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Food and restaurants in Santa Cruz

Top restaurants

Pedestrian Plaza
“This the perfect place to spend an entire day! Take advantage of being on the beach and split your day between rides and play time in the sand.”
  • 322 locals recommend
American Restaurant
“Chart House style food in the yacht harbor ON the beach! Great steaks and seafood and a fantastic salad bar.Watch the sailboats!”
  • 147 locals recommend
Bakery
“OMG, the best place for pastries and pies and cakes. They also have delicious breakfast and lunch plates to enjoy in the cafe or patio or to go. ”
  • 78 locals recommend
Bar
“Hip Vibe, open bar atmosphere and some outdoor seating. Cool lighting. Burgers, salads, upscale pub food. This is the West End, lots of things sprouting up in this general area.”
  • 64 locals recommend
Bar
“Sit outside and enjoy the menu of delicious crepes offered. A full bar and live music often.”
  • 74 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Wonderful Italian restaurant in Seabright area of Santa Cruz, make sure to make a reservation. Very popular, especially on weekends.”
  • 54 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Interesting mediteranean menu, lovely atmosphere, great service, fine dining. More romantic, not for kids.”
  • 58 locals recommend
Café
“Great breakfast! Walking distance. Always hopping! Be prepared to wait for seating :)”
  • 47 locals recommend

Cafes

Café
“Great breakfast! Walking distance. Always hopping! Be prepared to wait for seating :)”
  • 47 locals recommend
Cafe
“The best breakfast. No contest. Be prepared for long waits the later you arrive. My advice is to get there on weekends right at 9:00am. The first eating turn over is happening and you can usually get right in. ”
  • 55 locals recommend
Bakery
“Walkable and yummy. They have good coffee/espresso drinks, amazing baked goods and a small play area for kids.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“One of the best breakfast spots around and within a 5 minute stroll from The Bungalow! Get there early as there is usually a wait...but well worth it! Order anything here and say "HI" to our friend Fabrizio!”
  • 39 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“Great coffee. Amazing chocolate chip cookies, homemade and freshly delivered every day.”
  • 28 locals recommend
Food
“'Meh' service but food is worth it. Get sandwiches and local ice cream from Penny's.”
  • 31 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
“This is where they roast all their coffee. 5 minutes by bike. cross the bridge and make two right hand turns.”
  • 20 locals recommend
Cafe
“True Santa Cruz locals breakfast & lunch cafe. Always GREAT food downtown Santa Cruz”
  • 18 locals recommend

Bakeries

Bakery
“OMG, the best place for pastries and pies and cakes. They also have delicious breakfast and lunch plates to enjoy in the cafe or patio or to go. ”
  • 78 locals recommend
Bakery
“Cool area where you can sit outside, other shops and eateries, including a brewery and a wine tasting room in walking distance. It's a little courtyard. The pastries are amazing here. Fresh salads.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Bakery
“Walkable and yummy. They have good coffee/espresso drinks, amazing baked goods and a small play area for kids.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bakery
“(Mission St, 5-min walk) - Easy coffee and a muffin, right around the corner.”
  • 12 locals recommend
Bakery
“The bagelry is a great place to enjoy what we think are the best bagels in the US. They even offer a gluten free option. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Bakery
“ Dog Friendly-Best Bagels hands down in Santa Cruz. They are east coast and I am an east coaster. My daughter loves them so much I just brought her family Moxies at Christmas in LA- so they have special combinations that people crave. 3 locations and has been here forever”
  • 3 locals recommend
Bakery
“To die for cookies where Pete was marketing director, Right on Pacific Ave. where the smell of the cookies just whips you in”
  • 4 locals recommend
Bakery
“Delectable cupcakes, organic , homemade, nothing artificial, also gluten free choices- Really Really good”
  • 5 locals recommend
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