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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 - 9:00 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
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Good for:
Romance
Bar scene
Large groups
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 159
    Excellent
  • 162
    Very good
  • 64
    Average
  • 14
    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
Go early

If you want a window seat go early. Enjoy the sunset the returning boats on regatta nights and good wine and food. Don't know if they take reservations, we walked in and asked for a window. Score. Great salad bar $$ which is all I could eat as we were having family functions for the past 2 days... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
mybadjr
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Hailey, Idaho
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Bar scene
  • Large groups
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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411 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Hailey, Idaho
Senior Contributor
37 reviews 37 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

If you want a window seat go early. Enjoy the sunset the returning boats on regatta nights and good wine and food. Don't know if they take reservations, we walked in and asked for a window. Score. Great salad bar $$ which is all I could eat as we were having family functions for the past 2 days and ate... More 

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Key West, FL
Top Contributor
161 reviews 161 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

This place was touristy which also means that it was busy and over priced. It IS a great location on the harbor with pretty views. The food was too average for it to be that costly. Our service was average to lacking but I'm positive that's because it was so busy. It was also pretty loud during dinner and made... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great place to watch the sunset go down while having a Mai Tai and their smoked Salmon appetizer. The Salmon is the best in town!

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SAnta Cruz
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Great lunches wonderful view of the harbor and a go to place for all of our out of town guests as well as ourselves.!

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Santa Cruz, CA
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Decent food on the beach. We live here, and go on occasion, especially in the summer for beach parties.

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

They didn't have fish and chips, surprising since they're a seafood restaurant. The food wasn't as good as we expected for the price, service was just ok, but the view on the deck was awesome.

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Wayzata
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We experienced friendly staff, good food, but the view is the best! We sat on the heated, enclosed patio at sunset, and couldn't have asked for a better place to be. Our server was great - she let us take our time enjoying the atmosphere. We both had great food and will definitely go back the next time we are... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I've been to this restaurant many times, but mostly for their upstairs bar, and their beach BBQ. The bar food is great; crispy calamari, smoked salmon, Ahi tuna, are all worth it (especially during happy hour). The main dining room is nice, with some ok views of the ocean. If you are looking for "fine dining", this is not the... More 

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Roseville, California
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We were able to get seating for 9 on a busy holiday weekend with a reservation called in that morning. Love the big windows with views of Santa Cruz harbor. Service was slow but if u have the time, the food was delicious. That is why I give it 4 stars. Time is all u need to enjoy the food.

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Sacramento, California, Usa
Top Contributor
245 reviews 245 reviews
166 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Two visits for me. Located right on the water in Santa Cruz. Service is up and down. Greeted somewhat promptly. Seating may be quick or sometime later depending on day. Sometimes there is live music. Food is okay. Lots of seafood selections. From fish to crab. Soups to entrees. Items are priced on par with similar restaurants in the area.... More 

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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?