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Eat in Santa Cruz

  • Abbott Square Market

    Abbott Square Market is a culinary and entertainment venue in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz. 8 unique restaurants and bars surrounded by a 10,000 square foot outdoor plaza for live entertainment. Abbott Square Market: Veg On The Edge (West African-inspired organic vegetarian dishes) – 118 Cooper St. Abbott Square Read more [...] [...]

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  • Assembly

    Sleek restaurant serving rustic Californian fare with a local, seasonal focus, plus wine & craft beer. Address: 1108 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 Phone:(831) 824-6100 email • info@assembleforfood.com Open Every Day Except Tuesdays   Lunch 11:30am to 3pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday Snacks 3pm to 5:30pm (with Happy Hour Weekdays) Read more [...] [...]

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  • Bagelry

    Santa Cruz’s original bagels! Absolutely a must go-to place for those who like bagels. These bagels are the real thing, BOILED FIRST, to give a dense bagel with a glistening, chewy crust and distinctive taste, as Jews intended. This is not how most so-called bagels are made today (un-boiled, a Read more [...] [...]

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  • Betty’s Eat Inn

    At Betty’s Eat Inn we guarantee a juicy burger, hot bun and original sauce every time. Add a great salad, sweet potato fries, regular fries or onion rings and your order is complete. Primarily grass-fed, our meat is all-natural with no hormones and no antibiotics. All of our vegetables come Read more [...] [...]

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  • Betty’s Noodle House

    We insist on creating a healthy, and convenient oriental menu with comfortable dinning space for the neighborhood. Description. Come explore our unique noodles menu including Beef Pho, Spicy Peanut Noodle, Spicy Garlic Pork over Noodle, Coconut Curry Noodle Soup, etc. We also offer a big selection for vegetarian. A friendly Read more [...] [...]

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  • Blue Lagoon

    Happy Hour Every Day 4-9 $4 Anchor Steam Pints and Well Drinks Mon: $5 Margaritas Tues: $4 Well Drinks All Day! Weds: Bands $5 Whiskeys Thur: $5 Captain Morgan Fri: $6 PBR & Jack or Jager Sat: $5 Vodka Rockstar Sun: $5 Kami’s and Cosmos Description We are a daytime Read more [...] [...]

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  • Buttercup Cakes

    Buttercup Cakes & Farm House Frosting is the original Downtown Santa Cruz Cupcake Shop located at 1411 Pacific Avenue. Long time cake decorator, Jan Wilson, offers a vast array of flavor choices including gluten free and vegan. Her recipes specialize in local, organic and seasonal ingredients. Come on by to find Read more [...] [...]

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  • Cafe Campesino

    By Ann Parker – Sentinel correspondent I’m not sure if Cafe Campesino is a restaurant or a magic act. The day I stopped by this little Pacific Avenue kiosk, three people were managing to work inside a space hardly big enough for one. It was like a culinary version of the Read more [...] [...]

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  • Cafe Gratitude

    Café Gratitude is a collection of 100% organic vegan restaurants specializing in gourmet raw and cooked cuisines. Our cafes create gourmet dishes with organic produce from our very own farm in Vacaville, CA (Be Love Farm). We honor the earth as we honor ourselves and have created a menu that Read more [...] [...]

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  • Cafe Limelight

    At Cafe Limelight we serve a large assortment of homemade Panini sandwiches, fresh soups, and garden salads with LimeLight’s dressings. We offer an extensive assortment of espresso drinks, flavored coffees, and quality loose-leaf teas. Sit in our patio or indoors, alone or in the company of your friends and family. Read more [...] [...]

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  • Cafe Mare

    Owners Jean Pierre Iuliano, from Calabria, and Andrea Mura, from the island of Sardinia, have come together to provide an authentic Italian dinning experience. Using only the finest fresh, local organic ingredients, it is their pleasure to share the simple goodness that is Italian cooking, with recipes straight from the Read more [...] [...]

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  • Caffe Bene

    We are a true Santa Cruz neighborhood café. Come and enjoy fresh coffees brewed to order and a wide variety of espresso and chai drinks while you catch up with neighbors and friends. Now offering a broad selection of market and organic whole bean coffees roasted locally. We sell them Read more [...] [...]

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  • Chocolate

    At  Chocolate we use organic vegetables for our salads, appetizers entrees & soups. We use free-range chicken, and Seafood Watch approved fish. Our coffee and espresso are organic. Our truffles and cakes are made with top quality El Rey Chocolate  using flavorful Criollo cacao pods grown on small plantations in Venezuela. We now Read more [...] [...]

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  • Cold Stone Creamery

    Ice cream chain offering design-your-own creations hand-mixed on a granite slab, plus shakes & more. STORE HOURS Mon 11:00AM – 11:00PM Tue 11:00AM – 11:00PM Wed 11:00AM – 11:00PM Thu 11:00AM – 11:00PM Fri 11:00AM – 11:00PM Sat 11:00AM – 12:00AM Sun 11:00AM – 12:00AM Coldstone Creamery #20515 1129 Pacific Read more [...] [...]

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  • El Palomar Restaurant

    Serving Downtown Santa Cruz since 1983 with unique & fresh Mexican cuisine inspired by authentic family recipes, and 80 different selections of fine tequila! Join us every Monday through Friday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm for happy hour specials on our house margaritas and 100% agave margaritas. www.elpalomarsantacruz.com [...]

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  • Falafel House

    Falafel House based in the beautiful coastal town of Santa Cruz welcomes all our guests to exotic Middle Eastern Food! View all our mouth watering dishes from our Main Menu. Come and taste the exotic blends of the Mediterranean region right here in Santa Cruz. http://www.falafelhousesantacruz.com/ [...]

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  • Food Lounge

    A downtown venue that will feature guest chefs, pop-up dinners and special events. Food Lounge will also feature a lunchtime cafe, occasional marketplace, music and art events, beer and wine tastings, and event rentals. info@scfoodlounge.com [...]

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  • Fosters Freeze

    Fosters Freeze has been a California tradition since the mid 1940’s. The Fosters story begins in 1946 when George Foster opened the first Fosters Freeze in Inglewood, California. He introduced the soft serve cone and a line of soft serve desserts. The unique product became so popular that he opened Read more [...] [...]

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  • Gabriella Cafe

      Opened in December 1992 in a circa 1928 building, owner Paul Cocking transformed the interior into today’s romantic space by adding arches to complement the Moorish front door. Founding chef of was the now famous Jim Denevan of Outstanding in the Field. Subsequent chefs have been Rebecca King of Garden Variety Cheese and Sean Baker of Read more [...] [...]

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  • Hidden Peak Tea House

    A Beautiful Place to Be Our teahouse is a community hub for tea drinkers of the central coast, and offers:  √   a spacious indoor tearoom with multiple settings  √   a separate room for tea classes and private tastings  √   And an outdoor tea garden patio! Bowl, Cup, or Full Gungfu Read more [...] [...]

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  • Hoffman’s Downtown

    Choose Hoffman’s Downtown for all of your full service restaurant and bakery needs.  Hoffman’s is located at 1102 Pacific Ave, in beautiful Downtown Santa Cruz California.  We are open for breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week at 8am with spend thrift specials throughout the day.  We proudly feature Read more [...] [...]

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  • I Love Sushi

    Lively destination with a variety of standard Japanese eats & specialty sushi rolls, plus beer & sake. 516 Front St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (831) 421-0706 www.ilovesushisc1.com [...]

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  • India Joze Cafe

    We are a small cafe now, but our kitchen is set for massive output in catering, to-go, and festival business. Come watch our culinary commandoes at work. Benefits for local non-profits like Media Watch, the 418 Project, the Homeless Garden Project and the Santa Cruz Chorale are very much an Read more [...] [...]

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  • Joe’s Pizza and Subs III

    At Joe’s Pizza & Subs, we believe in providing the highest quality food for the best prices in town! Family-owned and operated since 1986, we have an extensive menu with something for everyone. From salads to philly cheese steaks, pizza to falafels, if you are hungry in Santa Cruz, CA, Read more [...] [...]

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  • Kianti’s Pizza and Pasta Bar

    Located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, Kianti’s Pizza & Pasta Bar stands boldly amongst fellow businesses with its vibrant colors and welcoming atmosphere. The contemporary look and feel proves to be popular with both locals and tourists. The indoor lively and upbeat atmosphere is a crowd pleaser, with Read more [...] [...]

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  • Lulu Carpenters Cafe

    Set in a circa 1865 building, this quaint cafe with a patio serves pastries, lunch, brunch, and hand-crafted beverages for the coffee connoisseur. We offer brunch 8-2 on weekends, and a weekday breakfast and lunch service from 11-2 . We’ve also got a fledgling bakeshop thing going on in there, where Read more [...] [...]

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  • Lúpulo Craft Beer House

    Lúpulo (Loop-oo-low, which is Spanish for hops) is a craft beer restaurant, tasting room, and bottle shop in downtown Santa Cruz, owned by husband and wife team Stuyvie Bearns and Noëlle Antolin. The tasting room and restaurant has 16 constantly rotating taps, over a hundred bottles to take home or try on Read more [...] [...]

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  • Malabar/Asian Rose

    Exquisite vegetarian Asian-fusion cuisine and tropical, health-conscious drinks originating from Sri Lanka. Hours Tue-Fri: 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm Sat-Sun: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm 514 Front St. Santa Cruz, Ca 831-458-3023 [...]

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  • Mandarin Express

    Little Shanghai Restaurant is located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, right off the bustling Pacific Avenue is a local’s all time favorite; Little Shanghai.   In August 1986,  Jack and Sue Chiao started the restaurant in the downtown courtyard, that was shared with Kelly’s Bakery, Santa Cruz Bookshop, Read more [...] [...]

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  • Marini’s Candies

    When your sweet tooth starts calling, Marini’s in downtown Santa Cruz is sure to satisfy with its treasure trove of sugary treats for children and grown-ups alike. This locally owned and operated business has garnered a large and loyal following. Marini’s specializes in salt water taffy, as well as unique Read more [...] [...]

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  • Mission Hill Creamery

    No Hype, Just Great Organic Ice Cream Made From Scratch In Small Batches Since June 2010… Mission We are on a Mission to Make the Best Ice Cream in America. Come Join Us… Description The Mission Hill Creamery Retail Scoop Shop is Opening September 15, 2012 in Downtown Santa Cruz. Read more [...] [...]

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  • Mobo Sushi

    Serving Santa Cruz “Mind Altering Sushi” since 1988. Enjoy house specialty sushi rolls and sashimi, daily specials, and endless possibilities of custom rolls including vegetarian & vegan options. We offer a full bar, sake selection, and are home to the sake bomb dominos on Friday & Saturday nights! http://mobosushirestaurant.com/ [...]

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  • Motiv

    Welcome to MOTIV, located in Downtown Santa Cruz. MOTIV creates a space for “inspired culture”, engaging our passions on many levels. The vital components of MOTIV’s DNA are music, art, food, drinks, politics, social causes and community events. Voted Santa Cruz’s best nightclub, best DJ and best bartender; MOTIV is Read more [...] [...]

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  • Mozaic

    New restaurant Mozaic opened August 2015! The interior has been completely remodeled with colorful Turkish crafts, and the menu offers a Mediterranean flare for lunch and dinner. Mozaic offers authentic and traditional recipes from Lebanon, Greece, Jordan, Turkey, Italy, and Spain in a comfortable, inviting, and vibrant setting in downtown Read more [...] [...]

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  • Mumbai Delights

    Chef and Owner, Dilip Gurung, opened Mumbai Delights in Downtown Santa Cruz in June 2016. He also owns Namaste restaurant in Monterey, California. Mumbai Delights’ most popular dishes include the Chicken Tikka Masala and Butter Chicken, Lamb Rogan Joss (braised lamb) and Bhuna Goat Curry. The buffet menu changes, but Read more [...] [...]

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  • Munch

    Philly Cheese Steaks, Burgers & Veggies too! Featuring our “World Famous Philly Cheese Steaks” Authentic Philly Hoagie Rolls and 100% Rib-eye Steak! [...]

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  • Mutari Craft Chocolate

    “…on the menu will be a brand new hot chocolate chai, which uses chai made with fresh ginger and honey paste by Jozeph Shultz, owner of India Joze restaurant just down the street from Mutari’s original location at 504A Front Street. Peppermint hot chocolate, pink Himalayan salt hot chocolate and several varieties Read more [...] [...]

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  • New Leaf Community Market

    At New Leaf, we offer you food that we are passionate about — for its delicious flavor, for the care with which it is produced, and for the exceptional quality of its ingredients. We offer an organic choice whenever available. Our produce department is packed to the brim with fresh Read more [...] [...]

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  • Nut Kreations

    Yes, we admit it… we are Nutty Food Freaks. Our love for the naked nut and fresh fruit goes without saying, BUT we also look for wild and edgy ways to excite our taste buds. When we found a one-of-a-kind store in downtown Santa Cruz where we could combine all Read more [...] [...]

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  • Oswald

    Upscale dining, California comfort food, craft cocktails, and full bar in Downtown Santa Cruz. HOURS: Closed Mondays Cocktail Hour Tuesdays-Saturdays: 4:30-6pm at the bar & in the lounge. Dinner Tuesdays-Sundays: 5:30pm Lunch Wednesdays-Saturdays 11:30am-2pm www.oswaldrestaurant.com [...]

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  • Pacific Cookie Company

    Made from the finest ingredients including Guittard chocolate, sweet creamery butter, pasteurized whole eggs, unbleached flour, and pure vanilla, our cookie dough is made in small batches each day and brought to our retail store. The dough is scooped fresh and baked continuously throughout the day to ensure you receive Read more [...] [...]

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  • Pacific Thai

    Pacific Thai Santa Cruz opened its doors on November 25, 2005. It was the beginning of the fusion of love for Thai Cuisine and Boba Drinks. Centrally located Downtown Santa Cruz, Pacific Thai is a great stop for a quick snack, drink, or relaxed meal. Customers can find Tom Kah Read more [...] [...]

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  • Peets Coffee and Tea

    Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Inc. is the premier specialty coffee and tea company in the United States. The company was founded in 1966 in Berkeley, Calif. by Alfred Peet. Peet was an early tea authority who later became widely recognized as the grandfather of specialty coffee in the U.S. Today, Read more [...] [...]

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  • Penny Ice Creamery

    The Penny Ice Creamery opened August 24th as the only artisan ice cream shop in Santa Cruz, California where the finest ice cream, sorbet and treats are made daily in house from scratch. http://thepennyicecreamery.com/ [...]

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  • Pizza My Heart

    We want our pizza and our service to impress you enough that you tell your friends about us! When customers do our advertising for us, we can concentrate on making great pizza and giving superb service. We believe a pizza place should be fun. We started in one of the Read more [...] [...]

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  • Pleasure Pizza

    A true Santa Cruz tradition since 1975! A local favorite and a Santa Cruz tradition, Pleasure Pizza offers traditional as well as new and exciting tastes and textures guaranteed to please every palette. Grab a slice on your way to the beach or slide into a booth with family and Read more [...] [...]

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  • Pono Hawaiian Grill

    Pono Hawaiian Grill is a Hawaiian eatery that serves traditional Hawaiian plate lunches, 20 different types of poke all made to order, spam musubis, saimin, poi, and more! Pono’s weekly live music, outdoor tropical patio, laid back vibe, and aloha spirit provides a truly Hawaiian atmosphere. Pono business hours:Mon – Read more [...] [...]

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  • Pour Taproom

    A pay-by-the ounce, self-serve, free range tasting room featuring 60+ craft beers, 8 wines, and craft soda on tap. For all of you wine lovers out there, Odonata Wines and Cinnabar Winery are just two of the eight labels we will have on tap, in addition to our 60+ craft beer Read more [...] [...]

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  • Quickly

    Counter-serve cafe chain for Taiwanese bubble tea in many flavors and frozen yogurt, plus Asian desserts & snacks. Hours: 6AM–9PM 1010 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (510) 780-1000 www.quicklyusa.com [...]

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  • Red Restaurant and Bar

    Welcome to Red. Lounge in front of the fire place with friends, great food, and cocktails at Red Restaurant and Bar. Red offers large, small, and shared plates made primarily with organic ingredients and inspired by a variety of influences including American and Mediterranean cuisine. Red Restaurant and Bar is Read more [...] [...]

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  • Restaurante Los Pinos

    Everything in our restuarant is made from scratch every single day. We offer a wide selection of beer and wines, too. We have served authentic Mexican food to families in the Santa Cruz, CA area for more than 14 years. Offering good food and fun at a fairly low price, Read more [...] [...]

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  • Rosie McCann’s

    Throughout the world today, the quintessential image of an Irish Pub, whether it be in Dublin, Santa Row or Santa Cruz, is a neighborhood place where people gather to share good drink, great food & lots of cheer. The pub has always been a place of camaraderie; a place where Read more [...] [...]

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  • Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting Co

    For thirty years, Santa Cruz Coffee Roasting has been dedicated to achieving roasting perfection. Our small-batch roasting process is designed to bring out the finest subtleties from each of our premium quality coffee varietals. We believe in establishing strong and lasting relationships with the growers worldwide who provide our coffee, with Read more [...] [...]

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  • Saturn Cafe

    Saturn Cafe offers traditional American diner fare with a vegetarian twist. Our menu features local and organic ingredients, served a vibrant atmosphere. We believe that the health and happiness of our customers, staff and the business itself are inextricably linked and we are deeply committed to socially responsible and green Read more [...] [...]

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  • Sesame Korean Grill

    Korean food is one of the top up-and-coming culinary trends in the U.S. these days — and now you can find out why. Sesame Korean Grill, opened in 2015, offers an array of delicious starters and traditional Korean entrees. Open Wednesday-Sunday www.facebook.com/sesamekoreangrill/ [...]

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  • Sitar Indian Cuisine

    Sitar Indian Restaurant offers the very best North Indian cuisine with seasonal ingredients. You will always find our food fresh and full of aroma – we do not use any frozen ingredients and always cook fresh food. Come savor India’s flavor! Monday to Thursday: 11:30am to 09:30pm Friday to Saturday: 11:30am to Read more [...] [...]

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  • Soif Wine Bar & Merchant

    Soif is a restaurant and retail wine shop in downtown Santa Cruz. It is our intent is to support the continuing rise of the Santa Cruz area as a center of sustainable, organic, small production foods by  pairing the abundant produce of Santa Cruz  with wines from around the world. Additionally, we aim to encourage wine drinkers Read more [...] [...]

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  • Starbucks Coffee

    We’re not just passionate purveyors of coffee, but everything else that goes with a full and rewarding coffeehouse experience. We also offer a selection of premium teas, fine pastries and other delectable treats to please the taste buds. And the music you hear in store is chosen for its artistry Read more [...] [...]

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  • Subway Sandwiches

    Today, the SUBWAY® brand is the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain. We’ve become the leading choice for people seeking quick, nutritious meals that the whole family can enjoy. Open until 10pm. www.subway.com [...]

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  • Surf City Billiards

    Hangin’ with good friends in a sweet spot, playing games, with solid food and drinks at a great price = good times. Deliver on that and the rest will take care of itself. Stop by for good times! We have billiards, shuffleboard, darts, and more! Walk-ins and groups welcome too! Surf City Read more [...] [...]

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  • Surfrider Cafe

    Surfrider Cafe is owned and operated by the Boulder Creek Brewery. We also brew under the moniker of Santa Cruz Brewery. We’ve been brewing hand crafted award winning beers for over twenty years. Surfrider cafe menu focuses on having the best burgers, beers and shakes in Santa Cruz. We also serve Read more [...] [...]

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  • Taqueria Los Pericos

    In Taqueria Los Pericos we work hard to bring traditional recipes from Mexico and offer you the best quality of 100% Mexican style cousine. Proudly serving the best tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tamales, and much more! Monday to Saturday: 9:00 am to 12:00 am Sunday: 9am to 11:00 pm www.taquerialospericossantacruz.com [...]

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  • The Asti Est.1937

    The Asti is a local favorite that is constantly voted Best Dive Bar in Santa Cruz, by the Santa Cruz Weekly. During the daytime, the scene is fairly laid-back, but it’s hopping on the weekends. Patrons can enjoy their time at the Asti with drink specials during the day, night and Read more [...] [...]

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  • True Olive Connection

    Welcome to The True Olive Connection. We are a unique family-owned tasting room and retail boutique specializing in the freshest, highest-quality boutique extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar from around the world. Experience a broad selection of estate-produced and award-winning olive oils, as well as naturally flavored and fused Read more [...] [...]

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  • Verve Coffee Roasters

    Verve came to be through the serendipitous union of surf, sweat and a love of life and living. In 2007, founders Ryan and Colby built and opened the first Verve cafe on 41st Ave in Santa Cruz, California. Today, Verve has locations in cities from Los Angeles to San Francisco Read more [...] [...]

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  • Walnut Avenue Cafe

    Voted Santa Cruz County’s best Breakfast in the Santa Cruz Weekly Readers Poll! Since 1994 the Walnut Avenue Cafe has been a local favorite for Breakfast, Lunch and Weekend Brunch. We feature great food in a relaxed, casual environment in Downtown Santa Cruz with indoor & outdoor seating. We hope Read more [...] [...]

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  • Woodstock Pizza

    In 2007… Woodstock’s Santa Cruz joined the Woodstock’s family of restaurants.  Just like the Santa Cruz location, all of these restaurants have the same ownership team & they are all located in college towns in California starting in 1980 in San Luis Obispo. Back in the day, Chuck  Woodstock and Read more [...] [...]

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  • Zoccoli’s Deli

    Owned and operated by the Zoccoli family since 1948 WORD AROUND TOWN IS WE’RE PRETTY GREAT Voted “Best Deli”, “Best Sandwich” and “Best Lunch” Good Times Magazine Voted “Best Sandwich” and “Best Deli” Santa Cruz Sentinel Newspaper Voted “Business of the Year 1990” Santa Cruz Chamber of Commerce JOIN THE FAMILY! Read more [...] [...]

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