Santa Cruz Restaurants


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    The Buttery

    702 Soquel Avenue

    A popular bakery serving luxuriant pastries, cakes, cupcakes, and breads... read more

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    Cafe Gratitude

    103 Lincoln St

    A delicious vegan restaurant serving up positive affirmations... read more

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    The Casablanca Bistro

    101 Main Street Santa Cruz

    New ownership has given this legendary restaurant a new lease on life... read more

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    The Penny Ice Creamery

    913 Cedar Street

    Featuring out-of-the-box ice creams made completely from scratch... read more

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    99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall Restaurant & Pub

    110 Walnut Ave

    Casual pub dining and 99 beers to choose from...
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    99 Bottles of Beer on the Wall Restaurant & Pub

    110 Walnut Ave

    Friendly local pub with 99 beers to choose from...
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    Betty's Burgers Pacific Avenue

    Pacific Ave.

    Juicy patties, hot buns... read more

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    Peachwood's at the Inn at Pasatiempo

    555 Highway 17

    The best steaks in the Monterey Bay Area... read more

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    Hoffman's Bistro

    1102 Pacific Ave

    After a visit from the Food Network's restaurant remodel show, Restaurant: Impossible, this Santa Cruz staple has regained it's title as the hottest ticket in town. Serving walloping portions for every course and an extensive selection of beer and wines, Hoffman's is one of Santa Cruz's best restaurants... read more

    Kelly's French Bakery

    402 Ingalls Street

    French bakery with a coastal California flare...
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    320 Cedar St # A

    In-house made bagels baked fresh daily make this a popular breakfast and lunch destination... read more

    Main Street Garden & Cafe

    3101 North Main Street

    A sustainable restaurant with an onsite garden that produces phenomenally flavored dishes... read more

    Buttercup Cakes and Farm House Frosting

    109 Locust St.

    A small shop that specializes in decadent cakes and creamy frosting... read more

    Rosie McCann's Irish Pub & Restaurant

    1220 Pacific Ave.

    Oak Tree Ristorante

    5447 Highway 9

    Sabieng Thai Cuisine

    1218 Mission St

    Arguably best Thai in Santa Cruz... read more

    I Love Sushi

    516 Front Street

    Funnest Japanese restaurant in town... read more

    Little Shanghai Chinese Restaurant

    1010 Cedar Street

    Affordable and flavorful Chinese food... read more

    Ideal Bar & Grill

    106 Beach Street

    Local favorite bar and grill... read more

    Taqueria Vallarta

    1101 Pacific Ave

    Most popular affordable Mexican cuisine in Santa Cruz and beyond... read more
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    Catch the real flavor of Santa Cruz. From street stalls to elegant dining rooms, paper plates to fine china, restaurants will be one of your best glimpses into the heart, soul and belly of life in Santa Cruz - and definitely your most delicious. Loosen your belt and dig in.

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