Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

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784 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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Central Coast
6 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always!

D
Sacramento
35 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Soif offers a superlative food experience-the seafood chowder was blissful (packed with sweet corn and all types of seafood), and my duck was tender and perfectly cooked. The lamb meatballs were savory; the levain from La Posta was divinely textured and warm.

MS
Portland
3 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

If you're looking for a place to try out local wines accompanied by excellent food, look no further.

AA
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

The food and wine were amazing! The service was so warm and friendly. Even the people seated around us were kind.
It was an excellent experience!!

LY
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our 1st dining at Soif and it surely lived up to the reviews. We were in town for an overnight stay and I was looking for something fresh and healthy. It certainly lived up to my expectations. I had the grilled scallops, with perfectly prepared, crisp tender fresh vegetables underneath in a light dressing. My husband had the duck breast, which was perfectly seasoned and very tender. We shared a Caesar salad. While it was good, it lacked acidity, i.e it needed a little lemon juice. Both the Riesling and Chenin blanc wines that was paired with the scallops were also delicious and very high quality. The server was great, offering wine suggestions. Our water glasses were refilled all evening without having to ask. I only wish this restaurant was closer to home because it would be a local favorite.

SC
San Francisco
42 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Soif is one of my main 'go to' restaurants in Santa Cruz. The small menu offers a nice variety of appetizers and entrees which are consistently great. This last visit I had the fish soup which was outstanding and the duck breast - which again, was perfectly cooked and served with rice and bok choy. They offer unique wines and cocktails. The service is friendly and efficient. You can't go wrong with Soif!

C
San Francisco
62 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Delicious food that tempted is to try an entree and not just small plates (also good) and the wine recommendations, our reason for dining here tonight, were spot on.

TC
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great meal, great service

R
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I never have a bad experience at Soif. Their cheese plates are incredible. Service was on point. It's my favorite place in town.

OT
Central Coast
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Steve, the manager, is the best! Friendly and engaging but never intrusive. Wait staff nice. Service a bit slow.

OT
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and wine selection with super helpful staff. Best Caesar salad and cocktails. Reasonably priced for fine dining as well.

k
Central Coast
83 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Fit for foodies! Never had a bad meal. Always creative, inspiring and pleasing to the eye. Don't miss the Cesear Salad!

MB
San Francisco
14 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As usual Soif has interesting selections and great food.
One of the two best restaurants in Santa Cruz.

OT
Washington DC
83 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Love the wine pairings with food. Took a group of 6 including a local who had never been here before. All were very happy. On Monaday nights there is a great jazz combo. Lucky to hear them but it did limit conversation somewhat. Would still go back on a Monday!

KD
San Francisco
22 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The appetizers are great here. Happy hours between 5-6 are great too.

JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is less than a handful of restaurants in Santa Cruz that qualify as places where the diner will find enriching culinary experiences. Soif is in that elite group. I would not hesitate to take anyone I know there, even of the most refined taste. And everyone else always enjoys it too. The fact that they have the only really serious wine shop in Santa Cruz is a mark of how much they care about fine dining.

M
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Ambiance, service and quality of food was good. Was taken aback by price of cocktails [old fashions @$15.00 each]. Compared to another restaurant Soif is a little pricey!

P
Vancouver
22 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Big City food experience in Santa Cruz. Whenever come to Santa Cruz we dine here and we rate it one of the best resin the Monterey Bay region.

The cocktails are well present and outstanding. The wine offerings are eclectic and of great quality at a reasonable price. My only quibble is that they could offer more local wines.

JK
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything is perfection. I wish I could live in this restaurant and dine here for every meal.

p
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal and service. We split a clear salad, I had the fresh local salmon that was cooked to perfection, my hubby had a skirt steak. He had a beer, I had a lovely french chardonnay that was recommended as a pairing. Finished off the meal with a peach/raspberry crisp. Will return..

W
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on August 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We came for the jazz and were happy with the music and the food and drinks. The server was very helpful with suggestions and descriptions of menu choices. The music was such a joy!

JG
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had some specific dietary restrictions and they went above and beyond to help.

TF
Omaha
18 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We’ve been looking for a good place in Santa Cruz for special occasions since moving here a year ago.

Soif is definitely that place. Charming, amazing service and a highly skilled sommelier and we are hooked.

KD
San Francisco
23 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The foods here are getting better every day. People are friendly. Wines are the best selection in town.

SC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on August 3, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Soif is a consistently great dining choice in Santa Cruz. The menu is small, but everything is done exceptionally well. They have interesting wines and a nice low key atmosphere. The service is friendly and attentive. Soif is our go to place in Santa Cruz where we know we will have a consistently great dining experience!

KB
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on July 19, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 4

We loved Soif- the service was great- just the right amount of attention! The wine and the pairing with our food was perfect- the French Lavender 75 cocktail- superb! My only slight complaint was that my lamb chops, though delicious were overly fatty- we will still come back as often as we’re in town:)

DC
Washington DC
32 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 4

Food was unfortunately bland. Lovely service and charming spot. Just wanted more flavor.

MG
1 review
Dined on July 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was great to have my birthday dinner at Soif! Loved the food as well as the service. Spot on.

TA
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on June 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It’s become our weekend date night regular spot. Love the food and the people💗

f
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on June 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always excellent! My friend and I shared shellfish soup, Caesar salad, a delectable salmon entree, topped off with a fabulous crepe dessert! Plenty of food for two!!!

D
San Francisco
10 reviews
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nick is an amazing server, we enjoyed everything!!

A
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The staff was welcoming and attentive. The food was fresh and delicious. The wine suggestions were spot on.

c
London
11 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A nice place to meet with a delicious salad and glass of wine.

M
Montreal
1 review
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Fresh ingredients and great wine pairing. The service team seemed confused and made multiple mistakes (not checking us in and serving the wrong plate)

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wow. What a fantastic dinner! Varied menu with lots of fun, creative and beautiful dishes! Everything we ordered was spot on. Excited to come back soon!

LF
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Interesting and tasty food. Good mixed drinks.
Exceptional for Santa Cruz.

Prices are a bit high IMO... especially for Santa Cruz

EL
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dede At the wine bar gave us excellent service our server Nate was professional and STEVEN was extremely personable we loved the experience and the food was fantastic

MR
1 review
Dined on May 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Came for the new menu, everything was fantastic. Duck was perfectly cooked. Ravioli was tender and the liquid it was placed in was delicious. Excellent wine pairings and great service. Would absolutely recommend.

f
San Francisco
74 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Every dish was lovely. My friend and I shared a fabulous Caesar salad and delectable soup, a perfectly cooked salmon dish, and the best chocolate tart ever! Kudos!!! Plus, they've made the portions a bit bigger, which I appreciate.

SC
San Francisco
43 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

We have dined at Soif numerous times and it is always consistently good. The menu is small but thoughtful. Service is friendly and efficient. Excellent wine choices and deserts.

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