Excellent service and food. Uncomfortable chairs but overall very good perhaps the best in Santa Cruz
Wonderful Fresh Ingredients
We had a special occasion dinner for 2 on a Saturday night. We had a reservation and were seated within 5-10 minutes after arrival. The waiter was knowledgeable and helpful, answering questions about menu specifics. The blue asparagus and market salad were so fresh, tasty and light, and adequate for sharing. The short rib ravioli and lamb loin were cooked perfectly and made with high quality ingredients. These items weren't our first choices however. Numerous menu and "special" items were not available when we ordered, leaving few alternatives to choose from, unfortunately. The busser was not attentive, we waited for glasses to be filled and plates to be removed. The waiter was delayed in welcoming us upon arrival, but was generally attentive.
Overall, the quality of the food was excellent, but lack of menu items and inattentive service tarnished the experience
The staff was super friendly and accommodated our little family (2 kids) very comfortably. The barman even made up a fresh lemonade for my daughter even though it wasn't on the menu.
The food is really good and full of flavor. The wines were wonderful too. We'll definitively go back. The place and ambiance are very special.
Decent food, but nothing special. Prices tend toward the high side. Service is good.
I was glad to see that the small plate menu has been augmented lately with more choices than the last couple years. We like to stick with the small plates an order tapas style. The chestnut agnolotti with truffle butter were incredible. I could've eaten just those. Fluffy like little pillows with just the right amount of sauce for the truffles and chestnut to play off of each other. Also the house olives. It's definitely a sharer plate for 2 - 4 people. If you like olives in the south of France, you'll love these - warm enough to really taste, with the perfect amount of garlic and lemon zest on the top. The best olives I've had in the US! And the fact that the servers have tasted everything on the menu and tasted the wine and can knowledgeably answer questions about either says much about the quality of the restaurant. The one downside to our dinner was that they closed at exactly 9 o'clock and we felt rushed leaving the restaurant and finishing our dinner.
We all enjoyed the our dishes, especially the scallops and short ribs ravioli. Stellar. The only miss was the crab starter--needed lemon zest or something else to add another dimension. We will definitely be back. Great wine and beer selections.
I love Soif and the service is impeccable. The food is quite good but, recently, I have been disappointed with the portions. I shared a "crab salad" appetizer which, for 16$ was a tiny roll of crab wrapped in cucumber. And I do mean tiny. Prices have increased and portions are smaller. There needs to be a balance. The scallop entree was great, and also quite small for 36$. I usually share with a friend, but the portions now are questionably shareable and decidedly pricey for what they are. Sorry, Soif. Just sayin'.
Totally fabulous from the time we arrived till we left for the Theatre. Excellent cocktails, eclectic wine selection and food fit for foodies. Highly recommended, it has become a favorite place to dine with family and friends.
We had not been to Soif since last year. The changes made were a extreme improvement. The drinks were excellent, service was superb and food was delicious. We will be back. Highly recommend for a casual night out.
Great service from a full staff. Our server was ready with wine and entree recommendations. The food was delicious, unique and nicely presented. The menu is so wonderful that we struggle to make a decision every time we come.
Having been a loyal Soif fan for years, and very appreciative of the creative spin on traditional dishes, the recent shift in food philosophy leaves me underwhelmed. For example, serving an otherwise delicious asparagus risotto with a parmigiana emulsion did nothing to enhance the dish. My sense is the kitchen is veering too far away satisfying meals toward trendy emphasis on food drama.
On the other hand, Soif’s sister restaurant, La Posta continues under the direction of Catherine Stern, the same chef of many years, and the dishes are as innovative yet substantial as ever.
Great wines with interesting foods to match
Best in Santa Cruz
Finally fine dining in Santa Cruz, if you like great service, phenomenal food , exceptional service and a great wine list, then this IS the place. The new Chef Marshall if doing a great job and he enjoys his craft.
Please go and support this amazing restaurant!!
Food good but not great
Servers were very good
Although staff was very attentive, the dishes were bland and way overpriced, especially for the tiny portion size. We left hungry and wound up having a second dinner. For the cost that absolutely should not have been the case. Sadly, this may be the last time that we go for the restaurant. Perhaps wine at the bar.
The main concern for this "fair" review is that the food was very slow in coming out of the kitchen. We waited 50 minutes before getting our food. The server, who was very pleasant, apologized and said that many customers came at the same time (7pm Monday). Also, when I asked for bread, the server told me that that Soif no longer gives "complementary bread" and that the bread I saw served at another table came with an appetizer. She offered us some toast as a substitute (not complementary). The main course was fine, steak served with a few delicate (and very tasty) vegetables, but no potatoes or starch. Seemed like a lot of money for something so simple. The big plus on this restaurant are their wine flights. Excellent.
Limited menu, but excellent food quality and outstanding service. However, the portions are tiny, especially the "share" dishes, which seem to be getting progressively smaller. As a result, Soif feels like an overpriced place.
Food as always is excellent as is service. Great wine list- I had tastings from Lebanon, Georgia and Greece. Server was attentive without over gushing. food was excellent and easily swaped out potatoes for more veggies. It's a little high priced, but if you want to splurge it's worth it.
Delightful, delicious..great wine at an appropriate price!!!
The price of food has gone sky high and the portions are smaller than in the past. Service is excellent, but the food has declined not only in value, but in taste - Very disappointing.
Great wines, great food, and our server, Jessica, was a dream.
Very enjoyable. The preset menu was lovely for a Valentine celebration. Dessert was amazing!!!
Valentine's day is often not restaurants' best occasion. we have enjoyed Soif more on prior occasions than this time around. we hated the loud rock music, which seemed inappropriate for a romantic evening. the food was good but not outstanding so we thought it was overpriced although the price might have been reasonable for a more interesting menu. we'll be back but not on Valentine's Day.
Always outstanding meals very creatively prepared and presented, with well paired wine offerings, and attentive and professional wait staff
It's been several years since I've been at Soif, but the food did not disappoint. We had the cheese board, spinach salad and scallops. The scallops were perfectly cooked. I thought the portions were just right but my husband thought his steak was small and was still hungry when we left. I gave it 4 stars because it was very pricely. For 4 people, it was over $300.
Wonderful experience, food amazing, perfect wine paring and super helpful staff. It was a perfect way to spend our twentieth anniversary :)
Excellent food and professional service. The "pesole" was unique and delicious. Probably the best scallops I have tasted. On par with the Taste of Yosemite we had last month and restaurants in San Francisco.
Wonderful with great kitchen and service. Good for any occasion. Really enjoyed are meal from beginning to end.
The food and service were both excellent, at a level that usually seen in Santa Cruz. All of the changes made in the restaurant over the past three or four months are really starting to pay big dividends. Outstanding!
Everything was amazing and wonderful. Cozy place for our double date and the food and wine were delicious!
Delicious cocktails and excellent food. Every single dish we tried (and we tried many) was outstanding; highlight may have been the short rib ravioli. And if you’re a bourbon fan, the bitter liberal is one of the best bourbon cocktails I’ve had in a long time. Warm, friendly service - everything was fantastic and we can’t wait to return.
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!
I love Soif! New chef is brilliant. Everything was superlative.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
Always great!!! Portions seemed better tonight. Food is creative and fresh. Still too pricey.
Each course was special and scrumptious!i would return for each and every course!