Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

4.6
706 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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f
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was superb, as usual!!!

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MB
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 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 January 1, 2019
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 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

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SC
San Francisco
39 reviews
Dined on December 23, 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 21, 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 13, 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
6 reviews
Dined on December 8, 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 2, 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 December 1, 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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W
Hawaii
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

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

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AC
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Another delicious dinner. Never disappoints

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MW
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on November 24, 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
6 reviews
Dined on November 20, 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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BC
Miami
3 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We are on vacation in California. First stop Santa Cruz and we found this the first night. Small menu which they execute brilliantly. Food and service were amazing. Great wine selection and food pairs well. The food is interesting without being overly complicated and fussy. The staff was warm and welcoming and full of great information about the local area. Hope we come back here on our next California trip.

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CS
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a wonderful restaurant/wine bar with great staff and a fantastic wine list!

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G
Portland
30 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the Beaujolais Nouveau wine tasting. It was great to be able to have a nice meal afterwards. The bar is also excellent. We always love coming here!

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m
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Great Old Fashioned from the bar. Table service was dodgy. Entree was more like an appetizer and not very good.

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PH
New England
6 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely evening . Nice bar buzz but tables enough away that we four could talk. All loved our meals. Great service. Would go again.

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FD
San Francisco
46 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious food - and always terrific service. The new chef is giving diners more choices and interesting dishes.

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OP
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food. I'm never disappointed by the chefs at Soif. I only wish they were open on Sundays, I'd be able to go more often! The service was very good, and I love the jazz band that regularly plays there. It's kind of loud, but not overbearingly so. The wine selection is fabulous. I recommend! It's one of my Santa Cruz favorites.

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

Great food and service. Really enjoyed it! Try the Arincini

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CD
1 review
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exceptional service and best food and wine in santa cruz!

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HD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very nice ambiance and wonderful service. My friend and I split the pork and lamb main dishes, which were both excellent. I don’t usually eat lamb or pork but I was there celebrating my friend’s bday so let him order. I was very surprised by how much I enjoyed both dishes. The cocktails we ordered were also outstanding. In addition to having an extensive wine list they now offer craft cocktails.

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f
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love Soif! Consistently great! My only comment is that the band was a little loud and I'd like to see more diversity in the dessert menu.

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S
Los Angeles
74 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Dinner alone while visiting my grandson, a student at UC-SC. First ,nice service for a solo woman diner - not always the case
And important for those of us who travel alone. Sonic is a wine bar do I took advantage of the opportunity to order a flight of local wines. Terrific choice. A particularly nice Pinot Noir. I would definitely try other flights and if I lived in Santa Cruz I would definitely buy wines here. I had braised duck leg and root vegetables. Well prepared,rich and flavorful. And for dessert panna cotta The menu is brief - only four entrees and it’s unclear how often it changes. All in all, more than satisfactory.

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OT
Central Coast
42 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a weekday lunch or dinner. Food good service wonderful

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PW
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

It was a shame that our appetizers and entrees were cold, as if they had been prepped and left out for a while. Cold farro isn’t yummy :(.
Wine options, as always, was spectacular and our waitress provided us with excellent choices. We were allowed to linger - and the cayenne popcorn as a table dish was awesome to munch on throughout the dinner.

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FQ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went during Santa Cruz Restaurant Week. The food was excellent...flavorful, fresh, visually appealing. The interior is attractive, comfortable and hip. I’ve passed this place many times over the years and had no idea how lovely it is inside.

The staff was welcoming, helpful, and attentive without being intrusive. The noise level was moderate. We had no trouble conversing.

The portions were perfectly calibrated for a three-course meal. We were especially interested in dining at Soif because Tom McNary is now the executive chef and his creations and palate are superb.

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C
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Interesting, freshly prepared dishes, locally sourced. A good value during restaurant week, regular menu overpriced, as is wine by the glass. Too noisy for conversation--this might make us hesitate to return.

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J
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We went to Soif during Restaurant Week in Santa Cruz. We had not been for a while after a less than stellar experience, and we wanted to see what changes had been made by the new executive chef.
Restaurant Week is always busy and we had to wait a few minutes for our table, but we were seated in the wine shop and had a glass of wine. All of the service staff was helpful and attentive. The server in the wine shop was very knowledgable about the wines available, so our brief wait was pleasant and informative.
Once we were seated and had ordered, we were very impressed by the excellent, coordinated service - all the plates for each course were brought simultaneously, only cleared when all diners had completed the course, proper utensils were brought for each course - these are niceties that don't always happen in Santa Cruz restaurants.
The food was delicious and seaonal. The pumpkin soup and the quail were particular standouts, as was the sea salt butterscotch pot de creme. Having the broader selection from the wine shop is a great feature at Soif. We definitely look forward to going back soon and selecting from the regular menu. All in all, it was a great experience.

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f
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

The entrée was nothing special, the wine was excellent. I would say it is a good place to have a drink but the food isn't a good value, it's nothing special and quite expensive.

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M
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on October 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 3

We went for Santa Cruz restaurant week , we are locals but haven’t been to Soif in years , primarily because they didn’t have a full bar , glad we decided to try it again they now have a full bar with craft cocktails and our meal was delicious.

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B
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Expensive. The host greeted me with, “I don’t see your reservation; we don’t have any tables available. Sorry. At last he did see it as my daughter was already seated. He apologized, but the incident left a bad overall feeling. We did have a great table but was initially told that it was reserved by the owner. My daughter pointed out there were two tables where she wanted to sit. One was available and they gave it to us. I am trying to say that the wait people were great serving food but the staff was ungracious generally.

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OT
Central Coast
4 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service. The food was amazing and so where the cocktails.

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L
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent wine list and very good food, but way overpriced.

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s
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I had dinner here by myself after dropping my daughter off at UCSC. I had 2 appetizers, the cucumber melon salad and the cheese tart. Both were very good, and just what I was looking for to eat light. I had a nice white wine. There was a good selection of wines by the glass, including bubbly wines. The atmosphere is spare and un-fussy. All service people were prompt and polite.

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OT
Central Coast
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just outstanding food preparation, taste to die for and wine to pair. Compliments to the Chef.

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f
San Francisco
65 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely fabulous!!! That fruit salad..yum. scallops were a big wow! And that butterscotch cream dessert was sinfully exquisite!

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DP
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic, consistent over many years of dining. Wine list has great values, and you can select wines from their shop that are not on the list.

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