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American Restaurants in Santa Cruz

4.8 - 689 votes

Hours: Closed today

303 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 426-7770

Hindquarter Bar & Grille

I had the margarita steak which was decent, and my wife had the prime rib which was mostly fat. Spent $100 on dinner and definitely wasn't worth it... More reviews

4.8 - 542 votes

Hours: 8AM - 2PM

542 Seabright Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 427-9713

Linda's Seabreeze Café

Our go to place for breakfast or brunch! Great service, great food, great sensitivity to Covid-delta with good outdoor spacing (and probably inside, as w... More reviews

4.7 - 521 votes

Hours: 7AM - 2:30PM

819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 427-0646

Zachary's Restaurant

Thought this place would be great considering the line out the door, and the food wasn't bad (WAY over priced for what you get but tasty, but they c... More reviews

4.6 - 259 votes

Hours: Closed today

535 7th Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 475-4948

Harbor Café

Super friendly and welcoming staff. Makes at 15 to 20 minute wait fly by. If you are inclined, you can walk up to the sidewalk window and order coffee o... More reviews

4.4 - 269 votes

Hours: 8AM - 3PM

106 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 457-2307

The Walnut Avenue Cafe

Lovely place! Staff were all super friendly, interior was charming, and the menu options / portions were great!! So glad that they had a tofu alternative... More reviews

4.3 - 300 votes

Hours: 11:30AM - 10PM

221 Cathcart St, Santa Cruz
(831) 426-4852

Hula's Island Grill

Really worth the drive for the amazing Kalbi ribs. Best we ever had, even in Hawaii. We also had the macadamia crusted Ahi and it was perfectly cooked. C... More reviews

4 - 354 votes

Hours: 9AM - 8:30PM

2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz
(831) 476-4560

Crow's Nest Restaurant

We were seated during rush hour quickly and the wait staff was very nice but the food is nowhere near quality equal to its enormous price tag. I had the ... More reviews

4.7 - 147 votes

Hours: Closed today

2238 Mission St, Santa Cruz
(831) 515-7033

Vim Dining and Desserts

Highly recommend. Every dish was amazing and blew my expectations. In my opinion the best food in Santa Cruz More reviews

4.3 - 251 votes

Hours: 12 - 9PM

334 Ingalls St d, Santa Cruz
(831) 471-8115

West End Tap and Kitchen

Cool, trendy place to go on the west side. We were seated quickly and service was friendly. I had a juicy mushroom and caramelized onion burger and fri... More reviews

4.5 - 183 votes

Hours: 7AM - 2PM

2650 Soquel Dr, Santa Cruz
(831) 475-2725

Silver Spur

Wonderful, the senior scrambled eggs and ham were a excellent surprise. Well cooked eggs at a very reasonable price. Hubby really enjoyed the chilaquiles. More reviews

4.2 - 262 votes

Hours: Closed today

121 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 423-7427

Oswald Restaurant

We ate outside and it was lovely! The manager stopped by and gave us the history of the restaurant and how they got their name. Our waiter and server wer... More reviews

4.4 - 205 votes

Hours: Closed today

200 High Rd, Santa Cruz
(831) 600-7376

Venus Spirits Cocktails & Kitchen

Amazing food! We ordered all the hors d'oeuvres and every bite was beautiful.The drinks where amazing too of course! More reviews

4 - 298 votes

Hours: 5 - 9PM

503 Water St, Santa Cruz
(831) 332-6122

The Water Street Grill

Love the neighborhood feel if the Grill. Staff is attentive and the food is excellent. Highly recommend. More reviews

3.9 - 324 votes

Hours: Closed today

155 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 588-3238

Alderwood Santa Cruz

Great food Great service Great drinks We never leave disappointed Very easy to book a reservation on line More reviews

4.1 - 254 votes

Hours: 11AM - 9PM

49A Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
(831) 466-9766

Makai Island Kitchen & Groggery

It was nice to find a restaurant that took cash. Every where in Santa Cruz was cashless payments. So needless to say we went all out. Mai Tais were bomb ... More reviews

4.2 - 199 votes

Hours: 11:30AM - 7PM

1134 Soquel Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 429-6994

The Crêpe Place

Award Winning Clam Chowder Soup?! Not at this bar/restaurant. In fact, I didn't find anything award winning or noteworthy about this place.I was in ... More reviews



4.3 - 168 votes

Hours: 5 - 9PM

1010 Fair Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 420-0101


This place was totally happening. The staff were all friendly, the place was busy, and the food was amazing. Definitely a place to dine as a local or a v... More reviews

3.9 - 235 votes

Hours: 7AM - 2PM

59 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
(831) 423-2180

Stagnaro Bros.

Always delicious seafood here, though a limited to-go menu due to Covid restrictions. More reviews



3.8 - 255 votes

Hours: 8:30AM - 9PM

71 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
(831) 426-5830


chowder bread bowl was great. normal salad. weak shrimp cocktail just salad shrimp with a little store bought cocktail sauce and lemon wedge. sand dabs w... More reviews

3.6 - 298 votes

Hours: 12 - 8PM

25 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
(831) 423-5200

FireFish Grill

Theeeee best halibut I’ve ever tasted in my life!! Highly recommend! Great staff 5stars!! More reviews

4 - 205 votes

Hours: 11AM - 9PM

555 Highway 17 Inside the Inn at, Pasatiempo, Santa Cruz
(831) 226-2350

Back Nine Grill & Bar

Food was straight forward and good. Prices were ok, for the shrimp cocktails it's not worth it. The mixed drinks were solid and they had some intere... More reviews



4.3 - 141 votes

Hours: Closed today

105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz
(831) 423-2020


Best ravioli I've had in my life. The wine is a bit overpriced, but it's a worthy price to pay for the wonderful service. Shout out to Cindy fo... More reviews



3.8 - 216 votes

Hours: 9AM - 9PM

37 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz
(831) 423-2010


Where is zero stars???? Just left the worst service ever from the manager. Restaurant was short staffed but no excuses. We watched our food sit under the... More reviews

4 - 161 votes

Hours: Closed today

1917 Mission St, Santa Cruz
(831) 427-0135

Avanti Restaurant

There was a little bit of a wait for the food to come on a Saturday evening but the waiters were very nice and attentive. The food was amazing but the po... More reviews

4 - 161 votes

Hours: 11AM - 2PM

910 Cedar St, Santa Cruz
(831) 457-1677

Gabriella Café

Nice Italian restaurant. Pasta was good especially the ravioli. Tasty fluffy bread and good cauliflower. We sat outdoor with heaters and it was ok but ... More reviews

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