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About Soif Wine Bar Restaurant

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.

105 Walnut Avenue
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Contemporary American, International

Hours of Operation:
Sunday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 9:00pm,
Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:00

Cross Street:
Pacific Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(831) 423-2020

Website:
http://www.soifwine.com/

Entertainment:
Live music every Monday as we welcome Gypsy Jazz all stars HOT CLUB PACIFIC from 7:00 to 9:00. We also host an eclectic array of musicians on a periodic and wholly unpredictable basis. There is never a cover for any show at Soif. Check our website for notice of upcoming events.

Parking Details:
Street and public lot parking are available very near the restaurant.

Executive Chef:
Marshal Bishop

Private Party Facilities:
We offer a private dining room which can accommodate 16 people seated or 25 people for a reception. Please contact us for additional options and information on facilities.

Private Party Contact:
Taylor Congdon: (831) 423-2020

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Special Events & Promotions:
We periodically hold special dinners featuring winemakers from around the world as well as host wine tasting events in the afternoons. Please take a look at our website for all upcoming events.

Soif Wine Bar Restaurant Ratings and Reviews

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food

4.3

service

4.3

ambience

4.3

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3.6

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Moderate

90% would recommend it to a friend

Fit for Foodies (10)
Local Ingredients (9)
Notable Wine List (8)
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Good for a Date (7)
Neighborhood Gem (6)
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Creative Cuisine (6)
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Seasonal (5)
Bar Seating (3)
Casual (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Authentic (2)
Good for Birthdays (2)
Live Music (2)
Pre/post Theatre (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Good Vegetarian Options (2)
Business Meals (1)
Cozy (1)
Happy Hour (1)
Organic (1)
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

I love Soif, Mondays are great! Not sure I love the new menu... the food is good, but I miss the oysters and the special hamburger!

Tags: Seasonal, Tasting Menu, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

I love Soif! New chef is brilliant. Everything was superlative.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined 5 days ago

The food continues to get better with the new chef - beautifully presented and many new dishes. The prices have gone up a lot, but worth it for some really fine food in Santa Cruz.
Wine list and mixed drinks are always interesting. The staff is very friendly and helpful.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined 6 days ago

Once again, the food was excellent. The new chef is doing a great job. But the service was spotty, we had to ask someone to take our drink order after a significant wait where it appeared that our waiter didn’t see us. Then, our appetizers were brought with the salads. This happened the last time we ate there as well. Soif is a nice restaurant but the service needs to improve, especially considering the prices.

Tags: Bar Seating
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Went for New Years Eve dinner. Advertised as a celebratory 5 course prefix meal.
When a 5 course prefix meal includes an amuse bouche and two desserts as courses...that’s a three course meal. I wish the menu had been posted ahead of time.
Amuse bouche was served right out of the fridge and was too cold to thoroughly enjoy all the flavors.
The mushroom toast was spectacular.
The short rib was tasty and comforting.
The salmon was perfectly cooked and there were some good flavors on the plate but it just didn’t come together into anything particularly cohesive and delicious. Slightly off mark. (My hubby and I shared so we got to try both main courses.)
The chocolate torte was delicious, and the accompaniment was necessary and excellent.
The petit fours were sugar on top of sugar. The chocolate was so rich that I did not want anything else sweet afterwards. If the petit fours had been an unexpected finale or wrapped up as a gift to take home maybe I would be a bit more excited by it, but it was an extremely disappointing “5th course”. The madeline was dry and too sweet. The caramel was delightful. The fruit jellies were pretty good.

The meal also felt a little rushed. We were hoping for a semi fancy, leisurely dinner focused on amazing food and celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of the next. It didn’t feel like a special occasion.

All in all it was a fine meal. But we frequent soif and had higher expectations for a preplanned New Years celebratory meal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Local Ingredients
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 31, 2017

So if continues to be one of our favorite restaurants. The service is excellent and the staff always makes great wine paring recommendations. The food was fantastic.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Romantic, Bar Seating, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

We had a large family group (10 people) that included a three year old and six year old, as well as wine connoisseur grandparents, and our experience at Soif couldn't have been nicer. The food was across the board delicious, the wine delicious, and the service was prompt and so kind and accommodating to our children. Highly recommend!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Seasonal
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Always great!!!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 13, 2017

Each course was special and scrumptious!i would return for each and every course!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 12, 2017

We've been to Soif many times in the past and loved it but unfortunately we will not be coming back. There's a new chef coupled with a complete lack of sophistication on the wait staff and management that made this a terrible experience.

I asked to start with the bowl of olives, the server put that in front of me along with my husband's beet salad. The olives were plentiful, they just came out at the wrong time. The beet salad was hilarious. One beet cut up with literally 3 pieces of lettuce on goat cheese.

We were offered bread, then told, 'Oh, I forgot, we don't offer that anymore'. Would have been nice with the olives.

The main course was salmon, very small, nice quality on a bed of 2 bland 'mash' items. $34? The side of foam was flavorless. Worse, my husband has gnocchi which was reminiscent of a '60s vegetarian dish. A few pieces of strangely made pasta on a bed of carrots. "Horrible" was how he described it.

So, the olives and the wine were the winners. Could have stopped at Whole Foods for the same.

All the while, another server was hovering, joining in on our conversation, creepy.

We left hungry. The management made little attempt to correct the situation. I suspect that the new prices are an attempt to stay in business--we are all for that and don't flinch about spending a lot of money on meals. However, it's the Bay Area and there are very, very high standards here.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We enjoyed sampling different wines. The rib eye dinner was outstanding, wonderful flavorings. And the chocolate semifredo for dessert was delicious.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 10, 2017

We went at last minute with out of town friends and we were pleased that the hostess worked hard to accomodate us. The wait staff were all attentive and personable. It's also a nice space, with a lively atmosphere. Our cocktails and wine were terrific. We noticed that menu had changed since we had last visited and that it was much more limited. Portions were relatively small and, while appealing in appearance, some of the flavor execution missed the mark. Having said this, we still had a good dining experience.

Tags: Good for a Date
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Great and creatively prepared and presented food, great service, gracious servers.

Tags: Casual, Happy Hour, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Notable Wine List, Neighborhood Gem, Organic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Friendly staff and excellent food. There's a wine shop that's part of the bar, to peruse for a nice bottle.

We sat at the chef's counter and left the meal completely in the hands of the chef. Our taste buds were treated to a pleasant evening. Loved every dish.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 2, 2017

We love Soif and the food seems better with the new chef. That said, the portions were small and the prices higher, definitely a change and on the precious end for downtown Santa Cruz.

Also, the service was a bit chaotic and slow. We ordered specific drinks and were served something a bit different. The host and waiter seemed overwhelmed.

Tags: Seasonal, Handcrafted Cocktails
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 1, 2017

New chef has really upgraded both the food and service. Lovely new dishes and wonderful presentation of the food. Went two nights in a row to try different meals!

Tags: Good for a Date
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 27, 2017

New chef seems really good - very hospitable and the menu is finally getting upgraded.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 25, 2017

Always a pleasure

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 20, 2017

I took my girlfriend to dinner for our one-year anniversary. Everything was superb: the food was fabulous, the wine exquisite (she loved her Syrah flight), and it was amazing to get such personal attention from Chef Marshall. It's so great to find such excellent fine dining in Santa Cruz!

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Pros: Food and service were good.
Cons: my champagne was flat and old, one of our entrees came out cold, and one other kitchen issue I can’t remember

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·Dined on November 4, 2017

We had amazing service and the food as always was excellent! Soif is one of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Handcrafted Cocktails
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Awesome food and service! I love Soif ❤️

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Once again we enjoyed some delicious food but the service, though friendly, was sloppy.
Appetizer arrived with the salads, entre arrived while still enjoying the salads.
For these prices, the service needs to match the level of the food.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Nice atmosphere, nice music, friendly staff, good food!

Tags: Casual, Special Occasion, Cozy, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 29, 2017

Great preparation; had liver pate, burrata salad, clams and short ribs. All outstanding. On par with the best SF has to offer.

Tags: Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 20, 2017

Some of the small plates are good, but the prices are very high for what you get and some of the entrees are just not very good.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Food is okay; used to be much better...change of owners?

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Great wine and tasty food.

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 (Hawaii)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Great food and service in the restaurant. The restaurant side seating layout doesn't allow much privacy. We would come again for the food and wine selections (and beer) but look for better seating options - recommend they move the seats a little further apart.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 2, 2017

As always, the quality of the service and food was exceptional. Alan

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fun
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vip
 (Central Coast)·Dined on September 2, 2017

Had the Pork Tenderloin. It was marvelous! The Black Eyed Pea Succotash it was paired with was just like I remember from North Carolina, great. Overall an excellent experience .

Tags: Casual, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Very disappointed. Food not up to the usual standards I expect of Soif (with high prices).
Staff very uninterested and aloof. Will not go again.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

I love Soif! There small plates are delicious, affordable and fun to share. Great service too!

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Best restaurant in Santa Cruz, without question.

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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 14, 2017

It continues to be one of our favorite restaurants, even after they lost our favorite chef a few years back. We really love the remodel too, guys, good job! We love going early too to avoid the noise level. <3

Tags: Tapas, Healthy, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine
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 (Central Coast)·Dined on August 13, 2017

Excellent place to taste unusual or infrequently found wines. Very good small plate and wine parings.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Fit for Foodies
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 13, 2017

The food is exquisite.

We enjoyed the Grilled Octopus appetizer. It was tender and melted in your mouth with great flavors. I am a Flexitarian and so when I see a vegetarian option that sound intriguing, I try it. What a great choice that night! The Pansini cakes (make with chickpea flour) were creamy and a great contrast to the summer vegetable stew.

Tags: Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Seasonal, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Each dish (of six different things we ordered) was of the high caliber I've come to expect from Soif. I especially enjoyed the Grilled Octopus and the Corn Risotto--I'll order them again.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Tapas, Handcrafted Cocktails, Notable Wine List, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 31, 2017

Not impressed, won't return!

Only one Chardonnay available by the glass. The first Cabernet requested was unavailable.

Very limited menu!!!

This restaurant and wine bar received ones star from wine spectator. Therefore, we expected a extensive list of wines both by the glass and by the bottle; this was not the case.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on July 29, 2017

Overall, my wife and I enjoyed our meal at Soif. Great downtown location, clever decorations (wine root stock on wall), well made drinks, etc. I thought I had lucked out and parked at a metered spot about 1/2 block from the restaurant. I had enough change for approx 45 min. After ordering drinks and appetizers I asked our server for change for a dollar so I could feed the meter. I couldn't believe it when I was informed that was against restaurant policy and that I would need to obtain change at a change station down the street. It really took the edge off an otherwise wonderful experience to have to leave my drink, leave my appetizer, leave my wife, and leave the restaurant to go in search of this change machine, then walk back to my car, feed the meter and then return to find a watered down drink, cold appetizer and annoyed wife. I understand not providing change for for non-customers (just as many businesses discourage the use of their rest room to non-customers), but really!! A seated, ordering, paying customer can't be accommodated? I'm fairly certain the server could obtain change for a tip. I would really encourage Soif to consider changing this policy. Although I could recommend Soif to friends, but it would come with this story.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Handcrafted Cocktails
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