The Santa Cruz area has a large number of interesting and good restaurants. Here's some of our favorites, grouped in three sections: Fine Dining, Casual Dining and Breakfast.

Legend: moderate-(-); expensive-($); very expensive-($$)
Fine Dining Location Notes
Bittersweet Cafe ($$)
(831) 662-9799
787 Rio Del Mar Blvd., Aptos
An impressive restaurant offering a memorable dining experience in an intimate atmosphere. Reservations strongly recommended.
Cafe Cruz ($)
(831) 476-3801
2621 41st Avenue, Soquel Rosticerria, steaks, seafood. One of our favorite spots; has outdoor dining. Reservations recommended.
Cafe Sparrow ($$)
(831) 688-6238
8042 Soquel Drive
Aptos Village
It's difficult to describe Cafe Sparrow without using up all our superlatives. This is one of the area's finest with a menu that describes itself as "Country French" but has something for everyone. There's not much seating, so make your reservations several days prior to coming to the tournament.
Laili ($$)
(831) 423-4545
Downtown Santa Cruz
101 Cooper St
"One of the nicest" dining options in Santa Cruz, this "fun" Mediterranean-oriented restaurant offers an unusual menu showcasing subtle dishes from Afghanistan and the Silk Road region.
Crow's Nest (-)
(831) 476-4560
At the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor
2218 E. Cliff Drive
A favorite!!! Beautiful views, great steaks, seafood; entertainment nightly in the upstairs bar. Reservations suggested; ask for a window seat if you are dining during the day.
The Hindquarter Bar and Grille ($)
(831) 426-7770
303 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Award-winning steak and chop house.
Hoffman's Bakery ($)
(831) 423-7427
Downtown Santa Cruz
1547 East Pacific Avenue
Go for the exceptional food and service, not the atmosphere in this small, yet well appointed restaurant. The menu changes daily and reservations are a must. There's jazz on the weekends
Hollins House ($)
(831) 459-9177
Overlooking Monterey Bay at Pasatiempo Golf Club
Santa Cruz
Built in 1929 by championship golfer Marion Hollins, the Hollins House offers a magnificent view of the Monterey Bay, elegant ambience, award-winning cuisine, and an outstanding wine list.
Hula Grill ($)
(831) 426-4852
Downtown Santa Cruz
221 Cathcart Street
The Hula Grill is the closest you'll get to a terrific Hawaiian restaurant without traveling 2500 miles. Featuring seafood but with a wide-ranging menu having Asian, Latin and Caribbean accents prepared "Hawaiian-style". The chef-owners lived in Hawaii before establishing their restaurants (there's one in Monterey as well). You're sure to have a fun night here besides enjoying the interesting food.
Michael's on Main ($)
(831) 479-9777
2591 Main Street
Small plates or a salad to Black Angus filet, you can’t go wrong with Michael’s on Main's “cutting edge comfort cuisine”. Fine wines, a full bar, delicious and healthy food. Reservations suggested.
Omei Chinese ($)
(831) 425-8458
West side of Santa Cruz at
2316 Mission Street
The chef and owner studied Chinese at UCSC and travels to China frequently to refine receipes and discover new ones. Omei's does not offer your typical "American Chinese" menu, instead has an interesting array of "provincial Chinese cuisine" that will probably have you wishing there was an Omei's in your town.
Pearl Alley Bistro ($)
(831) 429-8070
Downtown between Lincoln and Walnut Streets
110 Pearl Alley, Santa Cruz
Interesting California menu with a variety of entrees featuring meat, fish and a large companion wine list
Riva's Fish House (-)
(831) 429-1223
500 Municipal Wharf, Santa Cruz Best combination of seafood and view on the wharf. Cash only.
Shadowbrook ($$)
(831) 475-1511
1750 Wharf Road, Capitola Ambiance! And a Santa Cruz institution. Treat yourself and partner after you win the session! Take the tram down and walk back to enjoy the gardens. Reservations required.
Shogun Japanese Restaurant ($)
(831) 469-4477
Downtown Santa Cruz
1123 Pacific Ave
If you want sushi, this is the place! The best sushi south of San Francisco. Also feature other Japanese and Korean dishes.
Soif Wine Bar and Restaurant ($)
(831) 423-2020
Downtown between Pacific and Cedar
105 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz
Besides the wide-ranging wine list, Soif has small plates of brasserie foods: charcuterie, cured salmon, crostini and cheese plates plus contemporary tapas and trattoria fare such as pasta, roast pork and truffled risotto.
Star Bene ($)
(831) 479-4307
21245 E. Cliff Drive, Santa Cruz Southern italian cuisine featuring seafood and pasta.
Takara (-)
(831) 464-1818
South of the Capitola Mall
3775 Capitola Road, Capitola
Japanese and sushi with an atmosphere.
Casual Dining Location Notes
(831) 426-3736
616 Atlantic Avenue, Santa Cruz Opposite side of Yacht Harbor from Crows Nest. Have breakfast or lunch on the patio. Recently voted best waterfront breakfast on Santa Cruz coast.
Bangkok West
(831) 479-8297
2505 Cabrillo College Drive, Aptos Wonderful versions of the classic dishes of Thailand, this restaurant has exceeded expectations for over a decade.
Bocci's Cellar
(831) 427-1795
140 Encinal St. Fun place for drinks, free bocci ball and Italian food.
(831) 476-6260
2400 Porter Street, Soquel Burgers, sandwiches, salad bar, soups, deserts; lots of variety. Good value but you order at counter and get your own drinks.
Charlie Hong Kong
(831) 426-5664
1141 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Charlie Hong Kong bills itself as providing organic asian street food. There's lots of interesting dishes that you order from the counter and choose the topping, spicy or not. You'll either love this place or hate it. Open late.
Mobo Sushi
(831) 425-1700
The Galleria, Downtown Santa Cruz
105 South River St.
You'll need to get there early if you don't want to stand in line. Try the banana slug roll for a real taste of Santa Cruz :)
Gayle's Bakery and Rosticceria
(831) 462-1200
504 Bay Avenue, Capitola Capitola's best bakery & rosticceria! The place for breakfast and lunch. Gayle also has great blue plate specials for take-out.
Margaritaville Restaurant
(831) 476-2263
221 Esplinade, Capitola Mexican food. Great location & atmosphere. Ask to sit on the patio overlooking the river or in the back if you don't enjoy a noisy bar.
Saturn Cafe
(831) 426-8505
Pacific Avenue and Laurel, Santa Cruz A Santa Cruz institution. Veggie, hippie cuisine in a zany atmosphere. Open very late.
Seabright Brewery
(831) 426-2739
519 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz Santa Cruz micro-brewery with live music on Fridays. Loud crowds so don't expect to discuss any hands over dinner. Reservations usually required.
The Crepe Place
(831) 429-6994
1134 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz Delicious crepes for lunch or brunch or for late night dining after that last KO session.
Breakfast Location Notes
Seabreeze Cafe
(831) 427-9713
542 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz Sometimes called "Linda's" after the original owner. Still provides an excellent breakfast! Arrive early or be prepared to wait.
Seabright Bagelry
(831) 425-8550
1634 Seabright Avenue, Santa Cruz The Bagelry is a Santa Cruz tradition with authentic bagels and an interesting and original menu. The atmosphere is very "Santa Cruz".
(831) 427-0646
819 Pacific Ave, Santa Cruz A breakfast tradition in Santa Cruz that meets and exceeds expectations. Try Mike's Mess if you're not trying to lose weight.