Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

4.6
732 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
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.

Soif offers over 40 wines by the glass from small, artisanal producers, as well as some 400 selections by the bottle from our wine shop, available to diners for $20 over retail price.

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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GM
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

My husband and I enjoyed our dinner date at Soif. The food was excellent-I had an amazing miso glazed cod dish (possibly the best fish dish I’ve ever had!) and my husband had a ravioli dish that he thought was good but lacked enough salt and seasonings in general but he didn’t dislike it. Our waitress was very friendly but not very attentive to our needs. She passed by our table almost every time we obviously needed to move on to the next course and waited too long to check on us. Other than that, we enjoyed our time at Soif. The ambiance is great and it is surely one of the better restaurants in Santa Cruz!

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AO
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our experience last night, as previous visits, was outstanding. Service was attentive but not intrusive, and the overall experience was excellent. I'm a sustainable fisheries advocate and a stickler for high quality seafood; and I ordered the miso-blackcod--a local fish, sustainably managed. It was also beautifully prepared -- fresh, moist, flavorful. Of course, there were many non-seafood items on the menu; and the only one of us who did not choose the blackcod happily savored the rib-eye. Together, it was a highly successful dinner. We'll be back for another!

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TA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We seldom remember to make reservations and head into town looking for a good place. We almost always end up here because we can get a couple seats at the bar and order from the regular dinner menu. We love the food here and the service is great and the manager has fab hair... and there are some primo mustaches to view as well! 😂. But seriously, the food here is creative and always memorable.

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OT
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

the waiter was great. the food was creative and very good. The servings were relatively small which was fine for us. it wasn’t busy yet so still quiet. Also the cocktails were creative and delicious

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KR
Naples
24 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Definitly a wine bar but with great food. The waiter knew a lot about the wines we were deciding between and we chose 3 by the glass wines to taste with dinner. They were all wine club selections and all were delicious. We paired a pinot (young and crisp, very flavorful) and a Chenin blanc with our olives and a salad appertiser course. My wife enjoyed the pinot so much she stayed with it through our lamb and pork ragu pappardelli main (split). I chose a deep rich Cabernet to pair with the main and through our dessert (English toffee pudding). Everything was excellent. You could easily see that this was a locals hangout but they welcomed us as travellers too. Highly recommended by us. Reasonable cost for a very nice dining experience. High ceilings and wood floors but not overly loud. We would definitely go here again.

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RL
1 review
Dined on March 5, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

The menu differed quite radically from that on their website for the previous few days. The choice for those on a fodmap diet was very limited.

The service started badly when the first waiter had no idea what components were in each dish.

The second waiter almost retrieved the situation as he took pains to find out but fresh lemons are no replacement for preserved lemons ...they taste quite different.

A good waiter knows everything which goes into every dish on each day's menu.Regards

Given this restaurant comes out as one of the top three in Santa Cruz search we were disappointed. It was no better than normally at some neighbourhood tap bars.

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OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 5

Not impressed with our main server who told us they couldn't make plain pasta for our kids. The other server managed to get us plain pasta. Clearly our server hadn't tried very hard to help us also they made three mistakes in our order. food was good but not worth the money.

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Y
1 review
Dined on February 28, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

Not what it was...the food was over cooked and the servers not as well-versed in wines as they used to be.

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E
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love going to Soif. Always accommodating and the food is always delicious and filling. Everyone who works there is wonderful too! Perfect place for a date night or large party gatherings.

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p
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, inspired food using fresh, local, high quality ingredients in a fun atmosphere. What' not to like?

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were visiting Santa Cruz for the first time, and finding a place like that just adds to the experience. Great wine collection and a creative menu (Clams with chorizo is a weird and great combination). I will definitely recommend.

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OK
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

My scallops were delicious, albeit it was a skimpy portion (3 scallops). For $34, I feel I should have gotten at least four. My friend had the duck, and it was more generously portioned. The environment is nice and the service is very good.

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MV
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had the Valentine's fixed menu, and enjoyed every bit of it!

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OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We are fortunate to live locally and dine here pretty regularly. Soif has a deep wine selection and carefully hand-crafted cocktails. The menu is simple, but every dish is delectable. The service is always fantastic and the management very accommodating and courteous. One of the highlights of downtown Santa Cruz dining.

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DH
San Francisco
29 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

we love Soif: the wines are terrific and reasonably priced and the food is always very good. valentine's dinners are often less pleasant than usual as restaurants attempt to pack in as many people as possible and stretch their kitchens as well as their space. in contrast Soif was its usual pleasant self with a bit of specialness to the menu. and the now expanded space makes for a quieter ambiance which we much appreciated

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WS
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

It’s always good here, but the prix fixe menu was a bit over-priced for the special occasion.

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JC
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Valentines Day

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Valentines date night. Great set menu with great wine pairing. Not exceptional but really really good.

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JB
San Francisco
25 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been there in a couple of years. What a wonderful surprise all of the changes are. Menu is varied and everyone really enjoyed their choices. Cocktails are fresh and delicious! (Happy to see a full bar!). And save room for dessert. Oh they are too good!

Our server was fun and attentive! And the chef is outstanding! We’ll be back soon!

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d
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I couldn't get in a couple of years ago when I was in town for the AT&T and I'm so glad I tried again. Excellent food, service and great wine!! We will be coming back. The atmosphere is casual and feels elegant at the same time. The food was sooo good, still talking about it.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Welcoming staff and ambiance - It was pouring rain that evening and our dining experience here was relaxing and perfect. We started with well -executed cocktails and then moved onto the food - nice presentation with all our dishes from their lovely seasonal menu and timing was well-paced. I live in the East Bay but I Will definitely be back on one of our next visits with our son at UCSC.

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RM
1 review
Dined on January 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food for a reasonable price and fabulous customer service.

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RK
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Prior to symphony

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KF
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Mentioned that it was my friends birthday when I made the reservation. It was nice that they acknowledged it when we arrived but did not offer any special dessesrt.

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SM
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

great with the music. cuisine can be more creative and more variety

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f
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb, as usual!!!

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MB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love having an unlimited wine selection. It makes for a much better experience whether dining or just to drink and enjoy. The menu is always just a bit different than elsewhere and not over-portioned. Service was excellent.

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OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My wife and I went for their New Years Eve dinner. The food, wine pairings and service were all fabulous, we even bought 4 bottles of the wine that were part of the pairing. Wonderful evening and we will definitely be back.

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CI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Brought the family and had a great experience. The duck dish was fabulous.

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A
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Super delicious food, great wines, friendly and knowledgeable service. Bit more pricey but highly recommended.

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SC
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Soif in quite some time and decided to try it again this weekend. It was outstanding on all fronts. We had the Arancini appetizer and each tried a different entrée - Scallops, Gnocchi, Ravioli and Duck. All were excellent-we literally cleaned our plates. We split a Butterscotch Pot de crème which was a lovely end to a perfect meal. The service was also spot on, friendly and attentive. We will definitely be back soon!

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AS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 20, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy this place -- beautiful fish, among lots of good options. Thanks!

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DO
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have loved this place for years and with the NEW chef it's beyond amazing! Can't wait to go back.

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EW
Atlanta
8 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

The restaurant was cute, with very friendly service! The arancini was delicious as an appetizer, and a beautifully colorful kale salad to start. However, my main dish, the gnocchi, came out cold and flavorless. I sent it back to get reheated and it came out perfectly warm. The space was a bit noisy for a half-full restaurant, so it was hard to have a conversation. But overall still a nice evening.

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SE
1 review
Dined on December 1, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Interesting business model. They have a wine store on one side of the space and a full bar on the other side with restuarant in middle. Awesome that you can choose wines from their wine list or if prefer can purchase a bottle from the store and drink with your meal. Bummer is they charge a corkage fee to open a bottle of wine they already charged you for.. Not cool.. Food was good, though pricing overall higher then it should be.

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m
Denver
6 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Much Changed, Will Go Back

When Soif first opened, I had a bad experience with a server and vowed never to go back. That was close to 15 years ago. I cautiously broke my veto giving them a chance to redeem themselves. I'm happy to report that I'll be going back. The addition of the bar and restaurant area was a good idea. Service was so friendly and warm --- complete opposite of my first impression. Menu was a little limited, but the food was impeccable and tasty. Wine selection very respectable.

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C
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

The wine selection was most excellent and the ambiance was lovely.

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AC
San Francisco
15 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious dinner. Never disappoints

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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We enjoyed the wine, cheese and seafood. We found the soup sweet and would have preferred a more savory favor.

It seemed a bit pricey.

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OT
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Soif was perfect for a “girls’ night out”. The food was light, creative & delicious. The server was very gracious about splitting dishes for us and knowledgeable about the food. The music was a tad too loud but they warned us about this before we sat. All in all a lovely experience

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