Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

4.5
841 Reviews
$31 to $50
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.

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
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
What 841 people are saying
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4.6
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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annie
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had never dined at Soif's before. Thanks to Restaurant Week, we checked it out and we'll be back!

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karens
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful meal. Had three courses. Outstanding flourless chocolate cake and scallops seared perfectly

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AlGae
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great food and friendly staff! Highly recommended.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Santa Cruz restaurant week 3 course tasting menu . Fantastic. Everything was super delicious. Caesar salad dressing was unreal- actual anchovies , I had scallops over risotto , perfectly cooked , my husband had short ribs . We cried over both it was so good! desserts fantastic. Pumpkin creek brûlée and a flourless chocolate torte. I wish this was an option always in restaurants to do smaller plates. Ate outside, excellent service, wonderful burgundy Chardonnay, Many heaters , we will be back!!!!

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frog
1 review
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The portion sizes are very small. Would not recommend to go again.

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vipKMH218
San Francisco
26 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Paper plates, plastic cups and utensils detracted from the experience a bit, but overall an enjoyable meal.

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vipSande
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience3

Restaurant week. We were outside of course so there was street noise. Also the wooden base on the street is noisy. But food was excellent and we enjoyed the experience.

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dooner56
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience2

We went for Restaurant Week and were surprised there were no tables indoors on a chilly evening even though restrictions had been changed to allow for 25% capacity. We had a 6:45 pm reservation. Despite that, one of the 3 entree options was already “sold out” on only the second night of the special menu. That’s pretty ridiculous! I would understand if we had come on the last day or late in the evening, but that was absolutely not the case here. It seemed very unprofessional to disappoint diners in this way. We felt it might have been a case of “bait and switch”, though no third entree option was even given as a substitute. This was unacceptable to us so we left to eat at a different restaurant!

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LeighaI
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Covid has been a challenge for restaurants but Soif has risen to meet it with excellent service and an enjoyable outside dining experience.

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OpenTable Diner
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 15, 2020
Overall2food4service4ambience1

Very disappointed. So much so that we will probably never go back. They had told us, in advance, about them using disposable dinnerware and they made it sound like it was nice disposable dinnerware - of which there is. Their reason for disposables was due to the pandemic. Now, I'm willing to accept some differences during this difficult time, which is why I decided to go ahead with the reservation. However, they used the cheapest picnic disposables - and I wish I was joking. Their lack of consistency in usage suggested that it was more of an excuse to be cheap than a decision to be safe. Their cocktails came in glasses, that they kept. Their wine, which we did not get, came in glasses that you could keep. The water in plastic cups. Everything else, on cheap picnic disposables The food itself was good and the service was acceptable. But serving an entree of 3 ravioli with a pesto cream sauce on a cheap paper plate? Just imagine that as you're making a reservation.

The two stars are for food quality and acceptable service.

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RobinM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

They are on an outdoor patio on a street. There was a street musician playing guitar a block away. Beyond that, there was very little noise. The food was great, the service was great. The patio has heaters, which worked great. Only my fourth meal out since Covid. It was lovely.

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OakSpringsEternal
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2020
Overall3food4service5ambience3

First timers here. The food was decent but unfortunately paper plates and plastic utensils did not add to the presentation and seemed an odd process in light of the fact that all other restaurants are using standard place settings. The outdoor seating could use some piped in music and containerized plants to create a more welcoming upscale sidewalk ambience to match its food prices. Too bad as the food has a good rep but the presentation and ambience ruined our high expectations. Feeling sorry for the wait staff who have to make excuses for it.

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MaricarP
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing restaurant. The food and wine were delicious. We loved the wine so much we bought a case of it! They gave use champagne for our anniversary. The pear, almond tart. Dessert was the best I have had.

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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
25 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.

JP
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
5 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
34 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
350 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.

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 841 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.