Santa Cruz Restaurants

Santa Cruz is home to an eclectic mix of eateries, diners, cafes, and gastropubs that serve up palate-pleasing concoctions of all types. See for yourself what Santa Cruz’ food scene has to offer from our list of the best restaurants in Santa Cruz down below!

Sample the Best Restaurants in Santa Cruz

First things first: when you’re traveling to a seaside city, you can’t afford to pass up on the fresh seafood dishes that flood the area. If and when you’re craving seafood, you’ll have plenty of options in Santa Cruz. Check out Stagnaro Bros., Riva Fish House, and Johnny’s Harborside for more classic seafood dishes (though Johnny’s Harborside as a Mediterranean and Asian influence), or places like The Crow’s Nest, Aquarius, and the Water Street Grill for seafood with a New American twist.

For visitors planning a fancy date night during their stay in Santa Cruz, Oswald is an upscale seafood Santa Cruz restaurant that is guaranteed to please.

Whether you have dietary restrictions or simply like to eat clean, Saturn Café is a great place to stop for vegan options.

If American food is your culinary comfort zone, you’re in luck; there are a variety of Santa Cruz restaurants specializing in breakfast, brunch, burgers, sandwiches, Californian cuisine, and more.

Stop by The Picnic Basket or Linda’s Seabreeze Café for breakfast and brunch items. Grab a midday burger or sandwich at Surfrider Café or Earthbelly, or pizza at Pizza My Heart. And for dinner, you can top off your American fare experience with Harbor Café, Zachary’s Restaurant, or the famous West End Tap and Kitchen. West End Tap and Kitchen is also a renowned local craft beer brewery, so be sure to try one of their fantastic beers with your meal.

For every American or New American restaurant in Santa Cruz, there are probably one or two restaurants touting cuisine from all over the world. Enjoy the Italian dishes at Lillian’s Italian Kitchen, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern foods at Laili Restaurant and Moziac, Brazilian food at Café Brasil, Mexican cuisine at El Palomar Restaurant, Hawaiian menus at Hula’s Island Grill and Tiki Room, and even Mongolian-Russian fusion food at Oyunaa’s Mongolian Cuisine.

Beach House Rentals – Your Gateway to Santa Cruz

Contact our team of reservation specialists to learn more about these restaurants in Santa Cruz and other awesome places to check out in Santa Cruz when you book your accommodations in one of our impeccable vacation rental properties today!