflower soup as first course. A little chilly...even with heat lamps outside.

  6. R

    Robby

    New York Area

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 26, 2022

    overall2food1service5ambience4

    This is a beautiful restaurant about to close. The service has always been over-attentive, the food over-priced with tiny portions. The wine list does not impress me and last night they were pouring 2 ounce classes at a minimum of $14. I will miss it for the Monday night gypsy jazz performances featuring oysters. Sad to see it close for that!

  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    40 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on January 20, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience3

    The restaurant was very cold. I had to keep my parka on. The oysters were a bit fishy which should never happen. The cod and pasta were very good but more like appetizer portions versus entree portions. The food is extremely expensive for the size of the portions. The wine was fantastic. We had 3 drinks not a bottle. Overall, we had a nice time but left hungry and $200 poorer.

  8. ML

    MelanieL

    Los Angeles

    9 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4

    New Years. Portions a bit small for some dishes but not all. Outside needs a tent and I do understand these are trying times. The steak was amazing!!! The squab was missing seasoning and some richness.

  9. M

    Mactina

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Our dinner and service were excellent, great quality food.

  10. LL

    LizzyL

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on December 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Lovely restaurant and atmosphere. The menu is adventurous yet cozy. Enjoyed the food with the recommended wine pairings. The staff was great. Definitely drink lots of wine here!

  11. FD

    FrequentDiner

    San Francisco

    68 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    68 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    Excellent food. Prices continue to increase

  12. P

    Paulobee

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    3.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience3

    White table cloths would be in order with prices. Fall soup bland. Risotto served with very sparse squash, waiter was wonderful and asked cook to make me a side to add.

  13. SC

    SantaCruzansMandM

    Yosemite

    19 reviews

    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on December 15, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    My husband's duck breast was succulent and flavorful, as was my trout. Our wines were superb. The crab salad appetizer was scrumptious and the caesar was, too. Our waitperson was knowledgeable and attentive.

  14. R

    Robin

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Delicious food! Outside dining lacks ambiance

  15. SC

    SCFoodie

    San Francisco

    48 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    48 reviews

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Soif is a consistently good restaurant with a seasonal menu and an excellent choice of unique wines. The restaurant has a low key vibe and service is also consistently good.

  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    First time coming here, but the experience was amazing. Cole our waiter was super polite and very attentive. The food was great, from the starter to the dessert. My wife was happy with her mushroom ravioli and the duck dish was excellent. The prices are not on the low side, but very worth it.

  17. CV

    ClydeV

    San Francisco

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience3

    We dined outside. Ambiance and noise, when in a converted street parking space, is not what we might have enjoyed inside. One of our party did not bring is vaccine record so we chose outside. The food was delicious and the service was outstanding (thanks Cole). The wine list had a wonderful variety and very helpful pairing suggestions. Missed having more California wines on the list. We'll be back.

  18. A

    Avideater

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    good quality food, not alot of choices, but Their soups are usually spectacular taste wise. Expensive burgers, but delicious, nice fries. Good wines. It will cost at least $75 for two.

  19. L

    Leshy

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 13, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    The food is excellent, far better than a few years ago.

  20. JG

    JoeG

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    One of our favorites anywhere, not just Santa Cruz. We're still more comfortable eating outside, even though we're vaccinated. They were very accommodating with heater lamps etc. Staff is kind and thoughtful. Much appreciated.

  21. D

    Diane

    San Francisco

    10 reviews

    4.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 6, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience5

    Food and and ambience were great. We are very appreciative of the vaccine requirement for indoor dining. The bar seems to have problems keeping up with orders. The food was served before my husband received his cocktail order but the server brought him a free glass of sparkling wine as an apology.

  22. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 5, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Absolutely wonderful meal at Soif. Great service and food and love being able to pick a wine from next door.

  23. KG

    KathyG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 4, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Great food and drink served by friendly wait people. Too bad it is so very expensive or I would eat here more often. But, it is lovely for a special dinner!

  24. FC

    FranciscoC

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on October 30, 2021

    overall4food4service4ambience3

    They offered water and ask if we wanted bread, so you’d assume those were complimentary, only to find $4 tacked on the bill for the bread, which were sliced 4mm thin, and about 7 pcs along with 2 tbsp of oil. They should have placed bread on the menu if they charge for it to avoid annoying surprise on your tab. Food, thankfully was good. We reserved an indoor table online but the receptionist attempted to seat us outside. When we stated that we booked an indoor seating, she made us feel that she was doing us a favor instead of admitting that it was their mistake. Staff were masked making it difficult to hear your wait staff along with an open concept warehouse type that gets quite noisy as clients get inebriated.

  25. MI

    MaxineIOM

    Greensboro

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall3food2service4ambience4

    We went for restaurant week, had no problem choosing from the limited menu. We had the following: Carrot soup - delicious, perfect balance of richness Steak Frit and Fries - Steak was tough, really had to put the elbow greasy into cutting it. Fries looked anemic but were actually very tasty. Flowerless chocolate cake with raspberries was very decadent, could only eat half and too the rest home, delightful for breakfast. Wine pairing was prefect! Staff were really attentive even though the place was very busy.

  26. M

    Maurice

    San Francisco

    16 reviews

    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience4

    Excellent food, very creative bar and attached wine store with incredible selection.

  27. i

    irose

    San Francisco

    6 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall4food4service2ambience5

    We love Soif. One of its gifts has been the deep knowledge of its wine by staff. This was not our experience last night sadly. A relatively new person served us: tried to tell us that “Moro” aka Amaro was a wine from France, and got our order wrong multiple times from drinks to courses. Disappointing from an otherwise reliable star. Food and drinks were great as always; service was not up to their par.

  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 24, 2021

    overall5food5service4ambience5

    We had a lovely meal and very much enjoyed ourselves.

  29. d

    davidh

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 10, 2021

    overall4food3service3ambience4

    We love this restaurant. Time before last we had a wonderful meal. This time, not so good. The chicken was clearly reheated and very tough. The pasta with scallops was disappointing; the scallops were overcooked bay scallops, maybe warmed up from a previous service. We expect a lot from Soif, and this was a big letdown.

  30. ME

    MarqE

    San Francisco

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on October 8, 2021

    overall4food5service5ambience4

    Good service and great food, but pricey. Great sea bass with pearl couscous.

  31. l

    larryb

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 23, 2021

    overall4food4service5ambience2

    Cold evening. Ran out of propane for heaters. Delicious food. Fabulous service.

  32. AK

    AmyKH

    San Diego

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on September 19, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Awesome experience! Raviolis are a must. Brilliant wine.

  33. CJ

    CaboJulie

    Central Coast

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on September 18, 2021

    overall3food3service5ambience2

    The food was good, not great. Wine was amazing. The outside patio has no atmosphere. Service was great.

  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Aiden was fantastic.

  35. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 17, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience4

    My girlfriend and I had our first date at Soif and went back to celebrate. I had the spinach papardelle bolognese and she had the seared duck breast, both paired with the wine suggested by the chef. Both were excellent! As was the service we received.

  36. KM

    KellyM

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on September 16, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    We ordered the green salad (Frisee and something) and it was excellent. I had the vegetarian dish (pasta and sauce) and my husband ordered the burger. He said the burger was A+ and he could tell that the beef was of high quality. Mine was not very interesting. The sauce was tomato sauce and not especially tasty. I gave my meal a C for average. The server and hostess were A++ and we sat outside and our table was more than 6 feet away from other patrons. We would go back. Good value for the money.

  37. JW

    JulieW

    Los Angeles

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    I had arrived in Monterey and had business in Santa Cruz the next day. I was really in the mood for a wonderful Sunday late afternoon Lunch/Dinner. I loved the posted Sunday lunch menu for Soif and decided to make it a go. Unfortunately, when I got there I was handed a different menu and they were not showing the items I had looked forward to. BUT, I asked the server if the chef could still make the items and, like any great restaurant, the chef was more than willing to accommodate me. I was thrilled. The server was very familiar with their wines a suggested the perfect French white burgundy. The meal was incredible! A definite hit in my book!

  38. M

    Matt

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food4service5ambience5

    Food was delicious, service was attentive and friendly (thanks Cole!), great ambiance. Requiring proof of vaccination made this the most enjoyable and stress free dining experience in a long time, so thank you.

  39. G

    Gina

    Orange County

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on September 12, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience5

    Family vacation.

  40. G

    Gary

    Central Coast

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 11, 2021

    overall5food5service5ambience3

    Because of COVID, we ate at the sidewalk. On the one hand thankfully quieter than indoor dining tends to be but still some inevitable noise of cars with their radios turned up, etc. That said, the ambience was still comfortable, and there is definitely something to be said for dining outdoors. The service was delightful, charming young waitpeople who were happy to share their enthusiasms but in no way obtrusive - there when you wanted them, not when you didn't. The food was really excellent, imaginative without being forced and what I appreciated most was the way different dishes were cooked to just the perfect degree of doneness. An added plus was having Soif's whole panoply of wines to chose from. A lovely meal.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • 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
    • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Soif Wine Bar Restaurant offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 423-2020.

Soif Wine Bar Restaurant is rated 4.4 stars by 897 OpenTable diners.

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Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Pacific Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Santa Cruz

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner
    Tue–Thu 5:00 pm–8:30 pm
    Fri, Sat 5:00 pm–9:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Contemporary American, International

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Parking can be found in the Cedar/Church Garage across the street from the restaurant. Street parking is also available on nearby streets.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Tom McNary

  • Entertainment

    Live music every Monday as we welcome Gypsy Jazz all stars HOT CLUB PACIFIC from 7:00 to 9:00. We also host an eclectic array of musicians on a periodic and wholly unpredictable basis. There is never a cover for any show at Soif. Check our website for notice of upcoming events.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Cocktails, Entertainment, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine

  • Phone number

    (831) 423-2020

  • Private party facilities

    We offer a private dining room which can accommodate 16 people seated or 25 people for a reception. Please contact us for additional options and information on facilities. Our private dining room is closed for the immediate future.

  • Private party contact

    Steven Billings: (831) 423-2020

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