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Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

4.5
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828 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.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 828 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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vipOpenTable Diner
San Antonio
11 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I really love the expierence! Excellent cheese board selection! Everything we asked for was explained very well, the waitress suggest what wine would be better with the food. The wine was nice, the rib eye was amazing ! Very nice place to visit, more if you are a fooodie and wine lover like me !
Nice wine glasses! Nice place!

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DianaT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gathering with friends! Such a fun place to have dinner.

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vipPamelaC
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The bartender was overwhelmed, so it took a *LONG* time (45 minutes) to get our cocktails (we were all finished with our appetizers by the time they showed up). The cocktails were great (as was the food), just slow to arrive...

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gourmand666
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had their Burger Week vegan burger and loved it.

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vipGaryF
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was good but very limited menu options

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

Short menu short on value.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Nothing special
2 burgers
Fries
Glass of wine
Beer

$59

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JessC
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable dining experience. Would definitely recommend this restaurant.
I would like to see a bit more appetizers and entrees on the menu.

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TerryH
1 review
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service, intelligent wine list, wonderful food and fabulous jazz quartet. Amazingly for a small space with hard surfaces, it was easy to carry on a conversation. The professional quality jazz set up next to our table was performed at background volumes. Will return.

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DrishtiN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Lovely food and attentive service! Loved the interior and the nice ambiance as well

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Such a great quality place, nice and quite to be able to relax dab truly enjoy the food, wine, and company! Great service to suggest wine pairing with your food too!

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BarryP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Fabulous Valentines Day dinner with a prix fix menu of short ribs or grilled scallops, grossly overpriced at $225 per couple with wine and tip.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food, great wine and service.

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JaneP
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Not my first visit to Soif and although it never disappoints our group of four had the best experience yet. Two of us had the coq-au-vin, one person had sea scallops and the other ordered the mushroom ravioli's. The server collected our plates when we finished and all four looked like they'd been through the dishwasher already! Not a drop or crumb to be found.
Welcome Tom McNary to Soif! Aptos has been lucky for a long time to have your business "Carried Away". What a thrill when we learned you're now chef at Soif.

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TimR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time. Great food, great cocktails, great service. Will go again

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vipClover88
San Francisco
68 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was friendly, professional, and attentive. Seafood saffron soup was a hit. We recommended it to the next table when they asked. Gin and tonic was exceptionally delicious. We had gnocchi bolognese and mushroom ravioli. The bolognese had a very meaty sauce, a little too much. The ravioli were very good. Went into the wine shop next door after to buy some white wine and got a very nice chemin blanc for an upcoming get together with a friend. Great evening.

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Goldilocks
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Soif is one of my favorite local bars and restaurants. The food is really special and I really like the drinks. The service is close to perfect. The location and decor are nice and it is comfortable to go there alone or with friends. The only reason I wouldn't give it a top score is that the prices are very high.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Really nice environment, food is usually very good however there were a few misses. Meal was over $400 for two with wine pairing and my wife’s scallops tasted frozen which was disappointing, they were honestly bad. I enjoyed my waygu very much, but man for the amount we paid those scallops really missed. It’s not that I wouldn’t want to go back, it’s more that I don’t want to fork over that much money for something potentially disappointing, the risk/reward is too high.

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vipCarrie
San Francisco
19 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and the service at Soif are outstanding. Love the extensive wine list and the thoughtful approach to food preparation. We love eating here!

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vipswenix
San Francisco
33 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service2ambience5

I love soif restaurant. It’s really a great place, But I have to say that tonight was one of those “off nights “ for service. Nothing went together exactly the way it should have- even though the food was great!

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MichaelT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

My wife and I enjoy your restaurant each December when we visit Santa Cruz. The food and wine selection is excellent. However, this last visit we were told that the bar could not make cocktails nor pour any liquor since both bartenders were ill. Only beer and wine was available. It was a minor disappointment and a bit confusing since the bar was apparently well stocked with liquor. The server was unable to explain why liquor wasn't allowed to be sold that evening. Still, we enjoyed ourselves and look forward to another evening with you.

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OpenTable Diner
London
7 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Delicious fresh food. Simple but very good quality. Very friendly people.

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vipLuvDiningOut
Los Angeles
346 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A sublime experience. Elegantly conceived, flavored and presented cuisine. Very gracious and attentive service and a lively, spare yet tasteful ambiance.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My go-to dining experience in Santa Cruz. They are always warm and welcoming. The seating is close to other patrons, and I have always met new friends there. The rotating menu means that there is always something fresh and new to experience. Combined with the cocktail bar and wine selections, it is hard to go wrong.

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Rosario
Denver
2 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience3

Hands down, the best food we've had in a restaurant in Santa Cruz County at any price at any time. Highest quality ingredients prepared well and served graciously. The ambience is lovely although for our taste, we enjoy a quieter ambience, one with softer acoustics and without live music in a room that has no where for the sound to go except to bounce off the walls into our conversations. We tried for an early table to beat the band's arrival (bass, guitar and clarinet trio was amazing!!!) but the slowness of getting our entrees after our first course put us directly in the midst other playlist. However, the music was excellent, he food was excellent, the service was good (The waiter seemed a bit perplexed by special dietary requests and made quite deal out of it (twice) which felt strange) but overall a great experience and because of the quality of the food (which is hard to find in Santa Cruz County) we'll be back. We only wish it was open for lunch and had evenings without live music in the dining room.

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vipKl918
San Francisco
21 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very attentive service and great food and wine. We’ll be back.

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vipFrequentDiner
San Francisco
53 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

One of the most congenial and good restaurants in Santa Cruz. Service is outstanding and food excellent, although expensive.

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Peggy
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We always enjoy a meal at Soif. On this particular Monday night the live jazz music was delightful ~ just a titch loud, but maybe I am just old. Service great ... food great ... wine great ... ambiance great ....

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vipFoofie
San Francisco
12 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as usual! Soif has the best bartender in the town and top quality food as well. They are also very conscious about their guests likes and dislikes about seating and ambiance.

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vipMikeC
Los Angeles
13 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Great service, both in the store and restaurant. Knowledgeable and very friendly staff. Not a huge wine list given that this is a wine bar/restaurant, but what they offered was interesting. Food was good, but not the best value ($33 for 3 scallops?). Overall enjoyable.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I moved away from Santa Cruz (unfortunately) about 5 years ago but I was in town over the weekend celebrating an anniversary with my wife and it was just as great as I remembered. Fantastic service, perfect food and great experience all around :-)

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vipDorotheeM
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Nice addition yto the Santa cruz dining scene. Hip, cosy , very friendly and meaningful menu

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GaryS
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience3

Dishes edible but totally unseasoned. Zero. Same for neighboring table for total of three different expensive cafeteria dishes.

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vipAndrewS
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Soif offers a sophisticated vibe with an extensive wine list, innovative drinks and attentive service.

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DamonS
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on November 4, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience4

A wonderful birthday dinner at Soif. Mom loved the wine & her food, and the service was as exemplary as ever. Only sadness was mom was hoping for a chocolate dessert for her birthday, which wasn’t on the menu this day — but it was probably for the best as we were already stuffed.

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JennyS
Seattle
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks, wine, and perfect portions. The menu changes slightly, but they also have a great Caesar salad.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing staff had a great time there will return

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SandraD
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best of everything! Best bar, best wait staff, best food, and best fung suay for sure! Oh, also best scallops and French Pinot we’ve ever had. What’s not to love?

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David
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience4

Server brought one of us a our drink and forgot the other for a good 20 minutes. Appetizers took another 15 or so minutes. Apps were amazing, well worth the wait. 1/2 hour after we finished our apps. server comes over and nonchalantly tell me that “we are out of the pasta dish”. She falls short of throwing the menu on table in front of me and tells me to pick something else. The only time she was remotely interested in us was when she dropped the check and was thinking about her tip. The food was that good that I may go back but staff needs some serious training.....

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SeanE
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

wonderful food, great drinks, serene ambiance - one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz.

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 4.5 stars by 828 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.