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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 - 11:00 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, Dessert, Drinks, Breakfast, Brunch, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 178
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    Very good
  • 73
    Average
  • 16
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
o The locals ALWAYS go to The Crow's Nest

Having lived in Santa Cruz for over 20 years, we have many visitors from our native stomping grounds in San Diego. There is little to compare with The Crow's Nest in Santa Cruz. #1 You are ON the water. #2 You have your choice of upstairs, downstairs, inside or outside. #3 Adult... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
Richard D
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Rio del Mar, California
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
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Greenwich, New York
Senior Contributor
25 reviews 25 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Food was excellent, nicely prepared and wonderful taste. Service was good. Nice outdoor dining area enclosed on sides with glass and heated with patio heaters. Expect to pay for all of above, pricey menu but worth the visit.

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

Came ashore from a cold sail and went straight to the crows nest. May be a tourist trap, but it was exactly what my wife and I needed.

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santa cruz
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

We,girl friends, have rated HHs in Santa Cruz. Crow"s Nest is one of the tops for price of drinks, views, hors d'oeuvres and service. Upstairs is the bar. Get there early to get a table. The deck is great!

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La Selva Beach, California
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

On a Wednesday afternoon in April, four of us had lunch upstairs at the Crow's Nest. The service was slow and unresponsive. We had to send back some dirty silverware for replacements. There was no apology from the server. My lunch was the fish sandwich. The bread had been toasted so hard it was inedible. The fish was soggy and... More 

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California City, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The restaurant is located at the mouth of the harbor and has a beautiful view of the beach, ocean, the pier and incoming boats. The furniture is comfortable and the dining area is in beautiful wood. The hostess were very accommodating. Unfortunately, the service was lacking. The server got our order wrong and we had to ask for bread, water,... More 

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Rio del Mar, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Having lived in Santa Cruz for over 20 years, we have many visitors from our native stomping grounds in San Diego. There is little to compare with The Crow's Nest in Santa Cruz. #1 You are ON the water. #2 You have your choice of upstairs, downstairs, inside or outside. #3 Adult friendly and kid friendly #4 The locals hang... More 

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Walnut Creek, California, United States
Top Contributor
200 reviews 200 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
96 helpful votes 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

This is a nice place outside the crush of downtown Santa Cruz with nice views and frequent animal sitings. The fish is good and the house salad was a nice surprise - not a boring, basic salad. They also have a great salad bar. I ordered a mushroom pizza and a salad, but my husband enjoyed his seafood pasta (though... More 

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Felton, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

This is a place where you can enjoy drinks and good food and have a great view of the ocean.You may even see a few seals.

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

It always feels like your on vacation when going to the Crow's Nest! The views are amazing while you watchi boats sail in and out of the Harbor with the sun setting behind them. The food is good or you can just stop for a drink and some music on the beach!

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Santa Cruz, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

I am lucky enough to live right down the street from the Crow's Nest. I love the atmosphere- they have good live entertainment, affordable dinner and great happy hour specials. It is a great spot to bring friends that are from out of town as the view is amazing and the service and experience are consistent.

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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: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups, 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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?