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Crow's Nest Restaurant

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2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
831-476-4560
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7:30 am - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 166
    Excellent
  • 164
    Very good
  • 68
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
As consistent as the Sun is going to Shine each day!!!!!!!!

Where do I begin, always an indication of how good a place is are the soups!! Well Clam Chowder dabest and the Soup of the day always unique and delicious! Fresh Fish Daily and excellent beef dishes. Great wine list along with super cocktails, just alway great and never varies from the top... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 27, 2015
DaCoach61
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Monterey, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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425 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Monterey, California
Top Contributor
94 reviews 94 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 27, 2015 NEW

Where do I begin, always an indication of how good a place is are the soups!! Well Clam Chowder dabest and the Soup of the day always unique and delicious! Fresh Fish Daily and excellent beef dishes. Great wine list along with super cocktails, just alway great and never varies from the top!!!!! for the best meal in Santa Cruz,... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

My husband and I have frequented the Crows Nest many times over the past years. The service,the food and the ambience have always been of the highest quality. Yesterday we were celebrating our wedding anniversary and decided to eat in the restaurant downstairs. My husband went to check in with the hostess and I could see upon his return that... More 

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Arroyo Grande, California
Senior Contributor
43 reviews 43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

The Crow's Nest Restaurant is at the Santa Cruz Marina. It serves fish dishes of average quality. It's clientele is booth local and tourists and it is somewhat of a meeting place. Deserves a try.

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

I can't imagine anyone choosing this restaurant because of the food, which generally is a perfect five (out of ten), but the views of the ocean and the harbor are magnificent. Sunshine or shade, it is a perfect introduction to Santa Cruz and the splendid setting of beach and mountains.

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Portland, Oregon
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50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Food was very good and the views from the deck were great. Service was prompt. Had crab cakes which were delicious and (for me) perfectly seasoned. My daughter had a salad which she really liked.

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Platteville, Wisconsin
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22 reviews 22 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

After reading how great the Crow`s Nest was I have to say I was somewhat disappointed. The salad bar was very good but the lobster special was just ok. My husband had a steak that was served with an overabundance of gravy. The waitress served him every coke instead of diet coke. He then ordered a vodka Collins and received... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Perfect place to dine after a day at the beach. I usually have Tuscan Chicken Sandwich but the Burgers or smoked salmon are always a good option too. Lots of great indoor and outdoor seating with views of the Harbor, the beach, and the Lighthouse. Come watch the sailboats on Wednesdays. Love going to the Crow's Nest for Comedy Night... More 

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Sonoma County, California
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Just a fun, lively, beach spot. Three of us shared several appetizers which was plenty for lunch. We all had a "special" cocktail all of which were refreshing and good. We sat upstairs which I recommend as the view from the patio as well as indoors was delightful. To eat there feels very casual and local, almost as though you... More 

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San Jose
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31 reviews 31 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Can't speak for the restaurant. We got sandwiches from the Deli next door which is also part of the Crows Nest. Both sandwiches were made fresh, not previously packaged. I had chicken salad ($8.50) and my husband had turkey swiss ($4.95). They were both so bad, we threw them out. This seems to be a popular restaurant with locals, but... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

The upstairs bar has a beautiful view of the Monterey Bay. Great drinks and appetizers and Happy Hour prices can't be beat.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Santa Cruz
  • Phone Number: 831-476-4560

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Entertaining clients
Open Hours
Sunday
7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Monday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Friday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am - 11:00 pm

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