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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: Dinner, Late Night, Brunch, Lunch, Drinks, Breakfast, Reservations

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  • 224
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    Very good
  • 88
    Average
  • 17
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Outstanding Service

The setting is nice, on the beach with a marina near by. The food was very good for a restaurant on the beach, since usually the focus is on the scenery rather than the food. What set this experience apart was the service. Amy could not have been more helpful and charming, and made the whole... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 30, 2015
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Rye, New York
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  • Doing business
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
  • Bar scene
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Portland, Oregon
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120 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 66 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

We stopped in here during a trip down the California coast and not only was it a great dinner but the view of the lighthouse and boats was an added pleasure.

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Rye, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2015 NEW

The setting is nice, on the beach with a marina near by. The food was very good for a restaurant on the beach, since usually the focus is on the scenery rather than the food. What set this experience apart was the service. Amy could not have been more helpful and charming, and made the whole meal memorable.

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Napa
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I did my due diligence and looked carefully at TA reviews; we surprised and discouraged to find Crow’s Nest mediocre. In short, The Crow’s Nest is a plebian tourist attraction, a badly run, common eatery. Pros: Decent food in handsome, almost generous portions. Comfortable seating, not overly crowded. That’s about it. Cons: Very loud, such poor sound dampening I had... More 

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CA
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

Great for weekend brunch. Plan to make a reservation if you have a large party as this place is popular with the locals.

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San Jose, California, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

the salad bar is off the hook...love the ahi and pretty much everything else they have. The view from the deck is hard to beat!!!

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california
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

We eat here often....but only in the upstairs bar where the view is wonderful, the service excellent and the food superb. It is usually a mob scene, but tables turn over quickly and every table has a spectacular water/boat/marina view. Hate to tell the world how wonderful this place is...lunch...mid afternoon...dinner..later drinks and music. Wait staff very friendly and attentive,... More 

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colorado
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

My husband and I just happened on this place while traveling from San Francisco to Monterey. It was late in the evening and were happy to find it. This salad bar was wonderful as was their entrees. We are so glad we found it2

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Sarasota, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2015

A popular beachside happy hour spot. The calimari, a signature dish, is sensational. Lots of oceanview seating and a fun crowd. We had a big group and enjoyed sitting on the deck admiring the view.

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Chabeuil, France
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great Ahi tuna. Excellent view over the bay. Choose the upper terrace, where you can sit in the shade under beautiful red or yellow umbrellas. Cheesecake was not a great choice for our desert: Dry and topped with very sweet cream.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Great ambiance, great food! Our crowd of six enjoyed every minute at the Crow's Nest. We sat out under the stars and had a great view of the harbor. Our food was tasty and our drinks even better. They also had live entertainment that we enjoyed following dinner. Great night out on our vacation!!

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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: Doing business, Large groups, Romantic, Bar scene
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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