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Solaire Restaurant + Bar, Santa Cruz, CA

Solaire Restaurant + Bar

4.0
4
201 Reviews
$31 to $50
Fusion / Eclectic
Whether it be a cocktail while soaking up the sun at the poolside patio, an
expertly prepared meal, or a spirited conversation at the bar, Solaire
Restaurant + Bar offers the best of what is available with the changing
seasons.

Solaire offers a truly local dining destination that offers unexpected and
offbeat twists on local ingredients and flavors. The atmosphere of the
seasonal restaurant changes based on the weather—in the warm weather
months it is a playful experience centered on the indoor/outdoor restaurant spaces and
the vibrant pool scene. In the foggier months, guests can relax under the powerful outdoor heaters in our indoor/outdoor covered space while enjoying a cocktail. Mirroring the laid-back attitude of Santa Cruz, the restaurant and bar bring the natural outdoor elements inside in imaginative and modern ways.

Sink your teeth into fresh farm-to-table American comfort food at our Solaire Restaurant + Bar.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Global, International
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–1:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 1:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (831) 600-4525
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Executive chef
    Stefen Shatto
  • Private party contact
    Chris Jones: (831) 600-4501
  • Neighborhood
    Santa Cruz
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 201 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.0
4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.2Ambience
  • 3.7Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for business meals

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Innovative

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Good for groups

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Healthy

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for fine wines

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Santa Cruz / Capitola / Aptos

    Lively

201 Reviews
  1. emcee

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    modern "tourist" ambience but not in a bad way; interesting, modern asian fusion style food like pad thai, samosas, bao buns etc. clean sleek bar fixtures and tables and chairs. has an indoor/outdoor feel with large glass doors that open onto patio. reminds me a bit of hawaiian hotels i've been to, down to the tropical scenes playing on the tv monitors. had a couple of cocktails that were unique, and potent! friendly staff.

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  2. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved eating here and seeing the new renovations that have been made I can truly say this restaurant is in my top 3 of Santa Cruz fine dining restaurants I will be coming back forsure

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  3. Jeff

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I loves the Valentine’s Day dinner I will back next year

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  4. ramirog

    Central Coast

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 2
    The food was not what I expected..I order the steak it was under cooked..my wife order the lamb the mash potatoes color didn't look spectacular

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food and service was good only thing didn’t like sat us outside didn’t ask if we were ok with that and it was really cold

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Atlanta Metro

    3 reviews

    1.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    This company did not serve us at all. We were paid for valet and was never served our meal, even noticed that others were being served before us. This was the worst and embarrassing experience me and my fiancé have ever had in a restaurant and I would never recommend anyone dining here after being treated this way. EVER!

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  7. Ojpbnnbnnbn

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Incredible food. Cool atmosphere. I was a little confused with the staff. Some were dressed pretty casually and others formally. It was also kind of cold in the dining area as it’s partially open to the patio seating. A little bothered by how loud it got toward the end of our visit as a large group of people were hanging out in the lobby nearby.

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  8. SatisfiedBruncher

    Seattle

    114 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    114 reviews

    Dined on January 28, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Located inside a boutique hotel called Paradox, this restaurant is everything you want. Cool artwork everywhere, immaculate service, relaxed vibe, incredible food, and a good value. This place is visually so appealing and it's nice that the food matches the ambiance. Would definitely recommend and I will definitely be back!

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  9. IanR

    San Francisco

    1 review

    vip
    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 3
    I had higher expectations based on the description and an article I had read about the chef. Menu items all sounded intersting, but the actual food was way under-seasoned and rather flavorless all the way around, desert had clearly just been pulled from the freezer and was difficult to eat, service was very inattentive. Maybe it's because we were there late, but if the chef wants to become the first michelin star in Santa Cruz, it won't happen with food and service like this

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  10. TylerE

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Delicious food, nice servers and the remode looks cool!

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  11. SJ100

    Washington DC

    17 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The food was quite good but the service was extremely rushed. We ordered the prix fix for NYE w wine pairings and the next course would come out before we finished the prior course. At one point we had 3 glasses of wine each on the table bc they’d bring the next course pairing before we’d finished the prior. It was pretty disappointing for the smith we spent ($165/person).

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  12. MarthaC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 31, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    It’s important to give yourself extra time when eating at this establishment. It’s a slow process even when not busy. The food is fine. It was nice to see the smoothie options. The price reflects an average amount for a hotel meal. Our experience reflected the breakfast time frame.

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  13. SusanC

    San Diego

    11 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on December 29, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    VERY slow service. Food was fine but not memorable.

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  14. iloveoysters

    New York City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were so grateful there was a cute restaurant open on Christmas night! Food was delish and our server was so sweet. Decor was bomb too! Loved this place.

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  15. kaboolie

    Central Coast

    99 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    99 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 2
    Don't go on a holiday. The service was good but they were overwhelmed. Ran out of many items and substituted ingredients without informing us. Some in our party were happy with their meals and some were not. It's awkward when food is served and one plate is wrong and when it was sent back there wasn't a rush to fix it. Sooo, went hungry while the others finished their meal. Also, so loud you couldn't have a conversation. It would be better to separate the dining room from the bar and the front desk.

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  16. ScottB

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 26, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The remodel is beautiful and has a great vibe. Overall our food was very good but they had to substitute an item which is why they list a star. The wait staff was excellent but the kitchen got slammed as this was Xmas dinner. Can’t hold that against them so we’ll be back.

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  17. ManuelE

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2024 for you all

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  18. DianeB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    The food especially high quality and tasty with generally excellent service and lovely ambience, a nice addition and added variety to our Santa Cruz restaurant selection. If you haven't been there give it a try, you will be pleasantly surprised and be supporting a local business.

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  19. DanC

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 21, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    The restaurant has widely spaced tables with decor reminiscent of a forest. The caesar salad was underdressed, just how I like it, with fresh lettuces, but didn't have much else in it. The fish in the king salmon entree was perfectly cooked, but the couscous was tasteless and the vegetables were sparse. The Pad Thai was very tasty and beautiful to look at with fresh red peppers, broccolini and mushrooms; not your traditional Pad Thai, but delicious.

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  20. MariA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The front of house team did a wonderful job saving a milestone birthday dinner for 10. We had called 2 weeks prior on the recommendation of our last server to ensure a wonderful evening with friends in from out of town, and pre-shared to the guests the incredible Bee’s Nest dessert. The phone staff shoo’d us away when we called, saying they serve parties of this size “all the time” and we should just come in. We had expressly asked about the wonderful Birds & Bees Nest dessert, since many in our party are vegan/raw, including our eldest guest who is healing from cancer on a raw low sugar vegan diet, and that dessert was the key driver for choosing this restaurant for the occasion. But alas, our server had to inform us during the evening that several selections were not available: the raw vegetable sushi appetizer, one of the mocktails was missing a key ingredient, two soups were served cold and… unbelievably the Birds & Bees Nest was completely unavailable…all of these on a Friday for a 6:45pm reservation. Our server, who had to pass all of this on to us, handled it as well as she could. She was kind, empathetic, and worked to salvage the rest of the meal, including partnering with her supervisor to serve our party a slew of complimentary alternative desserts and making other gracious concessions in an effort to put a positive ending on what would have otherwise been a disappointing experience. We appreciated her efforts to save the experience that had been a planned for months, and this review, if anything, is about her incredible service. But alas, next time we will call in to 1000% ensure certain amazing items on the menu are actually available, before we come in. Last call out to the bartender, two guests completed raved about the dirty martinis, the mocktails were superb, and we all hope this restaurant thrives!

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  21. TammieW

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The remodel is beautiful and the "outside" bar area is a covered area near the pool with fantastic ambiance. Our waitperson was fantastic and the food and drink great. Our party had a wonderful time and many of us will be back!

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  22. KevinL

    Denver

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 9, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I had the garden chicken sandwich, it was alright. Wife had the pork bao buns and shortrib tacos, she loved them. Not too many options on the menu but they’re some pretty solid choices. Staff was awesome

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  23. Dolcevita

    Sacramento

    49 reviews

    3.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Overall experience just “Ok”. Service was slow, waiter was nice though. Food order came out very slow and incorrect. Not terrible but probably won’t return.

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  24. BWSC

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food was excellent; service even better. Thanks to Server, Ethan. Place is fresh and updated. Good soundtrack.

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  25. PatS

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 23, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Turkey dinner was great. Wonderful halibut dish. I ordered. House barrel aged Sazerac. I think they forgot the absinthe rinse. It was a good Old Fashioned

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Wine list needs to be improved to draw local diners. Enjoyed the food and love the remodel but server forgot several items. The food runner seemed more aware than our server. Will go back and give it another try.

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  27. DanielThe27th

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went here for a first date, so understandably nervous. All the staff and especially my waiter were extremely kind, patient, and friendly. They came often enough so we didn’t feel like we were forgotten but left us alone so we could talk. Would recommend this place to anyone, and I’d come back again.

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  28. MariA

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved the appetizers! Though they were out of the brioche honeycomb bread (drats!) the dumplings, hummus (more like a salad with all the toppings, yum!) and especially the spring rolls, served sushi style, were scrumptious! As vegetarians we tried the Harvest Pasta and found it to be ok, we wanted more of a flavor profile or some sort of zing. Same for the Pad Thai, which didn’t have the traditional peanut flavor. But we did finish both. The cocktails were inventive and delicious! YUM. The dessert we went for was the incredible Birds and Bees nest and YES it delivered—both visually gorgeous and delicious. We look forward to going back!

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  29. CatherineB

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on October 25, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    We live in SC and went particularly for the “birds and bees” choc mousse dessert we had heard about. It was delicious. However, the FOOD was even MORE spectacular. I had the edamame small dumplings in broth - incredible. We had the salad rolls with a cashew sauce: delicious. My husband enjoyed the ribs over pineapple. But the star of the show was the (untraditional) Pad Thai. The flavors and textures were superb. Oh my. We can’r wait to return. We sat outside on the patio facing the pool. Lovely spot at sundown. (Service was good but slow, fortunately the food was beyond worth waiting for!)

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  30. Nomad

    Tahoe

    36 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on October 20, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    We think there’s a lounge for waiters somewhere in the kitchen area 🤣 because they disappear. We had several meals at this motel restaurant and food was always good but service usually poor. First evening, after flying across the country and driving 2 hours to Santa Cruz, our waiter forgot to bring us cocktails. 15 minutes after ordering we had to ask another waiter for help bc ours had disappeared! Every time we checked in with the host before a meal, we were asked to wait (even though plenty of tables open). Then host would disappear. 3-5 minutes later a waitress would then ask if we’d been helped and she would show us to a table. Bizarre. Guess they’re all back there watching TV.

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  31. RJMM

    Los Angeles

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We're here off-season, and the restaurant was pretty empty. It's attached to a hotel, so my expectations were not super high. The entire staff exceeded those expectations and went beyond. Crystal's service was amazing, as was everyone's. Thank you for the lovely meal.

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  32. Capaw

    San Francisco

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Alex provided great service. And the food was excellent. Thank you!

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  33. PamelaG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Josh very nice waiter. Nice furnishings. Food nice and warm

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  34. MicheleP

    San Francisco

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 8, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went in with a group of 8. Easily set reservation online and made changes without messing it up. Service was great. The timing of service was great. The food was delicious! Our entire group was satisfied. We were there on March 8 before all the restrictions on social gatherings.

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  35. DavidK

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was wonderful! I liked that the fish and shrimp combination dish included a nice-sized portion of excellently prepared very fresh fish.

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  36. KellyO

    Phoenix

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 1, 2020

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Went with a party of 10 on NYE. It was great! Will be back.

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  37. MatthewB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    I actually stiffed the waiter (no tip) on Christmas Day the service was that bad. He literally disappeared for the entirety of the meal. Nowhere to be seen for over half an hour. My food was bland and tasteless, I left it, he noticed but didn't even ask what the problem was. I ordered Egg Nog and cookies for desert, Egg Nog very good, cookies just tasted like crystallised sugar.

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  38. DeniseG

    San Francisco

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 26, 2019

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    We came there for their Vegan menu, but it was Christmas and they did not have that menu. What they made was good, however. There were 4 of us, not 6. I changed that twice.

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  39. FREDL

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 29, 2019

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 3
    Waitress was very pleasant and seemed 'on top of things'. However we received the soup - no bread. We received the main course which was plain (green beans and the mashed potatoes), but sufficient turkey. However still no bread! We asked for it, were told "right away". But then were told that it needs some time in the oven. The bread arrived when the male guest had finished the main course.... After a long while we were asked if we were ready for dessert (we had ordered berry crisp at the start of the sit-down). Moments later we were told that the crisp had to be warmed up for a while, but then we were served some kind of apple dessert. When we complained, the waitress told us that it's no problem, and she would substitute the apple with the berry crisp; only to hear a few moments later that you were out of berry crisp and we had to do with what we had. O.K. - the dessert was taken off the bill, but that's just not good enough. So much for going out on Thanksgiving.

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  40. Awashonks

    Central Coast

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 10, 2019

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 2
    Had a huge problem getting our drinks (2 beers, really?) Music was WAY too loud to hear your fellow diners conversations. Took 38 mins to get our drinks because bartender was chatting up her customers and filling her bar food patrons first. Unbelievable. They comped us the drinks after calling the mgr, but the waitress was useless and kept offering us free dessert because the food was late> UGH!

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FAQs

Solaire Restaurant + Bar offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (831) 600-4525.

Solaire Restaurant + Bar is rated 4 stars by 201 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 7 times today

Order delivery or takeout

Google Map for Solaire Restaurant + Bar

611 Ocean Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Santa Cruz
  • Hours of operation
    Brunch Daily 7:00 am–1:00 pm Happy Hour Daily 1:00 pm–5:00 pm Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Fusion / Eclectic, Asian, Global, International
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Smart Casual
  • Parking details
    Hotel Parking
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Stefen Shatto
  • Additional
    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gender Neutral Restroom, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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