We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Crow's Nest Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Get directions
2218 E Cliff Dr, Santa Cruz, CA 95062-4713
831-476-4560
Website
Today
7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Closed now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 7:30 am - 9:30 pm
Mon - Thu 7:30 am - 9:00 pm
Fri - Sat 7:30 am - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 441 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 171
    Excellent
  • 173
    Very good
  • 69
    Average
  • 15
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
LOVE it!

My favorite spot to watch the boats come in and kick back for a while. Food is great. Servers are friendly.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 3, 2015
cindi2i
,
Santa Cruz, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
Add Photo Write a Review

441 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Any
English first
Santa Cruz, California
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015 NEW

My favorite spot to watch the boats come in and kick back for a while. Food is great. Servers are friendly.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

We knew Crow's Nest would be busy since reservations are limited so were prepared for the worst but we opted for a more casual meal and decided to eat upstairs avoiding a wait. The service was friendly and attentive. We ordered appetizers and sandwiches which were fine but nothing was memorable with one exception which were the house made potato... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
South Lake Tahoe, California
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

The day started with a 4 hour trip whale watching on the Velocity. When we returned we were ready for some drinks and food. We made our way over to the Crow's Nest and ventured upstairs to the Breakwater Bar and Grill. The place was busy, (it was a Saturday) but the staff had no problems handling the crowd. Service... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Pacifica
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015 via mobile

Nice place great food and most important is the service was good! Went there for my birthday we sat outside by the window and the heat lamps were awesome! I had a steak with baked potato and veggies grilled to perfection! Enjoyed it no room for dessert maybe next time!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Santa Cruz, California
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

but the food is not great, not vegan, not organic, pretty run of the mill. and the place is super crowded with tourists. not my kind of place at all.

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Cincinnati, Ohio
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We go to Crows Nest at least once for sunset drink or dinner when we visit Santa Cruz--good food and lovely view of Sunset.

Was this review helpful? Yes
New Jersey
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Very well prepared sea food and a nice location (right on the harbor). The best crab cakes we've ever had!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Los Angeles, California
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Large place with awesome views...don’t know of any like it save the pier which is a whole different animal.. Good bar with large menu and easy seating.. there’s a patio outside with heaters if that floats your boat! or upstairs with expansive views of all of Santa Cruz and it’s beaches... good place for a burger or a steak...we go... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Jose
Top Contributor
52 reviews 52 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

A trip to the Crow's Nest for happy hour is always a good time - sitting right on the edge of Santa Cruz Harbor, it's hard to not have a great time enjoying tasty food and drinks while you watch the sail boats and seagulls cruise by. Since we're not the only ones who have fun here, it gets packed... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Senior Contributor
27 reviews 27 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

We had a group of 6 and everyone enjoyed the whole dining experience. The wait staff was very attentive, keeping waters filled, dirty dishes removed, etc. The food was delicious - amazing clam chowder and smoked salmon appetizers. The crab cocktail was perfect too! I don't think you could make a bad choice here. We had a variety of entrees... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Crow's Nest Restaurant also viewed

 

Been to Crow's Nest Restaurant? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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: Romantic, 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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Crow's Nest Restaurant staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?